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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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  1. Looks like the camp was excellent, as well as the birds.
    Owen maybe you could invest in a pair of falconner mits?
    They’d be quite impressive when you pull up somewhere on the Triumph, & wander amongst the locals. I’m sure they’d be happy to move out of your way, or do anything else you might wish them to!. Quite impressive. :)

    Glynis please pass on to Anita my “G’day!”, & to those poor unfortunates who still remember me, or should I say are still tormented by thoughts of me (sigh).
    ie to your loyal surfs of all office (& workshop), alias The Majacraft Gang :)

    …..and to those members who don’t remember me, don’t believe what you’ve heard. I was far worse!. :}

    PS The Feroza got me home ok from my 4-week 3,000 km journey of the week-long Deniliquin reunion & catching up with family & friends, then died. Another blown head gasket! :(

    Warm regards,

    Noel


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