Focus on Dyeing – Naturally !

We are very fortunate to have two members who are history “buffs”.  Pam belongs to the Paston Society, and Debby to an Anglo Saxon re-enactment group.  Both use natural dyes that would have been available at the period, and this week they shared with us the results.  Pam has used, among others, comfrey, madder and marigolds.


Debby used onion skins (with, and without a mordant) to dye the yarn for her tablet-woven braid.


Whilst on holiday, June introduced her family to weaving on card looms,


and Geri wowed us all with her Sanquar gloves.  (Look it up on Google – and be blown away by the wonderful patterns.)


It’s All Their Fault

It was Aylsham Show yesterday, and we were blessed with blue skies, sunshine, and lots of interested visitors.  We spun, wove, braided and rugged, laughed, chatted and ate cake.  Perfick !  Just look at this lot – no wonder we’re attracting new members !


AND we “produced the goods” too – visitors and fellow-spinners alike were most impressed by Sue’s awesome Raspberry Ripple yarn, achieved by blending in richly coloured silk.  Inspired !

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All (Dorset) Buttoned Up

Inspired by Elly’s workshop last week, Tracey quite literally “got weaving”.  Having mastered the basics, she went on to produce several little masterpieces.  The detail is amazing – tiny harvest mice and a delicate spider’s web being just two of her creations.  (They will be on sale at the Aylsham Show this weekend). 


Margaret is working on something a tad bigger – a blanket no less.  It will be ready for husband Ken to snuggle in when the weather turns cold.


And Sharon showed us her skill with dyes when skein after skein of the most beautiful blue yarn emerged from her shopping basket.  (If I tell her it’s “just my colour” do you think she might take the hint ???) 


Weaving Magic

A lively night at the Weavers’ Workshop.



Elly showed 20 of us how to weave giant Dorset Buttons. We all “set to” with a slim bangle, a crewel needle and some tapestry wool (kindly provided by Jo)


and by the end of the evening had produced a forest of apple trees, complete with flowers and a sheep !


Show and Tell revealed Stan’s double weaving and a length of twill (just my colour – hint, hint);



Susan’s deliciously textured first weaving of her handspun on a rigid heddle;


Bev’s handspun, knitted hats using fleece from her own sheep and a fabulous needle-felted Jiminy Cricket.



All that energy was fuelled by the always-welcome refreshments from Tim and Sandra.

Thanks to everyone for contributing to another great session.

No two Tuesdays are the same

I look forward to Tuesday evenings – I just KNOW there’ll be something inspirational.  This week was no exception.  Our first pic shows what new member, and new-to-spinning, Alice has produced, using a drop spindle.


Then there was Geri’s seasonal offering – needlefelted Father Christmas X 4.


And lastly, Denis’s stunning weaving.


Lots of Ooohhs and Aaaahhhs all round

Sharing know-how with the public

Guild members will be participating in and demonstrating their skills to the public at:

The Aylsham Show, Monday 29th August 2016

Greenbuild at Felbrigg Hall, 10 & 11 September 2016

and thinking ahead to 2017, also  during – Makers’ Month, at The Forum, Norwich (last 2 weeks in February 2017)

Finally the date has been announced for the next Woolly Worstead – 10 & 11 June 2017.
Further information of this event will be posted under the Woolly Worstead tab on the Guild website as and when it becomes available

Dates for your diary:

If you were unable to join us for last Saturday’s meeting, you might like to know about two smaller events, where you would be most welcome:

Westwick Church, Saturday & Sunday 13 & 14 August, 10-4 – crafts, quilts and homemade refreshments, in aid of Church funds.

Honing Church Village Days – Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 September 11-4 – vintage vehicles, craft, produce, local history, yummy teas

Worstead Festival 2016

“We all pronounced Worstead Festival hugely enjoyable.  St Mary’s Church is a beautiful setting, and it was enhanced by the stunning flower displays and the lovely music.  We spun, wove and chatted for two whole days, drank tea, ate homemade cake and even had our own “comfort facilities” – wots not to like !  

The free children’s workshops were popular once again.


Traditional tapestry is Christine’s choice, and Beryl is weaving magic with pick-up sticks.  


And we’re delighted to say we attracted even more new members.  Take care, dear readers, The Woolly Life is very addictive !