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.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Straying from the subject a little

Not new, but had to snap this book Chris made at a bookmaking course a few years ago. Covered with handwoven fabric it is standing up to constant use and still looks like new. 
It was Joan's inspired idea to use the fabric on the bias.
We tolerate people who bring along other than weaving - but we do tend to give them a hard time. However, we all had to agree this nuno felted scarf of Win's was stunning

Rose is diverging somewhat, taking some time this year to fulfill a bucket list desire to learn lacemaking.

Lace lessons one and two - snakes with eyes!

Not weaving but knitting. Win is working with beautiful fine merino wool.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

March Meeting 2016

The topic for the meeting was using software for drafting patterns. Judy explained how it works and Rose had woven a sample to show the result.

Another sample after changing to a different tie-up.  It helps to see changes like this on the screen before going to the trouble of changing the tie-up and weaving the sample.

Judy's snazzy bag is a work in progress. She is still deciding on handles.

The inside is as neat as the outside. It is woven straight after the outer piece and tucked inside for a lining.

Following the crackle weave study Chris applied a new-found draft to a piece in a heavy weight wool.

Is it too bulky for table mats? Opinion was divided.    
More photos soon.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Where is 2016 going!

This year is just flying by, not helped by the fact I could not get to the February meeting -- so no photos. However, Chris has come up with some lovely summery sitting-outside-at-Win's ones that we should look at before the warm weather disappears altogether. Thank you Chris.
Lovely colours, scrumptious texture . . . this bag has to be Tricia's

Jen surprised herself and us with this piece of intricately patterned twill.

The rest are Judy's. First a lovely soft throw

and a lovely crisp multi-patterned piece of linen (or is it cotton?)

Another technique again. . . Theo Moorman inlay
Knitting this time, just as neat and beautiful as her weaving.
February meeting concentrated on studying crackle weave with a couple of dozen Cross Country Weavers' samples to inspect and ponder on. March meeting is coming up. I wonder what autumn-inspired weaving it will bring us.