28 June 2011

Meet the Team - Meg

I am Meg and I am a weaver living in Nelson, about 90 minutes northwest of Blenheim. (It's a lovely drive over the hills, down the valley, and if one so chooses, around the sounds, especially if one is being driven by one's husband.)  I assist (and boss around) the Festival Team with Internet-related matters.

I started weaving at my mother's urging in 1995, but I found it difficult to weave while I had a full time job, so I have been weaving somewhat consistently this side of 2004/05.

I am largely self-taught, but early on I discovered the supportive world of weavers on the Internet, (anyone remember the Majordomo?) and have tried to find and maintain friendships from around the world. Since 2006, I have maintained my blog, Unravelling.

My association with Marlborough Weavers started in 2001 when I attended a double weave workshop. Since then, I've belonged to Marlborough Weavers off and on, and I try to get to meetings and workshops a few times a year. 

As a child, I learned to embroider, and as a student I sewed some of my clothes, but since I discovered weaving, I have more or less concentrated all of my energy and time on weaving.  In doing so, I lost my favorite "hobby", so now I bake bread as a hobby.


25 June 2011

Meet the Team - Wendy

Being responsible for Publicity is a new experience but with such a dedicated team working towards your 2012 festival, I have wonderful support.

I guess my love of fibres, fabrics and design began at an early age with “rats-tails “ and lino cuts and an inherited love of colour. Slowly I graduated to sewing, knitting, tatting, crochet, tapestry, spinning, weaving and now felting – yes, you guessed it – master of none, but I love trying new things.
This is my latest bag.

Wife of Ross and Nana to 5 small grandchildren, I have lived all my married life in Blenheim with many of those days in the sounds, swimming, boating and occasionally fishing.
Here is a view from my patch of paradise.
My workspace.  

I am a dedicated “Foodie” (making and eating!!), love my garden and enjoy various forms of exercise. I competed in and completed my first bike race in March 2011 but have no idea if I will do another.

Looking forward to meeting you in April 2012 and hope you are able to spend time exploring our fantastic province and enjoy some “top of the south” hospitality.


21 June 2011

Meet the Team - Judy

Hello Everyone,

I’m Judy Bool and I belong to the Blenheim Weavers group and the Cross Country Weavers group.
I am Treasurer for the Marlborough Creative Fibre Festival 2012 and will also be handling your Registrations.

Originally from Christchurch, the first 20 years of my working life was with a large manufacturing engineering company in the Data Processing Department, we moved to the Marlborough Sounds in 1982 for a complete change. The first few years I worked in Blenheim and then Picton in various office environments. In the early 1990’s we started clearing and developing our hill block of mainly gorse and broom, into Hazel and Macadamia orchards.
In 2005, knowing absolutely nothing about weaving, I bought my first loom, a Bartlett 8 shaft, 48” Countermarche Floor loom. Lessons with Lesley Nicholls gave me my introduction into the art of weaving. Now it seems to have taken over my life.

I prefer to weave with very fine yarn, using intricate patterns to create soft pliable fabrics. Twills of all varieties and the Lace weaves are my favourites. My dream is to weave true Damask. I also enjoy gardening and knitting.


18 June 2011

Meet the Team - Nancy

After 33 years in banking in Auckland, London, Wellington and Fiji, we moved to Blenheim in 1999. While in Fiji we purchased our first three alpacas and had them agisted in Canterbury. Our first male born (Inca Sun) was the 1999 Royal Show Supreme Champion. Last year “Felix” was the Nelson Show Supreme Champion. We opened our B&B operations in January 2001.

Once the alpacas were shorn I had this dilemma about what to do with the bags of fibre you ended up with. I soon learnt that the fibre had to be very clean to be suitable for processing for the “craft industry”. To learn more, I joined the Marlborough Creative Fibre Guild. After about six months there was an AGM and lo and behold I ended up Treasurer! Currently I hold the position of Secretary of Marlborough Guild and Treasurer of the Nelson/Marlborough Area. Taking up spinning was a great challenge for me although I had knitted and embroidered from an early age and enjoyed sewing and other craft related hobbies. Now I also dabble a bit in felting, although I consider myself a lazy felter — I enjoy knitting the hat and then felting in the washing machine!!!

