The All Wales Meeting takes place every two years, and is a great chance to catch up with friends & show off our work. We take over the Minerva Centre in the middle of Llanidloes, and set up our displays in the front showroom. Each Guild has a generous space to fill with textile pieces made over the previous 24 months.
|Sorry - not hung very straight.|
|A closer view of a Hilary's beautiful lace shawl..|
|..and a delightful "baby bag" from Kate.|
|Unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits - and, for the first time, Cake!|
An amazing variety of work was produced:
As usual we had a very tempting set of trade stalls, where all manner of spinning, weaving and dyeing stuff was on display, together with ethically source textiles from the far East and West.
Another fixture for the "All Wales" is the guest lecture, given this year by Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders . Jim and Diane travel all over the far east to buy traditional, hand-made textiles, and Jim told us about their memorable trip down the Silk Road from Turkestan to China. Despite knowing only a few words of each of the languages (and no Russian) they made friends along the way and found local artisans keeping old traditions alive in each country. Jim bravely allowed us to pass his precious hats and fabrics between us, and even to walk on the felted carpets designed for nomadic yurts. The beauty of the work was quite astounding, and the lecture provided a real high point in an excellent day.
"Thank you very much" to all the organisers, and here's to the next meeting in 2015!