Crafters July 2014

Wowsers! What a fabulous day, a playdate with 41 other like-minded crafters. It was quite special in several ways.

Guild President, Alan Shaw, join us for the day. It was great to see you Alan. Thank you for the information about the temperature control gizmo, and to see the progress of the potential Campbell Town tartan. We welcomed home Ken and Lorraine after their mainland sojourn, altho’ Lorraine’s story about grown men eating raw eggs and running around in sack bags has us wondering exactly what they have been up to while we’ve been holding the fort down here! Several people new to the group dropped by today, great to see you all.

The Buy or Barter table had an interesting mix of goodies – jewellery, jams, books, patterns, glasses, plants, scarves, mirrors, spinning wheel, yarn – such fun to wheel and deal with friends. A spinning wheel was sold on behalf of Geeveston Spinners that meet at Pt Huon – a good feeling to spread the love between groups. The Show and Tell table had many of us drooling with envy at the skills of others – Appliqué, Men’s knitted jumper, Beanies, skeins of handspun yarn, shawls, knitted scarves, woven scarves, two at a time toe up socks, flowers, smocking, woven jackets, pencil drawing, embroidery on handmade silk paper, felted embellishments – ’tis a crafty group!  The kitchen kept us fed and watered. Thank you to everyone that shared a plate with us, and big hugs to Tony the Barista and Irene the Maitre’d who plied us with REAL coffee delivered with a smile. Thank you Shirley for hosting the Show and Tell, no one else can gong us into silence like you can.

Naomi couldn’t make it to this session but she has shared with us that delicious Cake recipe from last month. Thanks Naomi. And she also passed onto Jess big thanks for the knitting lesson, and assures us she and Sophie are casting on with a’plomb. Below is an updated flyer for a Natural Dye workshop running in November 2014, please note, this is not a Guild event, but we are happy to help promote crafty business. We also bring to your attention the Huon Valley Business Awards, nominations close on August 16.

Looking ahead to August, Irene Choi is going to show us how to craft flowers, Gail & Helen may demonstrate appliqué, Maree may bring a special bunny and we may also be treated to a quick demonstration of a lovely rolled edge for knitted cowls. In September we may have some culinary sessions – jam judging and ?????

Pumpkin Orange Apricot Cake Recipe:     Natural Dye W/shop:

Enjoy the photos.

Crafters May 2014

Alpaca fibre dyed on the stove top, in Landscape Raspberry

Alpaca fibre dyed on the stove top, in Landscape Raspberry

A great May Day – a hall full of bubbly, laughing, chatting, crafting folk. Big thank you to Wilma; it was a great idea to make a dye day, and her dyeing certainly sparked a lot of interest, I heard several people say they were off home to experiment. And that’s what it is all about, nothing is wrong, everything is a fun learning curve.

There were several different dyeing methods – whole balls of yarn dyed in different colours by different aspects, skeins painted and wrapped in cling film and steamed, skeins looped around different wells in a salad tray, fibre in mesh bags steeped in simmering stove top dye pots, and a habitué silk scarf pole-wrapped and dye dipped.

Away from the dye pots other people were spinning wool, alpaca, qiviut or flax, knitting, embroidering, quilting, eating, chatting, crocheting (and learning to crochet), teaching spinning, bartering or buying plants, swapping knowledge, whittling wood into beautiful objects, learning to weave – and probably more that I didn’t see.

Thank you to all those who contributed some morning tea nibbles, it really is appreciated. And thank you for the apples Irene, great idea. Enormous thank you to Jacqueline stepping up with her camera and taking such brilliant photos, and following that thru by dropping the resolution to send them onto me (no NBN out here, our internet service would suit the Flintstones!)

Gail and Helen had just returned from a Quilting Cruise to New Zealand, perhaps next month they will share some of their experiences, even some photos?????? What a fabulous idea. Was it one of those Craft Cruises, or one of these?

By the by, want a fun read – see this.

Crafters in 2011

Recycled clothing

Recycled clothing

Crafters began meeting in the Judbury Community Hall in February 2011. Situated on the beautiful Huon River it is a great place to meet fellow crafters, to share one’s craft, knowledge and skills and in return, absorb new ideas.

The range of crafts continually introduces us to new ways to tweak our own craftiness.