Dumfries Show

After a long break (thanks, covid!) it was lovely to get back to the first Dumfries Agricultural Show since 2019 this weekend! We had demonstrations of spinning and weaving, and visitors young and old had an opportunity to try their hand at using a peg loom, scarf loom, or weave a wee decoration using sticks as a frame. It was great to chat all things wool and crafting, whether that was with local producers or agricultural students all the way from Texas!

If you were inspired to find out more, we also have our general meeting next weekend (Saturday 13th August) – details of where/when to find us are here.

July 2022

Our July meeting is coming up on Saturday 9th! As well as our usual crafting and chatting, there will be a workshop with Ruth Ashton-Shaw on making felted fleece seat pads. (Workshop places are booked through the treasurer). You can see more about Ruth and her flock on their website.

May Association newsletter

The May newsletter from the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers has a lovely write up of our triennial exhibition as well as lots of other updates. You can find the full version here.

If you didn’t manage to get along to the exhibition (or just want another look!) here’s a selection of the fabulous work on show:

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…

YARN:
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

NEEDLES:
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

OTHER:
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