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UPCOMING EVENT!

November 27, 2021

Four Corners Workshop
Saturday 12th February 202210am-4pm
Calling all textile enthusiasts- from beginners to the experienced.
All are welcome to come along and join us for a day of …

Spinning – making yarn from fibre

Weaving – creating cloth on a loom

Kumihimo – Japanese braiding

Felting – felt a 3D shape or a small picture

Dyeing – Shibori style dyeing


NHSWD MEMBERS £15/ LALG members £25 / non-members £30

The Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth, SG6 4BU

Lunch and materials are included in the price

For further information or to book your place email:

northhertsguildswdevents@gmail.com

Crafting at The Broadway Gallery!

November 27, 2021
Spinning and Felting in a really great space!

Come and meet us this Thursday!

November 23, 2021

25th November 1 – 4pm

BROADWAY GALLERY LETCHWORTH

2 The Arcade LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY SG6 3EW

Members will be crafting and we would welcome visitors to come and have a chat about all we do.

Japanese Shibori – Helen Swan

October 25, 2021

Guild meeting last Thursday:

Helen S. led an evening on Kyo-kanoko Shibori using materials purchased from the Shibori Museum in Kyoto which she visited in 2018.

Firstly she showed some textile pictures from museums along the Trans-Siberian route from Moscow to Vladivostok, then continued with pictures from Kyoto including the Nishijin Textile centre and a kimono exhibition that was being held at Nijo Castle at the time she was staying there. 

Shibori has many different styles based on how the knots are tied and how the dyeing is done. In Kyoto they specialise in shibori on silk. Previously shibori in Kyoto was done on kimono decoration only and sometimes table decorations, however as fashion has changed and most people don’t wear kimonos every day then the shibori craftspeople have extended into scarves, umbrellas, bags. Now even the waste yarn from the process is being turned into fabric pictures. It takes 11 years to master the art and learning to tie the knots can start in kindergarten. They are very proud of the cooperation between the craftspeople that it takes to produce shibori fabric. The designer creates the design, which is transferred to the cloth and then bound, then dyed, then unbound and steamed before being made into a garment. Each step is done by a different artisan. 

We watched a video that showed the hon hitta shibori, hari hitta shibori, and nine other types! A fascinating glimpse into the craft, and provided some ideas for future guild workshops.”

We’re up and running!

October 25, 2021

We are extremely pleased that after more than a year of disruption we commenced 2021/22 on 2nd September without any restrictions being imposed.  As the Covid restrictions eased we were only able to hold occasional meetings but now we hope to be on schedule to meet on a regular basis throughout 2021/22 (see our programme)

Despite not meeting for most of 2020 the members remained very optimistic and kept busy with their various crafts. There were numerous entries in “2020 summer challenge”, “Christmas ornament challenge” and the additional “2021 Easter Egg challenge” which spurred everyone on and maintained the group interest in being part of the Guild.  Also the “2021 summer challenge” was well supported – photos of all these can be seen in the following gallery. Truthfully, these are only a small exhibition of what individuals have actually produced.

Unfortunately due to all the Covid restrictions we were unable to attend various events or hold our own Four Corners day where we get to meet other interested crafters. We hope that you will be inspired by what you see and perhaps you will be encouraged to come and join us. We are a very small, friendly group with lots of skills which we are always pleased to pass on no matter how little or how much you already know about spinning, weaving, dyeing or felting.

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2021 Summer ChallengeCushions and Book Covers!

We’re back!

August 31, 2020

Our Autumn term begins on Thursday 3rd September at The Settlement. We’re so glad this is possible!

The meetings until further notice will all be Crafting Together. For our first meeting please bring your Guild Challenge and any other projects you have been working on since we last met. Also bring your current project to work on during the meeting.

Because of the Coronavirus situation there are a number of new guidelines for meetings:

We will record names, telephone numbers and postcodes of all members attending meetings and will retain these for the required 21 day period.

The Guild will limit the number of members attending meetings to those capacity numbers set by the Settlement and all members will adhere to the social distancing rules. Please email the secretary on the guild email address to confirm you will be attending.

Members will be required to wear face coverings at all times unless they have an exemption from doing so.

Bring your own refreshments, we will not be using mugs or facilities provided in the room to reduce risk of cross contamination. Please also keep your equipment to yourself – e.g. bring your own pen!

Use hand sanitizer on entering the room.

There will be extra cleaning required before and after the meeting, there may also be one way systems in place around The Settlement. Access to guild equipment is restricted, please speak to the Chair or Secretary if you need to borrow something.

Lets do everything we can to meet as safely as possible, so that we can continue to craft together!

Meetings cancelled

March 19, 2020

Owing to the global pandemic all guild meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Hopefully you can craft in your own time and share these creations with us when we return.

Other teachers have offered video classes at either free or reduced rates.

The Online Guild is offering free membership during this time.

If you subscribe to Handwoven or Spin Off you have access to their entire back catalogue via their apps or website – even reading one magazine a day it’s going to take a while to read them all!

Spring and Summer Term Roundup

July 12, 2019

Well it’s been a busy couple of terms for us at the guild. We started off in January with a very well attended Shibori Workshop given by Rob Jones of Romor Designs which was a great introduction to the technique We all made a couple of practice samples and then stitched the design of our choice onto a tote bag. As a guild we then carried on with the leftover indigo doing complex design on a later guild evening.

 

Four Corners was a lot of fun this year with many people enjoying the chance to learn macrame (and indeed for some relearn from the last time they did it in the 70s!)

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Our crochet for beginners and improvers evening  was a success with several people learning to crochet and a few learning techniques like magic loop, foundation row crochet and standing trebles.

We started the summer term with a spinning session where we all took 20g of Jacob combed top and then had free choice in how to spin and ply it, then did yarn calculations to measure our final results. We ranged from 10WPI to 24 WPI! All different yarn but from the same starting point.

At our AGM we decided to increase the evening fees from £2 per evening to £2.50 per evening starting September 2019. Visitor fees will not increase from £4. The committee then agreed to the suggestion that we allow payment in advance for those who want to, at 19 sessions per year we will offer a discounted yearly rate of £45, this can be paid along with the membership fee of £35 in September (£80 total). Other changes are that workshops must be paid for in advance.

Our final activity evening was braiding, where we had a choice of kumihimo or lucet.

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Kumihimo with beads

We have also been out and about demonstrating, firstly at the Ashwell at Home event where we set up in the museum and secondly at Kimpton Folk Festival which is always a fun event for us to attend.

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Our next event will be Fibre East where we will have wheels and loom for the visitors to try.

Our next meeting is the 5th September 2019.

Four Corners 2019 – Come and try day

February 13, 2019

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Autumn Term Roundup

January 1, 2019

We started the Autumn term with a wonderful talk from Madeleine all about fleece. From how to choose a fleece, how to wash it, and how to prepare your fibre for spinning. Madeleine also brought in some rare breed fleeces so we could have a look and also feel the difference between them.

Festiwool was in November – this year we were in the foyer of the school and our display was outstanding, thanks to the hard work of Sheila and Hilary who co-ordinated gathering items and setting it up the day before the show.

Lynda lead a wonderful evening of 3D needle felting in November – check out those sheep!

Our Christmas party in December featured our Christmas card exchange – some wonderful work by out members:

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Next meeting is January 3rd, and we have a Shibori workshop planned for Saturday 19th.

Happy New Year!