January 2020

10 We caught up with a general meeting where we shared patterns to knit and sew to aid the animal fire relief in Australia. Teams also gathered for a spin, ply and knit challenge set for March. Then Jane squirrelled her workshop members away to a woolly woodland to needle-felt mushrooms in all shapes and sizes.

November 2019

D&G-SWD Gathering 2019Saturday 9th November was our Annual Gathering. Here’s a rundown of what went on:

  • Busy Mrs B Pottery – Gene’s daughter Sarah brought her beautiful hand crafted pottery
  • Crazy Daisy Crafts from Lockerbie with yarn, knitting supplies and general haberdashery
  • Fiona Moir – Guild Member – with hand dyed spinning fibre, hand dyed yarns, hand dyed threads and fabric and finished items
  • Gene Howe – Guild Member – hand and machine knitted items
  • Happy Knitter Yarns from Dumfries with yarns and general haberdashery supplies
  • Jane Rutherford – Guild Member – fleeces and needle felted items
  • Liz Booth – Guild Member – hand crafted semi precious stone jewellery and felted items
  • Low Auldgirth Steading – Ruth brought a selection of lovely fleeces
  • Roz Plant – Guild Member – with Guild Member – hand dyed spinning fibre, hand dyed yarns and batik finished items
  • Solway Woolscapes – Guild Member – needle felted pictures and cards, needle felting kits and kits for various crafts
  • Sue MacNiven – Guild Member – hand crafted buttons, hand spun yarns and finished items
  • The Threshing Barn from Reeth, Yorkshire Dales, with spinning, weaving equipment, sinning fibre, yarns,dyes etc.

We also displayed our members’ exhibition with the theme of Ethnicity which, from a textile perspective, provided an exciting creative challenge:

October 2019

7Our multi-talented member Roz gave a talk about the history and methodology of batik dyeing. With over 30 years experience of batik, she considers it “messy mindfulness”.  This was followed by a very hands-on workshop for members to put the techniques into practice.

July 2019

4Carole led a very busy session on yarn hooking, providing all of the equipment required, including a nifty lap frame. Members chose their favourite designs and got going straight away to create their pieces. Carole is also one of the 5 organisers of Yarndale – the woolly festival of creativity in Skipton in September.

June 2019

3Fiona gave a wonderful talk on tapestry weaving. Her work is narrative and full of simple abstract imagery, deceptively simple considering the design that goes into the process. Her obvious love of colour comes from her early childhood in India.