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I am now a paid up member of the Spinners’, Weavers’ and Dyers’ Guild and I attended my first meeting on 21st January. I was expecting maybe about 20 people but was quite unprepared for the volume of people and the level excitement and activity of around 60+ men and women.
Members turn up with all shapes and sizes of spinning wheels or what ever their latest project is...sewing, knitting, weaving. The first part of the day is spent with a great deal of interchange between members about what they have been up to. There are also stalls so members can buy and sell from each other - craft books, dyed wool, equipment etc. In the afternoon there is a set topic, and on this occasion it was a team of experts from existing members doing a question and answer session trouble shooting other members problems.
I had quite a few questions answered successfully and was made to feel very welcome and involved. I met a fellow felter called Julie and we swapped lots of felting chat and ideas. Members are encouraged to bring along samples of work to share with other people, something I will certainly be doing next time.
Well it’s the next meeting in a few days and I’m already looking forward to the talk on ‘Silk’ I’ll be taking some of my things to share and maybe this time I’ll be able to help and support someone else.
Hi I'm Mo Jackson from Brighton UK and I'm a creative felt maker/tutor.