I've been a member of Creative Fibre for nearly 30 years and this Society has a tradition of sharing information, helping and encouraging. I know when I first joined Whangamata club way back 'whenever' I received heaps of help and encouragement. Because I live in a reasonably isolated area I tend to not go to club meetings as it takes so much time travelling which is time away from my production so I like to help whenever I can. But, at what point does Creative Fibre "help" become releasing sensitive commercial information? Where do you draw the line in the overlap?
I wrote the above sometime ago with reference to another incident but then realised I'd done much the same. The line does become very blurred.
A while ago the lovely Jessicah showed some gorgeous yarn she had spun and it seemed to be just the spinning method I needed for a project I had in mind. I wrote to her inquiring but also said I understood if she felt this was commercially sensitive as she teaches spinning. She kindly gave me the method (rather more organised than what we had learnt at Majacraft camp) and I adapted it to suit my project.
I was combining two variegated slivers of merino, one from Awakeri Woolcraft and one from Tracey White (Inspired Fibres) and a variegated sliver of silk dyed by Jessicah. Having put all three through the drum carder with the silk sandwiched in the middle I took each batt off and split it vertically down the middle and put each of them back through the carder so I now had two matching batts partly mixed which I kept in order in seperate boxes. I had parted the dominant sliver at colour breaks as much as possible. It spun beautifully and pretty much kept to tone on tone with a little overlap when plied; just what I wanted.