Friday, 22 May 2015

May Play Day

What fun we had on 18 May. Jan led us through the procedure for marbling paper. It was a glorious day (well. most of it was) so we were able to work outside. Everyone had a try and came up with some really artistic results. Here are a few photos:

I wonder what these wonderful pages will be used for.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Show and Tell in April

Chris's Crackle - bright and beautiful

Birgite's Saori scarf woven by Barbara Johnson


Judy is working on getting irridescence

Tricia's luxurious bathmat (shhh. . . it's knitted)

Rose's Alpaca Scarf

Joan's Double Corduroy floor rug


Chris's Overshot from way back, looking like new.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

De-mystifying the Overshot

 Jen was not sure what she was in for but got there it with a little encouragement
 Melanie quickly gave up on her rigid heddle loom when she discovered this

Noelene added a few more blocks to the crackle weave on the Guild loom
 We haven't seen Birgite for a while so it was great to see her getting back into weaving after a health set-back
Win refreshes her memory about the tea towel project we had a few years ago.
Anyone for another group project??

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

April Meeting

It was a lovely day for our April meeting and it proved to be busy, busy, busy. We planned to talk about and actually do some weaving in the overshot technique.  This was a nostalgia trip for many of us who learned about overshot almost as soon as we knew how to hold a shuttle. But some newer members had no idea what it was about so there was quite a discussion as well as a number of examples which had emerged from hibernation.  Three looms were set up for people to try. More of that later. Photos will come in several small installments this month.  Here we are at lunch time.

New weaver Melanie very quickly learned how to find her way around a 4 shaft table loom and happily gave up on grocery shopping and raced home to get weaving instead.
When Jenny downsized and moved house she donated her lovely swift to the Guild. Now she has to come to Bobbin Cottage to use it. She found some silk she dyed some years ago. Now what will she do with it?

Keep watching for more photos soon.

Monday, 30 March 2015

March Meeting

Goodness, March is almost over already. Here are the photos for the meeting held on the 16th.

Really cool springtime looking teatowels brought along by Noelene. Where is everyone else's work?
New member Neta brought along her partly threaded loom for the second time. This time she went home with it completely threaded. It's amazing how quickly these tasks can go with an extra pair of hands.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

SAORI WEAVING with Barbara Johnson

In response to an invitation from Birgite a group of Marlborough Weavers gathered at Birgite's lovely home and garden to meet Barbara Johnson from Australia to see and hear about the saori weaving she has been doing lately. Barbara has been an accomplished weaver for many years but when her health had a set-back she was unable to manage the conventional complex weaving she was used to. She attended a workshop on saori weaving and has found that it suits her admirably and she loves doing it. Here are some photos of work she has produced.

These are not holes, they are "windows."
 Barbara is wearing one of her saori pieces
 and explaining how it is done.
Barbara and Birgite check out Win's scarf. Unwittingly Win has used some saori techniques.

After a picnic lunch  we enjoyed a stroll around Birgite's extensive riverside garden. What a pleasant day it was!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

More from February

Here are some photos from the February meeting.  It was really great to have fifteen of us sitting around the table. This included two new members and we look forward to watching their weaving skills develop.
 Barbara, Kathy and Anne  are interested in what Chris has to say about her crackle cushion covers.
 Tricia knits a sock while new member Kathy and Anne investigate Joan's scarf.
 The scarf moves on to Jenny, Barbara and Chris who are obviously delighted with it.
 Betsy had one woven and one knitted scarf to show, both lovely and soft to handle.
 Judy holds up Rose's alpaca/silk wrap while Win and Jan look on.
Jan has been busy tapestry weaving and had two finished pieces.
Neta is at her first weavers' meeting and probably wondering what she has let herself in for.
See them, and more show and tell items in the next post.

Monday, 16 February 2015

BAGS of Fun!

Weavers met for our February meeting today. We welcomed two new members, Neta who we know already from Guild and Kathy who is new. Neta spins, knits, felts and is about to add weaving to her repertoire. Kathy has been a weaver in the past but has given it a rest to breed miniature schnauzers. She is keen to revitalise her weaving skills now that she has moved to Blenheim. 

Show and Tell photos will be posted in a few days but for now this post will be a tutorial for a nifty little bag that captured the imagination of several members at the last meeting.  It's quicker and easier to make than to describe so don't be put off by the instructions. Some people tried their hand at making one today but most will be finishing them - or even starting - at home.  Some people missed out on the bag discussion as they were busy helping whoever needed assistance and having mini tutorials on whatever was needed. Thanks to those who willingly share their knowledge and experience. So for them - and for those who didn't quite "get it", here is the "Bandana Bag." A bandana or square scarf is easy because it is already hemmed.

Start with a bandana or a square of your chosen fabric. It is well worth while squaring up your piece first if it is not quite square, If you have raw edges you need to deal with them first.
Divide it into three across the diagonal as shown. (Measuring's good!)  Check the width at top and bottom to make sure it's straight.  Fold the east and west points across as shown and stitch where they overlap. Stitch only the top two layers or you will not be able to use the envelope pockets. TIP: If you are using a bandana with printing on one selvedge, fold that side down first so it will be covered.
Fold in half with the stitched points inside (i.e. inside out)  Don't be fooled by the "right side" written on the flap - trust me!  Stitch the side seams where marked x - - - x leaving 2.5 cm clear at the top for the casing. Turn the bag to the right side.
Fold the flaps down, one on each side. Now stitch across the top of each flap to make a casing for the draw strings.  Thread two cord or ribbon draw strings through both casings, one from each side, and tie the ends.

Options include an iron-on interfacing over the whole square if you want a bit more body, or lining the square with another fabric before you start (a good way to deal with raw edges).  This is not necessary for the main part of the bag which is self-lined but it gives a lining to the two envelope pockets on the outside.

Embellish as you wish. Cheap jewellery is fun!  You can go casual . . .
or upmarket with a silk scarf . . .
or you may like to go off on a different tangent and make a book. Use interfacing and slip a piece of card into each envelope pocket. This sketchbook has pencils in one of the pockets but you may think of many more ideas.

By October we want each member to make a handwoven bag for a display at our Area Exhibition. This is just one simple idea; there are dozens of others. Have fun finding them.