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13Feb/140

Come see the big new Majacraft product!

Next week its happening! Finally!

After much work over the last year and a bunch of teases through the blog, I am ready to show you the next big thing we have been working on.

And it what I think is a first in our little corner of the craft world, the plan is to do it live over the internet where you can watch and take part too.

Woolwench (Suzy Brown) has been a major collaborator in the creation of this so we are going to run the live stream through the Fibery Goodness web site. The stream link is shown on the flyer down below.

I am really excited about what we have created and I think it is going to change the way people can work in the area it relates to (sorry I am still trying to be vague until the big day). The point is we can't wait to share it with you!

Fibery goodness Majacraft flyer

 

See you there on the Internet!

Andrew

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5Feb/143

It is getting closer…

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28Jan/1412

Something BIG is coming

not long now...

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18Dec/135

Majacraft Circular Loom

Here is the latest addition to our family of weaving products, the Majacraft Circular Loom. It is 275mm in diameter (10.8") and is made from a 4mm thick plywood. It was developed in conjunction with the Golden Fleece fibre creativity course (although they have a slightly different version for students).

 

Majacraft Circular Loom

Majacraft Circular Loom

 

It is excellent for taking with you as it is thin and light and there are some stunning pieces being created with it already.

You can view the product details on the Majacraft web site here and here is an excellent (and free) getting started tutorial (I really must get on to writing one too!)

We have been amazed to see what people have created already on their circular looms, including this at this piece by Suzy Brown of Woolwench.

Woolwench - fairy light circular weaving

Fairy light circular weaving (woolwench)

 

and more detail...

Fairy lights detail

Fairy lights detail (woolwench)

 

If you are interested in taking up this fun and creative for of weaving, contact your dealer for information on a circular loom.

Until next time

Andy

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18Dec/131

Lime or Chartreuse?

We have recently arranged with our plastics supplier to produce a limited run of plastic bobbins for the holiday season. If you are interested in some very special and unique bobbins for your Majacraft wheel that will REALLY stand out, then contact your dealer quickly. First in, first serve!

Limited edition lime bobbins

Limited edition lime bobbins

 

And yes, they really are this bright - no Photoshopping on this image!

Andy

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22Jan/130

We’re back – and Spin Artiste

Welcome one and all, we have started back at work for the year and boy is it hot in the workshop! I am anticipating Autumn and Winter with relish at the moment as the afternoons are so very humid and the workshop has very little breeze moving through it. The irony is that come June I will be bleating about longing for Summer again. I guess I am hard to please ;-)

We have some interesting changes coming up soon and I hope you will see some of the fruits of these before long. As a hint, we should be able to produce much finer reed segments which will increase the versatility of the Dynamic Heddle Loom - everything going to plan, these should be underway in about 8 weeks.

I have been doing CAD design work on a very exciting new product (well to me at least :-) ), however I am pretty confident that others are going to be pretty interested when it materialises.

Over the Summer, Arlene from Spin Artiste did an interview about Majacraft and in the last fortnight posted it on her web site. There are some never before seen pictures of Aura and loom prototypes and she asked some really insightful questions. If you would like to learn a little more about Majacraft and what makes us tick then take time to have a read. My daughter Sophie has a little feature role as well (proud Dad!). Click the image to visit Spin Artiste and read the interview.

Sophie in the Majacraft workshop - Spin Artiste interview

Sophie in the Majacraft workshop - Spin Artiste interview

 

Until next time

Andy

 

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11Sep/120

Dynamic Heddle weaving – Thumbelinaspins “No sew hat”

OK, I am going to show my ignorance here - thankfully, I have since been educated.

I was under the impression for quite a while that hand weaving was pretty much restricted to creating two dimensional pieces. I was very impressed to see these images of weaving completed by Rona Betts (Thumbelinaspins of Ravelry) Mum bought in to show me. The ideas behind this beanie seem very interesting to me  and can see how she has moved the reed segments in her Dynamic Heddle loom to create really interesting effects in the overall shape.

No sew hat - Rona Betts

No sew hat - Rona Betts

I am quite a hat fan as I like being warm and I am becoming limited to the Friar Tuck hairstyle these days so this beanie has really fired my imagination. To me, it looks like it would be possible to weave almost a cone shape piece of cloth by starting with the reeds segments far apart and then moving them in to create the smaller top part of the hat. I would think that it would even be possible to start with the reeds tight, weave in elastic and then move them out wide and slowing back in to create an elasticated rim.

Here is Rona's story in her own words

"Redlands Spinners was having their annual camp at Bribie Island the last weekend of August. I had only just found out a couple of weeks before that I could go. I was given a sheet of paper a week before about what was expected and saw that there was a beanie contest and the beanies were being donated to the seafarers. One of our members who had recently passed away had knitted over 2000 beanies for the seafarers and this was a way to remember her. Since I absolutely knew that I could not knit a beanie in time I thought about what I could do. I had just received my majacraft loom and had warped it up to play with. On it I had some Noro sock yarn in fun colors. So I put two and two together realising that weaving does not take as long for me to do as knitting I went to work and in one evening “presto” I had enough woven for a hat. I did not win a prize for the best beanie but had the best time making it! Love my Majacraft Loom!"

