Circular Cooperations

Circular Cooperations

Do you remember a while back we released the online fibre creativity course ‘Journey to the Golden Fleece’..? And with it came the lovely wooden circular loom that we worked with Majacraft to create for the course? Well we are not the only ones enjoying this amazing little tool, and since then there have also been lots of non-Golden Fleece people who have picked up on this idea that circular weaving is really a great deal of awesomeness! Shall I tell you why? (cos I have made a little list) Its mega easy and fast to warp Your kids can also use it! Weaving on it can be as simple or as complex as you like Its a tool that fits in your bag and you can take with you to places where you usually (as a dedicated weaver) must endure watching ‘other’ people knit or crochet while your floor loom calls you from far away… With this you can also keep your hands busy in social situations and prevent excesses in other potentially less healthy indulgences Its light and really easy to handle There are a myriad of ways to warp it and things to create with it Ok that was just for starters 🙂 You know there will be more after I have consumed second coffee.. The point is, that this is such a versatile piece of weaving equipment, and its so easy to use, that it’s easy to get enthusiastic about it! We recently started a new Facebook group on Circle Weaving, and one of the first things I have noticed that makes this group such a pleasure to hang out in, is the sense of cooperation and sharing among the group members. I think this is encouraged by the very nature of the loom and the kind of weaving we can do on it, because it is FUN and SIMPLE and non-threatening. Its not something high-brow or elitist or specialised, things that sometimes lead to a high level of competitiveness and individualism. Nope our little circular loom is a humble wee thing, but just look what people are doing with it! It blows me away, AND the willingness of the Circle Loom group members to share their ideas. This has been the other spectacular thing I have observed (and taken part in) within the Circle Weaving group, the actual development of these ideas on the group page.   This to me is complete awesomeness, someone posts a question or an idea they are trying out, someone else posts to add more ideas that have sprung from the original one, suggestions go back and forth, its a whole cooperative creative process that actually gives us all the ability to...

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A Country Market

A Country Market

Birdsong, open spaces, greenness and some really cool handcrafts! The market day at my friend Alet’s place was magical. Alet has her amazing Textiel Wol en Zo studio on her farm property, and its packed with goodies, and I mean REALLY packed with goodies, all kinds of spinning fibers, a big range of Landscape dyes, books and more books (to be poured over for hours) and lots of amazing yarns. And last weekend a market materialised in the field behind the studio. There was fiber and yarn of course, also some amazing felted work from Adrian Art.. her dyed fibers were gorgeous and her wearables were also wonderful, check out the texture in this! There was of course also some spinning going on:   I didnt take my wheel with me , but I did have my loom, and shared the weaving with a young girl who was instantly fascinated with the process, and the pretty colours 😉 The day ended with a bit of a mad pack up before the expected storm arrived, but even that was fun 🙂 Great people and a lovely stressfree country day out. Thanks Alet and Eva!        ...

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