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16May/140

Donyale Grant wins Dairing art yarn competition!

Donyale Grant of Moggy & Me has had some exciting news recently. She entered and won the Dairing Art Yarn competition with a piece she wove on her Dynamic Heddle Loom (there had to be a Majacraft catch in there somewhere!)

The final piece completed on the Majacraft loom

The final piece completed on the Majacraft loom

 

She has written a small blog post about creating the piece here.

Donayle Grant Dairing weaving detail

Donayle Grant Dairing weaving detail

 

Dairing weaving on the Majacraft loom

Dairing weaving on the Majacraft loom

 

I have also been encouraging her to perhaps 'tutorialise' the design so ... fingers crossed!

Andy

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16Apr/144

The Rube Goldberg Overdrive

We received a message today in the Majacraft inbox via Christine Oliver of Moondance Colour Company about her Rube Goldberg Overdrive.

Irish tension Majacraft Overdrive Head

Irish tension Overdrive Head

 

Using some backroom genius, she has converted her Overdrive to use an Irish tensioning system. I have to confess that I just LOVE this stuff. Generating a hypothesis and then using the resources available to test and produce a result, just brilliant! While you can appreciate we may not be reproducing this directly ourselves as something that all Overdrive spinners can use, this is simply excellent. If you could see the way many Majacraft prototypes develop, it is exactly like this so much kudos Christine.

Can you see the way it works?

Until next time

Andy

P.S. Great to see the Overdrive running on an older generation Suzie!

6Mar/142

Majacraft Magic 2014 Video

I have put together a video of highlights from the Majacraft Magic camp for this year. If you attended it may remind you of the great time that was experienced by all. If you weren't there, see what you were missing!

 

Andrew

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3Mar/143

Majacraft Magic camp 2014

Majacraft Magic 2014

Majacraft Magic 2014

 

The Majacraft camp is over for another year...

I am currently going through that low funk that happens in life after a special experience. And unsurprisingly, the camp was another high point.

The tutors were marvellous and people learned stuff and had a lot of fun so thank you so much to Pippa Willison, Kathy McLauchlan, Donyale Grant, Catherine Watson, Esther Rodgers, Angela Daish, Pat Old and Brigid MacAlister. Anita and Pam worked tirelessly in the kitchens along with the Keswick staff to keep our tummies full.

The Overdrive was announced just on a week ago and this was the first time we were able to show it to people and give them a hands on. Judging by the questions and new orders, I think it might have been rather popular!

For me, the best part of these camps are the people. The sharing of stories and ideas and experiences is simply wonderful so to all the people who attended - from New Zealand and even overseas - and made the camp what it was, thank you!

Some of the Majacrafters

Some of the Majacrafters

 

Donyale Grant prepping the looms

Donyale Grant prepping the looms

 

Hope on the circular loom

Hope on the circular loom

 

Tracey White on the Overdrive

Tracey White on the Overdrive

 

Esther Rodgers teaching

Esther Rodgers teaching

 

Harakeke weaving by Pat Old

Harakeke weaving by Pat Old

 

My knitting...

My knitting...

 

Ian Taylor on the Overdrive

Ian Hitch on the Overdrive

 

Catherine's felting class

Catherine's felting class

 

Pippa's dyeing class

Pippa's dyeing class

 

Angela Daish

The irrepressible Angela Daish

 

See you next year!

Andrew

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2Mar/145

Double heddle weaving by Annick Keters

On the weekend of the 22nd February, Alet Tienport hosted some classes for double heddle weaving on the Dynamic Heddle Loom as taught y Patty Poot and Suzy Brown.

There were some amazing pieces created by the students. These photos of weaving by Annick Keters appeared in my Facebook feed and really stood out. I thought you might like to share them too. As I have mentioned before, I am so proud to see what people are creating on Majacraft tools.

Using the warping frame on the DHL

Using the looms warping frame

 

Warping the DHL

Warping it up

 

Ready to start weaving

Ready to start weaving

 

Weaving on the DHL

Double heddle weaving

 

Cloth from the DHL

Annick Keters weaving

 

Double heddle weaving cloth detail

Double heddle weaving cloth detail

 

Congratulations Annick on some beautiful weaving!

Andy

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23Feb/140

Some beautiful n-ply by Bren Boone

The next Majacraft ad for PLY magazine again features artists and work from all around the world. One person I contacted to use their images was Bren Boone who was very gracious in letting me use this beautiful picture of her spinning. Because the final image in the ad is going to be fairly small, I wanted to share it in a way that does her n-ply justice. So here it is (you can click the image to see a larger version)

N-PLY by Bren Boone

N-PLY by Bren Boone

 

Thank you so much Bren!