Here are a couple more pictures of the No Sew Hat:

More No sew hat - Rona Betts

More No sew hat - Rona Betts

 

More still No sew hat - Rona Betts

More still No sew hat - Rona Betts

 

I find Majacraft is a great place to work when the opportunities to form connections with people who create amazing things come up - like what Rona has done with her weaving.

Until next time.

Andy

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21Jul/126

An exciting addition to Majacraft!

One of the things I enjoy most about working with Majacraft is people. I have been privileged to meet some incredibly talented and creative people and I confess I get a bit star struck when I think that I have actually met people like Lexi Boeger and Jacey Boggs and what's more, they are just wonderful! We count ourselves very fortunate that they have chosen to use tools we have built to create amazing stuff far beyond what we could imagine or have hoped for. We really value these relationships and are always looking to develop new connections wherever we see opportunities to help creative people and grow fibre art.

Well, I am very excited to share that we have made a new connection with somebody in an area we have not been able to reach before - weaving. I first heard about this person being invited to tutor at an upcoming camp and after reading the brief profile thought to myself, "this is a person we HAVE to reach out to". After several conversations, she excitedly agreed to try our new loom and so a super secret box was jetted off. This took place several months ago and we have been receiving some very valuable feedback and seeing some amazing new possibilities for weaving. When I have been looking through the photos of work she has produced on the loom, I am just blown away and to be honest, am living a little vicariously when I can say "I touched the loom that took part in making that!".

So who is this mystery person? Well I am very proud to announce that Donyale Grant of Moggy and Me has decided to join with us in our weaving project. Here is a just a tiny sample of what she has been creating in the last couple of months.

Testing...

You can read all about Donyale on her website Moggy and Me and if you are interested in seeing photos of her weaving work - as well as some sneaky previews of the Majacraft loom, then check out her Flickr pages.

Donyale is currently at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool festival in Victoria demonstrating the new loom as well as displaying and selling some of her work.

I am very excited about this new partnership and am very grateful to Donyale for agreeing to go on this journey with us. I can't wait to see what we can create together in the future!

Until next time

Andy

5Apr/111

Majacraft Magic Camp 2011

WOW! What a fantastic time we had at our recent Majacraft Magic Camp. As we have done previously, we held it at Keswick Conference Centre right on the lake side at Rotorua.  The weekend was very busy, starting on the Friday morning and continuing until Sunday afternoon.  The comments we have had since include – “the best camp I have ever been to”, “I had a wonderful time” and many more equally enthusiastic.

We were very fortunate to have a great line up of tutors who were unstinting with their time and expertise.

Heather Dunn who talked and demonstrated Fabulous Fleece.

Mandie Chandler enlightened many with her innovative ways with a carder for her Walk on the Wild Side batts.

Carding during Mandie Chandler's class

Carding during Mandie Chandler's class

Flore Vallery Radot who lent some Parisienne flair with her beautiful yarns.

Flore teaching during her class

Flore teaching during her class

Jessicah Win, taking her first workshop(! ) and showing the many ways you can spin space dyed fibre to get different results.

Heather Kearins showed us not to be afraid of rabbits!

Genny Stevens, who encouraged us to cut up our knitting – Eek Steek.

Beth and Kevin Hansen who gave us a talk in the evening about spinners and sailors, as well as showing us their lovely little e-spinner.

Kevin Hansen of Hansen Crafts

Kevin Hansen of Hansen Crafts

Leilani Rickard showed us the use of flax and wool from a modern Maori perspective.

Keswick fed us very well and often, we had a happy hour each evening, and we had lovely walks in the morning before starting classes. A thoroughly enjoyable time for everyone.  A specially big thanks must go to my sisters, Anita Thorpe and Pam Collier who spent their weekend in the kitchen doing our dishes, setting tables and serving up food.  It was much appreciated.

Thank you to all who attended and especially to our  wonderful tutors, we couldn’t have done it without youJ

Here are some photos taken at the camp – you can see how much fun it was!

Experimenting during Mandie Chandlers carding class

Experimenting during Mandie Chandlers carding class

During the weekend, Owen made a small trip out to a local conservation trust, Wingspan, that is saving New Zealand's endangered falcons. Here are some photos from the afternoon visit.

Travis Light and a New Zealand falcon

Travis Light and a New Zealand falcon

New Zealand falcon

New Zealand falcon

Glynis

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11Feb/111

Is this a royal endorsement?

Hello again!

Look what we received earlier this week. I know it is not a royal endorsement but ... wow!

The Duchess of Cornwall using a Majacraft Little Gem

The Duchess of Cornwall using a Majacraft Little Gem

I wonder if she would be available for a promotional tour? :-) If you wish to read the full article on the UK's Daily Mail web site, then visit here

Until next time

Andy

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