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This year’s fun item is fluffy balls or pompoms. We will be taking part of a worldwide scheme developed by Amy Larne from Northern Ireland to help towards world peace.
Amy is encouraging everyone to make pompoms, label them identifying the creator and their message for peace, then hang them in a temporary gallery. The pompoms will then go on to take part of the world’s biggest collection of pompoms for peace. www.pompominternational.com
We will be making a small basket ideal for keeping balls of wool next to you on the settee, or keeping fibre for spinning next to the wheel. We will use the technique for coiled basketry, but with different materials.
I will demonstrate how to wind scraps of wool around a rope core using a blunt needle. I will also show the best way to start and finish the basket, and possible embellishments and colour decorations. If there is time I will show how to make a simple needle using an apple twig, which is ideal for basket making.
This will be the first time I give this workshop, so I will appreciate feedback and suggestions for improvement.
-Wool: a thick and smooth yarn is best for learning. You can also use scraps of about 90cm (3 ft) in length.
-Rope: the best rope for the inner core is the blue 20m clothes line sold at Wilkinsons, be sure to buy the plied rope. An alternative for a finer basket is the polypropylene orange garden line also sold at Wilkinsons (39p)
-Needle: a home made flat wooden needle 9cm long and 5mm at the widest point is ideal. However, a 5.5 cm blunt needle for sewing hand knits will do. Please note that I have found the smaller 5cm needle too short. If you have alternative needles, please bring them along and we will try them out.