Events and meetings

We need a bit more room for details of our meetings than we have in the margins, so here goes.

baaa

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.

spiiiiin

(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.

weaving

(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!

drum carder

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.

dye results

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

Greenwood

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 NOTE, THIS HAS NOW SWAPPED PLACES WITH THE OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING: so spinning and weaving in September, Needlefelting on 19 October.
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.

Llanidloes

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…

basket of fluff

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

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17 thoughts on “Events and meetings

  1. Nicole Le Maire

    Hello,
    I was fortunate to visit and join in when you felted the booties in May. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it in June. I’d like to join your guild (if this is possible, I haven’t spun yet, am a modest pegloom weaver and have been very keen dying fabrics in the past 😉
    May I join in time to join you on this amazing looking picnic, or would you rather I practice patience a bit longer? Looking forward to hearing fom you.
    Best wishes, Nicole (green booties)

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    1. llynguild Post author

      WE’d love to have you join! I’ll give you a call on the phone number you gave (which I’ve edited out of the comment – you never know…)

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    1. llynguild Post author

      We’d love to have you join! It’s simple – just come along to our next meeting (which is the AGM, but that doesn’t matter) and sign up. I’ll email you with full details, and a contact number for our secretary.

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  2. Helen Roberts

    Hi there, I’d very much like to try weaving and if it’s OK I’d like to come along to Penygroes on January 23rd. I hope this will be OK.

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    1. llynguild Post author

      Hi Helen, of course you’re welcome. Do you have a loom and some bits and pieces to use? I’m not sure if anyone will bring one along on the day, but I can warn…

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      1. Helen Roberts

        I’m a total novice, I don’t have any weaving equipment at all yet but I do have a large bag of undyed Lleyn yarn from my family flock; I think I know which loom I need but expert advice will be very welcome. See you on the 23rd.

  3. Cerys Hawkins

    Hi it’s Cerys from Gwynedd Guild,just wanted to confirm that i would still like to join the felting workshop next week, hope you still have room ! I’ve had a look at what we need to bring. Looking forward to it !

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  4. sarah

    Hello! I am a menswear designer originally from North Wales, just about to graduate from my Masters in London, for my next Collection I plan to feature lots of Welsh sourced craft and craftsmanship to highlight the rich heritage and traditions of crafts such as woollen, weaving and tapestry in Wales and introduce it all to a contemporary market. I am looking for a contact email for someone I could speak to further regarding my project as I would love to tell you more about it and perhaps find a way we could work together!

    Let me know who is best to contact, I look forward to hearing from you! thank you, Sarah

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    1. llynguild Post author

      Hi Amanda, the next full meeting is a workshop – if you check out the events page you’ll see some information about it, dates and all. But we do have a small Sunday Spinners group too, and their next get-together is on the 12th – the Sunday after next, at Penygroes Memorial Hall. That would be a great opportunity to come along and meet some of us before we get deeply involved in bead making at the workshop…

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      1. Amanda Davies

        Thats great thanks. What time is it on the 12th, and I am really interested in the bead workshop on the 30th, if there are places still available.

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