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.
So that's great, but I was still not connecting with the weavers so much. Then last weekend I got to go to my first Creative Fibre Canterbury region weavers meet up at the Cooper's Creek hall, a very cute wee hall that sports a good sized tea room and open fire. It's a wee way from home, but probably further for most people and so I was pleasantly surprised that about 15-20 people turned up. We had coffee and tea and then sat in a circle around the fire for introductions, a Q&A session and show and tell.
"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.