A number of our members entered lovely things in the handcraft classes at the Wairarapa A&P (Agricultural and Pastoral) Show. Here are a few of them, photographed by Helen Simonsen.
Two attractive flowers, by Marion and Liz
A colourful blanket by Helen …
… and another …
… and another, natural colour, by Phyllis
Lovely spinning by Trish
Handsome weaving by Helen
A cute teacosy by Josie (who’d have thought those colours would work together! – but they do)
A crocheted hat of character by Helga
“Cottage art” – a punch needle cushion by Liz
“Something new from something old” – woven by Helen from recycled woollen jumpers
We’ve also just had our Annual General Meeting: there were two good things about it. First, it was short.
Patrizia (treasurer), Lynette (in the chair) and Liz (secretary) getting organised. But what’s that on the table behind them…?
And second, it was followed by a truly interesting talk. Laurie Boniface (wool judge and longtime teacher of wool courses at Massey University) told us what to look for, and what to beware of, in choosing fleece.
Laurie had our keen attention
He told us about breaks in wool, staple length and how it should be pretty much the same over a fleece, and contamination with vegetable matter – one thistle head can break up in carding and contaminate a whole batch of wool. Colour is important (this applies mostly to white wool, of course) and he had a splendid example of bright yellow canary stain, a big problem in our climate and one that doesn’t wash out.
A good sound lock of wool
He showed us examples of different types of wool, and discussed their different uses. Samples were passed around.
This was Perendale, nice and bouncy – a garment made from it would hold its shape well
Afterwards, lunch was rather delayed because so many of us wanted to ask more questions. We gathered round these three fleeces, from two of our members.
Laurie (and certain covetous members of the audience) particularly liked the one in the middle
Rarely has an AGM attracted such lively interest!