ONSLOW FIBRECRAFTS GUILD
had another stimulating and interesting year at OFG, with
Tuesday morning meetings at
Johnsonville Community Centre in the Trust room, and
Thursday nights on the weeks in between at my home.
have strong membership and are financially in good shape going
Elizabeth has done a sterling job in her first year as secretary. Fiona has been vice president and managed the blog. Florence has been a great support as treasurer for several years, and Sandra has been helping us organise education for our group. It has been my first year as president and I have enjoyed it immensely.
started the year with an outing to Dowse to see weaving by Anne
McKenzie and onto Expressions where we took in the quilting display
and Mt Felix tapestry. Other visits included another trip to Dowse in
September to see work by Lakiloko
Suffrage in Stitches was on in September at Wellington Museum and we were represented by works from Caroline and Winifred. We visited Pataka in October to see work by Val Griffith-Jones, and most recently a group of us visited the Massey University Exposure exhibition in November. These visits are always fun and sociable and we always manage to visit a cafe for some good coffee and refreshments, either before, after or both!
Fibre Gold challenge
In April we were represented by our
team “Oh for Gold” in the runway challenge at the Creative Fibre
National Festival held in Palmerston North. Tomoko modeled a maroon
and gold daywear ensemble. Our team included Nan, Tomoko, Sandra,
Esther, Rachel, Marilyn, Maureen, Fiona, Flo, Glenis, Heather,
Caroline and Romain. Included in the ensemble was a hand woven
embellished skirt, hand felted and embellished jacket and handspun
handknitted top in gold. The process of design to completion was
journaled by Fiona. Our team did us proud with their wonderful
In July we celebrated our 25th
Anniversary in style with a lunch at the Khandallah Trading Co. We
had our own area and speeches from life members Audrey Sangster and
Mary Knox were a highlight for me. Esther made the celebration cake,
Caroline and Elizabeth researched and made a memory board display. I
brought along the mic and amp from our band for the speeches and sang
a silly song about knitting.
Flo and I presented Life membership
to Nan MacDougall, who has been a long standing member, past
president, wonderful weaver and great support and mentor for many
Fiona showed us how to needle felt
We had an introduction to tapestry
weaving led by Esther and Fiona.
Mary Knox came over from the Wairarapa
and taught us all about the different parts of the spinning wheel, a
bit about the history, and how to maintain it. We brought wheels for
We worked on a wet felted cowl with
instruction from Flo.
Anne and Sandra ran an introduction to
Kumihimo, where we learned how to braid.
Jo Reeve from Tawa Group visited and taught us how to do drop spindling.
We had an in-house challenge to make a
hat any way we like for the October meeting. There were 23 entries.
Some were hand spun and knitted crochet, some felted and some a
combination of different methods. It was interesting to see what
people came up with. Romain’s felted pill-box hat won the main
Early this year we participated in the
Creative Fibre Wellington challenge to make items for the women at
the Women’s refuge. The items were to be either for the women to
wear or decorative items to cheer up the bedrooms at the refuge.
There was a formal handover at Pataka where the items were very well
received. At the area meeting yesterday we decided this would
continue and there would be a delivery every six months to the refuge
of items any members would like to make to brighten up the lives of
the women at the refuge. The next collection time will be July 2020.
I have continued to host an evening
group twice a month on Thursday nights (3 years now) so we can
include people who are unable to attend in the day-time and also for
some of us who like get together and craft more often than twice a
month. There are normally from 3 to 9 people attending. It is a
social time with supper and a casual atmosphere, people show their
work get advice and help one to one. It’s also good setting to
introduce friends to the group.
end the year with the AGM and Christmas destash, and
a Christmas party at my home in December.
look forward to a Creative
Fibre Bi-annual Exhibition entitled Four Seasons at Pataka in
of us are working on pieces for it and I am really looking forward to
seeing what people make.
like to thank everyone in group
for their contributions
and support this year.