Thanksgiving weekend was a busy time for five members of our guild. We did a demonstration and display at the Norwood Fair. This country harvest fair is a very dynamic and active show with many demonstrations and events. The attendance was amazing, the crowds quite overwhelming on this beautiful fall day. Our guild members demonstrated spinning and showcased our creative products in a tastefully arranged display. We as members were quite busy with the attention given, questions asked and conversations we had with the public. Four of our guild members entered fleeces from their own flocks to be judged and we were very pleased to come away with four first place ribbons to Grace Clare, Lou Hale, Allison Brown and Grand Champion went to Wendy Pullan.
If you have never been to the Norwood Fair try to make it a part of your Thanksgiving weekend next year. And stop by and say hello. Maybe you will want to become a spinner too.
This year started with a new venue for our annual retreat. We chose a one day event which was hosted by our own member Chandra Rice at her incredible retreat centre and home on the banks of the Crowe River. In the morning members did eco printing and dyeing. Then we were treated to a fabulous lunch picnic style outside on a long lunch table. And the afternoon was a choice of a book binding workshop or a social time to spin and knit down on the docks. The activities were amazing, the food scrumptious, and the company supreme. We are certainly a lucky group to be able to enjoy the pleasures and talents of our guild.
Pictures by Jill Purcell and Marie Alexander
Join us for our 30th annual Spin In on Tuesday, October 1 from 10:00-3:00 at St. John's United Church, 50 Bridge St. W, Campbellford, Ont. $5.00 admission. Bring your spinning wheel, knitting or rug hooking or what ever craft you carry and spend the day with others who share your interests. There will be door prizes and draws. Buy a lamb burger or lamb sausage for lunch. Browse through the gorgeous wares of our vendors. And enjoy coffee and tea with a homemade sweet treat made by our members. Don't miss this event!
The Warkworth Spinners and Weavers guild was well represented today at the Yarn at the Mill Festival in Castleton. We had nine spinners demonstrating our skills and fielding questions from the visitors. We had a very comprehensive display table with spinning, weaving and knitting items along with natural dyed wool from Marie. Grace did a skirting demonstration after a shearing demo and Jackie did a sock knitting machine demonstration. As you can see from the pictures it was a rather cool day but highly enjoyable. We had many people interested in what we do and several showed interest in becoming new spinners.