We need a bit more room for details of our meetings than we have in the margins, so here goes.
The meetings are fun (and useful – great for improving technique or just finding out how things are done, or for picking other people’s brains and solving problems). They are generally open to non-members, with the exception of the very occasional workshop or meeting where numbers have to be limited – but of course we welcome new members ordinarily.
If you are wondering whether to join us, do come and have a try: the first meeting is free and the charge thereafter is very low. Membership is a very reasonable £15. Meetings are in the Neuadd Goffa, Penygroes Memorial Hall unless otherwise indicated; they start at 10.00 a.m. and generally finish around 3.00 p.m.
(People often bring wheels and / or knitting whatever the subject of the day, by the way.)
23 February: Show and Tell – with spinning and weaving
This year the show and tell is for anything relevant – spun, woven, knitted, crocheted or dyed – which we haven’t seen before. There’s no overall theme, so being whatever you want (but maybe not actual sheep).
23 March: Weaving a bag on a box
This workshop is one that was postponed from last year. A bit of an experiment, but we’ve seen it done and it looks really interesting. You will need a suitable box – not too small, because that can be quite fiddly, and it should be strong enough to resist the pull of the warp (a box previously holding six bottles of wine would be ideal). Plus wool to use, including some strong enough for the warp.
(Image courtesy of Terry Olson Tapestry in the US)
20 April: Spinning and weaving
It’s always worth coming along to these, particularly if you are having problems with anything – from wheel maintenance to problems with plying, to awkward specialist questions about weaving. Someone will be able to help.
22 and 23 April: Wonderwool Wales, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
A lovely show (you don’t have to spend anything, honest), worth going just for the scotch eggs. Oh, and the sheer inspiration.
18 May: Blending, with Jill Shepherd
We’ve heard some excellent reports of Jill’s workshops on blending, so now is our chance to experience one at first hand. She will be providing all materials (bring along some of your won if you wish) and equipment – £5 charge – and we will probably be spinning in the afternoon, so bring a wheel / spindle / whatever!
29 June: Spinning and weaving
This would be a great opportunity to spin up some of the results of the blending workshop. Just saying!
28 July: Dyeing picnic
This is such a lovely day, whatever the weather. And the results are fab.
The day is full of wool and colour and good company. Plus there’s the ‘bring a dish’ lunch, too. So don’t forget to bring a plate of food – savoury or sweet – plus about eight or ten small skeins for dyeing. Make sure your skeins are clearly marked so you can distinguish them from everyone else’s in the dye pot (buttons on a thread are good, and people have used discarded sheep ear tags or bright, non-dyeable thread), and extra dye pots are always welcome. We’ve had boiling hot weather, we’ve had wet weather, we’ve had cold weather, we’ve had windy weather but we dye on regardless. Be prepared for anything.
August: Date TBCF. Spinning in public at the Greenwood Forest Park
A great day in 2015 and 2016 – and we’re looking forward to repeating the experience in 2017. Details to follow!
24 August: Domino knitting workshop
Details to come, but you’ll obviously need needles and yarn!
21 September: Needle felting workshop
More information to follow here too….
7 October: ALL-WALES EVENT, LLANIDLOES
This is a fabulous day, a chance to see work produced by all the Welsh Guilds, and meet up with friends and fellow fibre addicts.
Oh yes, and there’s a marketplace too. Hm.
19 October: Spinning and weaving
This session could be useful for finishing anything which came out of the previous two guild workshops (and getting help if needed), or perhaps for showing everyone what you bought at the All-Wales Event…
17 November: AGM, spinning and weaving, and the Christmas lunch…
Bring your ideas for 2018, too.
and, into 2018:
11 January: Spinning and weaving, plus subs