Weavers Anon

So, at Christmas I went to check out the Christchurch Guild of Spinners and Weavers‘ relocated shop/workspace at The Tannery in Woolston. Like many others they had been forced out of their accommodation by the earthquakes and had only recently reopened. While I’d been making OK progress on my own, working from books, websites and the odd YouTube video I’d really been feeling the need for companionship, even mentoring in my weaving adventures, someone to bounce ideas off and if necessary provide advice. I’d joined Creative Fibre as an individual member last year but without a group to belong to wasn’t ‘feeling the love’ but most groups meet during workdays which are impossible for me or in evenings which is just impossible. But the Chch Guild has a Saturday meeting, from 10-2, which is only difficult.

I joined the Guild pretty much on the spot, they were such a lovely, welcoming bunch of people. I’ve gone along to a couple of the Saturday meetings between Canterbury Faire, Webstock, riding and other obligations, like I said, Saturdays are only difficult. Most of the people are spinning or knitting at those sessions, weaving looms being a bit of a nightmare to transport, especially with a project on them. I’ve taken along my current card-weaving project which fits in the boot OK but it requires all my focus to work on which means that I’m either making progress on that or conversing with people, I can’t do both. My goal is to get along to a Saturday meeting every month, plus anything more weaving oriented that falls at a time that I can make.

“Hello, my name is Simone and I’ve been a fibreholic for around ten years. This is my first meeting, I’ve been weaving for a little over a year”… That’s pretty much what I felt I should say. Seriously I had this mental image of it as a kind of AA for weavers… And I wasn’t completely off base. Once we’d done intros I was able to ask about my next project which has a warp of a variety of wools and I got some good advice including washing same-length strands together pretty hot to see if they shrink differently, and of course doing a sample, which I am going to do this time. They felt I had plenty of yarn for the project, so good. And then in show and tell I got out the big blanket and they had many kind comments about it which was lovely as I am quite pleased with it (while being aware of the flaws).

Then we all got up and wandered about checking out some of the hardware and projects people had brought with them and in my case grabbing a quick sandwich. I met some of the women who had been at the West Melton 150th who are part of the Malvern weavers group and they said that they might be doing some evening sessions this year so maybe I’ll be able to get to them. Darfield is only fifteen minutes away so much easier to do an evening thing there than at the tannery in Woolston which is forty five.

So yay. I am really looking forward to the next session in a couple of months, then I think that one after that is in West Melton at the community hall, so just around the corner.