Sunday, 16 April 2017

Abergele Spring Festival

Easter in the Park Day.
Abergele District Action Group Fun Day
What you will.
The Abergele District Action Group run a good event, with efficient organisation and cheerful helpers, so we were pleased to be invited back - this time for their Easter Fun Day.  Jenni and Alison set off bright and early to Pentre Mawr Park in Abergele to show the flag for the Spinners and Weavers in our home town.  We had an excellent position by the walled garden, with lots of space for our new gazebo.  As there was only a light breeze, we put it up without any trouble - but unfortunately the light breeze was a chilly one, and by the end of the day we were seriously thinking of wearing all the hand knitted garments in our display.  Hilary joined us for the afternoon, and many hands certainly made light work for taking down and packing away.

There were lots of visitors (probably because the event was free!) and we had lots of interest in our spinning and weaving.  As usual, the children "cottoned on" to the ideas and one or two even had a go at the drop spindling.  And, as usual, there was one bright spark who immediately worked out exactly what all the bits on the spinning wheel are for.
Jenni all in the Green Grotto
 Our next event:  our usual Monday evening meeting, April 24th in Abergele.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Open Day 2017

The sun shone brightly on our first Open Day in Betws yn Rhos, and we really appreciated the spacious accommodation in the Community Centre.  Thanks to the hard work by Bryn and Jenni (Hilary and Alison being mostly elsewhere) stallholders, Guild members and visitors all had a good time, taking advantage of the free tea and cakes!
As always, we were pleased to welcome friends old and new from other local Guilds - thanks to them for coming.  Following recent (good) publicity we also met several members of the public who came along to see what we do.
We were sorry that our local drop spindle maker was unable to join us, but were able to gaze enviously at Chris Jukes's wonderful collection and marvel at her expertise during her demonstration.  Mandy Coates brought her baskets, Krithia brought wares from the Anvil Pottery and Glenys Snowdonia Wools brought her lovely yarns and knitting sundries.
A quiet moment in the hall

Betty enjoying the sunshine.

On-site advertising - bunting and banner.


...and her collection.

Jenni and Shirley brought fibre from their flocks, and most of us contributed to the stash sale - thanks to Val and Edith for taking the money on our behalf.  We had a really good display of work by Guild members - weaving, spinning and dyeing all on view.  Jenni's tombola was a star attraction with Super Prizes, and it generated a staggering amount of money for our coffers.
All in all, an excellent day out.  Thank you to all who helped, and who attended.  Here's to next year!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Exactly a month late.

Some photographs taken at last month's meeting, with apologies for not getting round to posting them at the proper time.
Lots of colour in evidence on a February day: spinning of course, and also weaving and friendship-bracelet making by our youngest participant.
I hope that today's meeting is as successful!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A quiet Monday in January.

Not too many of us at our Monday evening meeting yesterday, but we got a lot done.  Spinning, weaving, exhibition planning, sock knitting ... cake eating, tea drinking.  You can't say we're idle.  And, off-stage, Val and Alan have been busy again.
Val's handspun, dyed carefully in sections and woven by Alan on his  home-made mega pin-loom.

 Thanks once more to Val for the cake and tea.  See you all at Betws yn Rhos next month.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas (only slightly early)

Another Spinning Sunday in Betws yn Rhos, and as it is almost Christmas - but not quite -  we had a suitably celebratory shared lunch.  Amazing soup from Val for starters, which would normally have been a lunch in itself for most of us.  However, we took several deep breaths and pushed on regardless to quiche, beans, salad, humus, sausages, bread etc. etc., and then ....... puddings (scones, fruit....).  I forgot to take a cake photograph as there wasn't any of your actual cake, but here is a post-pudding snap:

Further entertainment was provided with Jenni's Amazing Christmas Quiz with generous prizes.  The questions were decidedly tricky (guess the sheep breed, anyone?) and Bryn had a well deserved first place.
We even managed to get a bit of spinning done - all that treadling must have burned off a few calories, surely?

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Peg looms and cake

Some pictures of our peg loom day at Betws yn Rhos on Sunday:

Jenni F. measuring the warp.

Yvonne's "pot holder" loom.

and a woven square (pot holder?).

(and some cake)