Amanda’s second visit to the Workshop, and look what she’s producing !
Stan helped Val warp up a replica of a 15C box loom with linen thread, to make strapping. (The sharp-eyed amongst you will spot a modern heddle, and cardboard tension strips, but you get the idea.)
You will recall that Ros Wilson’s tapestry talk left Members stunned. Well, it transpires that one of them had her wits about her. See below the pics that Carolyn took. No wonder they were speechless. (By the way, it didn’t last. The Workshop buzzed yesterday afternoon, and we were delighted to have two new members. Welcome Patsy and Val.)
Tracey and Sheila have been concentrating on needle felting this week, and Tracey has been experimenting with food colouring too.
I can feel a workshop coming on . . .
Last Saturday was a real treat for our Members. We are fortunate in having Ros Wilson “on our doorstep” and she visited Dilham to talk to us about tapestry weaving. Ros has enhanced her creativity and talent by holidaying in Peru and taking classes with Maximo Laura, the world-renowned textile artist. Her work is stunning, quite literally !
At the end of the presentation Sharon looked across at the rest of the audience who, she said, were sitting in a trance-like state – in silence and with their mouths open (that’s got to be a first !) In fact, they were so “gob smacked” that none of them thought to take any pics ! So, Dear Readers, go onto Ros’ website (Ros Wilson Design) and see for yourselves – well worth a look !
The time had come. We’d enjoyed using our rigid heddle looms, made enough scarves for the population of the whole world, and even mastered pick up sticks. We could put it off no longer. And so, fortified with Sharon’s cake, and filter coffee, Jenny introduced us to the alchemy that is four shaft weaving. I will only divulge that it involves lots of different sticks, rubber bands, and bad language ! But oh ! the possibilities !
Woolly Worstead Weekend 2016 resulted in lots of lovely new Guild members. They’ve watched, listened and practised, and can all “spin a yarn” but it was time to build on those basic skills. And so, today, we put on an “improvers” workshop especially for them. They flicked, combed and carded. They spun long(ish) draw, and they also spun silk. They all went home exhausted but happy. Thanks to Jenny for being such a generous tutor.
Tracey’s handspun got the seal of approval on Tuesday afternoon.
From fine cloth, to sturdy rugs, to . . . experiments with bicycle inner-tubes and zips ??? Tina is one of our less-traditional weavers.
There were oooohhs and aaaaaahs all round when we helped her take her latest piece off the loom this week.
Members of the Worstead Guild were delighted (and not a little surprised) when they managed to give birth to several new species of birds and animals yesterday.
The much-admired offspring were the result of several hours of stabbing, chatting and giggling, fuelled by chocolate cake.
A great day, and a valuable contribution to Norfolk’s list of Rare Breeds !
Fellow Member Pat, resplendent in authentic costume, talked us through the under-garments, the footwear and the heavy, capacious dress of a middle class medieval woman. She is the Paston Heritage Society’s colour specialist, and spends her days happily brewing up dyes using flowers, leaves and roots to produce gentle, subtle colours that blend effortlessly with one another. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon which left us all inspired.