Monday, 27 October 2014

Coming and Going in October

It was a meeting of two halves in October. On Thursday 16th Chris, Win and Rose travelled to Richmond for our annual gathering with our colleagues over there. A great time was had by all and quite a few pennies were heard to drop as show and tell items were discussed and explained. We learned a lot, particularly about diagonal weaving on pin looms which we knew about and had seen around but had not really taken much notice of. We had to admit there is much more to it than first meets the eye when we saw some really attractive and well-woven coasters (sample below), hot plate mats and even a blanket with planned design in colour.  We had a gift exchange and many of the gifts were of the diagonal woven variety. We were treated to a delicious morning tea and lunch during which we fraternised with the felters and had a look at what they were doing. A trip to Icon Gallery afterwards was a bonus and we were impressed with the exciting things happening there.
Part Two was on our normal meeting night which we had initially cancelled in favour of the Richmond trip but as so few were able to go on the trip some of us gathered at Bobbin Cottage as usual. 

 Betsy had quietly and methodically worked through the collapse weaving course and had her samples beautifully mounted in a folder with the appropriate paperwork. Well done Betsy . . . excellent job.
 Jen was not too sure of her shoulder scarf at first  but gained confidence when we all genuinely admired it. The general consensus was that it just needs one big button or brooch.
Tricia has been scrumbling again. This phone cover is a follow-on from the fantastic handbag she has exhibited. During the evening she manufactured almost half of another one.
 Rose had woven two scarves in different variations of huck lace using alpaca/silk yarn.
And this is one of her linen table runners.
Thanks to Chris for these photos.

At the Guild meeting a couple of days later Judy showed her Deflected Double Weave wrap woven in 20/2 silk.  Here it is on the loom.

And here is the finished product. So elegant!
Thanks for the pics Judy.

A bonus for those present was to have a preliminary look at some "Arizona Highway" magazines with amazing photographs of land forms, wildlife, wildflowers etc with colour schemes we don't see in our own green and pleasant land. There is a lot of inspiration to be gained from these magazines and we look forward to delving into them in the future.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Rounding out September

 More scarves from Judy.  Joan models the red one while Feltima looks on approvingly. Also Judy's is this fine one in the delicate lavender shades.

 Rose had been weaving linen. the top piece is a sample for Cross Country Weavers. Below are table runners in twill blocks.
 Joan had just returned from overseas. She is delighted with her book on basketry (above) and below she shows the only piece of hand weaving she could find on her travels.
Nancy brought along these poppies to show what the knitters are doing for a major Anzac project.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

September Show and Tell

Anne has perfected her own style in both colour and structure - this just has to be hers.

Win has been delving into crackle weave blocks and come up with this cosy looking blanket.
Judy showed several scarves, as usual they were not only well woven but also beautiful.

Rose showed two completely different aspects of huck lace. One uses a chunky motif in 16/2 linen and the other a fine overall pattern in sewing cotton set at 40 epi.
More photos soon.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Deflected Double Weave

It may be difficult to believe but these are the front and back views of the same piece of fabric. This is sometimes called Integrated Cell Weave but also known as Deflected Double Weave. There are many variations and plenty of scope for colour.
Here is another sample, also front and back views.

The samples above are from Sue Broad's collection. The one below is Judy Bool's. It is woven in silk and photographed before washing.

Monday, 15 September 2014

September 2014 Meeting

It was great to see everyone again after what seems like a long time. Many of our members have been away recently and it was good to see most of them safely back home and ready to weave again. Barbara is the only one still to return. We did miss June and sadly that is permanent.

We had two guests from 'over the hill' ad it was great to see them both. Sue Broad talked to us about the work she has been doing with Deflected Double Weave and there was quite a buzz around the table when the samples and drafts and magazine articles began circulating. Let's hope we see some people taking up the challenge.  And Jane Clark came with Sue. It was good to see her as well and the collapse weave practitioners were able to show Jane their samples. It was Jane's generosity that provided us with the warps and drafts for the collapse weaving course from Anne Field. There are still some warps on hand for those who haven't yet had a crack at this challenge.

Not a guest but a returning member, we had Alison with us and it is so good to know she has re-assembled her loom. At present it is slightly too warped to weave but she will get that sorted and soon have her 16 shafts in order. 

