I'm sitting down just after loading some of members pieces into the kiln - the first firing with a new clay and glaze combo is always exciting - potters refer to the 'kiln gods' - let's hope they are smiling on us, and some of the pieces will be on sale at our Open Day on the 8th August.
It's hands on at the shed for the next couple of weeks - I'd like to thank some of our newest members who turned up and helped out with our cupboard sort out (on their first visit!) We need the space as we have been slowly building up our equipment and materials. We have a few new additions including Olga the overlocker and Tessa the food processor ;-).
With less than 2 weeks to go we will be having a few more working bees - this Tuesday will be lots of cutting up material, so if you have some good fabric scissors please come along ( we have a couple of pairs). Also ironers welcome! Thursday will be more of a making day, using some of the skills we have gained. There will be sewing, weaving, macrame. Please book in via the website ( no charge but allows us to keep within COVID numbers). We are trying to fit in another fabric dyeing session, if confirmed we will share via our app (Band) and on Facebook. We have also added working bee slots for the the day before the open day, and during the open day. If you haven't already signed up for something, just book in and we will find something for you to do ;- ).
We will be putting up a display of our work, so if you have made something at the shed, please bring it in by Friday 7th so we can add it to the display.
We are working to publish a calendar that makes it easy to see, but many of our meetups now run on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. You can book them from our website - please book in via our website (not facebook) - we have to manage numbers for COVID, and we nearly reached the limit last Thursday. We don't want to have to turn people away :-(. We also implemented a new policy that we need at least 4 people booked online to run an activity - this is for the benefit of our volunteers who can make other plans if people are busy ( and stops us wasting money on hall hire :-) ).
Also in the pipeline is a dedicated monthly tech help session to help people get online (especially useful if we need to go back down into lockdown at some point). We will be looking at setting up email accounts, booking on our site, using zoom and using our band app.
Building up our equipment and materials means we can hold our member meetups more frequently - member meetups are just that - the cost is based on how long the session is and what materials need to be provided (if any). Some of our member meetups are focused on learning a new skill - last month our macrame group taught us the basics. This month we have had meetups with a couple of different basket weaving techniques. Not every meetup has a taught element - ideally we all come together and enjoy working on our projects. If you have something you are happy to share please get in touch - we can cover the cost of materials, and as a volunteer you are covered by our insurance. We have a calculator on the website that helps us price our sessions https://www.thewomensshed.org/set-up-a-members-meetup.html
Just a reminder - if you want to see something happening at the shed, please come and talk to us about putting it on. It can be a one off, or a regular meetup, but we need you to help out. All the fun we are having is because someone has put their hand up and said 'I will help' - and you get to choose a time and location that suits you too :-).
Sorry if this is a lot of information - there won't be much time to send more updates before our open day on the 8th - we hope to see you all there. There is a printable version of our flyer at the bottom of this page - please tell your friends :-).
See you soon!