January 26th, 2019

Looms, Wheels and Laughter

Another great afternoon at The Workshop.  It was good to see so many different skills being practised – Sharon knitting with hand spun, hand-dyed yarn; Maureen lacemaking; Debby, Margaret and Cathy spinning for England; Geri creating a warp on a mill; Linda spinning (she got her first taste only 3 days ago and is “off”; Jenny helping Pat learn how to warp a floor loom; Ann Marie using her expertise to help and encourage several of us in turn; Sandra and Tim putting a warp on the rug loom.  (Some of us had to do boring stuff – admin and diy – but it’s all part of being a member of our thriving Guild.)

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As always, there is time for a reviving cup of tea!


January 8th, 2019

Our first meeting of 2019 showed that members had been busy over Christmas – Ann-Marie was wearing her snuggly, colourful cowl (no – she didn’t have a pattern, simply cast on and set off!); lacemaker Cathy is already thinking ahead to Easter; Sheila is going for The Biggest Pincushion on the Planet award; and Pat was wearing her pretty thrummed hat (well, The Workshop is a tad chilly in the winter)


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The Not So Humble Granny Square

Eighteen members and friends enjoyed an inspirational afternoon as the humble Granny Square was transformed into a thing of up-to-date beauty, courtesy of talented lady, Sue Mitchell.  Sue generously shared with us her technique for crocheting light-as-air, vibrant throws and wraps using soft, snuggly yarn to create cobwebs of warmth and colour.  Oh . . . and there was delicious homemade cake too, of course.

Patson Footprints

Members were delighted to be involved in the Paston Footprints Project once again.  This time we were spinning and weaving in St Peter’s, Hungate, Norwich – the Paston family’s local church.  A visit to the nearby coffee shop provided us with fuel for an enjoyable day.


Worstead Festival 2018

Guild Members enjoyed a great weekend at Worstead Festival :  woolly friends, interested public, lashings of tea and scrumptious cake (courtesy of the lovely Church folk).  Photo 2 shows the beginnings of a Guild/Church/Community project (more of that later).  Now a rest before Mannington, and St Peter’s in Norwich, and Aylsham Show, and then Greenbuil

Workshop photos through the lockdowns to upto date photo of our dye garden.

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Exterior is due to be finished by Friday with maybe a few bits of guttering left to do. Then they will start on the inside.

Thursday 9th August 2018

We have now had the asbestos from the roof removed and it’s been reinforced with timber struts. The new roof is on and the boss says its a “proper job” – Logan approved. 🐾He’s earned his dog biscuit today!

Now the professionals have moved in the building works have taken on a new pace. The first section of asbestos has been removed and today the wooden frame has been put in place and the waterproof membrane has been put on. Thankfully just before the heavy rain started. Today the cladding and roof tiles have been delivered and they will start going on tomorrow. So by the time you all get there tomorrow the first part of the building will be roofed and clad. On Wednesday (1st August 18) the asbestos people are back to take the next lot down. At the rate they are going we will have most of the building re clad by the end of next week. (photos taken before today’s work took place)

“Today’s” progress. Framework removed (builder approved that it was safe to do so). This is so the builder has less to do when they remove the asbestos and so charge us less!!
It looks like we had some little visitors staying with us.🐁

Photos of the building work will be added  when possible. What a great start!