Thursday, 30 April 2009

More Bluefaced Leicester!!

Andy says our BFL order should be here Tuesday, Yippee and Nell he even found some darker shades too!

Annual Exhibition at ABERDULAIS FALLS

Setting up tomorrow, opening officially at Sat 11am,
Thanks all who have offered help.

Meet the Llamas at Richards!!

Date confirmed with Richard,
we are all welcome to meet the llamas and spin outdoors weather permitting,
Meet at Richard's house for 11am on JUNE 20th
If you need the address or postcode for the satnav, eh Michelle, then ring me, Debb

thankyou in advance Richard, I can't wait!

Friday, 24 April 2009

Chairman goes mobile,

Debb 07963 517202

Text if you can, as sometimes the signal is low ! and the text will catch up with me

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Sign up PLEASE!

Annual exhibition at Aberdulais Falls Nell has the timesheet in the Cross for working out who's doing what and when.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Off to Wonderwool

Exhibitors etc here

Don't forget we need your Chairman's Challenge ASAP.

Friday, 10 April 2009

In the email today!

Mayfield Alpacas have alpaca fleece on offer go thee and look at the links page for details!!

Dear Tawe Guild
FIBREFEST is a weekend festival celebrating the best in UK fibre, yarns & textiles taking place at Coldharbour Mill working wool museum in Devon on the 22nd & 23rd August 09. It offers an array of stalls, workshops, seminars, demonstrations, animals & the mill museum itself - there will be something to tickle the fancies of every knitter, spinner, weaver and textile enthusiast.
FIBREFEST would like to offer all GUILD members a discount on advance ticket bookings. We have therefore attached a Guild Ticket Advance Booking Form for members to complete and return if they would like to take advantage of this offer.
If you would like any more information Nell has the attachment on google for you so email
In the meantime, thank you for your time.
Kind Regards

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Get a Ravelry Account

There is a list starting up of people who will offer discount at wonderwool if you have a Ravelry Acct so I thought I'd send the link in case anyone wants to join.

GO Now Ravelry

Michelle Soloman (can usually be found at Tawe Guild on Tuesday eves)

A unique opportunity

A unique opportunity to take part in a public art project to be located within a bronze age funeral cairn on the top of the Black mountain for the period of one month next April Ann Jordan is looking for spinners and knitters to help create 'cwtch' - a knitted blanket 20ft diameter circular hand knitted blanket made from 12 miles of yarn spun from the fleeces of Welsh mountain sheep.The spinning and knitting is chunky and robust.The work celebrates the history, the environment and the people who live in the locality of the Black mountain.
Nell has already kindly spun the yarn for the site specific performance art work 'Metamorphosis'. Images and the shroud/cocoon willbe exhibited at the Walcott Chapel in Bath during the Bath Finge festival, which supports the music festival in May/June.
Ann can be contacted on 01792 281 or most Tues pm at The Cross.Ever yard and every row counts.Thanks. Ann

Ok so it's been awhile!

Time for a refresh of the blog, must be all the positive vibes in the air!!!

Thanks for all the great things you said about our dyeing day, I enjoyed it so much we'll do it again as soon as we can!!!

We will soon be able to clear our basement studio of 'tut' and put it into a new storage area, YIPPEE!!!!

This has cost an arm and half a leg so if you see Gill hobbling give her a hand! but you are all worth it!

We will need to do a few basic renovations to the space, paint, shelves etc but it looks like a lot of space!!!!

And that reminds me:

Nell warns we will be very tight for lifts to WONDERWOOL.

If you are car-sharing to wonderwool then,

please, please check your lift is sorted out,

its up to you , don't get left behind.


We had an email from Jane Dean offering courses check her out here

and from The Dyfed Smallholders Association the following:

For our Monthly talk on 13 May 2009 The Dyfed Smallholders Association have a famous guest speaker from the knitting and textile world, the broadcaster, designer and wordsmith Brenda Dayne.

