KCG 40th AGM & Convention, Radcliffe Conference Centre, Warwick University - 6 to 8 July 2018

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When: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July 2018

Where: Radcliffe Conference Centre at the University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

What: The Guild's annual Convention weekend is the highlight of the Guild's year. This is the key opportunity for members to meet up with others from around the country, become more involved with the Guild and actively support it's aims. We really hope that you will come and help us celebrate the Guild's 40th Anniversary.

Our Patrons will be participating in the weekend, Sasha Kagan is our keynote speaker after dinner on Friday evening and Debbie Abrahams leading one of our workshops on Saturday. Kaffe Fassett can't be with us but he has donated a special item to be raffled to raise funds for the Guild, all members will be able to buy a ticket and the draw will take place on Sunday 8th July 2018.

In addition to our normal weekend programme, we are delighted to welcome Brandon Mably who will be giving a lecture on Thursday evening 5th July and leading a full day workshop on Friday 6th July, this workshop is limited to 25 attendees and those who are participating in the full weekend will have priority booking.

If Brandon’s workshop on Friday doesn’t appeal then trips to local places of interest are planned, the cost will be dependent on the numbers participating and we will advise as soon as possible after booking has closed on 31st March 2018, further details appear on the booking form.

Our theme for 2018 is “From Preservation to Innovation” and we hope that some of you will get involved in our 40th Anniversary Challenge; do see Katie’s article in the December edition of Slipknot pages 38 & 39. Barbara Smith has put up an array of 1978 Patons pattern covers in the members area of the website to inspire.

For those of you who were around in 1978 we’d also like to have a display of photos of our members from that year perhaps you’ll even be wearing one of your own creations?

Why not see if your Guild branch wants to get involved in our celebrations and bring a display of work?

We hope to offer a choice of 8 workshops for both the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions with an even balance between knit and crochet topics, so we hope there is plenty to interest you all.

Saturday afternoon
• Crochet tubs with Lindy Zubairy
• Different garter stitch squares and how to join them with Marian Dye
• Finishing techniques with Debbie Abrahams
• I-cord and it’s use with Claire Griffel
• Mixed media crochet with Pauline Turner
• Surprise jacket “teddy” sized with Judy Jones
• Tapestry crochet with Marissa Alcock
• Tunisian crochet with Kim Badcock

Sunday morning
• Estonian colourwork with Rachel Lemon
• Fair Isle with Elspeth May
• Filet crochet with Rebecca Mosley
• Irish crochet with Wendy Irving
• Join as you go crochet with Gillian Oliver
• Lace knitting using charts with Katie Pearce
• Peruvian quipu, a carrier for your “talking knots” with Sue Wood
• Sampling the sampler (our 40th Anniversary project) with Emma Vining & Tricia Basham

Following the success of our “Show and Tell” in 2017 we’ll be following the same format for 2018. Items will be displayed on tables with a note of pattern and yarn, so everyone has a chance to look at details of your projects and WIPs after dinner on Saturday. We will look forward, as always, to hearing about the finished projects and work in progress and hearing about lessons learned from those projects which perhaps didn’t quite make it.

As well as our usual raffle we will be hosting a “Yarn Amnesty” so take the opportunity to de-stash, donating unwanted yarn to be sold with all profit going to support the Guild’s heritage Collection of patterns and artefacts.

Our AGM is free to all members and the Board is very keen that as many as possible attend this important meeting. It will take place at 11:00 on Saturday 7 July, we do need to know that you are coming so even if you are not staying for Convention itself please return the booking form to let us know you are attending the AGM only.

Download our booking form here and we look forward to welcoming you in July!