Fibre is a strange substance.
It should come with a warning – “Beware of possible addiction!” There is surely something about the threaded, fluffy stuff that makes us crafters so keen to complete the next project; so keen to learn the new skill? It is one of life’s mysteries!
2017 has been a lovely year for the Durham Guild with much fun, chatter and laughter along the way.
We have welcomed many new members and experienced all kinds of fibre madness including indigo dyeing, needle felting, demonstrating at Beamish, Broom House Farm and Saltholme events.
We have made felted vessels, used peg looms with children, watched sheep being sheared (and obviously bought fleece at the same time!), fought to control silk to spin fine threads, exhibited wonderful work in various places and talked woolly words with so many people.
2017 culminated with a fashion showing at our Christmas gathering where members of the guild shared and modelled what we had been making.
It was a warming, welcoming conclusion to a very positive year.
Our very talented members showed us the following finished items – all amazing and truly inspiring!
Angela made a felted pebble rug. It is a shame you can’t feel it! It is fabulous.
Anne created a stunning beaded purse, a beautiful waist coat and felted hat.
Douglas demonstrated his weaving talents by showing us the Durham Tartan he used to cover a stool, showing us how the colours have changed with a different wool batch, and also a piece of tartan he wove based on ancient fragments found in Asia.
Geni delighted us by modelling her coat, jacket and shawl. Breath-taking talent!
Amazingly this hat is made using plastic bin liners! Who’d have thought something so lovely could be made from something so boring!
Lace weight hand-spun yarn became a beautiful shawl and gloves. So intricate and so delicate!
Sue’s talents know no bounds. Her weaving is stunning and her cushion such fun. We were all amazed at the quality of the appliqué to produce an apron dress illustrated with rabbits and hares. Wow!
Jean’s cardigan, which she designed and made, was lovely. We couldn’t believe it when she said she wasn’t happy with it and it would probably be unpicked to start again!
Our youngest Guild Member gave us a great talk about the development of her skeleton waist coat, her shawl and her socks. Amazingly she doesn’t use a pattern! What talent!
This gorgeous hand-spun yarn produces this delightful scarf. What a yummy colour!
All told, these items demonstrate only a few of the talents of our guild members. One of the nicest things about Durham Guild is that members are so willing to help, teach and support others to keep these crafts alive. Not only that, spending a day with these lovely people is a treat for the soul. There is little nicer than good company, good conversation, and inspirational people! 2018 will be brilliant. Come join us!