Meet the Trader – MOMO

Today we meet Mo, from MOMO.

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Hello, please could you tell us about your business?

Hi, I’m Mo Jackson (business name MOMO) I was a graphic designer for 25 years but textiles were always my first love. I’m happy to say I’ve now left my computer behind and for the last seven years I’ve been a creative feltmaker and tutor.

What can we look forward to seeing at your stand at ESGWSD 2015?

I use both wet and dry felting processes such as needle felting and nuno felting to create wearable art. I use mainly hand dyed merino wool and silk. This year I will be including eco printed scarves using plants and rust which I’m really looking forward to experimenting with.

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What are you looking forward to most about the event and/or visiting Lewes?

I love this show, there is always such a buzz of creative excitement. There’s so much to see and buy, it’s get hard to stay on my own stand as I just want to keep looking at everyone elses!

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Meet the Trader – Plant Dyed Wool

Today we meet Jane, from Plant Dyed Wool (http://plantdyedwool.co.uk/).

Hello, please could you tell us about your business?

I run workshops teaching wool processing, plant dyeing, peg loom
weaving, spinning, Brinkley loom weaving and felting.  I also sell the
wonderful and so simple to use Brinkley loom.  It takes 5 minutes to warp
up!  All my items for sale are dyed with plants from my garden.  And colour
is my passion.

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What can we look forward to seeing at your stand at ESGWSD 2015?

I will have an array of colourful woven shawls, scarves and throws on my
stall.  I will also be demonstrating my Brinkley looms and will have plenty
for sale.

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What are you looking forward to most about the event and/or visiting Lewes?

I have never been to Lewes so have no idea what is in store, but love
being near the sea.

See you in a few weeks, Jane!

Meet our members – Chris

Hello, I’m Chris.

I have been a member of ESGWSD for the past five years. I took up spinning as a hobby after having lessons with Daphne (another guild member). I borrowed a spinning wheel from my next door neighbour of  27 years, Ruth. Ruth, who sadly passed away this year ten days before her 100 birthday, had been spinning for the past 40 years. Whenever I popped round to see her she was either in the garden or spinning on her Ashford spinning wheel that she had brought back from one of her many trips to New Zealand. I soon decided spinning was for me, and then I heard about dyeing – wow! What wonderful experiments you can have with an old saucepan, some dyes and washed fleece; this was truly satisfying. I soon had various hats and scarves in wonderful colours all spun and dyed by me!

Merino rolag hand-dyed using goldenrod

Merino rolag hand-dyed using goldenrod

Two years ago, I decided it was time for me to have a go at weaving and I joined Val’s weaving class at Clayton. Val lent me a loom and off I went (or should that be wove!). Now, weaving is a lot more complicated than spinning and dyeing; there are ‘Rigid Heddles’, four shafts, eight shafts etc, warps, wefts, raddles etc., etc. So for me, weaving has been a real challenge, with assorted pieces of poorly woven, if interesting, pieces of fabric! But finally, I am getting ther – I have made a few scarves and cushions. A hand bag (fingers crossed) will be my latest creation, which I hope to exhibit in our Exhibition.

My new loom

My new loom

Being part of East Sussex Guild has been a real inspiration to me; not only have I learnt to spin, dye and weave, but I have met some wonderful truly talented people. This year I organised our stand at the South of England Agricultural Show, with a lot of help from Sheila and Val, and we won ‘Third Prize’ in our section – amazing!!

A table runner woven using Japanese Washi (paper), which you can wash at 30 degrees centigrade!

A table runner woven using Japanese Washi (paper), which you can wash at 30 degrees centigrade!

So come on, visit our Exhibition, join our Guild and make lots of wonderful friends and learn some exciting skills.

Meet the trader – The Threshing Barn

This week we meet Janet Phillips from The Threshing Barn (http://www.threshingbarn.com/).

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Hello, please could you tell us about your business?

Hello, I’m Janet Phillips and I relocated The Threshing Barn to a converted spinning mill on the border of Cumbria and Yorkshire Dales, so I have a perfect location to live and work  surrounded by the fells and sheep. I retail my spinning, weaving, dyeing, and wool supplies directly from the workshop,via my website, visits to guilds and textile events.

