Friday, March 2, 2012

Things are moving along

As you know for the last year we've been operating out of various church halls with no storage for our library or sales table.  Most of our supplies are still in the Arts Centre and are unfortunately likely to be in there for at least another 3 years.   We've been frantically looking for new premises (well, a small group of people have, thanks to Sue and Gail and everyone else who's been helping there) but most that are suitable sizewise are well and truly beyond our budget.   We are looking with another guild; the Embroiderers guild as with both groups we can afford a larger space with our pooled resources.  Last night a new committee was approved by both groups to negotiate a room at The Tannery in Woolston.   It's a more industrial area, but the owners are converting it to a art and craft centre with cafes as well.   They're really keen to get groups like ours in and the rent while more than we were paying at the Arts Centre is something we can afford as a combined group.   The new committee will be going to get a lease proposal and if it works out we'll have somewhere to go in the future!  Best part, it's on bus routes and plenty of parking is available.
Once everything's finalised I'll let you know, and we'll be then changing our focus to getting grants to set up things like a kitchen area, heating, carpeting etc.   It's given us hope for the future.  We certainly do appreciate the premises we've been able to hire while hunting for a permanent home, those venues have been wonderful to us, but we've always wanted our own place.

Today's display table had some lovely items on it
A toddler sized hand-dyed, hand-spun, machine knitted square neck jumper by Heather Phillips.   The colour was more tealy than is apparent in this photo.  A beautiful piece of work.

Carol Hyndman created this beautiful jewelery set from the 2011 challenge fibre.  There are 2 pairs of earrings, a necklace and a felted brooch.

Sandra Dain spun and handknit this lovely jumper for a pre-schooler; the colour was more brown than in the photo.

Mary Catherine spun this silk on a spindle and then Navajo plied it for a lovely skein or three.   Her work as always is impeccable.

Next week is our committee meeting, hopefully I'll have more news from that regarding future events.  There gap-filler event this month on a Sunday rather than the usual Saturday; the 18th March if I remember correctly at Deans Bush amongst the quilters work.    Here's hoping the weather is better than it is today.

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