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.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Weaving group April 2018

Above and below . . . Jen's table mats of mixed fibre including cotton and rayon, some hemmed, some fringed.

We always come back to 2/2 twill don't we. This cosy fabric was woven by Rosemary with the intention of making a dressing gown. Grant also had a handspun scarf woven in 2/2 twill but whisked it away before I got a photo of it. More please Grant.

Chris is a master of crackle. This is one of her signature throws though the colours are a shift from her usual range.
Also by Chris, a scarf, again in 2/2 twill, showing what can be done with one ball of glorious hand-dyed yarn. It may seem expensive but the cost is insignificant when it produces an effect like this.

A different colourway, this time by Joan, produced this brilliant bundle of  fashion wear. There is no end to the great results we can achieve with today's yarns.

Just as colourful but a different approach. Joan has woven this throw with all manner of woollen yarns, some unravelled from pre-loved knitwear. Well done with the recycling Joan.
Only one side of this book cover is showing but Jan has made it in tapestry weaving to have a mirror image on the back.
Chris has been experimenting with collapse weave. Above is a photo of a scarf just off the loom, before washing.

and this is the "after washing" result, approximately half the width. See some of the stretch below.

Weaving of a different kind. Rose made the hand made bobbin lace on this work box. She hasn't forgotten her loom but needs to practise her new skills.

Above and below - colour and texture are what we have come to expect from Wendy and she certainly delivers both.

We had two special guests at the meeting this month. Oakley and Fern Russell came with their mother, Wendy, and brought along a scarf loom they have both been working on. (The loom brought back memories for some of us.)

Oakley had woven the first section in green weft and Fern is continuing in red. I expect it will be on the family dining table at Christmas. Sorry I did not get a photo of Oakley. Please come again both of you.
That is quite a lot of show and tell for one post but there are many more photos to come on the topic of the day which was Wearables, so keep watching.