Purple is a paradox, a contradiction of a colour. Associated since antiquity with regality, luxuriance, and the loftiness of intellectual and spiritual ideals, purple was, for many millennia, chiefly distilled from a dehydrated mucous gland of molluscs that lies just behind the rectum: the bottom of the bottom-feeders. That insalubrious process, undertaken since at least the 16th Century BC (and perhaps first in Phoenicia, a name that means, literally, ‘purple land’), was notoriously malodorous and required an impervious sniffer and a strong stomach. Though purple may have symbolised a higher order, it reeked of a lower ordure.
The Guild is having a rare night out on the town at THE HAPPENSTORE to introduce spinning and weaving to anyone interested and give our members a chance to socialise in an inspiring setting in the heart of Sydney. Bring along a project, questions, a fibre friend, or just yourself. We have organised wheels, spindles, carders and fibres for the evening. Cost is only $10 at the door.
THE HAPPENSTORE is a beautiful, creative space right on Parramatta Rd. If you haven’t visited this location, you are in for a great surprise to find something so fabulous at your back door! The evening will be a lovely social event for all.
Please forward this email to others who might be interested. Better still, bring them along! We look forward to seeing you soon.
When: Thursday 10 May 2018, 6-9pm
Where: THE HAPPENSTORE, 55 Parramatta Rd, Annandale NSW 2038
Cost: $10 at the door to help cover cost of venue.
Bring: For those new to our craft, come and play. We will have wheels, spindles, carders, looms for your hands on sensory pleasure. Feel free to bring a project you have a question about or just your questions. If members would like to bring a nibbly platter or bottle of wine, it would be much appreciated, but no obligation.
This is an interview with Margie Statheos, president, Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW. 2RDJ interviewed Margie during our 70th anniversary year. Karen Severn, a long time member of the Guild, is also in the interview.
Ever wondered what to do with all that hair your pet sheds?
You could give it to Boronia wool spinner Marion Wheatland.
She has been a wool spinner since the early 1990s and even took her craft to Antarctica.
She teaches wool spinning through her business, Fancy Spinning a Yarn.
When one of her clients asked for her poodle’s fur to be turned into a vest, Ms Wheatland knew she was on to something.
Scientists fed graphine to silkworms and now they can spin silk that conducts electricity.
What a time to be alive.
Silk is already well known for its strength, but scientists want to see how far they can take it.
By Dace Vare
The Ryeland fleece for the Guild’s Rare Breed Spinning Project to celebrate our 70th anniversary was obtained from Marylyn and Des Stevens at Hallylulya, who have been breeding Ryeland sheep since 1955. In fact, when they got married, Marylyn brought her Ryeland sheep with her, which was the start of their flock. The initial reaction of the packers when we started parcelling up the Ryeland fleece was a bit erky perky. Do not despair! Just wash it and you will have a lovely white, bouncy fibre. Read More
The AuNZ Tapestry Group has announced its 2017 challenge for Australia and New Zealand weavers. The subject is “The Elements – Earth, Fire, Air, Water.” Choose any one or more of the elements. The entry must be only one tapestry woven during 2016/17. It can be done in any style you like e.g. abstract to realistic. The woven piece maximum size is 20cm x 20cm. The weaving is due 28 Feb 2017.
Tapestries will be exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Contact Marie Clews email@example.com for an entry form, requirements and further information. Entrants to the 2016 challenge will receive a copy of the 2017 entry form with their returned tapestry.
A recent study of textiles in Peru discovered:
- Blue indigo dye commonly used in today’s jeans was used by pre-Hispanic communities in Peru around 6,000 years ago.
- Use of the complex technique involved in creating indigo dye predates its use by ancient Egyptians by about 1,500 years.
The finding, published in Science Advances, is based on the analysis of blue pigment in a 6,000-year-old piece of cotton fabric found at an archaeological site in Huaca Prieta, on the north coast of Peru. The source of the blue pigment was unknown until today’s study, which used highly sensitive equipment known as high-performance liquid chromatography to determine it was a plant-based form of indigo.
We welcome all members of the Guild and all members of our network groups to participate in a tea towel exchange, as part of our 70th year celebrations in June 2017.
All you need to do is:
- weave four (4) tea towels and keep a weaving record of them;
- send in three (3) tea towels, each with a copy of the weaving record by 23rd June 2017 (details of “where” below); and,
- include a $10 entry fee with each set of three towels.
In exchange, you will receive three (3) different tea towels with their weaving records in August 2017. Read More
The Guild’s rare breed spinning project to help celebrate our 70th anniversary next year has been launched with a spin off of Romney fleece. The Romney Spinning Notes are available for those who want to keep a record of your thoughts and your work.