Sunday, 8 July 2018

More from the June Workshop

Ready to go

Works in progress

Weights on supplementary warps

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Weaving Workshop June 2018

Our June meeting took the form of a weaving workshop with several looms threaded up in advance for some of the more unusual techniques, mostly based on plain weave but integrated or enhanced in some way in order to gain surface interest and make the most of specialty yarns. We had a small number attending but that meant there was a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time for everyone to move around and try the techniques on offer. Here are the busy beavers.

More photos to come.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Award Winner

What a glorious sight to brighten up a gloomy winter day. This photo won Chris Beech an award at her Camera Club recently. Congratulations Chris.

Friday, 8 June 2018

May Meeting Part 3

And there's more. This time it's Show and Tell.
Win's last batch of tea towels disappeared so quickly she set about making some more.

Close up shows the characteristics of the DEA slub linen - ideal for the purpose.

Rosemary has a massive commission for table linen in various sizes. This is one of the napkins. 

And for a different set, this length of linen will be for placemats.

June meeting is coming up and it will take the form of a workshop with emphasis on integrated and surface interest weaves. Watch this space!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

May Meeting Part 2

Topic for our meeting was "crammed and spaced" weaves. Not too many examples were brought along but those we did see triggered off a great discussion.

However, the selection sent to us from Cross Country Weavers had huge array of samples, all with the relevant details. It always amazes us that this very rich resource is available at our beck and call. All we have to do is ask, and then pay the return postage. Thank you Creative Fibre, and especially to the librarian, and the various librarians down through the years.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

May Meeting Part One

Several of our members were fresh from a hands-on fibre weekend titled "Scarves, scarves. scarves."  The aim was to have a lot of fun and encourage CF members to try techniques other than the ones they normally use. Weavers know that a woven scarf can't be made in a hurry so weaving was not top priority for most people. Felting, on the other hand, is much more immediate. So although this is a blog for weavers, our first post this month is to show some of our weavers, with varying levels of felting experience, with their results from the weekend. 

Most scarves were made in cowl form and some people were shown various methods of cutting them to achieve other shapes.

More photos soon and I promise there will be weaving ones.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Wearables, past and present

The topic for the April meeting was "handwoven wearables."  Are we learning to be bolder and less afraid of scissors? It appears not. We had a mix of "oldish" and "even older" garments that had been brought out from backs of wardrobes and top cupboards, but not a lot of more recent work. We re-discovered what we always knew - that a good design, well tailored, is timeless, and most of our more mature treasures can still be worn today. We also learned a few more things:
- handwovens never wear out!
- a shape that looks good on one person may not suit another
- we like lining
- finishing touches are important
Will this meeting prompt us into a new round of producing wearables for ourselves?  
Will we join with other CF members in entering the Runway Challenge for the Palmerston North Festival in 2019?

Here are some of the garments we saw and discussed.

Come on weavers. Be brave and weave some beautiful fabric and make yourselves a fashion garment to be proud of.