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Main Guild Meeting

Date: 18 Apr 2015

12:00 talk: Long Draw Spinning with Pam Austin

"I am a woman with a mission to teach long draw spinning and woolly things and supply Ashford wheels, looms, equipment and top quality fibre. My particular passion is long draw spinning, (i.e. spin arms lengths' of thread at a time rather than a few inches). I think life's too short for anything less than long draw. I am never happier than when helping and inspiring others get the same pleasure from woolly things and as I do. One of my greatest joys is seeing someone I have taught as happy and competent in their craft as I am. I was professionally taught to spin and weave nearly 30 years ago and have been spreading the word ever since. I gained BSc. Hons. and Diploma in Systems Practice from the Open University In 1999 which impacted significantly on my ability to help those who find learning difficult. I started the Guild of Long draw spinners in 2007 and Spinning School in 2010."

2:00 Longdraw Spinning Workshop with Pam Austin

You will need to bring your spinning wheel and clean fleece or rolags. Pam will bring some fleece as well..

2:30: Tunisian Crochet Taster with Linde Merrick

Tunisian or Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting and makes a beautifully dense and squishy fabric. There is no limit to the variety of different Tunisian crochet stitches that can be created, possibilities include cables, textured stitches, ribs, laces, and many others. Tunisian crochet can mimic either knitting or weaving and it is an amazingly versatile technique. Linde will demonstrate this technique and we can try it afterwards.

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