Wool and Fleece Fair / Ffair Gwlan a Cnu

At the beginning of February a really great day was held in Penygroes celebrating all things woolly.  There was everything from fleeces to felting:

and slippers to Saori weaving:

People were selling, demonstrating and talking about their passions, fleeces were for sale and there were exciting discussions about taking this event into the future.  The Llyn and Gwynedd Guilds were represented and we happily spoke to many visitors. A  lot of the people who came to the Fair had no idea that so much was going on in the area.

Here are some more pictures from the day!

 

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A new year, a farewell and a new start

Hiya, and happy 2018 to everyone!

This is my last post as blogger to the Llyn Guild; the pressure of work has made it increasingly difficult for me to get to meetings, and so I am handing over to another of our members. But before I go, I thought I’d have a quick look at the last six years of the blog, and at some of the things we have done.

We’ve spun a lot, both at specialist workshops, on our general spinning and weaving meetings, and in public. We’ve woven, and we’ve dyed; we’ve knitted and crocheted, we’ve felted and we’ve made beads. We’ve been on trips, we’ve worked together on a fleece-to-throw project, and we’ve had fun.

There have been dyeing picnics:

There have been workshops, covering everything from art yarns to weaving on an inkle loom to felting:

We’ve spun in public, at a garden centre, in the castle at Caernarfon, at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, at an open farm sunday, and at a local eco-park, with added dinosaur.

It’s been a blast!

 

Needle felting (careful…)

Our recent workshop was on needle felting, and specifically on 3D needle felting. Many of us have played with the pad and the rather dangerous – unless you’re careful – needles in the past, but not all of us have had a go at making needle-felted animals. This was our chance, and here’s a progression…

It’s going to be a head. Or maybe a body.

Definitely a body.

The first one was indeed a head, now attached and given a nose.

One penguin watching the birth of another penguin. As it were…

and here’s a duckling, and a whole array of other creatures:

and, of course, a toadstool.

Many, many thanks to our tutors, and to Sue who took the pictures!

And many thanks to all the people who have enjoyed our blog, contacted us through it, come along to our meetings because of it or said hello to us when they have spotted us spinning in public. Sadly, this will be the penultimate post (at least for a while – who knows, circumstances may change). The demands of work have made it very difficult for me to get to meetings and it’s not the same if you can’t join in. So in the next post I will round off the year with a look back at the six and half years of Llyn Guild blogs – and our online activity will move exclusively to our Facebook page.

Delightful dominoes

We had a knitting workshop, inspired by the beautiful jacket one of our members was wearing last year. Domino knitting – like this:

It’s a great way for using all the odds and bobs of yarn we all have lying around, and is particularly effective with variegated yarns, like these being used by one of our members who had never previously tried domino knitting:

Some of us already had experience with dominoes:

and brought along inspiring examples. Here are a few more photographs from the day, some featuring handspun as well as commercial yarns. Wondering what to do with all those small quantities of precious handspun? Now we know!

And thanks to Lynne, who led the workshop, and to everyone who brought in such lovely work to inspire us.

 

Dyeing the rainbow

Our annual dyeing picnic this year featured rainbow dyeing:

and was brilliantly organised (as usual). Some of the dye materials were rather appetising, like these blackberries

some less so – these are oak galls:

As always, the results were fascinating in the way different skeins, different fleeces took up the dyes, and in the different results everyone produced.

Below is a gallery of the day’s work; as normal just click on an image for a slideshow. Huge thanks to Jean for running the day, to Ann for the hospitality and to Susan for taking the pictures. There are some more which she put up on our Facebook page, too.

Blending beauty

We had a fabulous workshop recently (apologies for the delay in this post, by the way, but work just gets in the way), with Jill Shepherd. Blending on the drum carder – and what fun we had!

The day was full of colour and texture, starting with us having to make a choice from this fabulous selection:

and thinking about contrast and textures (sparkly bits and silk, anyone?). We spread our choices out,

and then the fun began:

Along the way we were shown some useful tricks, like taking the fibre off the drum carder with a pair of chopsticks:

And we had some lovely blends to take home and spin up:

Thank you, Jill, for a great day!

A weaving workshop

As a Guild, many of us weave. We don’t necessarily bring looms to meetings, and we don’t always have weaving workshops – though there have been a few lately. Our most recent meeting was one, and this time looms were not needed. We were weaving bags on boxes.

The boxes had to be quite substantial because – as you can see – they had to withstand the pull on the warp….

Wine boxes – or in this case, a rum box – are ideal!

Then, once warped up, you can begin weaving.

There were quite a variety of approaches:

and everyone had a distinctive take.

There’s a lot to get done in one day, and hopefully some finished examples will be brought along to our next meeting, but here are some which were finished beforehand to demonstrate what can be achieved:

and how about this cutie?

(And apologies for the delay in posting, caused by a perfect storm: a combination of work, illness and computer problems, and huge thanks to Ramona for taking the photographs….)