We had a wonderful day at the Dumfries Agricultural Show.
Ann Arnold held a lively dyeing workshop and Rita brought together the contributions for the 2019 Occasions calendar.
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.
In 2010, Louise started producing work which reflected and responded to the countries she lived and traveled in: Mongolia, Turkey, Iceland, Finland and lately Scotland. Her talk took us through these lands, outlining areas of inspiration, and how she approached translating the information into woven tapestries.
As this was the opening day of the Triennial exhibition, Anne 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 shawls in and they were identified as being from the 1830s and 1860s.
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.