We had a well attended meeting to launch us into the new year. Members brought in bags of mulberry silk, mohair and linen to share for donations.Ruth Robinson instructed more than 10 of us in how to create boucle yarn. Some other techniques were also explored in this fully booked workshop.
To close off our meetings for the year we had our Christmas Party. In addition to tables laden with food, members bring in a selection of work completed over the year giving, everyone a chance to look at things closely and also to discuss the work with the creator for advice, technique guidance and inspiration.
We also use this day as an opportunity to give something back to the local community by providing some crafted items to a suitable cause. This year members knit Teddies (aka Trauma Teddies) which are available for the emergency services to distributed to children in traumatic situations, in the hopes of enabling communication and clamming the child down. It was wonderful to see such a range of teddies and PC Jen Wilson was grateful for the contribution and confirmed that they would be put to good use.
November saw many more of us succumbing to our winter wardrobes with lots of new handspun knits and weavings to admire.
Janet held a lively workshop where spinners, new and experienced, tried out different kinds of techniques and spindles, including high tops and Turkish spindles.
Our 10th annual gathering took place in a new venue which allowed for more vendors and more space to break out and provide demonstrations to visitors.
Vendors included Weft Blown, The Sleekit Hare (“fledgling” but already very talented dyer), Queen of Purls, (another wonderful dyer and proponent of ethical sourcing of wool), Flora Fibres (all vegan options and incredible colours from natural dyes), local Low Auldgirth Steading (if you’re seeking fleece from beautifully looked-after, naturally-happy and cheeky sheep), Fellview Fibres (some of the most stunningly prepared rolags we’ve ever seen), The Wheel Ewe and others.
We had a wonderful day at the Dumfries Agricultural Show.
Phillipa Joad gave a talk in the morning, about colour theory, the different types of dyes and the pros and cons of different equipment. In the afternoon, we were given fibre to blend and spin in a variety of ways.
As this was the opening day of the Triennial exhibition, Anne held a “Corners” day at St Theresa’s.
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 samples of spun fibre, including yarn made from her cashmere rabbits.
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.