We received a message today in the Majacraft inbox via Christine Oliver of Moondance Colour Company about her Rube Goldberg Overdrive.
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
P.S. Great to see the Overdrive running on an older generation Suzie!
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!
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!
See you next year!
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.
Congratulations Annick on some beautiful weaving!
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)
Thank you so much Bren!
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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
Until next time
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.
Congratulations Cynthia, your work is fantastic!
Until next time,
So this is what they mean by being behind the 8-ball! Needless to say I have been rather busy recently simply helping to get products into boxes and into the postie's van. There has been a bunch of news to share so here goes.
Majacraft on Facebook
Yes, we have a Facebook page finally! It is being managed by the lovely Donyale Grant as our resources in the factory are already tapped out. Included on the page are tidbits from the workshop as well as inspirational resources, people and ideas from the wide world of the internet. You are welcome to come and join in the conversation!
Patsy and Rich Zawitoski
Patsy Zawitoski and her husband Rich visited us recently at the workshop and we had a lovely time sharing spinning...stuff with them both. You can read about their international adventures on their blog here or alternatively go straight to the Majacraft bit here.
Dynamic Heddle Loom
As more of our very unique looms make their way around the world, we are seeing some very interesting and creative work coming from different artists. If you are keen to see some of the amazing stuff that weavers are making, try visiting these web sites
Rather than edit this post for days getting it just so, I think the wisest choice is to publish it quick to let you know that we are indeed still alive at Majacraft! Hopefully I will get back to the blog real soon and maybe I will be able to share something about the progress of Blue Sun.