Sunday May 25th (Bank Holiday Weekend).
Priscilla Lowry, Medieval historian and silk expert, author and lecturer, gave a fascinating talk on the Madonna and knitting/spinning in Medieval art.
Priscilla also led a workshop on spinning silk. We examined silk in all its varieties and preparations, we spun it thick and thin and cut hanks of long tussah into little bits with scissors (gasp!) to make eyelash yarn.
All in all, a satisfying day and thanks are due to Priscilla for much entertainment and elucidation.
Members were in attendance at this year's Devon County Show - the one where Saturday was cancelled due to MUD!
We all managed to get out OK on the Friday, but many people had to be towed out by tractors. There was also a bad accident up by Blue Gate - which was instrumental in the decision to cancel the show for the first time in its 119 year history. The wet winter has been blamed, combined with the heavy showers.
The Guild had a good couple days despite this, making contacts, meeting old friends and making new.