2019 Programme

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January 12th Skills Day – bring and share something you are working on.
Would you like to learn to weave? Are you a beginner / experienced weaver with questions? Mini weaving workshop in morning to help you find solutions.
February 9th Sue Coates
By popular request a return visit by Sue Coates. Mid morning into the afternoon Sue will run an open workshop on all things to do with ancient spinning methods plus of course nålebinding. Sue has kindly offered to make anyone a distaff, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you would like one.

March 9th  Bex Hopkins/Annabel Wilson
10am Mini Fairisle knitting workshop (Bex Hopkins)
2pmAnnabel Wilson from Townhill studio talk on shibori/indigo dyeing.
"About 10 years ago, taking a break from my painting, I started playing with cottons and yarns and just making things which I have done since my earliest days. I explored and experimented, a local weaver and dyer introduced me to natural dyes and indigo. At the same time I came across a book about the art of Japanese shibori. It was an “ah ha” moment, it just called to me. I started to play with dyeing and stitch resist (shibori).The shibori technique is often used to create abstract designs and patterns. What really fascinates me is creating pictures, drawing with the stitches to create images of plants, trees and landscapes on the fabrics. I work from a studio space within my home in Sherborne, Dorset but often I commandeer more of the living space as needed. I see it as atelier living with studio combined.

Ecological concerns are important to me so I use organic and fair trade cotton fabrics for my designs. Though I do use procion reactive dyes I also love to use plant materials gathered in the countryside around or bought from other parts of the world to create subtle colours on my fabrics. I enjoy teaching about shibori and using natural dyes and run a few workshops each year to introduce individuals to this enjoyable process.I create and sew all the designs into my fabrics and then dye them. Then they go to a specialist lampshade maker in Gillingham, Dorset to be made into the lamps with all the associated electrics.

If there is enough interest we will organise a workshop with Annabel later in year.   

April 13th - Skills Morning/Joyce Meader
10am Spinning & weaving mini workshop - carrying on from our January adventures.  Bring your looms, wheels and problem pieces for help and advice from other members.
2pm Joyce Meader, "The Historic Knit",  talk on Knitted Comforts for Soldiers - from the Crimea to the present day; how our skills have provided some home comforts for the armed services.  Joyce is pictured demonstrating knitted World War I garments in a re-enactment at Fort Nelson. Joyce is a historical knitting expert who owns a very extensive collection of commercially printed knitting patterns. Her collection ranges from the 1817 to the present day.These patterns have been put to good use. They are used to recreate items for re-enactors, museums and private clients. Examples of the places that have asked for knitted items from Joyce include The National Army Museum Chelsea, Museum of Army Flying Middle Wallop and the Mountain Heritage Trust Mallory Collection.

May 11th Alison Crosthwaite
10am to lunchtime Alison Crosthwaite will run a workshop on simple loom weaving with lots of colour.
2pm Alison will give a talk on all aspects of her weaving journey.  Alison says "My love affair with fibres started many years ago and many hours were happily spent boiling up onion skins, walnuts, and other substances in order to obtain dyes for fleece. I like to spin and mix and match colours as I go. However it is only recently that I have found weaving. The loom is my canvas and I have discovered that, for me, this is where I can truly express myself. I never plan a design. I enjoy serendipity and enjoy seeing how colours and various textures interact. I never tire of the unexpected, and the excitement of seeing the weaving come together. I have become rather obsessed….I started by weaving (and selling) lots of scarves, but, always one for a challenge, I decided to have a go at making myself a coat. I now have three, and have sold eight others in just over a year!!  As I spin and dye most of the yarns, this is rather time-consuming – but for me this is therapy and incredibly relaxing. I really enjoy the whole idea of art-to-wear and am thinking about new possibilities for the coming year. Watch this space……  If you would like to know more about the techniques she uses, Alison has also published a Kindle book about her art – Fibrefrenzi

June 8th Annual fleece sale all day

July 13th New Forest Show Preparation
Skills day and catch up with cream tea if requested.

September 14th Skills day - bring and share something you are working on.
Georgina Burrows advising on how to process your fleece that you bought in June!

October 12th AGM/Learn a new stitch PM

Learn a new stitch knitting afternoon run by our members for our members.

November 9th Annual Competitions/Amanda Hannaford PM

2pm Amanda Hannaford will give a talk on her trip to teach spinning in Tibet

December 14th Christmas party


June – dates to be finalised Natural dyeing workshop with Annabella Harding
sign up list to follow, article in the spring newsletter to let you know how to prepare. 

Saturday 21st September - Basket weaving workshop (this date to be finalised)
deposit required on signing up please.
Sunday 10th November - One day spinning workshop with Amanda Hannaford at Oakfield Farm, Verwood. List will follow to sign up and deposit please.  


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