Thursday, 15 July 2010
Richard Ashford with his wheels, Janet Phillips with her deals.
He said how the company started with toys,
And wooden things all made by the boys.
He told of the spinning wheels, described with clarity,
That they couldn't sell, so they all went to charity.
He talked about fliers, ratios and things,
That went over our heads, flew away with wings.
Then Kate Sherratt got up from a back row chair,
Showed us how to spin fancy yarns with a flair.
If we had problems David Herring was there,
To give us advice on the wear and the care
And then we all stopped and had lots to eat,
The food was plentiful, a really good treat.
Then Kate went up to one end of the room,
And showed us a new way to warp up a loom.
Some of us got some more spinning done,
Yes, another good time of Ashford Day FUN!
Poem by Catherine Housley.
The Derbyshire Guild would like to thank the Staffordshire Moorlands Guild for inviting us to a great Ashford Day. Their hospitality and food was fantastic, we all had a real good time!
Our thanks also go to Richard Ashford, Kate Sherratt and David Herring for making the day most interesting and informative. Thanks to, for the free samples of fibres and 'The Wheel' magazine. It was great to see the new products that will be for sale at this years Woolfest. We would like to wish Richard and staff a safe journey back to New Zealand.
After the AGM we had the annual guild competition where members submitt work in five catagories: Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Felt making and Creativity.
This years winners:
1st. - Anne Urquhart for handspun pure Silk
2nd - Anne Urquhart for handspun Blue Face Leicester
3rd - Frances Cooper for handspun Cashmere
1st - Anne Warwick for three hand woven yarn holder bags
2nd - Doreen Woodham for hand woven container
3rd - Stuart Groom for a trio of hand woven braids
1st - Anne Warwick for Navajo ply hand dyed yarn
2nd - Anne Warwick for hand dyed Cotswold fleece waistcoat
3rd - Catherine Housley for natural dyed handspun yarns
1st - Catherine Housley for felted flowers
2nd - Margareta Dawson for a felted cushion
3rd - Chris Sault for her Thermofleece felted box
1st - Doreen Woodham for her Woven container.
Hazel and Jean looking at some of the beautiful books Stacey brought along with her that she uses for inspirational guide.
The challenge was to see just how creative our guild members could be. Well, it was not the best of stuff to deal with, it seemed to shred and shed bits of stuff everywhere, it was rough and tough so you would not want to wear it. But our guild members were not deterred by any of this and true to form, like the creative bunch they are, they presented an interesting array of things from felted animals, bags, ear mufflers, a hot pan holder, pictures, bookcovers and felted boxes. So well done to you all!
If anyone has photographs of these items for this post please send them to me.
We all had a go - some of us were better than others......me, I was not so good at it, being hampered by my not so dexterous arthritic fingers. Tanya brought along some of her nalbinding work to show us, mittens, boots and bags. I don't have any photographs to post of these item yet but will add them at a later date. So if any guild members out there has photographs of this workshop, I would be pleased if you could share them with us.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
PROGRAMME for 2010:
- Sat. 9th Jan. - Spin-in, show off you fibrous Christmas gifts.
- Fri. 29th Jan. - Nalbindning with Tanya Patmore.
- Sat. 13th Feb. - Resist Felt Landscape with Janet Phillips.
- Fri. 26th Feb. - Show and Tell/ Thermo Fleece Challenge.
- Sat. 13th Mar. - Weaving Texture Workshop with Stacey Harvey Brown.
- Fri. 26th Mar. - AGM and Guild Competition.
- Sat. 10th Apr. - Spin-in and Sales table in aid of the CONI charity (Care Of the Next Infant).
- Fri. 30th Apr. - Talk on Angora Rabbits by Richard Grindey of the Angora Rabbit Club.
- Sat. 8th May. - Visit to the Kaleidoscope Exhibition at Mansfield Museum.
- Fri. 28th May - Mongolian Argali & Anecdotes talk by Alison Thornhill.
- Sat. 12th June - Napalese Children's Trust Talk and Sale with Gwenda Culkin.
- Fri. 25th June - No Meeting, members at Woolfest.
- Sat. 10th July - An Abundance of Braids and Bands with Jennie Parry.
- Fri. 30th July - Spin-in work on your latest project & Woolfest fibres.
- Sat. 14th Aug - Guild Outing, open house at Muriel's.
- Fri. 27th Aug - Summer break, no meeting.
- Sat. 11th Sept - Spin, weave or felt workshop.
- Fri. 24th Sept - The prehistoric uses of natural fibres, talk by Peter Groom.
- Sat. 9th Oct. - 'The Fruit Course' a day of Dyeing with Mary Hawkins.
- Fri. 29th Oct - Spin-in, wpork on your latest project.
- Sat. 13th Nov - Needle Felting Workshop with Kim Smith.
- Fri. 26th Nov - Spinning, Weaving & Dyeing in the 1500s talk by Alison Coates.
- Sat. 11th Dec - Christmas Meeting and Shared Lunch.
Guild Newsletters will be issued in January, April, July and October. Details of workshop materials and equipment required will be listed in the newsletters.
Monday, 31 May 2010
- The 2009 meeting got off to a good start on Saturday 10th January with a Spin-in. Members brought along their stash of interesting fibres to share with us all.
- At the Friday evening meeting on the 30th January 2009 Jean Groom and Ann Jones gave a very interesting talk and slide show of their trip to Bhutan.
- The Saturday workshop on the 14th February 2009 - Making a woven corrugated cardboard basket led by Karen Edwards.
- Friday evening meeting on 27th February 2009 was a Drop Spindling night led by Alison Daykin.
- Saturday 14th March 2009 workshop we all enjoyed A Vegetarian Platter of Dyeing with Mary Hawkins with some lovely results.
- Friday evening meeting on 27th March 2009 was the guilds AGM and annual competition.
- At the Saturday workshop on the 11th April 2009 we all made 3D Felted Mittens with Penny Marsden. After a lot of hard work we all went home with a lovely pair of brightly coloured felted mittens that were a perfect fit.
- Friday evening meeting on the 24th April 2009 was a show and tell night with members bringing along the projects they were working on.
- Saturday 9th May 2009 we had a very interesting Antiques Road Show with a Buy, Sell or Exchange table.
- The Friday evening meeting on the 29th May 2009 Jean Groom gave a talk called The Story of my Wheels. Jean brought in 8 of her 9 wheels. Each wheel had a story behind it on how she acquired it. A lovely nostalgic evening with some beautiful spinning wheels.
- Saturday 13th June 2009 was the Derbyshire guilds open day held in the Hazelwood Village Hall. The Threshing Barn stall was in attendance along with other stalls with lots of goodies on sale. Some excellent food was provided along with some excellent company from visiting guild and friends.
- There was no Friday evening meeting at the end of June 2009 because most of us were at Woolfest up in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The weather was very warm and it's hard to believe not long after Cockermouth was flooded out and homes were under 5 ft or more of water. The later half of 2009 was a very hard for Cockermouth, but they are fighting back to get ready for Woolfest 2010 and we will all be up there this year for Woolfest to support the people of Cockermouth.
- Saturday 11th July 2009 we had a most interesting and informative workshop run by the Ladies of the Long Draw Spinners. Pam Austin gave a talk on the history of long draw spinning, then the three ladies, Pam, Rosalind and Val set about teaching us all the technique of long draw spinning. By the end of the workshop we were all mastering it. Well done ladies.
Well that brings us to half way through 2009 so here are some photographs to go with these events sofar.
Photographs from the Saturday weaving workshop held in Novembre 2009