Wonderwool Wales 2016

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This was our SAORI stand at Wonderwool Wales, once again shared with Wayward Weaves from Stroud. As usual we had a ‘studio’ area one side where people could try out the looms and see samples of SAORI woven cloth, and a shop area the other side. However, the investment in a display system and having a bigger range of SAORI equipment and materials, including ready-made warps and inside sets, made the whole stand much look more professional this year and we had a very successful show.

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This lady cannot use her legs so we set up the hand switcher to enable her to have a go. She was very happy.

 

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I think the highlight of the show for me was when Gill came to try out the wheelchair accessible loom. She was thoroughly enjoying playing when a young weaver came by, interested to see a loom so different from those she had used in school. Totally unprompted by me Gill asked her if she would like to have a go. This was so spontaneous and generous and truly demonstrated the SAORI principles of ‘looking through eyes that shine’ and ‘share with everyone in the group’.

Fibre from Chile

I bought a bag of fibre in assorted colours  from the Añañuca stand at Woolfest in June. I had a long chat with Liz (who I bumped into in the showers of the campsite we were staying in!) and I sincerely respect their philosophy and ethos in “all of our products are handmade, and traded fairly, showing due respect for the skills of the artisan and their need to make a dignified livelihood.”

I love the softness of these colours and, after re-carding to make drawing out easier, I spun the fibres in a random order partly on my tibetan support spindle (my favourite at the moment,  http://www.michael-williams-wood.co.uk/sitefiles/tibetan.jpg ) and partly on the wheel. The spindle spinning was a lot finer than the wheel spinning and I ended up plying some of it straight 2 ply and some navaho ply. I am aiming to weave with it soon.

Re-carded the fibre to open it out more

Re-carded the fibre to open it out more

Two spun and plied hanks

Two spun and plied hanks

Showing the difference between the 2 ply and the navaho ply

Showing the difference between the 2 ply and the navaho ply

 

 

 

New Discoveries under Bangor

Work is continuing apace on the renovation of the old Bishop’s Palace into the new venue for the Bangor Museum Art Gallery that is to be renamed “Storiel” (‘Stori and Galeri). Work on the grounds revealed a cobbled path leading from the front of the Palace to the Cathedral. More was found underneath the cobbles and they have now discovered the remains of a bakery.

I am really looking forward to learning more about these new finds that will add to the fascinating story of the City of Bangor already shown in the museum. Also the new gallery will be open longer hours and have more activities to involve the community. Hooray for Bangor!

Follow this link for more information http://www.amgueddfagwyneddmuseum.org/bishops-palace-development/

The cobbles revealed from the front of the Bishop's Palace to the Cathedral

The cobbles revealed from the front of the Bishop’s Palace to the Cathedral

Uncovering the site of a bakery

Uncovering the site of a bakery

Renovating the new site for "Storiel"

Renovating the new site for “Storiel”

Continuation of the path from the Bishop's Palace to the Cathedral

Continuation of the path from the Bishop’s Palace to the Cathedral

Guild Dyeing Day

The Gwynedd Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers dyeing day was on 5th september in one of the greenhouses at the Treborth Botanical Gardens. A perfect warm and sunny day. Great friendship and cooperation, sharing at its best. And some very interesting results.

Dyed yarns in the sun

Dyed yarns in the sun

Woad vat

Woad vat

Hollyhock petals

Hollyhock petals

Kool aid for vibrant colour

Kool aid for vibrant colour

Chopping roots

Chopping roots

Treborth Botanical Gardens provide the most fabulous venue.

Treborth Botanical Gardens provide the most fabulous venue.

The results of my dippings

The results of my dippings

The Anglesey Show 2015

We had a great time at the Anglesey Show. We took two looms and a lot of people had a chance to have a go, particularly the children. I hope that many of them will come to the studio for classes. I shared the stand with Margaret Markland so we had a good balance between Saori weaving and rigid heddle weaving. Bright, colourful, cheerful and inspirational. That just about sums it up I think!

Margaret on our stand

Margaret on our stand

Saori samples

Saori samples

SAORImôr display

SAORImôr display

A selection of Saori bags

A selection of Saori bags

Margaret working on her rigid heddle loom

Margaret working on her rigid heddle loom

SAORI sampling fun

At last I have found a use for all those old black tights that have been collecting in my drawer. They are remarkably effective as elasticated yarn in the weft to create ruffles and textures that will be useful for making clothing.

Stretchy yarns make ruffles

Stretchy yarns make ruffles

more ruffles

more ruffles

 

Useful technique, so many possibilities!

Useful technique, so many possibilities!

Cycling to work

I am really a fair-weather cyclist so I make the most of the warmer months and cycle to work.

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I go via the back lanes to avoid the hazard of traffic that is unable to pass me safely but does so anyway. I can also pace myself up the hills and against the gusts of wind. It is wonderful and there is always something to see.

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Did you know that the metal frames of the SAORI looms are made in a bicycle factory?