Well this is a little embarrassing 😳
I’ve just sat down to write a quick post about our January AGM and have realised that I forgot to post about the fantastic workshop we had with Katherine Walsh back in October 2018.
Our October meeting was held in Bishopstown Library on Saturday, 20 October 2018. The following members attended the meeting: Gwen, Heather, Gerda, Olywn, Tish, Maureen, Lora, Lucy, Margarita and Margaret.
The main activity for the meeting was a Naalbinding Demonstration by Katherine Walsh.
Katherine a member of the Léine Medieval Crafters, introduced herself and gave some historical background on the skill of Naalbinding. She also handed out some Pamphlets with more background information on the subject and a step by step guide (with photos) used to produce Oslo stitch – the easiest stitch for beginners in the field. Katherine is a wonderfully patient teacher instilling the critical three Ps into her Naalbinding pupils namely PIVOT, PINCH and PULL.
Naalbinding requires a leap of faith as you pivot, pinch and pull as the beginner can’t really see how their work is progressing. It certainly puts into perspective the luxuries we have today with circular knitting needles, interchangeable heads, stitch markers etc as we strive for perfection at every stage in our finished piece. As I reflect on this I guess our ancestors may have been wiser than us as they strove to produce cloth for everyday living and enjoyed the process of simply producing it. No doubt perfection followed by default as they must have spent an enormous amount of time on fabric production in the course of their lives.
For those of you wishing to learn more, Katherine has written an article on Naalbinding for the Midwinter Night edition of Olann and.
The Guild’s new pop-up sign and flyers arrived, so we’ll be on the road in 2019 trying to encourage people to join up and start weaving, spinning and dyeing.
Following on from the Pin Weaving Workshop in September, members brought along their pieces to show their progress, Maureen was the only member to have managed to finish her work and was in the process of turning it into a notebook cover.
It’s rather lovely don’t you think?