Welcombe Spinners made a wall hanging for Meddon Hall

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You should really see this for yourself, pictures can’t do it justice. A collaborative work by Welcombe Spinners members – we’ve lost count of exactly how many crafts and skills from how many members went in to this. It includes spinning (of course), knitting, felting, weaving, crochet, needlefelting, dyeing, tapestry, peg looming, fingerknitting, embroidery, applique and that’s probably just the half of it. The pictures combine the spinning group and Meddon village and its surroundings – iconic fingerposts, local flora, the hall itself, a friendly sheep, local views, and surely everyone’s favourite Meddon residents, the blue tits nesting in the postbox! The images are framed by a stylistic spinning wheel on a peg loomed background – robust as well as beautiful (a bit like Welcombe Spinners themselves?) hopefully visitors to Meddon Hall will enjoy seeing this for many years.

 

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Members’ makes November 2016

Some of our snaps of members’ work – we haven’t got names for everything here but they include beautiful spinning by Tracey’s mum and by our visitor from South Africa, Emily; crochet, tapesty and peglooming by various people including interesting use of rags as the peg loom warp, by Tracey, which makes for a really solid base for rugs or chair covers; baby clothes, a gorgeous woolly hooded jacket, lots more knitwear, a number of Pudseys and a joyfully coloured crochet horse, more crochet, poppies, tapestry, tatted motifs and knitted dragons.

New galleries and general catch up

In July we attended Woolsery show again, a wonderful event where we enjoy sharing our skills and introducing people of all ages to spinning. In August we visited Welcombe Fete, and welcomed members’ children to our weekly meetings. Then it was back to Woodfest at RHS Rosemoor in October. There are a few pics from all those lovely days below.

Website updates are under way now and because we’ve got so many projects and events to share, the galleries have been rearranged to hopefully help both visitors and members find projects they’re interested in more easily, or find their own projects to share with friends and family. The gnome who has been running the website hasn’t been attending the weekly meetings much this year and a backlog has built up – so if there’s a project or photo missing, or in the wrong place, let us know via the “contact us” form, or speak to Jackie B, Sandy, Renata or Vanessa M at any meeting you can find them at and we’ll try to fix things.

Finally on that note, Sandy and Renata have kindly offered to help update the website with regular photos in the future, so hopefully you’ll see more updates here.

More photos coming soon – and a peg loom rug

We’ve been taking lots of photos of the exciting and wonderful things our members have been getting up to over the year – including demos at Woolsery Show and Welcombe Fete, dyeing, new knitting techniques, felting and weaving. Watch out for these on the news section and in our galleries – meanwhile here’s Heather’s first ever peg loom work, fresh off the loom!

Peg loom rug in wool - close up

Heather’s peg loom rug in wool – close up so you can see the wool texture.

Peg loom rug in wool

Peg loom rug by Heather – twisted lengths of fleece (roving, tops or just straight off the sheep!) are woven between pegs. When full, the pegs are removed, and the work slides down on to strings threaded through the base of the pegs. This continues until you’re happy with the size or design of your work, then the strings are tied up at the other end. Voila – a gorgeous, natural, squishy, warm rug to treasure. Don’t you just want to get some hot chocolate and put your feet up on this?

We went to Woodfest at Rosemoor

 

RHS Rosemoor’s Woodfest event returned this year and we were very happy to be invited back. As a celebration and demonstration of all things from trees you might initially ask what’s spinning and textiles got to do with it? Well, most wheels and spindles are made of wood of course (although you can get wheels made of plastic and spindles made of metal, stone, glass and ceramics); many other tools like needles, bobbins, looms, niddy noddies, and Lazy Kates are also wooden and many spinners really appreciate the work and skills of woodworkers as a result. It’s also worth remembering that many trees produce amazing natural dyes from their bark, leaves or husks and we bring a selection of natural dyed wool along to demonstrate this. Spinners and woodworkers are a good match and we love being at this event and meeting all the visitors. Same time next year?…

What’s coming up in 2016…

Better late than never, our diary for 2016 is now up https://welcombespinners.wordpress.com/agenda – we’ve left last year’s at the bottom of the page to give a feel for the range of activities we undertake each year. We’re always keen to learn new spinning and textile techniques so if you’re a tutor or a trader with something to teach us, get in touch via the contact form on https://welcombespinners.wordpress.com/contact-us/

 

What Welcombe Spinners have been up to in 2016

Trying out new skills with our Brinkley loom

 

Knitting and crocheting clothes (including a mermaid cosy) (yes, a mermaid cosy)

 

Knitting and crocheting things to keep us warm or amused:

 

Demonstrating at public events including RHS Rosemoor’s Woodfest:

 

And learning new techniques and discovering new fibres with traders and tutors both visiting and home-grown ones from Welcombe Spinners!