Thursday, 30 April 2009

April showers

Where on Earth has April gone!? Into the soup on Thursday evenings...? (see above, the Beltane eve one!)

Like an April shower itself this month went past fast, but we managed to capture a few images on the first half of the album

Lynsey was exceptionally busy getting into the swing of looking after our new funds, a very small grant from Glasgow City Council to help us get our long talked about 'The Unbroken Thread", as well as stocking up on her craft item display for her and our all workshops to be: felting, weaving and so on. Isn't the felted broch she made great?

On Thursday evenings Gabi is joining us now regularily to explore felting, and here is her very first 'getting to know' needlefelting on a little felt square. It is very lovely to have her around, and also her young son Paul who just loves being at Galgael.

Laryna has finihsed fulling the moorit Shetland berret, whilst Anneruth is experimenting with decorating it with buzzard feathers felted into onion skin dyed shining Alpaca. That is if Laryna get the hat back from Ian who very much wants it as his 100+1 hat!

In any case she decided she better makes a new and bigger one to suit the demand of our big heads at the head of the Clan who don't have 100 hats yet, such as Alan Torrance. Ursula wanted to see how it is done:

But where is that masterpiece now? Before even the tassel got put on, its proud and eager new owner took it for a journey to some remote forgotten Western island and promptly forgotten it there, headless now hatless head he! He says he will get it back - it is safe ... he claims...! (we'll keep you posted!)

Ali is preparing for a special journey, a vision quest, and is making her own drum. Impressive! Here is the start: the base round which the wood of the frame will be pulled.

Hazel came by again, and tried her hands on making huge knitting needles to knit rag rugs, as well as little weaving frame for Lynsey's workshops. See more about this everything else in the first part of our album here.

Friday, 3 April 2009

a happy wool crafting day on Friday the 3rd April

Here is a report on it from Vérène:

We had a lovely and productive gathering on Friday 3rd April.
We welcomed a new group member and keen knitter in the person of: Ursula. We’ve also expanded the international dimension of the group as Ursula is originally from Peru and has lived in Glasgow for the last 3.5 years. She had brought her current knitting project – a lovely top made of soft green wool. She and Jackie were sharing patterns and techniques.

Lindsey joined us with scones and all kinds of nibbles for a late breakfast/early lunch. She worked on a colourful and wave-design bracelet.

Naomi and Vérène got into the joy of weaving a checked pattern on the small frames – Laryna tutored them in her usual wonderful manner. She also taught Jackie how to weave on the big loom using strips of harris tweed whilst she was herself working on the felted and knitted brown beret.

No pictures to add to this report, sorry. No camera.