Saturday, 12 April 2014

Guild Day 9 April 2014

Still buzzing from Stacey's workshop, weavers  had responsibility for hosting the Marlborough Creative Fibre Guild Day on Wednesday. Everyone was asked to wear something yellow and, although it was quite a challenge for most, almost everyone did find something. Here are the weaverly items from show and tell. Thank you Joan for doing the showing.
This is Joan's generous sized scarf in turned Ms & Os.  
Win produced this very open weave wrap with the alpaca yarn she really loves.

This started life as a demo piece, Tricia finished it off to make a cheery winter scarf

June has been creative in warping up this scarf using multiple threadings to good effect

Chris enjoyed playing with a 'one only' skein of yarn and made this scarf fringed on all sides
Rose has been playing with silk
 Jan (hiding), Joan and Chris show some of the samples from Stacey's workshop. To anyone who was not there they may seem a bit strange but the participants were excited about the effects obtained.

Well done with the yellow hat trim Chris!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Texture Workshop with Stacey Harvey-Brown

On 4h & 5th of April a group of weavers and felters had an intense workshop with emphasis on texture with UK weaver Stacey Harvey-Brown. Esmae and Shirley came over from Nelson to join us.  I think we gave Stacey a few surprises.

Can't you just hear that laugh!
Here we are: clockwise from top left - Joan, Jen, June, Tricia, Chris, Judy, Esmae, Noelene.
Rose was not quite absent, she was behind the camera.
And here are the felters: Christine H, Christine M, Pam, Cherrie, Shirley
and Jan who had her tapestry weaving hat on part time.
Clever Stacey managed to round us up for a group photo before she left. It includes Win who made a great Gofer for the occasion.. At the bottom Cherrie is giving Feltima a face-lift. Is that a botox injection Cherrie? But perhaps it is a felting needle.  Then there is Agnes sitting quietly in the background and relaxing - yes really! The only other time I have heard her more quiet is when she lost her voice.  The two travellers have moved on towards Oxford, North Canterbury where they will set up their Nature in the Making exhibition before heading to Dunedin for the Festival.

Maybe more from the workshop when some of the works in progress have been washed, mashed, manipulated or otherwise tortured.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Out and About

On 17 March (St Patrick's Day, not that we noticed) instead of having a regular meeting, eight of us travelled to Nelson and took in a few galleries and met friends doing the same.  Changing Threads at the Refinery Artspace was a big drawcard and for those who get excited about mixed media art there was plenty to see and ponder over.  Two of our felter friends had work accepted, Christine Marks with a set of little brightly coloured teapots, one for every day of the week, and Cherrie Mitchell had a large nautilis shell shaped piece with extremely detailed texture. Well done girls.  For weavers (or for me at least) the best woven pieces were two small tapestries by Trish Armour.

A visit to Fibre Spectrum lasted longer than we intended as we met Sue Broad who had attended a Stacey Harvey-Brown workshop in Northland. She had her samples to show us and that's where we got really excited. Thank you Sue. Now we look forward to Stacey's workshop here on 4 & 5 April.

Out to Mapua, we made a visit to Joint Works Studio to see weaver Jane Clark and her woodworker and photographer husband Tony.  Jane is Anne Field's daughter and she had just taken delivery of Anne's last book from the printer -- Learn to Weave with Anne Field. We were able to buy a copy for our library and were delighted with the quality and content of it and the many colourful photos. A perfect book for a new weaver and a lovely reminder of Anne.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Weaving Display at Girling Building

It's the Weavers' turn to mount a display at the Girling Building in Brayshaw Park and we believe we have set up a good overview of our weaving over the years.  From the ground up we have floor rugs, a cushion, a throw and a baby blanket. Then there are garments, ancient and almost modern (well, let's say 'timeless design'). A tablecloth, tea towel and handtowel show some finer work and all this is topped off with a lace-edged curtain. Of course there is a loom taking centre stage. Here are a few photos, but please do go and have a look and urge your friends to do likewise.


This display will be in place for some time but don't forget to go and see it soon.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

You want Inspiration?

Try this:
It's the facebook page of Agnes Hauptli and Stacey Harvey-Brown, two Complex  Weavers who have an exhibition coming up, starting in New Zealand and then heading to Europe.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

February Meeting

Some very intense discussions resulted from members giving opinions on 'what can I use this yarn for?' when all sorts of novelty yarns came out from people's stash.  Many had been bought in the excitement Festivals but hadn't translated into masterpieces at home. Perhaps some ideas will have been triggered. Unfortunately the photographer must have gone to sleep during this part of the meeting!
Here is some show and tell though:
The Guild meeting had called for hand made hearts and this is June's contribution. It is embroidered on a rectangle which will be joined into a ring to enclose the scarf.
Win had just completed this excercise in fine overshot weaving for a baby blanket and asked for advice on finishing the edges. The general concensus was for a small plain hem each end and leave the selvedges sides alone. Unusually for overshot Win used white for the pattern and colours for the warp and tabby weft. The effict is delicate and glowing.
Joan had woven this fine dark warp with a soft grey handspun. We will have to wait and see what it turns into.
Just off the loom and not yet washed, Jen had woven this table runner to enter a Black & Coloured Sheep competition. It is a huck pattern and will look great when it is washed. Again the advice given was for plain hems rather than fringes.
No mistaking who brought along the wool and mohair crackle throw. This one has Chris's name written all over it.
A Victorian lace collar . Who would know it was felt? Well done Joan.
And another felt item from Joan. She's not really gritting her teeth!


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Heritage Day at the Park 2014

Once again our Guild participated in the Open Day held at Brayshaw Park on Waitangi Day, 6 February.  Spinners and Weavers were there in approximately equal numbers and the public came in droves!  It seems a lot of publicity had preceded the event this year and people responded by coming to see and ask questions. It is certainly the busiest Heritage Day we can remember.

 These young girls had already tried their hands at weaving and then became entranced with Joan's felting.
 Jan insists she is not a loom weaver (tapestry and inkle weaving are her fields) but she did a great job of entertaining the public when others ran out of steam!
Chris spent a great deal of the day demonstrating on this loom . . . sorry I was too busy on another one to get a photo of her. The 'Blooming Leaf' design fascinated a lot of people and also the fact that beautiful things can be made from quite small weavings.

There was a display of greeting cards on the creative fibre theme - lots of them in a great variety of techniques.  These are three of the most weaverly ones. More photos of the display to come. It will also be on show on Guild Day on 12 February.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wrapping up the January Meeting

 Joan is wrapped up in a work-in-progress being knitted in fancy yarns by Tricia. What a cheerful sight!
 Jen's latest work is a set of tablemats woven in cotton.
Thanks to Chris for all of the photos so far. Now we have some from Nancy, taken with her IPad. Everyone looks quite serious.

Here are two of Chris's looms and some of her stash. Chris has a fantastic weavery space and certainly makes good use of it.

An inspiring day. Thank you Chris.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

More News from January Gathering

Judy brought along several items . . . all of them gorgeous.  Just look at this beautiful scarf in 30/2 silk at 36 epi.  The pattern is an 8 shaft Gebrochene draft from the Twill Thrills book.

Judy is SO good at these allover patterns. Here is another, this time a runner in cottons.
 Another cotton runner from Judy, this time Big, Bright and Beautiful (but quite hard to get the colour right in a photograph.) Here are a couple of shots of it from another occasion when she visited Peg, These give a fairly accurate idea of the colours.

 Tune in again soon - there are more photos to come.