This Saturday saw the first in our series of Summer workshops with Sally Charlesworth, Landscapes in Tweed. During the workshop participants used a variety of textiles, embroidery and bead embellishments to create the beautiful pictures below.
The Knockando Community Trust are holding an information event this Sunday at Margach Hall from 1.30 - 4pm. The Knockando Woolmill Trust will be there, along with other local community groups like the Knockando Craft Club, and the Spey Fishery Board. Come along to find out how you can get involved in the community in different ways!
Sam Goates from We are One Creative led a 3 day introduction to weaving course at the Woolmill this week. From the basic structure of weaving, and looking at how to design a warp, right through to drafting the heddles and weaving on a 4 shaft table top loom, participants learned all the techniques required to create a scarf width woven piece of fabric.
Using a photograph for inspiration, participants deconstructed the colours their photograph contained to create the warp, and used that as the base for trying out different weaving techniques with the weft.
This week we welcomed new work experience recruit Daniel Younie to the Woolmill. Daniel will be joining us one day a week for the next five weeks as part of a Skills for Life initiative in partnership with Moray College UHI.
Daniel will be helping our production staff out with a number of different roles, here he is above with volunteer Alex Grant, and Hugh Jones sorting selvedge strips from different production runs.
We're looking forward to welcoming the Scottish Crofting Federation to the Woolmill next month, who will be running their Entry Level Crofting Induction Course. The course is designed for 'new entrants, recent assignees, aspirant crofters and anyone wishing to know more about modern crofting.' For more information on what this intensive two day session entails head over to the Scottish Crofting Federation website.
We Are One Creative are running a three day Introduction to Weaving workshop at the Woolmill from 18th - 20th February.
This course provides an introduction to designing, planning and weaving on a 4 shaft table loom.
In keeping with the historic mill setting 100% Scottish woollen yarns will be used in a structure, and quality typical of a classic tweed. The workshop is aimed at beginners or novice weavers keen to build their confidence in a relaxed and creative environment. It can be a creative break, an opportunity to learn more about wool and weaving, or perhaps the start of a lifelong love affair with looms!
To find out more, and for details of how to book see here: http://www.knockandowoolmill.org.uk/pages/introduction-to-weaving-workshop-18-20-february-2015
Please note spaces on this course are limited, so book soon if you would like to attend!
St Thomas School's P6 and 7 teacher Mrs Francis has been working with Crofting Connections who provided funding for a 24” ridged heddle loom.
As a precursor to their visit to the Woolmill next Wednesday, Learning and Outreach Co-ordinator Garance visited them to help them assemble their loom, give them a background about the Woolmill, it's heritage and what the Woolmill is producing just now.
Knockando Woolmill was awarded the 'Highly Commended' prize in the Community Benefit category at the RICS National Awards on Friday 17th October. This award "recognises outstanding achievement in providing a facility which directly benefits the local community". Up against competition from all around the UK, we are thrilled for the Woolmill's restoration to have received such an accolade! The award follows success at the RICS Scotland Awards, where the Woolmill took home both the Project of the Year and Community Project titles.
The RICS state: "Knockando Woolmill is a unique complex of fragile category A listed buildings which has remained in continuous production for over 200 years. Multi agency funding was secured by the Woolmill Trust for a programme of repair and renewal, overseen by LDN Architects, which enables visitors to access the site, enhances the production of textiles and promotes skills training. Completed in 2012, it is already proving a success in terms of both visitor numbers and operations".