Bicheno 2018

Posted by VP on 18 February 2018 | 0 Comments



Bicheno is such a lovely place to spend a weekend, along with fellow spinners, weavers, felters and dyers. We come from all over the state for this weekend, enjoy each other's company, and get inspiration from what others are doing. There are workshops on heaps of different techniques run by amazing and enthusiastic volunteer experts within our do they know this stuff?

Some of the workshops on offer this year will include...

Dean: What is the ratio of your wheel? And what does this mean, how does it have any impact on your spinning?

Shirley: Last year's workshop on casting-on and binding-off was incredibly popular, so we asked for an encore.

Kim: Last year Kim brought beautiful brooches made of zippers - were they REALLY? they didn't look like zippers. The secret to making them will be revealed.

Di: How to use garden trimmings, flowers, bark and leaves to naturally dye wool and fabrics. It's exciting to unwrap the parcels.

Geraldine: How to use long lustrous locks of wool in your spinning. Cuffs, collars and hats can be enhanced with features of locks. Also, a workshop on how to do the 'park and draw' with a spindle!

Beatrice: Putting together a T-shirt with woven sections. This sound slike a great follow-up to last year's Poatina weekend.

These are just a taster of some of the workshops, more to come. There will be a trade table. So bring items you want to sell or trade. There will be a lucky dip for anyone who wants to be involved. Participants will donate a wrapped 100gms of tops, and then draw out at random another wrapped tops parcel.

The theme of this year's Bicheno is Happy Hands and Funky Feet, so bring along your best gloves, mittens, slippers, socks, stockings, muffs...anything you have worked on with hands or feet in mind. There will be a fashion show, and a show'n'tell.

So fill out the Booking Form in Island Yarns #256 and organise payment, with our two options, and save the date NOW.