Getting Better At

    January 2018

    The first of our 'Getting Better At' sessions, designed to enhance members' days, the topic for this month was spinning.  A number of members had indicated they would like some instruction on the differences between woollen, long draw and worsted, short draw spinning.

    GB Jan1


    Ann demonstrates long draw






    Long draw woollen spinning from carded rolags was demonstrated which produces an airy, lofty yarn suitable for warm jumpers.  Worsted spinning was achieved from combed fibres which become parallel and are then spun short draw.  This gives a smooth, shiny yarn more suitable for weaving or for harder wearing garments.

    GB Jan2


    perfecting carding






    GB Jan3


    samples of the different methods of spinning

    (always label your samples!)









    Thank you so much Ann for all the preparation and for expertly sharing your Association Summer School experiences with us.

    If you feel you could share your expertise with us in future sessions please let Ann (Martin) know.










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    Woodland Turnery

    May 27th 2017

    In May we were pleased to welcome Joan and Clive (not forgetting Star) from Woodland Turnery.  Joan gave a most interesting talk about their work and afterwards Clive carried out a surgery for folks to discuss their wheel problems and have them rectified.  Joan and Clive had brought their shop with many beautiful hand turned accessories as well as new and reconditioned wheels.















    Woodland Turnery is the new home of the Timbertops  with James & Anne Williamson retaining an advisory and supervisory capacity to ensure that the quality of Timbertops wheels is upheld as closely as possible.

    Since their visit Clive has undergone major surgery (recovered well) but Joan and Clive will not be attending as many shows as they have done in the past.  See their website for details.

    Joan & Clive Jones
    Woodland Turnery
    35 Lodgewood,
    New Inn, Pontypool, Gwent NP4 8EQ

    Telephone/Fax +44(0)1495-757140
    Mobile +44(0)7901-790543
    Web :
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    Spinning through Time with Val Bryant

    March 2017

    Spinning through Time with Val Bryant

    We were very pleased to welcome one of our members as our speaker for March 2017. Val Bryant and her husband David are recognised nationally as experts on spinning wheels, David as a member of the Regional Furniture Society, Cheshire Woodturners and as a maker of wheels. Val shared with us their experiences recording and restoring wheels the length and breadth of the country.

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    More from your Drum Carder


    Good to see Katie again, hard to believe its over a year since she was first with us to explore the potential of the drum carder (October 2015).

    The workshop participants enjoyed a very busy day with ideas and techniques rolling out one after another (pun intended). Members and visitors were welcome to watch and listen as Katie demonstrated how to add texture to batts, construct striped batts,

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    AGM, Christmas Party and Show and Tell

    November 2016

    AGM, Christmas Party and Show and Tell

    The AGM was attended by twenty seven members and as well as reports from Barbara (Vice Chair), Chas (Treasurer) and Karen (Programme Secretary) the meeting saw the election and re-election of committee members. Minutes, including details of the new committee, have been circulated to all members.

    May we take this opportunity to welcome new members Christine, Angela, Chris and Janet S. We hope you take full advantage of your membership and will enjoy what the Guild has to offer. If you like what you see tell your friends if you don’t…tell us!

    With the formal business of the day over the festivities began with everyone enjoying an unbelievable selection of food brought in by members. Before the temptation to snooze off the excesses set in we held our ‘show and tell’ session.

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