Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Poppy Factory is now closed.

Thank you once more to all who contributed to our .... contribution ... to the Wonderwool Wales Curtain of Poppies.  We have made four and a bit "strings" of red poppies and of white.  They are remarkably difficult to photograph, but here's the best I can do.  Perhaps someone will take some pictures at Wonderwool later in the year.

Thanks to Margaret, Bryn, Di, Val and Sheila for their hard work.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Notes from the Poppy factory

 This year being 100 years since the end of the First World War, Wonderwool Wales has initiated a Centenary Textiles project.  The aim "is to produce a Community Textile Installation", with members of the public making textile poppies to commemorate those who died between 1914 and 1918.  The Abergele Guild has been working away, producing not only the traditional red Remembrance poppies but White Peace Poppies as well (which remember everyone, including civilians, who die in all conflicts past and future).
Patterns are provided for knitting and crochet, and for "cutting out" fabric to make the flowers:  http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/show-events/curtain-of-poppies.html  and we are being very helpful (!) and attaching our poppies to i-cords of green wool.  The resulting strings of poppies will be posted off to Abergavenny for JaneVeevers to assemble into a curtain with all the other contributions from across the country.   (If anyone is tempted to start a poppy or two after reading this, please note that Jane wants everything to reach her by the end of March, in time for Wonderwool in April.)  All details are on the Wonderwool website, as per link above.

Bryn will be happy not to be knitting any more poppies  after this....

Alison is assembling the other various offerings - a glorious mixture of textile techniques - looks a bit like a poppy tree this way up.

It's a little difficult to photograph two 2-metre-long strings of poppies, but I hope you get the idea...?
Many thanks to Bryn, Di and Margaret, and (in anticipation) to those of you who have made poppies but haven't given them to me yet!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Monday meeting again

Just in front of the weather ... front... we made it to Abergele on Monday evening.  Warm and cosy with lots of tea and cake, and several visitors keen to learn more about spinning and weaving.
Diana, who hasn't been weaving for very long, brought in a very nice piece to show us (the colours are a little subdued in the photograph).
She writes:  "Here is a photo of my throw....woven on my Saori Piccolo with a pre-wound lavender cotton warp,and yarn from charity shops....mostly acrylic I think.
I am glad I shared my weaving...gives you a warm feeling when people give nice feedback! I learn a lot and get inspired from others’ work too...and that is surely what membership of a guild is all about."
Well said!