We now produce a blending board! Yay!
The standard information you will firstly be interested in is the cloth. We have used 72 TPI cloth that measures 210mm (8.3") wide by 300mm long (11.8"). The kit comes with a blending board - of course! It has a removable keel, a brush and a pair of dowels for removing your rolags.
We have included a nice little touch of adding a Majacraft badge to the board. It also has a very nice metal handle that is comfortable to use and attractive. The thing I am most excited about is the way we have attached the cloth. Using special edges, we have a really tidy way of securing the cloth to the board that hides any rough cloth edges or frayed bits that you may have noticed on blending boards. It really does look great and I am very proud of this little trick we have come up.
There are two free tutorials that you can download from the Resources area of the web site (these are relevant no matter what blending board you use so you are most welcome to enjoy these). I (Andy) wrote one and we were very lucky to have Woolwench write the second about making rolags. She has same very good information and extra special tips to help make even better rolags.
Until next time
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,