Friday, 30 November 2007

Looking for a Donkey!

Hello team I am in dire need of a pattern for a knitted donkey to go with the crib! Can anyone help?I am using Jean Greenhowe's patterns so that might give you an idea of what I am after. The kids want a s...... donkey! Oh and a cow! I'm waiting for the request for a tiger.....I love 'em dearly though CheersNell

Wednesday, 28 November 2007


Nell and I did Brecon Christmas Craft Fair at the weekend. Well the weather gave the new gazebo a run for its money! Talk about trouble with wind! But our "new blue home from home" stood up just fine. What with Nell's wheel-powered flashing lights, our jolly Santa hats, the singing Reindeer to dance with and Santa in a shawl, the passing crowds couldn't resist. We had lots of interest in the wheels, the Tawe Guild and our courses. In fact we almost ran out of flyers and we raised a reasonable amount in Guild sales too. Thanks Carol and Daniel for popping by to keep us going and joining in!
Oh and yes, it was very cold. (Think Spinners in woolly thermals) Yes, it was very wet, but it was GREAT FUN and I haven't laughed so much in ages. And yes Nell - WE ARE the happenin' Guild!!
I was cream crackered the next day, but Nell like a trooper turned out for Penderyn Farmers Market with Eirian on Sunday!! Madness, madness but not boring!

Taster Days - Spread the Word!

Breaking News - Breaking News - Breaking News -Breaking News -

Taster Days for the Tawe Guild will be;

Thursday 3rd January and Tuesday 8th January.

Held in our basement studio at;

The Cross Community Centre, High Street, Pontardawe.

Pop in between 10am and 4pm on either day, for an informal chat. To find out all about who we are, what the Tawe Guild does and our courses. All washed down with a mug of something hot of course!

If you can't make it, but want to join Tawe Guild and our classes then

email and Nell will get back to you.

Know anyone who might be interested in spinning, weaving or dyeing,
then pass it on.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Tawe Guild Newsletter- November07

Hi there and welcome to the Tawe Newsletter à là Nell!

How can I follow in those mighty footsteps of our previous secretary? A huge thank you to Eirian and I can only hope to come close to the standard that she set.

The AGM raised a few interesting issues and much debate was had around the classes. It has been decided to “tender” for the teaching hours and invoices raised to pay for tutoring time, as well as a raise in the tutor’s well-earned fees.

We are growing fast and the use of space was discussed.

There will be general get-together on a Thursday for members who want to work at the Cross but have a bit of a social life too. There will be no charge made for those Guild members who are paid up class members. Otherwise a charge of £2.50 per day or part thereof will be levied to off set the room charges.

We now have a bright blue gazebo for events whereby “deals” can be done to get reduced, even free, rent. This will be first utilised at Brecon Christmas Fair on November 27th. A few hardy souls haves opted to brave the elements to raise funds for the Guild, instead of remaining nice and cosy at the felting day at the Cross. Hmm – wonder who those characters could be? Any other offers of help gratefully appreciated as well as thermals, hot water bottles and maybe a wee medicinal flask?

The Journal fees will be due in December. Please pay Isabel when you see her or leave the money in class. 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 subscription.
Coming attractions:

December 4th Carer’s Day at the Princess Theatre, Port Talbot
December 16th Penderyn Farmer’s Market

Some useful web sites for you to peruse when you have a moment, and just in case you need to let your nearest and dearest know what you would like in your stocking:

Christmas Dinner – not too many takers so far for the Butcher’s Arms. If we would rather bring out own to the Cross, I need to know by 27th November so I can cancel the provisional booking at the Butcher’s. Whatever we decide to do, remember the Chairwoman’s Challenge – a Christmas stocking!
Have and happy and peaceful Christmas season

Friday, 16 November 2007

Autumn colours in the Gallery.

Have a look in the Our Gallery (it's in the links section) to see what else we've been up to!

Thursday, 15 November 2007

The Blog to maintain and tea to drink.

Nell and I are embarking on a blog revamp, added features such as F.A.Qs and the like, but we would welcome constructive comment and a few ideas.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Isabel's 1st Blog

This is my first attempt to get an item on our blog

Friday, 2 November 2007

Learning to BLOG!!

First and foremost: thanks to Sian for turning out to give a great introduction to Blogger, thanks too must go to Nell for the scrumptious bannocks which kept us fuelled while we learned and thanks to Clive, teapourer and jam organiser extrodinaire.
I think we challenged Sian, ourselves, the internet connection at Nell's and Blogger but it was really worth it. Lots of new bloggers were born!
Isabel and Marj are now linked to the Tawe Guild Blog, please visit them, oh and leave a comment so they know you were there. Isabel has put up something about the Tawe Guild at Parkmill and Marj has assured me there will be details of what to bring to the felting day.
If any other Tawe Guild Members need a bit of one to one, help with Blogger that is, then either email Debb or give her a ring. Shouldn't take more than a couple of hours!