Phew what a great weekend I’ve had! I attended my very first spinning camp with the Redlands Spinners and Weavers. The venue was the House of Happiness (even the name is appropriate!) at Woorim on the beautiful Bribie Island which is north of Brisbane, on the way to the Sunshine Coast.
I was very fortunate to get a lift with Shirley who picked me up at 2.30pm on Friday. We hit a couple of congested areas along the way but still made good time. There was a hive of activity at the venue as we arrived as everyone was unpacking and setting up their wheels and seating.
We were also very fortunate to have two ‘shops’ at camp. Lindy (who is our Ashford agent) brought along lots of her goodies.
And I finally got to meet Angela from Shorn Fibers as she brought along a wonderful selection of her fibre and yarn. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I buy a lot of my yarn from Angela!!
Two workshops were held on the weekend. On Saturday we were taught how to make these cute little sheep.
I think I need to perfect my technique somewhat…
My little sheep is in the middle…
And here is the flock of sheep!
Thank you Linda for teaching us to make these cute sheep!
In our second workshop Shirley showed us how to make these beautiful boxes…
The lid and base of each box was made with eight pieces of paper folded like this…
Very intriguing and very clever I must say. That’s me holding my box.
My little sheep has found a home!
One thing I did buy which was quite an investment was an Ashford Blending Board.
You can blend fabulous fibres in your favourite colours and create beautiful rolags for spinning on the Ashford Blending board. The pack includes a large 30cm x 30cm (12’ x 12”) blending area, a blending brush and two dowels for easy drafting, rolling and removing the rolags, a removable, rotating adjustable keel, 108 point cloth, and a convenient carry handle. It has a lacquered finish too. Some of the girls on the camp went crazy using blending boards. Lindy brought along four to sell and they all went quite quickly!
Here are just some of the rolags created on the weekend.
I’ll experiment with my blending board over the next few weeks once I’ve packed away everything I bought at camp! I need to do some serious rearranging at my place to fit all my spinning gear in! I did, however, buy some fibre packs from Lindy so I can make a good start creating some colourful rolags on my blending board.
We had a wonderful dinner on Saturday night and the tables were beautifully set by our wonderful camp convenor, Jan.
Jan and her husband made the Jazzy Jumbuck cut-outs plus the little gifts we were all presented with.
Our personalised name tag, notebook gift plus our Jazzy Jumbuck theme for the weekend.
I also bought a couple of notebooks and bookmarks from Jan as well. Love them so much!
This is what the hall looked like at dinner time!
Empty! We were all very well fed I must say. As you can see, the most popular spinning wheel was the Ashford Joy obviously for its portability.
I was lucky enough to win three of the raffle prizes so I donated two of them to my friends and kept this lovely sheep for myself. He does have feet but they’re a bit hard to see.
I had the most wonderful weekend spent with wonderful crafty women who were so willing to share their company and knowledge. We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thanks must go to our camp convenor Jan who puts so much effort into making our camps so successful. I will DEFINITELY be back next year!
That’s me in the middle.
I didn’t get as much spinning and knitting done as I anticipated as I was much too busy talking, shopping, eating and having fun!
I’ll show you the yarn I bought in the not too distant future.
Until next time…