May 2022

Janet is running a Fairisle knitting workshop at our May meeting. The workshop starts at 10am (general meeting begins at 11.30). If you have signed up for the workshop there are a few things you will need to bring with you…

3 contrasting colours of yarn in either double knitting or Aran weight (one or the other, not a mixture).  The contrast needs to be distinct – treat this as a learning exercise rather than trying to get three subtle tones. The yarns should be a little bit grippy/fuzzy like Shetland yarn rather than smooth like Merino. Each one should be a single colour rather than self striping or multi-coloured yarn.

geometric colourwork knitting with the chart pattern in the background

for DK yarn – 3.5-4mm needles
for Aran weight – 4.5-5mm needles 
Try and bring both sizes to see which works best for you

notebook, pen and pencil

Happy Crafting!

Programme 2022-2023

Our programme for the year ahead has now been released! Find all the details here

Castlemilk moorit hand dyed yarn

There’s also still (just about) time to catch our exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre – the last day is Saturday 7th May

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.