Saturday, February 21, 2015

Feb 21st 2015

Another lovely summer day yesterday, and once again we had a great turnout.   In the afternoon there was a forum on natural dyeing and quite a few members attended that.   I didn't so can't give feedback, but I do know that the decision was made to dye using either alum or copper sulphate as mordants as both are safe to use and disposal isn't an environmental hazard like tin or chrome are.

We will be having other forums throughout the year on subjects ranging from how to use textile sites on the internet through to fibre preparation tools, spinning non-sheep fibres, how to use multi-coloured yarns, different sheep breed fleece and making braids.    These will be open to the public, guild members pay $2 and non-guild pay $5; well worth it too!  They will be held on the third Saturday of each month.

The first Saturday of each month is our monthly meeting when we will usually have either a speaker or a show and tell.   March is on embroidery,  April will be slightly later in the month as it's about Festival and will have to wait till everyone gets back home, May we have Shona Schofield speaking, June is our midwinter lunch and July will be Indrani Bedi on silk in India.

Now, what you've been waiting for of course, the show and tell from this week's work

Jan spun this beautiful alpaca

Mary Catherine has been busy with some of Anna's sock fibre, this is a blend of merino and nylon

Pam finished this blanket using Anna Gratton's yarn which was custom dyed for the job.  This is a wedding present and in my opinion is much nicer than anything shop bought.

Tedge knit these socks using the let-the-yarn-shine pattern from the Solefull Socks Knitting From the Ground Up book

This is East Fresian fibre plied with silk by Rachelle

and it's being knit into a small sample sock

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