A well-attended workshop led by Lynne and supported by Edna- what a team they made! Both had brought along examples of the stitches we were going to learn
Lattice with textured ripple-
Solomon’s Knot –
A guide to Solomon’s knot crochet can be found here
Tunisian crochet –
A good basic tutorial for Tunisian crochet can be found here
We were a group with varying experience and ability with crochet and it was great to see those with more experience helping when others got stuck.
Our sample piece for latticework began with a chain of 33 with 5 extra for the turn-
Work was turned and a treble crocheted into the 3rd chain along, followed by a chain of 3 and a treble again into the next 3rd chain (Heck! I hope I’m giving the right instructions- Lynne, Edna shout out if it’s wrong! )
Once you get the hang of it and sort out treble crochet against double crochet…. or half treble…, or double treble….. or even triple treble……, bearing in mind UK terms are different in some cases to USA….it’s then plain sailing……….!
Some were content to carry on simply with the lattice work,
Some added the wavy ripple effect. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos, as once again I was so involved with my crocheting! If anyone has carried on and wants to email me a photo of their work, I’ll add it to the blog.
The wavy effect is achieved by starting on the foundation row of the lattice work- work 2 trebles into the bottom right hand side edge (downwards), 3 trebles into the the lower side (right to left), 3 trebles into the left hand side edge (upwards), 3 trebles along topside of lattice square (right to left)
Examples of different types of crochet brought in by Lynne and Edna
It is so lovely to have members who have such a variety of skills and are happy to share them with the rest of the guild. So thank you, Lynne and Edna, for your time and talents.
And once again, members demonstrating other skills
And another, with a large square pin loom blanket. which might lead to another workshop………
And following on from the Dorset button workshop last month, Mary, who is making a bride’s, and bridesmaid’s dress, has decided to make her own buttons for this project……..
Whilst tidying the store cupboard I came across a lot of very interesting documents and photos relating to the setting up of the Llyn Guild of WSD in 1980. Here is some information by a member, I don’t know who, but a lovely little reminiscence about a founder member, the late Peggy McGinn.
‘I moved to Wales in 1997 and was taken along to a meeting of the Lleyn Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and within half an hour I was having my first spinning lesson from Peggy. Peggy was a founder member of the Guild which was started in 1980.
The idea for the Guild originated in the summer of 1980 when a few keen spinners, mainly from the Gwynedd Guild, met up to see if they could find a room to start a spinning club.
At the Guild’s 15th anniversary meeting Peggy said that “members of Gwynedd Guild from the Pen Llyn area have found it too difficult to attend meetings held in Bangor and had got together, and with a great deal of hard work, set up the Lleyn Guild”
Meetings were held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month at Glynlliffon College and within a few years they also started holding some full day meetings as it was felt that 2 hours was too short a time to learn a new craft. Meetings later moved to Penygroes Memorial Hall and eventually the evening meetings stopped and full day meetings were held every month.
Exhibitions were held in Caernarfon Castle, daily for two weeks in the summer. There was a great deal of interest shown by sightseers at the castle and many of the younger visitors were able to try their hand at spinning. The sale of items made by the members also helped to finance the Guild. lt was rather cold and damp sitting in the castle and it was a wonder that all the exhibitors did not get pneumonia (l believe that Peggy and Johnny nearly did)
Fleece to Garment Competitions were held at Penrhyn Castle and later at Plas Newydd on Anglesey with teams of 6 (later 5) from other guilds in the area competing. Johnny organised the event. Each team was provided with a bag of raw fleece, a pattern, and some fancy yarns and buttons to decorate the finished garment. The teams were only allowed 4 hours to finish the garment and it was quite amusing for onlookers to see 2 or 3 team members trying to finish knitting and sewing up the garment all at the same time. It was a tiring but most enjoyable day.
Tryfan Crafts was started to allow any craft people in the area to meet up for a day once a fortnight to knit, spin, weave and share ideas about any of their interests.
Various outings were organised by Peggy for the Guild including one memorable Mystery Trip which managed to keep everyone guessing until it reached its final destination. Somewhere to eat of course.
Peggy also arranged outings for Tryfan Crafts twice a year to Abakhan to stock up on craft materials. The first destination on arrival was always the cafe and then everyone bought large quantities of wool, material, cotton and craft items in general so that the coach was packed as we travelled home.
Over the years our members learnt many new crafts from outside. tutors and also from some of our own knowledgeable members too many to mention by name. There was dyeing, felting, crochet, weaving and much, much more. From Peggy we learnt how to make Dorset buttons and berets and she taught many of us to spin.
It is thanks to the hard work of Peggy and other like-minded members that the Lleyn Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is still thriving after 36 years.’
How lovely that Peggy’s legacy is carried on by present day members.