Category: Guild Meetings

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 […]

The Silk Road to Birmingham from China

March 2018 We were delighted to welcome Teresinha Roberts from Wildfibres who delivered one of her new talks in the morning and tutored a workshop in the afternoon. Teresinha explained the uniqueness of silk in the fibre world with its prismatic shape reflecting light and the structure (lacking cells) lending itself to the drape of […]

Saori Weaving

We were delighted to welcome Rosie Green from SaoriMor in Bangor, North Wales who introduced us to the concept and technique of Saori Weaving. The ‘sa’ syllable means the same as the zen word ‘sai’ meaning everything has its own dignity and ‘ori’ is the Japanese word for weaving.  It was developed almost fifty years ago in […]

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.   Ann demonstrates long draw           […]

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 […]

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. […]

More from your Drum Carder

KATIE WESTON, HILLTOP CLOUD 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 […]

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. […]

July Open Day

The July Open Day saw our members displaying and demonstrating their many skills, techniques and talents. Visitors were most interested in what was on display and were really enthusiastic about the crafts they were witnessing. Local folk were amazed at what, unbeknown to them, was on offer on their doorsteps and were keen to visit […]

Long Draw Spinning Workshop

May’s meeting saw Freyalyn Close Hainsworth’s workshop on ‘How to Spin Longdraw from Perfect Rolags’ Freyalyn explained that longdraw spinning produced a light and airy fabric from a bouncy, elastic yarn. The lightness being created by air trapped in the fibre during the ‘woollen’ (as opposed to ‘worsted’) spinning process. Worsted spinning produces a smooth, […]

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