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Challenge 2019

For this Challenge you will use your core skills-spinning, weaving, dyeing to create a textile for our Gathering Exhibition towards the end of the year. This year, the theme is Ethnicity: belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

You might want to bring together the strands of your own ethnic identity in creating an original piece which blends the skills of your forebears e.g. spinning/dyeing the fibre and knitting/weaving something with Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh,

French, German, Scandinavian, Indian, American, African etc. influences; or you might explore the Textiles of the World and be inspired to make a textile which brings new ideas to your creative head and new techniques to your inventive hands

Africa’s many countries have their own traditional methods and use many different raw materials to make their textiles: look up www.africanfabrics.co.uk

China has a long history of using silk: look up www.chinasilkmuseum.com

Japan too has a long and illustrious history of textiles: have a look at www.kimonoboy.com

South East Asia is a great area to explore for amazing ideas: see www.tribaltextiles.info

To range widely over the world check out www.clothroads.com

If this Challenge fazes you, please talk to Rita about your ideas/plans.

Challenge 2019

Each year the guild members are invited to partake in a Challenge, where we create something using one, two or all of the guilds disciplines.

In 2019, we invite you to explore Ethnicity: belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

For this Challenge you will use your core skills-spinning, weaving, dyeing to create a textile for our Gathering Exhibition towards the end of the year.

You might want to bring together the strands of your own ethnic identity in creating an original piece which blends the skills of your forebears e.g. spinning/dyeing the fibre and knitting/weaving something with Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, French, German, Scandinavian, Indian, American, African etc. influences; or you might explore the
Textiles of the World and be inspired to make a textile which brings new ideas to your creative head and new techniques to your inventive hands.

Africa’s many countries have their own traditional methods and use many different raw materials to make their textiles: look up http://www.africanfabrics.co.uk

China has a long history of using silk: look up http://www.chinasilkmuseum.com

Japan too has a long and illustrious history of textiles: have a look at http://www.kimonoboy.com

South East Asia is a great area to explore for amazing ideas: see http://www.tribaltextiles.info

To range widely over the world check out http://www.clothroads.com

If this Challenge fazes you and/or if you don’t use the internet please talk to Rita about your ideas/plans.

January 2019

Jan 19We 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.

December 2018

Dec 18To 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 2018

Nov 18November 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.

October 2018

Gathering 2018 (1)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 BlownThe 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.