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Anniversary Year Spin In Part 2

Did you see Mary’s post about our 2019 Spin In? If you didn’t, check it out below. There are lots of photos of the Fashion Parade and the two annual competitions- the Joy Millar Trophy and William Ackerley Plate.

What would a Spin In be without traders? Here is a slideshow of some of the traders, and of course some of the purchases.

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One of the regular features of our Spin In is the activity table. This year was no exception. But, instead of teaching a skill we decided to make Twiddle Cloths for dementia patients at one of our local rest homes. Take a look at the work in progress.

A Spin In wouldn’t be complete without food and raffles. Our members came to the ‘party’ with the usual pumpkin and vegetable soup, yum. Here’s a few photos taken early on in the piece. I got a bit busy with other things and forgot about the food!

And take a look at some of the raffle prizes.  Thank you so much for your generosity in donating the wonderful prizes that you did, it is most appreciated.


Spin In 2019 – counting down

What are these guild members doing so busily? Come and find out at the Spin-in!

Its just under four weeks to our Spin In. Planning is underway with a list of wonderful traders (see the Spin In 7 September post for the list). Members are fanatically finishing garments for the fashion parade, Trish #2 has some great raffles planned.

See you all on the 7 September!

Links to the poster and maps are below.

Spin In 7 September 2019

Its been a while since I last wrote, having had surgery on my right hand, that has made things like typing a bit of a challenge. Many thanks to Mary for keeping you all up to date with what has been going on.

I did think that after our 50 Celebrations, Pop-up Shop and the Creative Fibre Festival that we could have a rest. But no, the Guild is busy making garments to show at our fashion parade at our Spin in.

We find that Wairarapa College Hall is such a good venue that we are going back again this year. We have a wonderful array of confirmed traders…

  • Sue Grayson – Kaihi Wools
  • Sheena’s Sock ‘n’ Wool Company
  • Yvonne and Don Monk – Raydene
  • Lyn Evans – Earth Palette Dyes
  • Sara Thorburn – Kane Carding
  • Shona Harris
  • Patrizia Vieno
  • Tracy White – Inspire Fibres
  • Anna Gratton – Little Wool Company
  • Almo’s Books

Here’s a couple of photos from other years – just a teaser to show you what might be there.

So you know how to find us, maps are attached below.

See you on the 7th September 2019.

Our Pop-up Shop Opens Soon!

Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers are happy to announce that the Annual Pop-up Shop opens on the 27 May opposite Food for Thought in Queen Street, Masterton. We will be open 9 am to 5pm weekdays and 9.30am to 2pm Saturdays. Sorry we will be closed Sundays and Queen’s Birthday. Last day is 15 June.

As per usual the shop will be full of garments and other items handmade by our very crafty members.

There will be raw sheep fleeces, carded sheep fleeces and hand spun yarn for you to buy.

Here is a photo from last year’s shop

Creative Fibre Festival Part 2 – Fleece to Garment and more

A few weeks ago I wrote about the practice sessions for the Fleece to Garment Action Challenge. This time its about competition day.

Many years ago my aunt talked about the Silver Spinning Wheel, fleece to garment competition. She was a member of the West Coast Club. I was excited to see that the Wooly Westcoasters won the first competition in 1968, although my Aunt wasn’t part of the team.

Fast forward to 2019, and my…. nothing has changed. The teams were given a fleece each and they needed to card, spin, ply it and then knit to a specified tension. This is how it was done in the 1960s, no eSpinners or commercially carded fleece to be seen. Of course some of the wheels were of new design, and this was the only difference between now and then.

The Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers team called themselves the Y Rappers and when members came to watch and cheer the team along we rapped a verse or two.

How many people does it take to knit and sew a child’s jersey? It takes six people to do the finishing touches to one small sweater. Janice and Lynette are sewing-up, Marion is knitting the neckband, Kay is ready to hand anything needed, like scissors, Loraine is keeping the garment spread out conveniently and Josie oversees.

The team, Marion, Lorraine, Josie, Lynette, Kay, and Janice commenced work at 9.00am, and with a short break for lunch was the first team finished.

The team proudly showing the jersey.

And a close up of the completed jersey.

Well done ladies.

I just loved the display by the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association. Here is our Pyillis surrounded by some of her pieces of work. Love the blanket.

AND, the array of traders in the Merchants Mall was amazing. wonderful yarn, beautiful yarn, carded fleece, books, wool crafters treats… you name it, it was here. A small selection of the traders…

From Fleece to Garment Action

Did you know that the Creative Fibre Festival will be held in Palmerston North over 25 – 28 April 2019? It’s Creative Fibre’s 50th Anniversary this year. There are always neat things to look at, lots of traders and the Fleece to Garment Action Competition is really exciting to watch.

Each team consists of six persons, some spinning, some plying, some flick carding the raw fleece and some knitting. Each team is allocated a fleece and we know that the pattern is provided on the day. The tension is to be 11 st to 5 cm. There are a lot of other rules which you can look at here…

The Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers are entering a team. The following photos were taken at one of their practice days.

Here’s Marion and the practice fleece, she also has some patterns from the past
The team, Janice and Kay are busy spinning, Lynette is doing the plying
Janice concentrating on spinning a yarn slightly thicker than she would normally
Kay spins a single for Lynette to ply with Janice’s single.
Marion consulting the Rules

The Rules state that penalty points will be awarded for incorrect tension. And I like this Rule – only a small portion of the marks are for speed, the teams will profit from quality of work.

If you are at Festival on Saturday 27 April come along and cheer the team along.

Tuesday Evening Group

Did you know that the Wairarapa Spinners and Weavers Guild has a group that meets on the first and third Tuesday evening each month? This is a small but dynamic group where one can learn new skills or just come along and chill.

Some of us spin, some knit and some of us just sit and chat. We have access to all the things that the day group has. Our extensive library, show and tell, raffles and when practicable, education sessions.

The Tuesday evening group was primarily for those of us who work, but many of the day group members enjoy the companionship of the night group.

There’s lots of laughter, the odd joke, sales table and plenty of advice. You take what you will as far as the advice is concerned.

Sorry, no photos as we have really only come back from the summer break.

Creative Fibre our national body was founded 50 years ago and we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year too. We have two challenges. The first is a Guild Challenge where each member is challenged to make an item of head wear for a new born. With over 80 members we hope to be able to donate at least 50 items to new borns in the Wairarapa.

The other is is simply ’50’. It can be 50 of anything as long as it is made from fibre that is animal or plant. It could be a piece of woven cloth with 50 warp threads, it could be a felted 5 and 0.

Here is a preview of what I am doing.