Sunday, 28 June 2015

More pictures from June Meeting

Jen and Anne Check out the properties of some yarn

Betsy adds her knowledge to the conversation

Chris explains to Win the detail of her fancy twill

Tricia and Jan sit back and knit

Judy looks warm in her handspun knit and zingy green scarf

Noelene (above) and Nancy (below) study the books for patterns for crafty garments

Keep warm everyone, and keep weaving. See you in July.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Mid Winter Meeting

It may have been the middle of winter but it was bright and cheerful at the Weavers' meeting in June. Check out Chris's cushion, made by crafty folding of a narrow sample strip from our recent overshot workshop.  Chris must have the most colourful stash in the country. Hand stitched herringbone to cover and enhance the seams tops off a clever cushion.

 Also by Chris, hot off the loom, is this two-colour throw in a complex twill pattern. Note the difference between the two sides - not front and back, but two "right" sides for a versatile and atractive piece.
Win was wearing this scarf but had to take it off to try to demonstrate an attractive way to tie a scarf that nobody could work out even though we all tried. (Chris gave us all a chocolate fish for trying.) Win insists that it is an old scarf but that does not detract from its interesting construction. It has a lot of silk content, extra long fringes and bead embellishments.
Judy had been adventurous and woven up some of her handspun wool into a lovely soft throw. Along the way she learned a lot about using handspun singles as a warp!  Another lesson learned the hard way was about differential shrinkage when she incorporated bands of Gotland yarn to add interest.  It's still cosy and warm Judy.
Some of us never learn! Differential shrinkage also got the better of Rose who used several different yarns in order to get the right colours for a tartan scarf. Other reasons for discontent need not be enumerated. Let's just get on with the next project!
More pics in a few days to show you the smiling faces.

Friday, 29 May 2015

May Show and Tell

Judy with her 8 shaft houndstooth twill

Win produced this monks belt overshot table runner for a wedding gift

We are so proud of Jen for weaving this overshot runner after last month's inspiration

Chis finished the overshot sample that was on her loom and now is planning to make a cushion cover with it

Betsy made this scarf for her son with yarns from Anna Gratton

Rose is enjoying working with lovely soft yarns like this baby alpaca boucle

Joan models Rose's alpaca cowl

Not her own work but this lovely collar is SO Jan

Joan recycled one of the guild room cushions by removing the cover, washing it and turning it inside out

and here is the other side

Friday, 22 May 2015

May Play Day

What fun we had on 18 May. Jan led us through the procedure for marbling paper. It was a glorious day (well. most of it was) so we were able to work outside. Everyone had a try and came up with some really artistic results. Here are a few photos:

I wonder what these wonderful pages will be used for.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Show and Tell in April

Chris's Crackle - bright and beautiful

Birgite's Saori scarf woven by Barbara Johnson


Judy is working on getting irridescence

Tricia's luxurious bathmat (shhh. . . it's knitted)

Rose's Alpaca Scarf

Joan's Double Corduroy floor rug


Chris's Overshot from way back, looking like new.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

De-mystifying the Overshot

 Jen was not sure what she was in for but got there it with a little encouragement
 Melanie quickly gave up on her rigid heddle loom when she discovered this

Noelene added a few more blocks to the crackle weave on the Guild loom
 We haven't seen Birgite for a while so it was great to see her getting back into weaving after a health set-back
Win refreshes her memory about the tea towel project we had a few years ago.
Anyone for another group project??

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

April Meeting

It was a lovely day for our April meeting and it proved to be busy, busy, busy. We planned to talk about and actually do some weaving in the overshot technique.  This was a nostalgia trip for many of us who learned about overshot almost as soon as we knew how to hold a shuttle. But some newer members had no idea what it was about so there was quite a discussion as well as a number of examples which had emerged from hibernation.  Three looms were set up for people to try. More of that later. Photos will come in several small installments this month.  Here we are at lunch time.

New weaver Melanie very quickly learned how to find her way around a 4 shaft table loom and happily gave up on grocery shopping and raced home to get weaving instead.
When Jenny downsized and moved house she donated her lovely swift to the Guild. Now she has to come to Bobbin Cottage to use it. She found some silk she dyed some years ago. Now what will she do with it?

Keep watching for more photos soon.

Monday, 30 March 2015

March Meeting

Goodness, March is almost over already. Here are the photos for the meeting held on the 16th.

Really cool springtime looking teatowels brought along by Noelene. Where is everyone else's work?
New member Neta brought along her partly threaded loom for the second time. This time she went home with it completely threaded. It's amazing how quickly these tasks can go with an extra pair of hands.