Thursday, 18 October 2018

October Meeting Part Two

Show and tell brought forth several scarves, some on the table and some being worn.
Chris had used less than one ball of crazy sock yarn to make this scarf showing drifts of light and dark in a random pattern.

Rose had made alpaca scarves in three different weights, searching for the most suitable result for a man's scarf.

As always, Nancy's knitted scarf was exquisite

Both Joan and Chris wore the scarves that resulted from the recent dye day. What fabulous results.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

October Meeting Part One

Our plan for the day was to work on the stash reduction grocery bags that some have been working on. Energy seems to flag when the weaving is done but the sewing up has not yet started!
Rosemary had finished two bags and lined them with calico

Joan chose a honeycomb weave with bright green in the cells on one side (above) and black on the other (below). Her plan is to use an existing fabric bag as a foundation.

Rosemary is ready for next winter with her kaftan/dressing gown which she recently made up with fabric she has had "maturing" since she wove it some time ago.
Jan used her overlocker to separate the cushion pieces woven on the Guild loom. Watch this space for the finished articles.

Rose didn't get as far as taking her six bags worth of fabric out at the meeting . . . but she did set up her machine at home (as prompted) and separated the pieces. One more step on the way

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