Here are the first pics (more to come) and you will see that everyone is really paying attention. Thank You Sue.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A visit to an 'outlying' member

at age 97 Peg is no longer able to get to our meetings but here are a few photos taken on a visit to her today. As you can see she is still active, even if a bit slower, and still producing her linen-based wall hangings that are usually bursting with colour.

A few running repairs were required. It's as well Peg knows how this loom works because I'm sure mo one else does!
 On Peg's table she had some of her treasured possessions. There are three handwoven items in this photo: a damask linen runner she wove herself, a handwoven handkerchief and a beautifully made card  depicting a rooster (Peg's mascot) with a woven insert to look like feathers. It is now framed and in pride of place.
(Well done Chris)

No photos of the bellbirds that entertain on one side of the house but here are a couple of black dots that are actually tuis on the other side.  With the birds and the stretch of Marlborough Sounds and the hills beyond Peg certainly has an inspirational place to live and work.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Guild Day 13 August

Not many weavers brought show and tell to Guild but here are some things we did see.
Chris wove this baby blanket or knee rug in twill blocks with yarn that was a mix of wool and alpaca. Great colours Chris.
Rose had been weaving linen huck lace samples for Cross Country Weavers' exchange and finished off the warp with a couple of strips to make earring hangers.
This piece should have been in show and tell but instead it was in the raffle. Woven by Pam Hilliard (only her second project) it is thick and soft as well as being cheerful and practical. Rose won it in the raffle and is pleased to have it in front of her fireplace.
We tried to give Win a hard time for felting instead of weaving but she is quite unrepentant. And why wouldn't she be when she can produce such gorgeous slippers.
This time of the year our members seem to go away in all directions though some of them are now returning. We look forward to our September meeting when we hope everyone will be back on deck.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

We Farewell June

It is sad, but it is time for us to say goodbye to June McKenzie, one of our long-standing faithful members. June was very knowledgable about textiles in general and weaving in particular.  She participated fully in our group and never hesitated to take on a challenge, right up to her last few weeks of life. She was a teacher and mentor and generously shared her expertise. Her work was meticulous and always perfectly finished.
 Weavers will be happy to know that June was laid to rest wearing one of her handwoven, hand embellished vests, and her casket was draped with one of a pair of her handwoven bedspreads and a finely woven wrap. 
She was a special friend and we will miss her.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June Meeting

There's nothing to show from the June meeting as the camera didn't even come out. However, that doesn't mean there was nothing happening. As winter has started we met in the daytime and it was good to have a good number present even though several members are away travelling. They will have some catching up to do when they return. We started on the collapse weave workshop which had been prepared by Anne Field.  Fine threads and even finer threads were already made into warps and all we had to do was beam them on to the looms. Sounds easy. It wasn't! It took a lot of care and a lot longer than we expected. At the end of the day five looms were taken home in various states of threading and the notes distributed for perusal before the next stage. Happy studying everyone.

One person has produced something to show recently. Peg has made a hanging to present to her old school, Rangi Ruru, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. The presentation coincided with the opening of a new building, Mana Wahine, (strong women) and here is a photo of Peg with the School Principal, Julie Moor beside the hanging. Thanks to Neil Macbeth for the photo.
The heading is woven on the loom with merino wool and the strands are of silk sliver, bound with fine ribbon. Peg says the many strands represent the many opportunities open for the Rangi girls to explore in their future lives.  Peg will celebrate her 97th birthday on 9 July.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Scarf Expo 2014

Every bit as big, bright and colourful as last year, the Scarf Expo is up and buzzing. The weather is the opposite - dull, grey and VERY wet, but the first two days were busy with several sales right from the start. This is a Guild enterprise so there are felted, knitted, crocheted, dyed scarves of weird and wonderful shapes and sizes.

One of the looms ready for enthusiastic members of the public to weave a scarf. Truly creative dyeing by Joan and weaving by Chris.
And some shots giving an overview of the show - not all of it by any means but you will get the idea.

Once again a few people put in a huge amount of work to organise, display and advertise this event. Our grateful thanks to them and hope they make lots of sales.