Knitting and Crochet Clinic
Need some help with your knitting or crochet projects or want to learn something new? There will be plenty of help on hand. If you want to try some upcycled knitting then bring along some old tee-shirts, a pair of scissors and a pair of knitting needles (10mm or larger). For those that want to try their hand at crochet then bring along some yarn and hooks and we can set you on your way, or you could join in with a ‘poppy yarn bomb’ with some red and black yarn.
As always there will be plenty of room for you to partake in any of your fibery projects along with plenty of tea, biscuits and like minded company.
Acid Dyeing on Mass!
Ever wanted to have a go at dyeing? Want to introduce some colour into your yarns? Bring along some yarn or carded fibre and come and have a go. There will be dyes, aprons and gloves available to use. If you have any old yoghurt pots for mixing dye in or an electric food steamer that you don’t mind using, bring them along as well. To cover costs of supplies this session will be £5.
If you don’t want to dye then please do come along with any of your fibre projects to enjoy a day with other fibreholics, there’s plenty of room for all!
Improving Spinning Skills – Beverley Dowdell
This month Beverley Dowdell is coming back to help us improve our spinning skills. She will cover areas such as wheel maintenance, preparing fibre for spinning, advice and practice on producing yarns that are a joy to use.
We will need the following:
- Spinning wheel and if possible 4 bobbins
- Hand carders
- Lazy Kate
- Yarn gauge – for measuring wpi
- Fibre and Fleece
- Pen’s and Labels
Don’t worry if you don’t have everything, we will try and share with those of us that have more equipment and fibre. So if you have a stash that you want to ‘down size’ or multiple versions of equipment bring it along and we can share it around.
The cost of the workshop is £10.
If you don’t want to participate in the workshop there will be room for you to partake in any other fibery activity you wish.
This months meeting is a DIY day.
Bring along your latest fibery project and enjoy the day with like minded friends, whether it be spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, crocheting or anything else you want to do.
If you want some help there is bound to be someone that can give you a few pointers so don’t be shy, come along and join in.
Our guild day out this year was a very pleasant day learning about dyeing with plants hosted and led by Jane Meredith at The Forge, Byford. We were greeted with flapjacks and coffee on the banks of the River Wye and an introduction to the various methods of mordanting fibres ready for dyeing. We were then divided up into teams to go and forage for the various dye plants we were to use. Next was preparing the dye baths and adding the samples of wool prepared with different mordants. Then the cooking process, watching the colours develop. Once ‘cooked’ the samples were layed out in the sun to dry. We all then created our own dye cards for reference. Such an array of fantastic colours all from plants found in the garden!!
It was a bit of a damp weekend but a number of ladies came along to support the alpaca show for which the West Shires Alpaca Group were very grateful. We hope you enjoyed your days in the alpaca tent with us. The ladies spinning and weaving attracted a great deal of interest from the public along with the craft show display and I believe we may have picked up some more new members. Congratulations also go to our members who were successful in the craft show – hope you are all busy working on something for next years show.
Who would have thought we would produce such a wonderful array of lampshades during one workshop! And when the light shines through it highlights the beauty of the weaving….