Wednesday, March 18, 2015

January 2015

With many visitors in the area and the festive season behind us 
it's time to "dust off" the camera and get "clicking" again.
 Our hostesses have taken a much needed and deserving break
over the New Year so there's been a lot of viewing but no partaking
in the Whangarei Community Tapestry Project for a couple of weeks.
We rely on our hostesses to oversee the project as well as explain
how to weave with the correct weft tension. The weft is the yarn
that is woven in and out of the warps (vertical threads)
It was very fortunate for visiting English weaver Hilary O'Connell,
co-editor of Woven Art and member of The British Tapestry Group.
 She was thrilled to see the Whangarei Community Tapestry Project
 and it was seeing an article about it in the Northland Art Trail
brochure that brought them here to visit Whangarei. Weaving
hosts, Nancy and Jill were here to talk to Hilary about the project.

Annie another of a regular volunteering hosts talks with
Jonas while his friend, Shelly works on the tapestry.
Shelly and Jonas are from Germany.

Helen Wilson (seated) from Devonport,
Auckland was fascinated to see another
community tapestry project on the go.
Apparently the new library in Devonport
has a tapestry being made as well. Helen used to live in
 Whangarei and was a teacher at Maunatapere School.
Standing by Helen is Jill Purdom from Northcote.
She was here in Whangarei visiting a friend who had
just relocated from Auckland.

 Rebecca and Steve are from Southern Oregon,
 and  travelling around New Zealand on holiday.
Naoko oversees Rebecca's technique
while she has a turn at weaving.

We are so grateful to all those who have a go at
 weaving. Thanks for contributing to the
Whangarei Community Tapestry Project.

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