Even though the weather is getting warmer, our members are still working away on various projects. We also brought items from our Retreat for show and tell for those people who weren't able to make it. Click through the gallery to see all the beautiful items we made this month.
Happy New Year everyone! Even though it was a bitterly cold day we had a pretty good turn out for the first meeting of the year.
We discussed the upcoming retreat in April and the equipment library will be accessible very soon. If you are looking to rent fibre equipment from the guild, such as wheels, carders etc, they will be available very soon.
The Open Fibre Night dayes have been scheduled for the next 3 months:
Thurs January 15
Thurs February 19
Thurs March 19
These will be listed in the Events Section for future reference.
Our members had a lot to share this month. Many were handmade gifts for giving away and others were for sales or for ourselves.
We were also very pleased to have a Burmese weaver in our group. She showed us how she does back strap weaving using a loom made from materials found in the jungle. She creates tension by leaning back on the loom.
For starters, thank you to everyone who came out the the annual Guild Sale this past weekend! The weather wasn't very nice but that didn't deter those who look forward to the sale every year. It's nice to come and see the demos and talk with everyone but it is also nice to see all the hard work and talent our members share.
Show and tell this month had a nice mix of items to draw inspiration from:
Kathy and Heather talked in depth about their weaving and shared tips and tricks that they use to make their items. They both discussed different fibres they use to achieve the look their are working towards in their projects and what makes them a good choice. Very informative!
Welcome back everyone, hope you all had a wonderful summer! With our Annual Guild Sale coming up next month, there was a wonderful abundance of show and tell this month. Many of these items will be available at our sale on Oct 4th & 5th.
Dora graciously invited members out to her farm in the beautiful Craven valley for a day of dyeing in her studio. It was a wonderful day for travelling and a couple members headed out to Turtle Hill for the day, with a lot of yarn/wool and heads full of creativity and inspiration.
She has a great set up and everything we needed was available.
We quickly got busy. We had an abundance of natural dyes, gaywool dyes, mordants and pots.
So many cool results and such amazing colours! (Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of Marjorie's marigold wool)
You will find a lot of inspiration this month! Our members were busy!
The program for the evening was all about spinning lopi yarns. Dora - our master spinner, gave a very informative demonstration. She made it look so easy!
RWSG Mini Retreat
Spring is always a busy time of year, and our members prove it with all the wonderful handiwork they brought for show and tell this month!
I know I've added a lot more patterns to my queue after this evening :)
Colleen did a very interesting presentation on her experiences as a spinner and her time spent at the Mulberry Silk farm in Laos learning all about Silkworms.
Here is a link to the patterns used in some of the project above:
Prairie Sunset Shawl
Stitch Surfer Socks
Age of Brass and Steam Shawl
Special thanks to Alesha for introducing many of us to Kumihimo this evening!