Nancy at Thames Festival. I am wearing one of my hand knitted cable alpaca wraps and one of my ‘lazy felted’ hats.
I like making small things like these baby wraps, 87% Alpaca + 13% Polwarth - handspun from 100gms of fibre
Nancy and Robin on their front lawn
Robina and Goldy
Grandaughter Grace wearing a suit I knitted for her.


14 June 2011

Meet the Team - Jan

Prior to shifting to Blenheim about eight years ago, my craft techniques were embroidery, knitting, dressmaking and some felting. Since joining Creative Fibre in Marlborough I have expanded my interests to include inkle weaving, tapestry weaving and more felting.

I have recently been Area Delegate for Nelson-Marlborough and found many wonderful people who work hard to promote and produce beautiful fibre creations. I am now working with the Festival team to inspire, learn and be passionate about our Creative Fibres.
This picture of me was taken by Chris on Heritage Day

This is the view from my balcony overlooking the leafy suburb of Blenheim where I live.

I wanted to make a bag with lots of pockets and felting was the ideal technique.

This photo of Castle Point inspired me to embroider a miniature of the scene and later to depict it in tapestry weaving.


11 June 2011

Meet the Team - Rose

If it’s fibre-related – I’ve done it! I grew up with sewing, knitting, crochet, tatting. In my Brownie and Girl Guide days I literally sat at the feet of an old Welsh seafarer from the sailing ship days to learn plaits, knots and splices and the great mysterious turks heads. From that time on I was hooked on interlacements of all types.

After an exploration of embroidery, I finally came to weaving, not knowing that it would take over my entire life. I do spin occasionally, and I have been known to have a knitting frenzy every few years, but weaving is my passion. I have a custom-built 8 shaft countermarch loom and have no ambition to upgrade to more shafts or computer assisted models. I’ve tried almost every technique, but fine fabrics and table linens are what I love best, and I really enjoy dabbling in braiding.

My task for the 2012 Festival is to coordinate the Exhibition.

I’m usually on the other side of the camera but Meg took this shot of me weaving a wrap with some lovely alpaca and silk yarn.

I live in Blenheim at the foot of the Wither Hills Farm Park which I can access in just a few minutes via a gate at the end of my street. My house is just out of the picture at the bottom left. The hills often look scorched and brown but now, due to abundant rain, they have greened up and there are cattle and sheep grazing.

With my loom in it, my workroom doesn’t have room to swing a camera so you see it from a distance. The plant outside the door is a wintersweet and I am looking forward to weaving on sunny winter afternoons with the perfume wafting in.

Table linens and lace weaves are high on my ‘love-to-do’ list. This was an exhibition entry in mercerised cotton. Double weave linen coasters completed the set. The fussy candle ring is tatted.

At Festival I'll be the one wearing this handwoven jacket. I'm really looking forward to seeing what other handmade garments will be walking around. What will you be wearing? Start making something now.


07 June 2011

Meet the Team - Christine

Hi There,

My role is “Education convener” and I am really enjoying the challenge of putting together an exciting programme of “Creative Learning” for you. I think that it doesn’t matter which fibre or technique you are skilled at or interested in, you need to be inspired and be enthusiastic about what you do. I hope that after you have been to Festival 2012 in Blenheim you will go home really motivated to HAVE A GO.

Felting is my passion, but I also spin and sew. I just love the endless possibilities of felt. I make garments, scarves, hats, slippers, and more recently sculptural and wall pieces.

I have lived in Marlborough for nearly 40 years, and find that it is a great place.
I enjoy boating in the Marlborough Sounds, skiing at the Rainbow Skifield, walking in the Nelson Lakes National Park, and wine and food from this beautiful area.
Bob my husband is very supportive of what I do, and over the last 5 years we have increased our family with 6 grandchildren. They are great, and play a big part in my life, and all have had a go at felting!

Me and Isla my youngest grandchild.

Various sculptures
The felting group laying out a rug: I am the one on the right in pink.
Didn't have a photo of Blenheim but hey St Arnaud is only one hour away, and all visitors should go there. Where we have a bach, and I do a lot of my "playing" and get inspiration.

I look forward to meeting you next year.

Christine x