Thursday, 21 July 2016

July Meeting

We were lucky to have another sunny day for our July meeting.
We welcomed new member Lizzie, seen here on the right.

And this is Lizzie's new toy. This is the "before" picture.
With a bit of advice from Judy - and others - we think she will do well,
so look forward to an "after" picture before too long.
Don't you love the buttons on her detachable sleeves!

Joan had been on an overseas trip and here she is showing samples of tweed fabric from the Isles of Lewis and Harris

She tells us that tweed and tartan are everywhere in Scotland
Thank you Joan. We love seeing the results of your travels

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

More from the June Meeting

Although we are all weavers and meet to discuss our work, most of us do other things as well, so our show and tell usually includes some of these extras. Here are some "other" items that showed up at our June meeting.
Nancy's knitted alpaca throw was light and lovely and beautiful to handle
This is a very creative piece from Wendy. What is it - you may ask . . .

Here it is on Fern, our pin-up model. It is a cowl and a hood in one. A howl . . . ?

The cute boots are from Wendy also. Who says they have to match?

Another Wendy Wonder. This is a cowl knitted in silk (or maybe a silk/wool mix?)
Betsy knitted this hat from her own handspun - perfect for winter
Win had spent a very busy weekend felting this fashion garment

and here is the back view.

Rose brought along a lace work in progress - feeling happy to have learned how to turn a corner.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

June Meeting 2016

We met on the shortest day of the year in a winter that has hardly started yet. We were a small group but there was plenty of weaving on display. First we had a discussion on advancing twills which include the snowflake and frost crystal patterns. Judy proved with this scarf that they can be done on four shafts.

Judy also brought along this lovely large extra-soft throw handwoven from handspun Gotland fleece.

Jen had us guessing what draft she had used for her "use up the bits and pieces" tea towels. It is Claremont Twill which set us scuttling for Marguerite Davison's book as no one had noticed it. It is an ideal draft for teatowels, with lace blocks interspersed with twill.
Win brought along a wrap made some time ago. It has bands of undulating twill with narrow close-set stripes. It didn't take long for someone to realise that it was the same pattern, on a different scale, as the scarf Judy was wearing. See the photo of Judy above.

Our youngest ever weaver, Fern, came along with her Mother Wendy and proudly showed her first ever weaving. Well done Fern!
Wendy's weaving was all done on a rigid heddle loom and ranged from subtle colours to a riot of colour and texture.

Chris brought along a scarf which had been a demonstration piece for using supplementary warps - good to see it finished and it certainly served its purpose.
Also for demonstration purposes was this loom which had been used in the public library. Lots of colour and thick yarns make a good show.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

May Meeting

New member Wendy demonstrated her enthusiasm by showing us a number of pieces she has produced while trying out various yarns. 
She loves using her rigid heddle loom and is giving it plenty of use.

Judy produced this stunning large table runner which was greatly admired.
Nancy had been to Festival in Auckland and found some lovely yarns.

 Rose is concentrating on lace making while also preparing for the next weaving project.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Basket Workshop

 Several of our members took part in a basket weaving workshop wth Sarah Hornibrook at the beginning of May. Here are some of the works in progress.





Joan and Sarah

Thursday, 21 April 2016

This time, some weaving

The topic for the April meeting was hands-on dyeing. It was a beautiful day for it in the Autumn sunshine. Joan showed her considerable flair for "playing" with the dyepots and came up with some lovely colours by dyeing and overdyeing.

And there was weaving for show and tell . . .
 Chris and Rose both came wearing new scarves. Chris had used fine cotton and added textured supplementary warps to great effect.
 Rose had woven an advancing twill "frost crystal" pattern in fine wool. It tended to give an irridescent sheen even though there was no lustre on the yarn.
 Joan had completed a set of tea towels in cottolin using a crackle weave pattern. As always her colour mixing was great and she talked about some of her clever colour mixing tricks.
 Inspiration for Joan came from a magazine article and photo though of course she added her own creative touch.
 Joan and Judy looking studious. The garment Joan is wearing is another example of her success with the dyepot.