Everyone is welcome at their monthly meetings, and every member of the guild has different skills and they are all keen as mustard to share their knowledge. Such a wide range of people attend although the majority of members are retired. The youngest person at the meeting on Saturday looked to be about 12, and I think I sat next to one of the eldest members, Ruth who I believe is 97.
|Poster for Guild Exhibition 2011|
Most meetings they invite guest speakers, last Saturday it was Alison Crosthwaite whose work in all it's varying forms is like a huge eyegasmic explosion of colour and textiles.
She's got me all fired up, I want to create, upcyle and dye my own hand spun yarn.
Fortunately the Chairwoman of the guild is also a friend of mine and she's gonna teach me to spin and dye. I'm not sure how I'm going to fit time in to go to work :)
|Water colour by Alison Crosthwaite.|
I'm knitting a winsome whippet for a dear work friend whose much loved pooch died last Summer. (He's not a whizz on computers so I'm pretty sure he won't catch on to what I'm doing for him). I made the dog's legs at the weekend so it seems quick to knit, but I am having to concentrate as it's fiddly. I'll take some pics when he's finished.
I've also been collecting some nice textiles to help with my crafty upcycling ideas. I want to make more time to be creative this year, it always seems to come last on my agenda, after housework and shopping etc. I just need to plan it in and it will happen, or so the theory goes.
Look at these lovelies.
They've all been recycled once, that's how I got my mitts on them, but they are destined to go on to bigger and better things. Most satisfying.