Monday, 17 September 2018

Small Family

In contrast to the busy bustling August meeting, September's gathering was a small family. The topic was woven gamps and Chris and Joan had both delved into their well-kept records for both notes and samples - twills, colours, colour-and-weave were all there. We decided the best gamps are those that have a definite colour 'frame' around each section. 

Show and tell was thin on the ground but Rose had three twill scarves, all woven on multicolour warps but with different weights of yarn in the wefts. This was achieved with a change of sett from 10 to 12 epi after the first one and beating VERY carefully for the third.

Also on display was the polychrome crackle weaving from the Guild loom which had been cut off last month. Chris had taken it home and dealt with the sort of "inconsistencies" that occur with 'have-a-go' projects. It scrubbed up very well and will be returning next meeting to be made into four bright and beautiful cushion covers.

Next Weavers' meeting will be on 10 October - note change of date

Saturday, 1 September 2018

August meeting

In August we hosted our colleagues from Nelson and Richmond in an enjoyable get-together. It was great to renew our friendships and meet new members.
An assortment of samplers from Al from Nelson
Win wove this merino scarf in huck weave

This gorgeous yarn was spun by Nancy at Rotoiti. It is 30% silk and 70% halfbred.

Chris had a baby blanket to show and Win brought along her shopping bags woven in turned Summer and Winter. Noelene has had her crochet hook busy making these intriguing pull-apart puzzle balls. Jen had brought along some bags but had whisked them away before the camera got into action.

A family tartan woven by Janie, one of our visitors.

Shadow Weave Gamp by Sue Baskett.
Thanks to Chris for the above photos. Now here are a few more from Nancy. The white bag is from Esme and was woven with plastic bags.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Show and Tell at July Meeting

Rosemary's commission for table mats and napkins just keeps growing!

Above and below - Win used stash cottons to make colourful and cheerful fabric for reusable bags which also fills the brief for the President's Challenge to choose something from the library as inspiration for a project.

Above and below - Jen took some yarn from the Guild stash and made these two cotton scarves.

Rose used Guild stash and lots of carpet wool for big bold serviceable grocery bags.

Chris not only wove a bag but actually made it! An example for us all to follow up on our good intentions.

Plain weave, luscious yarns and gorgeous colours - all the hallmarks of Wendy's work.
Wendy had us all drooling over the latest yarns. Expensive but beautiful - hard to resist.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

July Meeting - Workshop Results

In this post,  samples from the workshop. These are as they came from the loom, not yet washed and finished but enough to see that there is plenty of potential for making the best use of special yarns.
Four examples of double-faced weave. 3/1 twill on one surface and a different weave on the reverse of each one
Chunky "fluffy stuff" almost floats on the surface so it is not wasted by being trapped in the weave. This can be achieved in either warp or weft direction.

Unfinished at this stage, these floats will be snipped into fringes or "eyelashes".

Free to meander in warp or weft direction, a big bold supplementary yarn can be manipulated easily but gets trapped in place by a few picks of close weave.

Both warp and weft floats sit on top of a close foundation weave, stitched at enough points to make a stable fabric but leaving the texture on top.

More integrated into the weave but still floating enough to make a bold statement with textured yarn.

Showing a loose-looking weave with a thick yarn on the top (left) held in place by a reinforced weave underneath (right)

Sunday, 8 July 2018

More from the June Workshop

Ready to go

Works in progress

Weights on supplementary warps

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Weaving Workshop June 2018

Our June meeting took the form of a weaving workshop with several looms threaded up in advance for some of the more unusual techniques, mostly based on plain weave but integrated or enhanced in some way in order to gain surface interest and make the most of specialty yarns. We had a small number attending but that meant there was a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time for everyone to move around and try the techniques on offer. Here are the busy beavers.

More photos to come.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Award Winner

What a glorious sight to brighten up a gloomy winter day. This photo won Chris Beech an award at her Camera Club recently. Congratulations Chris.

Friday, 8 June 2018

May Meeting Part 3

And there's more. This time it's Show and Tell.
Win's last batch of tea towels disappeared so quickly she set about making some more.

Close up shows the characteristics of the DEA slub linen - ideal for the purpose.

Rosemary has a massive commission for table linen in various sizes. This is one of the napkins. 

And for a different set, this length of linen will be for placemats.

June meeting is coming up and it will take the form of a workshop with emphasis on integrated and surface interest weaves. Watch this space!