Monday, 1 October 2007

Blogging Workshop

In a fit of abberation I agreed to take a workshop on blogging! That is, showing you guys how to set up a blogger account and how to access this place, how to upload a picture and stuff like that. Bring a laptop if you have one, a digital camera with battteries and memory card ( I almost always forget one of those, so I thought I would remind you in case) and a compatible memory card reader. It helps if you have some kind of experience with a computer as well because I know how mine works but that is as far as it goes really.

So on Tuesday, 30th October after the class we are all trooping up Nell's house and I will give a brief talk on blogging and how to get into this site so you can post up your thoughts, ideas, projects, comments and pictures.

If you have wanted to do this before and, like Isabel have been frustrated at not being able to, then this is your chance. I can promise nothing really because technology and I are not best buddies, but I will do my best and we might get somewhere... who knows where but at the very least we will raid Nell's "hoose" for a cuppa tea and a biscuit.

Thanks Nell for the offer of hospitality.

Winghams Sampling Day

Yes this is a huge plug, but it is a really good day out for fibre addicts. Bring a wheel, carders, packed lunch and plenty of cash because I challenge you to resist the array of fibres that is on offer at these days

Venue 1
Llantrisant, The Old School
Sat 6th & Sun 7th October 10.30 - 4.30 both days
Entrance: £3.50
Phone: The Model House 01443 237758

Venue 2
Llanelltyd Village Hall, near Dolgellau
Thursday 11th October 10-4
Entrance: £2.00
Phone: Meirionnydd Guild of Weavers Spinner and Dyers, Meira Pierce 01341 241 557
e mail:

Venue 3
Llangathen Village Hall, near Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire.
Saturday 13th October 10-4
Entrance: £3.5o
Phone: Sue Hoyland 01834 812544

A selection of books, fibres, yarns, books and equipment will be available for inspection and sale throughout the day. ( Credit and debit cards can be used). Advice on use of fibres is given if required. Wheels and plenty of time are essential to make full use of the day.

That is the blurb that is given out. What it is is a group of fibre nuts in a big room with all the fibre you can possibly dream of. Silk, wool, alpaca, cahmere, cotton, tencel...I picked up milk protien fibre and recycled milk cartons in previous days. These guys come to this area once a year and although they do an excellent mail order service, postage is not cheap. And it is a treat to see everything that is on offer. Can you tell I love this service? Am I giving you a clue here?
Well...when something is good, it is good.
Go if you can, it is worth it.

check out the site here at Wingham Wool

October Newsletter

Hello again, and welcome to another year of creativity!

We’ve had a good summer with lots of events, and look forward to getting back into a routine of classes and workshops. The first event in October is the All Wales Event in Llanidloes on Saturday 6th. We will be taking part as usual, putting up display boards, and running the raffle. If you have an item for display, or a raffle prize could you please let me have it ASAP, (I’ll be in our room at the Cross Community Centre on Thursday, October 4th, preparing things for displays etc). I hope many of our members will attend as it is a good day out! Lots to see, trade stands to buy from, raffle prizes to win, (usually about 20+ prizes) and if you are in the first 150 tickets bought, a talk by Jenny Balfour-Paul on Indigo dyeing. Ticket cost £4 for the first 150, and a reduction for any sold after that. Bring a packed lunch, or eat at one of the caf├ęs/restaurants/pubs in the town.

Winghams (a fibre trading company) will be in Llantrisant on October 6th & 7th.
10.30am - 4.30pm
Further details The Model House tel 01443 237758
Our AGM will be in the Gallery, at the Cross on October 27th, please come if you can, we need as many members as possible to come and voice your opinions, so that we know what you want your committee to do for you. We also need to vote for some new members on the committee, and a new secretary.
Our AGM is followed in the afternoon by a sale of wooden items relating to our crafts, made by Clive & Joan Jones, from Abergavenny, and a Bring and buy table to try to boost our funds, please bring books, plants, fibres or equipment no longer needed, any craft items, etc.
Annual subs for 2008 are due in October, £10 per person, please pay Gill, our treasurer by the end of the month, as a proportion is sent to HQ, and this covers us for insurance at any of our “outreach” events.

Regular events for the next three months will be—
a) A table at Penderyn Farmers market, the last Sunday of each month, 10 till 2.
b) A weekly class at Parkmill, spinning & weaving for beginners .
c) A monthly workshop at Craig y Nos Country Park.
These will help to increase funds, and keep our class costs as low as
If you want any further information, please phone me on 01685-814217.

Our November workshop has been changed, Monksbelt and Rosepath techniques have been moved to next year, and we will have the felt workshop which was advertised for July, but postponed. The list will be posted on the wall in our room in the Cross as usual, along with the materials to bring with you. Materials will be available for those who do not have their own.

December 4th. We have been asked to help out at a carers day, at the Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot, a sort of taster day, if you are free on that day, any help would be appreciated.

December also brings our Christmas dinner, planned for Saturday 8th, 12.30. At the time of writing there are no menus available, I am unable to give information now, but it will be available at our AGM, and from me by phone later on.

At the Christmas dinner Isabel will be collecting names (and payment ) for the Journal for 2008. This is a quarterly magazine for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, full of articles, information, features, technique instruction, diary of events and reviews of books and videos as well as advertisements for equipment and fibres, and well worth the £19.80 subscription.
Live long and Prosper!!