Saturday, 30 January 2016

January 2016 Part 2

Note the placement of the handles on this generous-sized bag of Win's. There was some debate about the various positions they can be attached.

This close-up shows the texture of the rayon chenille Win used.
A different result when handles are attached in a different place.
Betsy bought this bag some time ago but was not happy with it. Some advice about where to attach the handles fixed the problem.
Rose had made these from a bandana and a scarf at the beginning of the year. So far no hand woven model has been made from the pattern but there is always hope!
Jen had made this rag weave piece under June's instruction but had not made it up. After discussion and advice she decided to make a cushion with it.
To leave the fringe on or not? That is the question.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Happy New Year

I'm not sure what happened to November and December. Our weavers were as active as ever but the photographer must have dozed off - so sorry for the long blank.
2016 started off with a picnic gathering at Win's place on January 18th.  We had planned to work on bags during 2015 and the plan was to bring the results to this meeting. We didn't expect too much as quite a few of us had been either slacking or working on other projects.  However, a good number of people turned up and most if not all brought a bag of some description. Here is the first installment. Others will follow in the next couple of posts.
 Judy's bag is a work in progress. Woven in linen with an overshot pattern, it is laid out with specific sizes for front, back, sides and handles. It's a superb piece of fabric.
 Jan had so many bags to show. In the centre, above, is a basket/bag needle-woven over a cardboard carton. Warps from the top opening are cut and darned in with inkle woven handles added. The bottom must be slightly tricky with warps going in two directions. Inside the basket and on the left is a felted bag and on the right a beautifully embroidered purse with an inkle woven handle.
 Nancy had been travelling before Christmas and had found an intriguing bag at a market in Budapest.
 Zip, zip, zip and it is undone. It is made of two very long zips.
 And in Edinburgh of course she had to buy tartan.
 Noelene was extolling the praises of this bag which is described as a duffel bag, though most of us saw it as a knitting or sports bag. 
This one has had a long life and Noelene has taken it apart and re-made it rather than disposing of it.

More soon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

More from HandWorks

The Tapestry Weaving Group had collaborated on this project. 
An "Old Master" was chosen as the inspiration and each 
member selected a small portion from the picture. 
These five woven pieces were displayed in the foyer 
alongside the picture. The workmanship was superb.
Another tapestry weaving was this cushion panel by Jan.
 The photograph does not do Judy's scarf justice. 
It was very appropriately titled "Shimmer".
 Also by Judy, who says she knitted it while watching television, is "Frost Flowers",
a delicate and beautifully soft shawl in a cashmere/silk yarn.
 This collection contained baby toys, bootees and blanket along with children's knitted socks. 
The baby blanket was woven by Win and she also had three felted chickens in a basket.
The wrap on the right is another of Judy's exceptionally fine weaving.
The scarf in the centre is by our friend Jane from Mapua.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

HandWorks 2015

HandWorks 2015 is the Exhibition for the Nelson/Matlborough/Buller Area held in Blenheim during October.  Here a some of the items exhibited by our own weavers. We have seen them before at our meetings, so I won't name them, but this time they are displayed to their best advantage in a gallery situation.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Blazing Colour

At our September meeting we had some Arizona magazines to play with. 
The colours were really brilliant and we sorted through and found fragments 
we liked and picked out plenty of colour schemes.

We started out somewhat hesitantly and some of us did a lot of thinking along the way.

 and then it got slightly more frantic - and messy! We had fun.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

More September Show and Tell

Win's alpaca scarf had intricate inlay blocks of alpaca in complementary colours
and highlights of silk

Tricia must have such a wonderful stash to be able to produce a table scarf (or people scarf?) like this

This is a close up of one of Rose's cushion pieces. There were four variations of this 8 shaft twill threading.

Another of Joan's treasures, but this time it is one she wove herself using the beautiful silks from Bhutan. They stand out beautifully against the dark brown ground.

Don't we all have fun with that last piece on the end of a warp. 
 Chris thinks she will make a bag with this one.

Anne had some interesting effects with dye travelling where she didn't expect it, but everyone thought it looked great.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

September Meeting

Lots of photos from September so they will come in several instalments. Here is the first batch of Show and Tell pieces.
Beautifully light and lovely to handle.
Win's baby blanket is made of the softest boucle.

This bamboo scarf of Judy's is soft and has a lovely handle.

Different but just as pleasing on the reverse.

Tricia had such fun finding all the different yarns and knitting this table scarf.

A work in progress from Rose. Thick and quick for cushions.
Variations on 8 shaft 4light 4dark twill.

Joan has started on a "rugs for grandchildren" project.
One down, several more to go! This one is gorgeous.

Yes, it's Chris, and no it's not crackle! This time it's a summer and winter
cosy and comfy baby blanket.

 This generous sized  scarf from Anne incorporates weaving, designing, dyeing and printing, and interesting things have happened.
 Keep watching for more photos soon.