As many of you will know, I spend half of my life in New Zealand where I am a member of Creative Fibres . At a recent meeting, one of the members brought along a selection of “The Web” which was the quarterly journal of the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society, Inc. They were dated 1985-1988. I was fascinated and duly took them home to peruse. A lot of the content was somewhat dated and the many adverts were no longer relevant because the companies probably no longer exist – although I know some do – but there were some interesting patterns and lots of helpful hints. In these modern days of busy working mums, it was enlightening to see that really nothing has changed that much and what was relevant then is still very relevant today.
The journal clearly states that content should not be reproduced without permission of the Editor but since neither the journal nor the Society exist in their then form, I am taking the liberty of passing on some of that content (with due acknowledgement) on this website. I am truly sorry that I have not been able to make contact with the authors and would love to hear from them if they catch sight of my efforts in bringing their work to the attention of a wider audience of modern day spinners, weavers, and dyers. They may even be amused to see that we are finding merit in their work some twenty five years later. I know what a generous, friendly, sharing and giving lot we crafty types are and I certainly hope that I am not causing offence by sharing this information. It just seemed too good to lose.