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27Mar/140

More exciting Overdrive news!

We have been steadily working through the Overdrive orders and shipping them as fast as we can. If you are on the list for one, take heart, you have not been forgotten and we will get it to you as soon as possible!

Glynis testing Overdrives, Owen balancing Overdrive flyers

Glynis testing Overdrives, Owen balancing Overdrive flyers

 

I have carried out some further testing on some of our older wheels and we are now confident that the Overdrive will work on ALL Majacraft Roses and Suzies. The early generation Roses (and some Suzie Alpaca wheels) had a wooden nut that tightened the handle onto the head. We will include a smaller stainless steel nut with the Overdrive kit to replace the wooden nut and then the bobbin drive band will no longer be interfered with. If you are ordering an Overdrive for one of these Roses, please let your dealer know so we can include the special nut. The Suzies are easy as the Overdrive fits straight on.

Here is the picture of the original wooden nut on a Rose handle

Standard wooden nut on previous generation Roses

Standard wooden nut on previous generation Roses

 

And the replacement stainless nut which will clear the bobbin drive band

Stainless nut for Overdrives on the Rose

Stainless nut for Overdrives on the Rose

 

So if you have been waiting to hear this news, I hope it has brightened your day!

Until next time

Andy

14Mar/140

Overdrives are shipping (and a video)

The first batch of Overdrives shipped yesterday! So long as we are not blown into the ocean by the terrible storm that is approaching for this weekend, I would suggest keeping an eye on your letterbox from Wednesday on next week. More Overdrives will go next week, the bobbins are backing up and everything is coming together nicely.

Suzy at Woolwench put together this short video of changing the Overdrive on an Aura. As you can see, it is pretty simple and anyone can take on this task with confidence.

 

Until next time

Andy

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/143

The Overdrives are coming

It has been a bit of a mammoth effort to push the new Overdrive Heads into production but things are progressing well and nearly ready for shipping out to you. Here are the first ones in the final stages of building. Just so you know we are not eating donuts and drinking coffee!

Overdrive heads in progress

Overdrive heads in progress

 

Overdrive bobbins

Overdrive bobbins

Until next time

Andy

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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