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.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Textiles from Laos

These are the last photos of Joan's woven textile treasures. 
They are all from Laos.

 We meet again soon . . . 21 September.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

More from the August Meeting

Table runner, silk on cotton. From a weaving school.

Silk on cotton

Silk on Cotton

Silk on silk, using discontinuous weft

Wool on Cotton. Woven on a Tibetan type frame loom

More Pictures soon.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

August Meeting

Chris wove cushions in a variegated Touch Merino yarn
and also a scarf using variegated yarn in the warp

Betsy also used Touch yarn. Hers is a boucle wrap
Lovely to see a handwoven double corduroy rug. This one was made by Joan
Cute and cosy. Win made these felted slippers
Trish models a rain hat made of felted yak hair.
The rain runs off the tails to direct it away from your face.

The rain hat was one of Joan's treasures. Next post we will see some of the fascinating fabrics she brought back from Bhutan and Laos.

Monday, 10 August 2015

More photos from July

There was a lot of interest in these bright and cheerful cottons that Tricia has kindly donated to the group. Watch for results!
 Anne found this delicate felted scarf by Raewyn Penrose when she was on holiday in the North Island.
 Above and below - two more scarves from Anne - very different styles

 And tablemats, also from Anne
 We just had to have a closer look at Noelene's knitted triangular scarf
Rose has had another session working on her exhibition cloak. This is the second of four panels

Monday, 3 August 2015

July Meeting

 Joan had recently returned from her travels and teased us by showing only one piece of fabric she brought back. We look forward to another meeting when she will show us heaps more.
 Anne had several innovative scarves to show. Here she is wearing one of them.
 New member Muff impressed us with her hand-woven willow basket.
 Noelene wrapped up warmly. She said her knitted scarf was not new but it came in for a lot of attention.
Jen is really getting into her stride. Here she is wearing a recently woven scarf.

More photos to come soon.