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

Member’s day

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What a busy day this turned out to be! Around two dozen members attended this Saturday event at Dingwall. There was a lovely hum of activity throughout the day. It was good to see spinners and weavers working alongside one another and there were plenty of opportunities for skills sharing and exchange of ideas. One fascinating item brought in by … Read More

Silk Spinning with Odet Beauvoisin

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The silk spinning workshop was held on a bright October day in the community hall in Strathpeffer as access to Dingwall was restricted by resurfacing works. Hilma had managed to relocate the event at the last minute but sadly, due to an injury could not enjoy the benefits of her hard work. Odet was an inspiring tutor and had brought … Read More

Fancy yarns and exotic fibres with Ruth Gough

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I had not learned to spin the last time the Highland Guild hosted Wingham Woolwork, but having visited the wonderland of Wingham at Wentworth a couple of times, I was very keen to see the travelling shop. I had the whole weekend reserved, the Saturday for trying out the various fibres available, and the Sunday for the workshop with Ruth. … Read More

Creating a self patterning yarn with Stephanie Hoyle

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We drove down to Dingwall on one of those bright crystalline days of spring, with the promise of a very interesting and informative day ahead. As the last to arrive we entered a room buzzing with anticipation, on the desks neatly laid out were pencils, wool, and a large polystyrene board with nails standing out in a star shape. It … Read More

Improve Your Spinning with Isobel McCallum Scott

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The March workshop was full of students keen to improve their spinning. Isobel had given us the opportunity to state what areas we were most interested in working on prior to the workshop, so she came armed and ready to teach us to spin thicker or thinner, with more consistency and using many different techniques. She also brought along some … Read More

Weaving with words with Joan Baxter

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I was not quite sure what to expect from this workshop, but it sounded interesting and having been on a number of Joan Baxter’s courses I knew it would be worth going to, and I was not wrong. By the end of the workshop we all agreed that we had had a very enjoyable day. Joan showed us examples of … Read More

Weaving the light fantastic with Niki Todd

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Despite the severe foggy weather, attendance was excellent.This proved to be a very lively and enjoyable workshop, as we were hands on with our materials very quickly. Nicki demonstrated how she secures together the large driftwood structures which she uses as a framework for her weaving. She uses a variety of knotting techniques and strong warp yarn such as linen … Read More

Weaving Workshop with Mary Carol Souness

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Mary Carol took over this workshop at very short notice; not easy as she had to cater not only for differing levels of experience but two types of loom as well! However she rose to the occasion and gave us a most enjoyable weekend. Some instructions were sent out beforehand so that participants could come prepared thus saving time on … Read More

The Great Wheel – Portsoy Boat Festival

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Members who visited the craft tent at the Portsoy Boat Festival in July 2009 may have seen Norman Kennedy spinning on a great or muckle wheel. Norman is a ballad singer and an expert in the history of textile production. He commissioned the wheel on his previous visit to the UK from his friend Mr Strachan, who  makes spinning wheels … Read More

Shape-making & Surface texture with Joan Baxter

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These two workshops took place on consecutive Saturdays and were well attended. Joan’s workshops are justly popular as she is always so enthusiastic and encouraging. The first day was aimed at beginners or less experienced weavers so Joan started by showing us how to tie on a warp and do a line of Soumak along the bottom edge. It was … Read More

Using weaving sticks

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Weaving sticks come as a set of five, with a threader.  They are about 6mm diameter, with a rounded point at one end and the other end is flattened and has a hole in it for the warp thread.  They work a little like a peg loom – you weave on the sticks, and as the weaving grows you gradually … Read More

Baskets from your garden with Sally Wild

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Sally first showed us how to twist willow into a circle to form the basis of a Christmas wreath.   While one group were decorating their wreaths wit dried flowers and leaves she showed the rest of us how to twist reeds to make a cord.   This was a little like spinning and plying at the same time, and produced a … Read More