2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Handweavers Guild of Cork and as part of our celebrations, Tapestry Artist Extroirdinare, Fiona Hutchison will be sharing her love of all things weaving with us later this month.
Traditionally, our January meeting is given over to our AGM and this year was no different from previous years. More unusually for us was the venue, we decided to rent the kitchen in MY Place in Midleton. A great space, created for the community and somewhere we hope to utilise again.
The last guild meeting of 2019 was extremely busy, with lots of business to get through so we’d have the time to make at least one Felted Fairy.
Time for the Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS!
We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to exhibit our Explorations in Colour Project on the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers stand at this year’s Knitting & Stitching Show.
The meeting room filled quickly as each member arrived, many of whom brought with them their 8×8 tapestry square to be mounted on an 8×8 painted canvas, in time for the Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS, starting 7th November to 10th November 2019.
Friday evening saw eight members of HGC gathered in county Kerry, arriving at the Kerry Ocean Lodge, our hostelry for the weekend. Our host Eugene welcomed us, we found our rooms and unpacked. Mary, Lora, Heather, Yvonne, Patricia, Fiona, Stella and myself settled in for the weekend of spinning weaving and chatter. We were sorry Olwyn that you were not able to join us.
Traditionally, there are no guild meetings during the months of July and August, instead, we take a break for the Summer.
Time to reflect on the busy summer we’ve had.
HGC 2019 Dyeing Day held on 20th July 2019 in Lismore
Unlike in previous years, our dyeing day took place in July rather than June. Hosted by Lora and her family at their home in Lismore it was an exceptional day from start to finish. Lora and her family put a great deal of time and energy into preparing a safe and ideal environment for us all to enjoy the ice-dyeing activity, for making tea and coffee available throughout the day and setting up a buffet space for a wonderful feast of a picnic.
With so many of our members keen to work on their Explorations in Colour Tapestries, it was decided that our May get together would be a working meeting.
Each member brought their tapestry weaving project and Tish kindly agreed to be available to give advice to anyone who requested it. In addition to the sale/swap/contribute table, there was also an opportunity to swap yarn for the 8×8 tapestry squares.
There aren’t enough hours in the day of late and even when there are, it would seem my broadband connection has other ideas. That being said, our June meeting is fast approaching and I’ve realised I’m way behind with posts here.
So, travelling back in time to April, I wanted to quickly share the events of our meeting on the 27th, where we looked in more depth at dyeing with onion skins.