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

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

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

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

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

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