The meeting/talk begins at 7:45pm in the upstairs room of the Gremlin Club in Guildhall Square Carmarthen, opposite W H Smiths. Entry to the meeting is £2 to cover the hire of the hall or £1 to Dyfed Smallholders Association members. It is a social evening as well as the talk and all are welcome. For more information on this event and the Dyfed Smallholders Association please go to

Brenda Dayne came originally from Portland, Oregon but is now living in West Wales and she will deliver our May talk on the history of textiles in Wales. Brenda has made a huge name for herself in the textile and knitting world and this is evident from sites like where Brenda is the creator of the this knitting podcast. Brenda is obviously inspired by living in South West Wales as one of her designs is calledPembrokeshire Pathways Socks.

Brenda is a standard-bearer for craft and has said, "craft is to shopping what slow food is to restaurants. Buying high-quality things that needn't be replaced over time but instead may be passed on to future generations is not only old-fashioned, it is also worldchanging. Craft is slow retail, slow consumption."

If anyone thought that knitting was old fashioned - how very dare you!Look forward to seeing you at this event.

Regards,John Birtles

And more.....................this time from WelshArtNow

We are pleased to announce the launch of the online version of WelshArtNow the companion to the printed version of the magazine. We would like to thank the many thousands of you worldwide who have expressed an interest in this project. We have received messages of interest from a wide cross-section of society including those in the fields of politics, theatre, media, the arts and science. Thank you for your enthusiastic response! In our first issue artist Paul Matosic asks how green art is in a time of environmental crisis. We feature profiles of artists James Selway and Michael Gustavius Payne. James describes his new life in Spain and how this has influenced his art work. Michael Payne's work deals with the notion of the ‘hero’ and asks what modern meaning we can attach to the term. These are short articles, that we hope you will find interesting, to read them visit

Martin Allman Editor

And also.....................................from Ravelry

UK Ravelry Day

Saturday 6 June 2009

UK Ravelry day will be held on Saturday 6 June 2009 at the Central Hall, Coventry. It promises to be an exciting day and will include a market (outside building in the Bull Yard square), demonstrations, workshops, talks. The event is being headlined by Meg Swansen, daughter of Elizabeth Zimmermann. Other well known teachers include Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed), Ruth Paisley (Woolly Wormhead), Elizabeth Lovick & Debbie Bamford (Mulberry Dyer). There will also be collections for charities such as Knit in Gambia (baby clothes and shawls for older people) which is run by a Raveller and Liverpool NHS (knitted breasts which are used to teach new mothers how to breastfeed).

The theme of this year’s event is British yarn. Says organiser Jo Watson: “Last year I was growing increasingly interested in finding out why it is that a lot of the yarns I use are made abroad. We have over 60 different breeds of native sheep in the UK and although quite a lot of our wool is coarse and suitable for carpets, a good proportion could be used to make handknitting yarns. It is shocking that farmers have to burn fleeces. After reading some information on the British Wool Marketing Board’s website about how much wool is exported each year, I decided that I would try and do something on a small scale to support British sheep farmers during these tough economic times, by increading demand for British-made handknitting wools. It’s amazing how everyone who’s having a stall in the marketplace has risen to the challenge of sourcing British wool from British sheep.”

She continues: “I had an idea in the car at the beginning of January about how great it would be if Ravelry could sort of come into being for a day. So I could meet all the people I’ve met virtually on the forums, where we could all do in person what we do on Ravelry. I think Ravelry is the best contribution of the world of knitting there has been in recent times. “

Another theme of this year’s event is to support the United Nations International Year of Natural Fibres ( UK Ravelry day is the only non-academic event being held in the UK this year which has received accreditation from the United Nations.

The event is being sponsored by the new high quality UK knitting magazine, the Knitter.

The event is being organised as a not for profit day, with any leftover funds being donated to UK-based knitting charities as well as going towards next year’s week-long event. UK Ravelry Week 2010 will be held in Stirling, Scotland, during the first week of August 2010 and will include workshops by well known designers and excursions, and will end with UK Ravelry day on 7 August 2010. Details of next year’s event will be announced in June.

Stalls at UK Ravelry day (as of 15 March 2009) for list email debb as list is enormous!

Workshops at UK Ravelry day (correct as of 15 March 2009) timetable can be found at:

And from me , if you didn't get you newsletter, then email and we'll try again!

More to say soon and more photos too.