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The Pioneer becomes the Pioneer X!

Have you heard the news yet?! At the end of April 2019 we launched a fresh new-look Pioneer, two in fact! The Pioneer X and the X-Creative! This is an update and makeover of our entry level wheel which has proven to be a wonderful workhorse […]

Majacraft CampS 2019!

Majacraft CampS 2019!

This year we held two Majacraft camps, one in Australia and one here in New Zealand shortly after. Both were pretty awesome! Majacraft Camp Australia was organised by the very inspirational Janet Day of ‘My Spin on Things’ in Melbourne. We started out on a […]

2019 Bobbin colour of the Year!

2019 Bobbin colour of the Year!

It is time to announce the winning colour, the one of four which received the most votes, and I am pleased to say there were over 500 votes counted! The competition was close, initially I thought we were going to be having Banana Split bobbins this year, and then it was looking like we would have an orange year with Energised….

As the votes continued though we saw a new trend emerging, a more subtle colour, peaceful, relaxing…. I am happy to announce that the 2019  Majacraft Bobbin Colour of the Year is…… (drumroll)

 

ATOLL!

This is a beautiful colour, and one that we had lots of indication for last year as a potential colour for 2019 as well. This is going to look amazing with the existing bobbin colours of pink, blue, purple, and lime green, and if you were lucky enough to get a lilac bobbin as well your collection will be looking really beautiful.

I would also like to announce our five randomly drawn bobbin winners too! If you see your name in the list please contact us by email with your postal address at support@majacraft.co.nz . We are currently on summer vacation but we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The bobbin winners are:

Penny Duke

Lynx Mullen

Jane Stevens

Margaret May

Debi Orndorff

Congratulations and thank you all so much for your participation! As soon as the bobbins are made and ready to order we will post here and on Facebook to let you know. We will you all a fantastic year 🙂

 

 

Tutorial: Make your bobbins uniquely yours!

Tutorial: Make your bobbins uniquely yours!

If you are a spinner who enjoys making anything you do ‘yours’, then I think you will enjoy this idea! Our wonderful wooden bobbins are just right for adding your own personal touch and turning them into something uniquely yours. I have played with this […]

Boucle: Make it Easy!

Boucle: Make it Easy!

This time I thought I would share some spin stuff with you, something you could make on any of our range of wheels, but especially if you like spinning finer yarns, this will even work as a heavy lace and will fit perfectly with the […]

New Year, New Bobbin Colour!

What a wonderful way to welcome in a new year! I have just closed voting and spent some (considerable) time! counting all the votes that were made to choose the Special Edition Bobbin colour of 2018! I am excited and I can tell you that it wasnt till I was about three quarters through the vote counting that I started to see a preference, it was suspenseful 🙂

Here are the four colours we picked to choose from:

Previous years have seen Lime Green, Purple, Pink, and an extra to celebrate our Anniversary in Lilac. When we chose the above colours it was with the hope that any of those colours would look wonderful with the already collected previous year colours too. I did have my own preference but I am not going to say what it was 😀 except I am glad I didnt have to vote as I really loved all the colours! The ones not chosen will be reprieved next year as options too so if your favourite wasnt chosen this year, it could be in 2019!

Heres a quick preview of past colours… and then I will reveal the new one!

And the 2018 Winner is….

I love it!

Here is my very rough photoshop impression of how the bobbins could look 🙂 

Thank you so much to everyone! And of course we cannot leave without a draw for five lucky bobbin recipients! Congratulations to…

Brenda Trammell

Lyndon Bradford Regan

Janine Studholme

Helena Wild

Cheryl Feary

We will go ahead and get these bobbins created to just the right colour (Eastern Blue!!) and we will send them to our draw winners and let you all know when they are available!

 

Aura Club Extreme Yarn Challenge

Things have been pretty exciting over the last month in the Aura Club, as we have been running an ‘Extreme Yarn’ challenge! The Aura is a wheel that is MADE for extremes, it handles the biggest, bulkiest, most textured of yarns, taking it all in […]

UK Fibre Retreat

Glynis and Owen are now home safe and sound again after their international travels, in which they had many adventures (and I am pretty sure Owen also caught some fish!). We shared some of their journey on our Facebook page, and in this post, Glynis […]

The Return of the Loom


Last week we relaunched our Dynamic Heddle weaving loom, the Majacraft variation on a rigid heddle loom. We created this loom some years ago, and included innovations we are still very proud of such as the variable dent reeds (hence ‘dynamic!’) and the rare earth magnet heddle attachment which makes the heddle super easy to move into each weaving position. Now, after a short hiatus we have tweaked the design and streamlined our hand building processes to re-release this loom for sale again!

This is a loom that has a huge range. Because of the variable dent reed it is possible to warp it with very bulky yarns, and if you are making a wearable item from your art yarns and bulky yarns you will find this gives your piece a fantastic drape along the length of it, rather than sitting flat, which is what usually happens when your bulky yarns are in your weft sitting across the width of the weave. In fact you can even almost keep the effect of wearing your handspun skein around your neck if you use a fine yarn in your weft and the art skein in your warp.

 

You can also use the variable dent reed to use a variety of thickness yarns in your warp, which gives the opportunity to create texture and interest in your piece.

With this loom you have a lot of freedom to play around and experiment with your yarns!

But not only can you get experimental with your unusual yarns and materials, you can also enjoy the ease of use with this loom creating more ‘traditional’ weavings, selecting a finer reed set (10 or 12 dent reeds are great for this!) and even adding a second heddle to create a wide range of patterns in your weaving. The following image is some double heddle weaving by Annick Keters (Belgium) created as a practice piece.

Double heddle weaving cloth detail
Double heddle weaving cloth detail

We are very happy to have this loom return to our product range, and are excited to continue seeing the amazing weavings people are creating with it. If you would like to see more incredible creations made possible with this loom and the creativity of current loom owners you can also visit our Dynamic Heddle Loom Facebook group, there is some wonderful inspiration being shared there and its a fun group for Majacraft Loom owners. If you are ready to become a Dynamic Heddle Loom owner youself  (yay!) you can now place your order with any of our wonderful Majacraft Dealers , they are also happy to help you in making choices on reed selection and accessories for your loom.

Happy Weaving!

Suzy

 

21st Anniversary Celebrations at Majacraft!

September 2017 marks 21 years since the Poads started with Majacraft, and we have been making the best spinning wheels and tools we can make ever since! It is very rewarding to see some of the wheels made in those early days still out and about with their […]