Friday, 9 December 2016
Members of Bedfordshire Guild send Seasonal Greetings to all!
Especially those members who were not able to to get to the Christmas Party on Tuesday. Not forgetting our life member Jenny Dean and other members of The Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
A toast to everyone made with Claire's festive punch.
Monday, 28 November 2016
As the year draws to a close we have started to pull out out woolly things, from hand knitted socks to an arm knitted scarf,
We learned about arm knitting, how Kinder Eggs are the thing to have and that we can eat an alarming amount of chocolate brownies.
We also found the answer to this riddle:-
What can you do with a kinder egg that you can't do with a salad spinner, Kenwood food mixer(other makes available) or warm tumble dryer and a little soapy water?
Answers on a postcard please (or even an email.)
The answer is in one of our photos!
Some photos from our Open Door session earlier in the year
Our next meeting will be our end of year party - bring a plate or similar .....
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Monday, 24 October 2016
Last Saturday was our meeting specially devoted to weaving and it was great to see how many members took part.
In Flitwick Library, very close to our meeting place the village hall, a group of people who had taken part in a project called 'Weaving Narratives', organised by the Bedfordshire Archives, were having an exhibition of their work.
So, we took the opportunity to invite the participants of the project, as well as those members of the public who visited the library and viewed the exhibition, to visit the guild, discover what we are about, the work that we produce and partake in tea and cake specially brought for the occasion.
Several members brought some of their work to show the variety of skills and projects achieved in the last few months.
We, in turn, went to look at the interesting fruits of their labours.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
As well as member's carrying out their own work, there was advice for a new weaver who had just finished her first scarf. One of our members walked her through taking the weaving off the loom and various finishing options.
In other news, we saw samples from the Solar Dyeing skillshare held in the summer, ranging from a soft yellow to a darkish red. Talking around the results led our conversation from there to indigo, to recent finds in Peru, East Anglia and the history of textiles. There aren't many afternoons one gets to spend eating cake, doing something you love and having an interesting conversation!
Monday, 1 August 2016
We had a new home this year inside the main buildings with the other Guilds, which collectively made a great entrance, giving inspiration to everyone for shopping.
Our display team had worked hard behind the scenes to get everything organised, with little time to setup, it all came together beautifully. Members were, as always, very kind in donating their time to demonstrate on two looms, spinning wheels, blending board and drop spindles.
We had lots of visitors through the day - one of the great things about belonging to a Guild is the passion, support and knowledge that is freely shared. Visitors old and new got to play, advice on everything from processing fleece to warping looms, and a warm invitation to come visit if they are in the neighbourhood.
Our display this year was based on our Guild theme - Colour. Members brought in work they have done in workshops, own work and home work!
Monday, 27 June 2016
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
I went a slightly different route and rather than the what grows from the garden approach, I went through my dyeing suppliers and opted to investigate using Brazilwood powder in a Solar Dye as opposed to a dye bath.
For 50g fleece, this is home grown fleece from my flock (see willing volunteer), I used 50 gms of brazil wood Powder and ¾ tsp of chalk.
I wanted red, I think I have got red. And through the jar I can see variations ranging from a rust orange to a pinky red, so will leave it be for the next month and then see what the fleece looks like.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Having fought through pouring rain to get to the meeting there was a reward in the shape of weaving samples from Angela and Brenda who had done a weekend course in advanced techniques, much gnashing of teeth here, I was booked to do it but was dragged away for the weekend instead!
She demonstrated how to set up a solar dyeing jar using pomegranate skin (it's very warm in her garden!!!) and to our amazement it began to work immediately. I was so impressed that I immediately dashed off to the supermarket to buy 2 pomegranates, and my solar dyeing jar is now set up - in the pouring rain.
I have since discovered however that I am missing a major ingredient for solar dyeing, at least in our climate, and that is patience. I am itching to get my fingers on that wool to see how it looks, but I suspect I have at least 2 weeks more to wait - I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
- Used Tea bags—golden brown
- Old kitchen spices—saffron—yellow
- Turmeric roots—yellow, green
- Avocado Skin and Stone—tan
- Pomegranate Skins—yellow/olive green
- Daffodil flowers—yellow, green
- Ivy—greens, slate/grey
- Hawthorn Blossom, berries, leaves and twigs—yellow, green to dark navy/grey
- Fruit tree bark when pruned
- Willow leaves, bark and leafy stems
- Dark Hollyhock Flowers
- Birch bark—pink
- Elderberry leaves—greens
- Nettles—lemon to green, depending on time of year
- Staghorn Sumac leaves—green
- Rhubarb leaves and roots
- Dahlia flowers and leaves—orange/yellow and greens
- Eucalyptus leaves Tan/orange to maroon
- Hibiscus flowers
- Red cabbage – blue
- Honesty flowers - greens
- Buddleia flowers - greens
- Primula and pansies – darker flowers
- Onion skins – yellow to tan