Swap Meeting 22 July 2014

Swap meetings are always fun.  You never know what treasure you can pick up – unless you are beaten to it because you have drawn a high number.

A table full of treasure.

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The fun starts with drawing a number to determine who has first, second, third……dibs.  

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Not all goods were fibre related however Rachel did score some fibre treasure

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Frances (wearing her lovely hand made coat) with some goodies

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Tomoko and her treasure

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Upper Hutt Spin In

Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers held their annual Spin In on Saturday 12 July

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Edna took part in the knitting competition using alternative needles such as screwdrivers, toothbrushes, kebab sticks, biros and giant needles

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Sheena had a stall selling sock wool, patterns and yarns

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And guess who won a raffle prize?image

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8 July 2014

Mid winter and half way through the year!  That was quick!

Welcome to Maya and Tomoko who joined the learn to spin group and the guild. Maya’s first skein of hand spun is beautiful and Tomoko’s needle felting is very pretty.

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 Romain’a felted scarf is perfect for the cold weather

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Audrey completed her flax flower (following Caroline’s demo last meeting) and attached a brooch pin 

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Slippers in Schools

At the Creative Fibre council meeting held in Dunedin in April it was decide that ‘Slippers in Schools’ was a wonderful community project.

Aunt Maggie’s slipper pattern is available in Volume 17 No.1 June 2014 Creative Fibre

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10th June Casting on / Speed Dating

We divided up into moveable groups and showed each other various methods of how to cast on for knitting or crochet. Wonderful fun. Afterwards some of us showed items we had for Show and Tell – sewing, knitting and crochet.

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Lovely to get together in Winter time, and chat, knit, spin, etc.

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Bev, Esther and Caroline are knitting the ‘crochet cast-on’ that Caroline has just demonstrated.

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Frances showed the cute owl bag that she made for her daughter.

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Audrey showed us her very first spinning from many years ago.

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Anne brought many kumihimo braids she had been making, using wonderful bright coloured thread and a variety of technique. Brilliant.

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Frances showed us fabric flowers that she made.

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Flo has finished her entrelac knit jersey. Brilliant.

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Maureen has made a sea blue jersey with cables and it looks so wonderful.

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Esther made a beautiful pink baby dress.

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Audrey showed her beret with matching insignia as on her woven suit.

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Using hand made fabric and other creations in tailored garments.

13 May 2014

Romain has a background in sewing and tailoring and gave a very practical talk on how we can use our hand made fabrics when making garments.  Members brought along pieces that they wanted advice on.

Romain talks to the group about aspects of sewing, fitting and tailoring using a coat that she helped Flo and Fiona to construct from their felted fabric. Rachel is modeling it.

Romain talks to the group about aspects of sewing, fitting and tailoring using a coat that she helped Flo and Fiona to construct from their felted fabric. Rachel is modeling it.

Rachel models the back of the coat.

Rachel models the back of the coat.

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Show and Tell – 22 April

22 April 2014

Lots and lots of lovely Show and Tell this meeting:

A sample of an item Rachel produces to sell at the market at the top of the cable car.

A sample of a hat in a kit that Rachel produces – one of the items she sells at the market at the top of the cable car.

A variety of cute doll cards that Rachel sells at market.  She has made these from scraps from Audrey.

A variety of cute doll cards that Rachel sells at market. She has made these from scraps from Audrey.

....and closer up.

….and closer up.

Rachel has added this book to the Guild's assets to accompany our loom.

Rachel has added this book to the Guild’s assets to accompany our loom.

Marilyn has been working hard at knitting and felting the yarn that she has dyed and knitted up - we have seen the progress over previous show and tell meetings.

Marilyn has been working hard at knitting and felting the yarn that she has dyed – we have seen the progress over previous show and tell meetings.

Close up of Marilyn's blanket.

Second blanket.

Close up of Marilyn's blanket.

First blanket.

Audrey's beautiful knitted cardigan - what a lovely delicate piece.

Audrey’s beautiful knitted cardigan – what a lovely delicate piece.

.... and closer detail.

…. and closer detail.

Bev has been knitting baby clothes - her grandchild will be the lucky recipient.

Bev has been knitting baby clothes – her grandchild will be the lucky recipient.

Eleanor has knitted this wonderful warm jersey for her husband.

Eleanor has knitted this wonderful warm jersey for her husband.

A lucky child will receive these snug booties that Joy has knitted - great you're back into knitting, Joy!

A lucky child will receive these snug booties that Joy has knitted – great you’re back into knitting, Joy!

Caroline has been felting flowers.  A bright bunch awaiting embellishment.

Caroline has been felting flowers. A bright bunch awaiting embellishment.

Clever Romain has been knitting for herself using her own patterns. The colour with its lovely drape was much admired.

Clever Romain has been knitting for herself using her own patterns. The collar with its lovely drape was much admired.

Romain has also been nuno felting scarves - elegant black....

Romain has also been nuno felting scarves – elegant black….

...and vibrant red, orange and purple.

…and vibrant red, orange and purple.

Flo is re-knitting a jersey for herself using entrelac.  It's looking good.

Flo is re-knitting a jersey for herself using entrelac. It’s looking good.

Nan's amazing entrelac blanket is almost finished, and she has used most of her stash! Well done.

Nan’s amazing entrelac blanket is almost finished, and she has used most of her stash! Well done.

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