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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
In 2015, the Guild, using Freda Neale funds, commissioned Marie Clews to train the weaving room staff at Inala Disability Service to develop projects suitable for their disabled clients.
Dulkara narrow weaving for bag strap.
The weaving room at Inala has 8 to 10 clients at a time. Marie has been attending the facility on a regular basis, either when the Inala clients are weaving or after hours to instruct the Inala teacher. The teachers at Inala have no previous weaving experience. Marie said, “Since there is usually only one other aide in the room, the teacher cannot spend much time learning the basics of weaving.” Some of the clients are capable of weaving by themselves, others need one-on-one help, while a few have been weaving for years very competently. Read More
The newly formed Weaver’s Interest Group got together and launched their first challenge to Guild Members last week. The group, welcoming all weavers, meets monthly for discussions, show and tell, inspiration and solutions to your weaving questions. Read More
Try something new or upgrade your current skills with the exciting 2018 Summer School (3-23 January). You can book online. The course line up is incredible and will sell out quickly. Classes also make a fantastic Christmas gift for you or a friend.
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