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11Apr/110

Next gen Rose

The elves have been busy at Majacraft. This week (actually last week as I type this), we have shipped the next generation of our Rose spinning wheels. While they are still obviously a Rose to look at, very little has not been inspected thoroughly and tweaked, modified and improved where we can. Rob and I have spent a lot of time trying to make the lines as smooth and elegant as possible so that hopefully it creates a very romantic look.

The new Rose

The new Rose

Glynis testing the new Rose

Glynis testing the new Rose

To help with building this romantic wheel, we commissioned a local artist, Sharon O'Callaghan to redesign the Rose motif. We are absolutely chuffed (= very, very happy :-) ) with the design she has come up with and it now is laser engraved on the handle and Rose carrier. She has been very helpful and inspirational for us to work with.

Tauranga artist Sharon O'Callaghan

Tauranga artist Sharon O'Callaghan

Sharon does not have a great deal of art on the internet however many of her paintings are displayed around Tauranga. If you wish to contact her then write to us and we will happily forward your her details to you.

Frog model by Sharon OCallaghan

Frog model by Sharon O'Callaghan

Keep an eye out for the new Roses amongst your friends and spinning groups and let us know what you think.

Some of the modifications in the Rose:

  • Smoother head design
  • JCB bolts used in the handle
  • New Rose motif
  • 10mm stainless steel shaft on the drive axle
  • New base design
  • New pedal design
  • JCB bolts in the base
  • Majacraft stainless steel hinges
  • Low profile handle nut

The full description appears on our web site in the Wheels section. Until next time...

Andy

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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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