April 28th 2018 ‘Getting Better At’ day

Ann had organised a day for sampling various weaving methods.  Members brought a wide variety of gadgets and examples of their skill.  From tapestry, to toy and tablet there was a wide range of looms and techniques to try.

When you attempt to list the different methods that may be classified as ‘weaving’ they are many and various.  Simple weaving on cards that we did at school through to Chas’s exquisite tablet weaving with cards.  Weaving on sticks, round pegs or pins from simple inkle and box looms to elegant, portable four and eight shafters.

Is it weaving or is it braiding?  Are braids, bands, or narrow wares part of the same broad family of interlocking threads?  As well as a traditional Japanese ‘dai’ beautiful braids/bands may be constructed on a simple cards or polyurethane plates and discs.

 

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We were also pleased to welcome Janet from the General Purposes Committee (GPC) of the Association.  Janet dispelled some popular myths about the inner working of the AWSD as well as encouraging and guiding the 2020 Exhibition Committee.  To clarify, Guilds in our region (C. North West of England) are responsible for jointly organising different Association events, Summer School, the biennial Conference and the exhibition. In 2020 it will be our turn to organise the Exhibition. (Janet’s Guild were involved in the organisation of the 2016 at Killerton House in Devon.)

North Cheshire are well placed to be involved with the Exhibition as it is to take place at Leigh Spinning Mill, not far from Croft. We also hope to take part in activities with the Mill Heritage Group after the Exhibition

Welcome also to the Exhibition Committee members who had travelled from the Cheshire, Merseyside, Alsager, Leek and Shropshire Guilds and the Online Guild.