Andrew

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26Oct/132

Exciting news! The Journey to the Golden Fleece

Here is the press release about an exciting project that we have been invited to be a part of - The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course. This has been developed by Arlene Ciroula (SpinArtiste) and Suzy Brown (Woolwench). More news and pictures will follow but I wanted to share this as soon as I could.

The Journey to the Golden Fleece

Spinartiste.com and Woolwench.com are excited to announce the impending launch of their new co-hosted creative space, www.fiberygoodness.com and its first offering, The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course.

With The Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course,  we are thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for fiber enthusiasts to join us on a path of exploration, revitalization, learning and inspiration. This course is designed to provide participants with their own fiber hero journey, to reboot their creativity, work towards finding their own unique creative voice, and to celebrate uniqueness.

We are proud to bring this new and exciting learning opportunity to the fiber community with the support of Majacraft, creators and suppliers of amazing and innovative spinning and fiber preparation tools and equipment.  We share their desire to help people be creative!

In conjunction with the launch of the Journey to the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Course, Majacraft will be releasing a custom designed Circle Loom developed especially for this course.

All details on the course and enrollment forms will be available with the launch of www.fiberygoodness.com on November 1, 2013. 

About

With Arlene Thayer at the helm, Spinartiste.com is an online publication focused on making and using artisanal fibers and yarns with a focus on indie fiber artists and is read widely throughout the international fiber community.

Woolwench.com is the online home base of the internationally known fiber artist, Suzy Brown, who holds the Creative Fibres (NZ) Certificate in HandSpinning and possesses an extensive educational background.

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16Aug/136

Dynamic Heddle Weaving

For those who are fans of Facebook and are interested in the new Majacraft Dynamic Heddle Loom, you might be interested in checking out "Manic Dynamic Majacrafters". This is a page set up by three of our weaving heroes, Donyale Grant, Esther Rodgers and Suzy Brown. It is dedicated to weaving on the Majacraft loom. People are posting their work, using it as a forum and taking part in the challenges offered to build a very cool community.

Here is a small selection of pieces being created:

The end of my waterfall!

The end of my waterfall! Karen Bruinsma

 

Weaving by Kathleen Utts

Weaving by Kathleen Utts

 

A texture piece by Mary Twaler Dams

A texture piece by Mary Twaler Dams

 

Weaving by Katy San Miguel

Weaving by Katy San Miguel

 

As I have mentioned before, I feel very proud to have been able to have a little part in the amazing things that talented people from around the world are creating - so thank you all. I can't wait to see what you do next!

You can visit the page here Manic Dynamic Majacrafters

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7Aug/130

Wooldancer on tour

Lately we have been following the progress in USA of our friend, Michelle Snowden , aka Wooldancer.

Michelle hails from Australia and is teaching her particular brand of woolly goodness – Spin to Wear – to enthusiastic spinners around the country.

Ebb and Flow handspun journey-thread scarf

Ebb and Flow handspun journey-thread scarf

 

She started at Yarnival and has since taught at the SWAY guild in Florida and is due at Madison Wool next.

You can see what Michelle is up to on her personal web site www.wooldancer.com

Arlene Ciroula of Spin Artiste has written an neat article about Michelle on the road with plenty of pictures www.spinartiste.com

 

knitted heart wall hanging

Knitted heart wall hanging

 

Until next time

Andy

 

 

7Aug/132

A gift for a prince

As many readers are likely aware, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Catherine) recently had their first child. New Zealand presented a gift of a merino shawl to the new family. We were very excited to see this news as the shawl had been created by a local fibre artist, Cynthia Read. The shawl was hand spun and knitted based on a design by Margaret Stove. Cynthia estimated it took around 270 hours to complete!

As well as being an amazing piece of work and certainly a gift for a prince, we were delighted to notice that the yarn had been spun on a Rose! We are very proud to have had a connection (although a very small one :-) ) to the shawl Cynthia has made and this significant gift from New Zealand.

TV3 news coverage

Cynthia Read and her knitted shawl

Cynthia Read and her knitted shawl

 

Cynthia Read carrying out the finishing touches + Rose!

Cynthia Read carrying out the finishing touches + Rose!

 

Congratulations Cynthia, your work is fantastic!

Until next time,

Andy

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