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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.

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