Saturday, 1 August 2009

Annual Rotoiti Retreat

The Nelson/Marlborough/Buller Area of Creative Fibre/New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcraft Society Inc (read: our chapter of the national guild) holds an annual weekend retreat at Nelson Lake's Lake Rotoiti Lodge. (There is another Lake Rotoiti on the North Island.) This year's Retreat took place last weekend, July 25/26.

There was not a lot of weaving going on, but our members were keen to try everything on the programme. Here the challenge was to produce felt flowers.

Joan concentrates on the task in hand

Denise (a felter) gives Noeline a few pointers on how to get started

Joan works away in the background while Christine (a felter) shows her flair. Note, through the window, how close the mountains are.

Judith, who moved to Hokitika, was so happy to see her old friends again. She has become very proficient in weaving twill shawls for a craft shop in Reefton.

This is Nancy multitasking; all ears listening to the speaker and knitting while also staffing her stall with the scrumptious alpaca yarn many of us are getting to know and love. Everyone attending for the weekend was expected to knit a pair of slippers for charity. By Saturday morning most were already finished.

Collage : Yes, it's fibre, and yes, it's creative. A guest speaker/demonstrator produced these spectacular examples of floral art just in case people were not already overflowing with mind-boggling ideas.

On Saturday at Lake Rotoiti Lodge was full to overflowing with people, spinning wheels, yarns, fibres, books, business and chatter for the annual Area Retreat. The sky really was this blue! There was scarcely a breeze and it was a glorious day for sitting outside in the sun. Tuis kept up their music in the bush all day, and a little bush robin came to visit when it was quiet. He really did have two legs but chose to stand on one most of the time, perhaps showing off the band on his leg. Following this fantastic day, the overnight temperature dropped to -6C/21F!

by Rose Pelvin

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