As this was the opening day of the Triennial exhibition, we held a "Corners" day at St Theresa's.
We had a wonderful talk from Erika, with samples of ikat from Indonesia, West Africa, India and Japan. In the afternoon, a smaller group of us had a demonstration of wrapping techniques. The incredible complexity and skill required to make these fabrics became more and more apparent and some of us left inspired, others mind-blown!
Valerie Riley gave a fascinating talk about the history of the Paisley shawl, the motif's origins in Babylon and the weaving tradition in Kashmir. We were told of the methods that the Paisley weavers used to weave the shawls and how they adapted the process to make more affordable items. Several members brought their own … Continue reading 10th February 2018
Sue McNiven led a workshop exploring the qualities of cashmere, yak, silk, camel, angora and mohair. We were encouraged to break out of any habitual styles of spinning to experiment with long-draw and the less common version of short draw that allows the twist to travel into the drafting triangle. Sue brought lots of interesting … Continue reading 13th January 2018
We had a festive and cosy gathering, with lots of lovely homemade food. There was a display of what people have been making all year and there were some beautiful first-shearing Shetland lamb fleeces to buy.
Our November meeting had a very industrious workshop where participants had a go at making a felted vessel, even two. Using resists, they made shapes which could be manipulated to suit their individual tastes. Lots of colour and texture were available to make a host of unique, one-of-a-kind vessels.
We were at a different venue in October, to house our annual gathering. There were lots of lovely supplies and goodies to buy from our vendors.
Sue Hiley Harris showed examples of her work and gave an illustrated lecture on all things silk, including: seri-culture, wild silks, silk reeling, silk for hand-spinning and waste silk. A silk spinning workshop followed in the afternoon, with a second day at Cumberland Street Centre, Dumfries. Participants learned to make, handle and spin mawata, to worsted spin lustrous combed silk tops, to woollen spin knobbly, … Continue reading 9th September 2017
We were out and about this summer, including the Wool Tent at the Dumfries Show.