What can we look forward to seeing at your stand at ESGWSD 2015?

I shall be bringing a selection of new products such as the new Louet concept spinning wheel, the Strauch ball winders, swifts and drum carders, Glimakra rigid heddle looms, weaving yarns such as cotton, alpaca  and my hand dyed wool tops.

What are you looking forward to most about the event and/or visiting Lewes?

I love coming to the Guild event to meet friends and customers and eat in lovely restaurants in the evening. I also enjoy the exhibition of your members work which is always of a very high standard.

See you in October, Janet!

 

 

Meet the trader – DT Craft & Design

In the first of our new series on the traders who will be attending the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers’ Exhibition this October, we meet Debbie Tomkies from DT Craft & Design (www.dtcrafts.co.uk)

Hello, please could you tell us about your business?

We are specialist suppliers of dyes, yarns, fibres and equipment for hand-dyers and textile artists. I have over 25 years experience as a dyer, spinner, knitter, crocheter and felter so I’m always happy to answer questions and advise on your dyeing and textile-related conundrums!

What can we look forward to seeing at your stand at ESGWSD 2015?

We’ll be bringing our extensive range of dyes to the event – procion and acid dyes, Kool Aid, natural dye extracts and Botanical Colors liquid natural dyes. We’ll also have a wide selection of gorgeous yarns and fibres specially selected for dyeing (or using as they are, of course!). For knitters and crocheters we’ll have needles, hooks and notions and we’ll also be bringing a lovely range of books and my exclusive pattern designs.

What are you looking forward to most about the event and/or visiting Lewes?

We always look forward to the exhibition – the wealth of talent is nothing short of inspirational (and I’m still hoping to win a raffle prize one day!). The people are always lovely and so welcoming and Lewes is a charming town. And of course it would be remiss of me not to mention the cakes – it’s interesting how textiles and great baking always seem to go hand in hand!

See you in October, Debbie!

Meet our members – Jay

Jay enjoying a beer with her son, who lives in the USA, so they have to make the most of any time they get together!

Jay enjoying a beer with her son, who lives in the USA, so they have to make the most of any time they get together!

In 1982, while living in Kansas, I adopted a few angora rabbits,  so I needed to learn to spin their fibre into a yarn I could knit with. Unfortunately, Tendonitis put paid to that. Back in the UK with a repaired elbow, I found a spinning group in Uckfield run by Ann Dishman, there I was able to get to grips with a borrowed wheel and became a member of the Guild around 1984. Many years later, I served 3 as chairman and have served on various committees too, currently the exhibition committee.

Over the years I have learnt many new skills through various workshops run by the Guild, felting being my favourite although I love dyeing yarn and fleece too. In 2011, I opened my etsy.com shop selling dyed yarn, dyed fleece and my own knitwear designs. I have many friends at the Guild and I doubt I would be running my woolly business without it.

One of Jay's 'giant' needle-felted creations

One of Jay’s ‘giant’ needle-felted creations

Some years ago I watched the sheep shearer at Ardingly shear a beautiful Masham sheep, I bought the fleece, washed it, dyed it in shades of blue and green, spun it and knitted a beautiful long scarf. It found a new owner a year or two later.

One year we had a fashion show which I really enjoyed participating in, and I always enjoy the shopping experience.

Hand-dyed locks

Hand-dyed locks

Award-winning exhibit at the South of England Show

The East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers were delighted to be invited to attend the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex, from 11th  to 13th June 2015. The annual event, organised by the South of England Agricultural Society, showcases the best of agriculture and farming across the South East region and is attended by tens of thousands of visitors.

ESGWSD had a large group of members at the event, demonstrating their spinning and weaving skills, as well as exhibiting their hand spun, woven and dyed work. We are delighted to have been awarded Third Prize for Best Exhibit in the Wildlife, Farming and Forestry Area and are looking forward to displaying more of our award-winning  work at our very own exhibition in October.

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