Long Draw Successes

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Serena sent in these pics of the Long Draw Spinning workshop. She writes “Great workshop today with Odet Beauvoisin showing us how to do long draw for woollen and worsted yarn. I think most of us got it some of the time. Interesting that Odet is such a proficient spinner that she had to add in neps to make her … Read More

Colour from a different angle – weaving with Cally Booker

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Saturday September 10th 2016 Ten eager weavers gathered at Strathpeffer for the HGWSD workshop with Dundee based weaver Cally Booker. Cally works from her studio in a converted jute mill and is passionate about hand weaving, colour and the exploration of multi layered weaves. She specialises in weaving beautiful home textiles, scarves and fabrics. Several participants had brought along their … Read More

Teresinha Roberts talk

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What a great day we had on Saturday. An interesting and informative talk on Natural fibres from Teresinha Roberts from Wild Colours ( and Wild Fibres).  The afternoon allowed us to ask more questions about all sorts of things and look at her display of fibres, particularly the flax and nettle items, and the sample book of hemp fabrics. Teresinha … Read More

Influence of the Scottish Landscape with Joan Baxter

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Such a wonderful talk by Joan Baxter on the influence of the Scottish Landscape on her work. The slides of the landscapes and her tapestries blurred into one. So many stories and such a range of colours and textures in both. I think if she cut herself she would bleed colours. It is so interesting to hear the influences that … Read More

combining textiles

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Combining different hand-made textiles with Ruth Black We had a guild workshop on Saturday – combining different hand-made textiles. Most of the time we were so busy I completely forgot about taking pictures, but this shows some of the samples we made. Techniques involved preparing woven fabric to add a knitted piece and to add a felt edge, preparing knitting … Read More

Weaving Design with Sam Goates

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Our November event was lively and well-attended. We were fortunate to share  Sam Goates’ weaving story, both as a textile design consultant in Australia, and dedicated studio weaver back in Scotland, her heart-place, and home. Sam’s direct approach, using her textiles , sketchbooks , yarn samples and  photographs as visual and tactile illustrations, made it easy for us to identify … Read More

Speed Spinning with Anne Artis

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Twelve spinners, with an interesting variety of wheels, attended Anne Artis’ workshop on Speed Spinning at Strathpeffer. The workshop started with Anne giving us each a carrier bag containing individual bags of fleece to spin, all of them very different and some of them fairly challenging.  The bags were numbered 1 – 10 and the contents varied from commercially prepared … Read More

Scottish Natural Dyes with Carole Keepax

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The talk that Carole gave in the morning was very interesting. Carole had just recently finished her Certificate of Achievement which was many volumes of work examples, recipes, historical evidence of dyeing in Scotland and beautiful drawings of the dye plants.  The whole certificate would make a wonderful reference book for people to dip into both historically and on a … Read More

Fun with Fleece – Michelle Stirling

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Christmas Workshop Despite poor weather, nine members had a lovely time adding a new skill to their many accomplishments, a Christmas Wreath, with fleece as an ideal base material. Goodness knows how many colours and types of fleece Michelle brought for us to try, together with a plaited base, a robin and many extra ornaments. It took all day to … Read More

Art Yarns with Isobel McCallum Scott

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The Art Yarn Workshop with Isobel was a great success.  If you think you knew about spinning – do go to one of her classes and learn much more. Mindful that average wheels would be in use, the class was adapted so we all achieved interesting fancy yarns.   Beehives, wraps, coils and many more – all techniques that could be … Read More

Grass Weaving with Joanne Kaar

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Joanne Kaar began by talking about her involvement in the project to recreate some of the work of Angus McPhee, who used grass, leaves and sheep’s wool to create many objects during his 50 years as a psychiatric patient at Craig Dunain.  He was in the habit of destroying his work once it was finished, so only some of his … Read More

4 Shaft Weaving with Kathryn Kusa

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 The topic Kathryn chose for us was Summer and Winter. I had heard weavers talk about this type of pattern, but had never attempted it, so looked forward to learning more. Seven of us, with varying skill levels, attended the workshop. Kathryn had sent out instructions for warping the loom (good, clear instructions in ordinary language), so most of the looms were … Read More

Tapestry Weaving with Joan Baxter

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This recent workshop proved to be very popular and we were delighted to welcome some non guild members as participants on the day as well. How fortunate we were that Joan Baxter was once again able to offer us her expert tuition, given her busy schedule of both teaching and exhibiting throughout Europe and beyond! Joan had brought along a … Read More

Lichen Dyes with Serena Mason

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I am fascinated by how the sombre lichens that grow on the rocks in Wester Ross can be used as dyestuff to produce wonderful colours. Although it is now lost in the mists of my failing memory I probably was lured into the Highland Guild by a natural dyeing workshop, as well as a need to improve my spinning. Workshops … Read More