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Our new committee have taken over but we still need a couple more committee members.  Please let the committee know if you would like to join the team.  It’s nothing arduous and you learn a lot along the way.  New members who join the committee can be co-opted.

 The committee meetings in future will be at White Notley Village Hall at 9 am. on the day the guild meets.


We are now having Zoom Committee meetings and any news will be sent to members (mostly by email) in the monthly catchup round robin.  If there is anything you feel we should discuss, please contact Chris Applebee.   Many thanks

Our 40th Anniversary Exhibition, which should have happened this June has been postponed and the dates will now be June 11th 2022- June 25th 2022 at the Braintree District Museum.




Nettles


Nettles are best picked between July and September

Look for the tallest thickest nettles as they will have the most fibre in them

Cut the stems a few inches above the base

Pull off all the foliage by rubbing the stems through a gloved hand

collect a few stems and ret them... either by submerging in water, or by leaving on a grassy lawn and turning them over each day... if it is very dry and there is not much morning dew, water with a watering can... this takes about 1 week.

dry the stems, then bundle and store in a cool dry place.

to process... take one dry stem, split it apart and take out the core. then hand roll to get rid of the unwanted outer skin and release the fibre (do this outside as it is very dusty)

The white fibres should start to appear, continue processing by scraping with a butter knife to remove the fine particles of stem

The fibre can then be carded and spun

I hope this is of interest...



The table above shows the tartan designs from 4 members.  Please can we have some more designs from other members too, for the October meeting?  Houseoftartan provides a good progamme to design your tartan and print the result.

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