Pin Weaving in September

Maureen, one of our members led a wonderful workshop on Pin Weaving at our September meeting.   Ten members were able to make it on the day; Heather, Gerda, Frances, Mary, Olywn, Tish, Maureen, Lora and her friend Lucy, and Margaret.  

Required supplies were minimal, we all brought a small selection of yarns and a bodkin, whilst Maureen had very kindly prepared the boards we needed for the pin weaving prior to the workshop.  This allowed us to spend as much time working on our projects as possible.

As is often the case when a group of people all work on a similar project, one of the fascinating things is how different the results can be.  It will be interesting to see what the tapestries look like once they are completed.

We were able to continue weaving whilst we caught up on Guild News and the members talked about their Show and Tell items.

In Guild News, we’re delighted to welcome the return of several pieces of equipment we assumed had been lost forever.  The spinning wheel and the loom will be given the once over to ensure they’re in full working order.  After which, all three items be available for hire by our members as per the loan scheme.

For Show and Tell, Mary, delighted us all with a catch up on her 2018 Spinning Diary.  Having stuck to her plan, Mary has managed to spin from her stash of fibre for an hour on most days.  The yarn she has been making is gorgeous, some of which has already been knitted into a couple of shawls.

The day was rounded off with plans for our October and November meetings and a brief look towards 2019 and 2020 when the guild will be celebrating its 40th birthday.

July Catch-Up

Our last meeting was held in Bishopstown Library on Saturday, 21 July 2018.  The following members attended the meeting: Heather, Gerda, Gwen, Olywn, Tish, Maureen and Margaret.

The meeting consisted of a Show and Tell session and an Origami Demonstration.

The Eco dyed scarves from our Dyeing day in June took up most of this session.  Members present were delighted with the end result after unwrapping and washing the scarves and discovering which vegetation lent its colour to the silk and which colours remained fast after washing.

It was great to see the results of some of the scarves.  The different types of leaves left varying degrees of definition.  On Maureen’s scarf some of the bay leaves were just visible and the cow parsley and rosemary were faint.  Maureen’s colour was predominantly yellow from turmeric. Others achieved some very pretty colour combinations – it will be interesting to see the other members’ scarves in September to see which vegetation gave the best results.

Heather brought along some fleece she had spun from the Alpaca wool gift from Gwen; Zwartbles wool from Suzanna in Graiguenamanagh and Suffolk wool. Her favourite was the Alpaca which she described as “like spinning butter”.

Tish brought along a recently completed self-portrait tapestry in different shades of purple, blue and white.  It was greatly admired by all present.

Margaret’s origami lesson was very great fun – we chose from her wonderful selection of pretty paper.  We started with the boat shape, progressed to the little dresses and finally the more complicated crane.  Thanks are due to Margaret who was endlessly patient with us all – as you can see from the pictures, we were all concentrating hard!

Meet the Guild Members – The BSJ Addict

This is the first in a series of posts introducing the current members of The Handweavers Guild of Cork.

We’re an eclectic bunch of fibre enthusiasts, ready to try our hand at any crafts, especially those involving fibre.  In the main we try to focus on weaving, spinning and dyeing, but as you might expect we all tend to enjoy lots of other pastimes.

Introducing Margaret the BSJ Addict…….

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Eco Dyeing Day

Our last meeting was our annual dyeing day, held on 16 June at Gwen’s farm.  What a day we had! The following members attended the meeting: Pascale, Heather, Gerda, Lora, Gwen, Olywn, Margarita, Stella, Frances, Maureen and Margaret.

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International Fibre Arts Festival 2018

On the May bank holiday weekend, the Interconnections 2 exhibition opened, in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.  The event, an exhibition of woven tapestries spread across two venues, is a collaboration between Irish and Scottish artists and runs until 25th May.

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Handweavers Guild of Cork Road Trip Spring 2018

It seemed only fitting that the first HGC blog post on our shiny new platform be about something inspirational and what better to look at than our group trip to Kilkenny.

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