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

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