Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Basket Workshop

 Several of our members took part in a basket weaving workshop wth Sarah Hornibrook at the beginning of May. Here are some of the works in progress.





Joan and Sarah

Thursday, 21 April 2016

This time, some weaving

The topic for the April meeting was hands-on dyeing. It was a beautiful day for it in the Autumn sunshine. Joan showed her considerable flair for "playing" with the dyepots and came up with some lovely colours by dyeing and overdyeing.

And there was weaving for show and tell . . .
 Chris and Rose both came wearing new scarves. Chris had used fine cotton and added textured supplementary warps to great effect.
 Rose had woven an advancing twill "frost crystal" pattern in fine wool. It tended to give an irridescent sheen even though there was no lustre on the yarn.
 Joan had completed a set of tea towels in cottolin using a crackle weave pattern. As always her colour mixing was great and she talked about some of her clever colour mixing tricks.
 Inspiration for Joan came from a magazine article and photo though of course she added her own creative touch.
 Joan and Judy looking studious. The garment Joan is wearing is another example of her success with the dyepot.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Straying from the subject a little

Not new, but had to snap this book Chris made at a bookmaking course a few years ago. Covered with handwoven fabric it is standing up to constant use and still looks like new. 
It was Joan's inspired idea to use the fabric on the bias.
We tolerate people who bring along other than weaving - but we do tend to give them a hard time. However, we all had to agree this nuno felted scarf of Win's was stunning

Rose is diverging somewhat, taking some time this year to fulfill a bucket list desire to learn lacemaking.

Lace lessons one and two - snakes with eyes!

Not weaving but knitting. Win is working with beautiful fine merino wool.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

March Meeting 2016

The topic for the meeting was using software for drafting patterns. Judy explained how it works and Rose had woven a sample to show the result.

Another sample after changing to a different tie-up.  It helps to see changes like this on the screen before going to the trouble of changing the tie-up and weaving the sample.

Judy's snazzy bag is a work in progress. She is still deciding on handles.

The inside is as neat as the outside. It is woven straight after the outer piece and tucked inside for a lining.

Following the crackle weave study Chris applied a new-found draft to a piece in a heavy weight wool.

Is it too bulky for table mats? Opinion was divided.    
More photos soon.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Where is 2016 going!

This year is just flying by, not helped by the fact I could not get to the February meeting -- so no photos. However, Chris has come up with some lovely summery sitting-outside-at-Win's ones that we should look at before the warm weather disappears altogether. Thank you Chris.
Lovely colours, scrumptious texture . . . this bag has to be Tricia's

Jen surprised herself and us with this piece of intricately patterned twill.

The rest are Judy's. First a lovely soft throw

and a lovely crisp multi-patterned piece of linen (or is it cotton?)

Another technique again. . . Theo Moorman inlay
Knitting this time, just as neat and beautiful as her weaving.
February meeting concentrated on studying crackle weave with a couple of dozen Cross Country Weavers' samples to inspect and ponder on. March meeting is coming up. I wonder what autumn-inspired weaving it will bring us.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

January 2016 Part 2

Note the placement of the handles on this generous-sized bag of Win's. There was some debate about the various positions they can be attached.

This close-up shows the texture of the rayon chenille Win used.
A different result when handles are attached in a different place.
Betsy bought this bag some time ago but was not happy with it. Some advice about where to attach the handles fixed the problem.
Rose had made these from a bandana and a scarf at the beginning of the year. So far no hand woven model has been made from the pattern but there is always hope!
Jen had made this rag weave piece under June's instruction but had not made it up. After discussion and advice she decided to make a cushion with it.
To leave the fringe on or not? That is the question.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Happy New Year

I'm not sure what happened to November and December. Our weavers were as active as ever but the photographer must have dozed off - so sorry for the long blank.
2016 started off with a picnic gathering at Win's place on January 18th.  We had planned to work on bags during 2015 and the plan was to bring the results to this meeting. We didn't expect too much as quite a few of us had been either slacking or working on other projects.  However, a good number of people turned up and most if not all brought a bag of some description. Here is the first installment. Others will follow in the next couple of posts.
 Judy's bag is a work in progress. Woven in linen with an overshot pattern, it is laid out with specific sizes for front, back, sides and handles. It's a superb piece of fabric.
 Jan had so many bags to show. In the centre, above, is a basket/bag needle-woven over a cardboard carton. Warps from the top opening are cut and darned in with inkle woven handles added. The bottom must be slightly tricky with warps going in two directions. Inside the basket and on the left is a felted bag and on the right a beautifully embroidered purse with an inkle woven handle.
 Nancy had been travelling before Christmas and had found an intriguing bag at a market in Budapest.
 Zip, zip, zip and it is undone. It is made of two very long zips.
 And in Edinburgh of course she had to buy tartan.
 Noelene was extolling the praises of this bag which is described as a duffel bag, though most of us saw it as a knitting or sports bag. 
This one has had a long life and Noelene has taken it apart and re-made it rather than disposing of it.

More soon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

More from HandWorks

The Tapestry Weaving Group had collaborated on this project. 
An "Old Master" was chosen as the inspiration and each 
member selected a small portion from the picture. 
These five woven pieces were displayed in the foyer 
alongside the picture. The workmanship was superb.
Another tapestry weaving was this cushion panel by Jan.
 The photograph does not do Judy's scarf justice. 
It was very appropriately titled "Shimmer".
 Also by Judy, who says she knitted it while watching television, is "Frost Flowers",
a delicate and beautifully soft shawl in a cashmere/silk yarn.
 This collection contained baby toys, bootees and blanket along with children's knitted socks. 
The baby blanket was woven by Win and she also had three felted chickens in a basket.
The wrap on the right is another of Judy's exceptionally fine weaving.
The scarf in the centre is by our friend Jane from Mapua.