A very well attended workshop run by Edna- and what a quiet, concentrated session it was!
Edna brought along a wide range of buttons that she had made
We started by casting on around the ring in blanket stitch
and then slicked these stitches to the back or inside the ring, leaving a smooth edge to the button.
Laying down of an even number of spokes for the warp comes next
Once this is complete the rounding can begin. This done by backstitching around the spokes from the centre outwards.
This forms the basic Crosswheel button.
There are many variations that can be done and a few were tried out
Edna then showed us how to make a Yorkshire button
And several had a go and ended up designing their own!
For those who love making buttons, this book has been recommended
Thanks to Edna who is a skilled and talented member of the Llyn Guild. It was a lovely day!
Calon Wlan held the Spring Fair at the Neuadd Goffa, Penygroes on Sunday 24 February and although it was quite a late arrangement, it was quite well attended.
There were spinning demonstrations by the Llyn Guild WSD and a good display of work
Some visitors were surprised to find there was a Guild so local and asked many questions about spinning, weaving and dyeing methods. It was so lovely to see this interest. One young lady’s husband had bought her a couple of sheep, a wheel, carders and other equipment for Christmas and asked for advice on a variety of things.
We may have a couple or so new members at the next meeting! Also the original Guild spinning wheel may be going to a prospective new member, which is good news.
So thank you to Lilian, Carol, Jannicke and Sue for promoting our Guild and thank you to Rachel for supplying items to display.
Jannicke also brought along items for display from her craft and felting group, Floyd, based in Llanberis
Rose Green of Saorimor was here with her beautiful Japanese style weaving, demonstrating the craft as well as having articles for sale.
Another major contributor was Lucy of Patchwork Sheep
Besides setting up the Calon Wlan website and caring for a flock of 50 sheep, she also uses her fleeces to create beautiful objects. This is a selection of her work
Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs returned again with her lovely woven and crochet work for sale
There were fleeces for sale
And alpaca fleece and yarn from Snowdonia Alpacas
Calon Wlan is a group that aims to bring together local sheep farmers and fibre craftspeople. It has been up and running for just a year. Last year a Wool and Fleece Fair was held in Penygroes and a Summer Fair at Hafod Y Llan, a National Trust farm near Beddgelert; both events were very well attended.
Research is being undertaken by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig at the request of Calon Wlan into the wool industry in North Wales. They are looking to see if there is a need for a micro-processing plant in North Wales. There has been a lot of interest in this. If you feel you can make a contribution, contact Carwyn@mentermon.com or ring 01766515946