Saturday, 27 February 2010

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Saturday, 20 February 2010

February Meeting

At our February meeting this past Monday, Joan lead the group discussing weave structures and other considerations for weaving fabrics for garments, our goal of the year.

There was not a lot of show and tell Monday night, but here are some:

Recent discussions about the "Friendship Blanket" project from years ago prompted Joan to find hers. She remembers everyone who contributed a square and most of the names of the patterns.

Just to show that she did do a sample first!

The Guild was "in residence" at Bobbin Cottage at the Heritage Day celebration on Waitangi Day and Chris wove this colourful scarf while demonstrating. Luscious yarns and lace weave too.

The Festival Challenge for Whangarei (National Guild's annual meeting this year) is "pockets and pouches" so Jan brought along these gorgeous bags she embroidered. Unfortunately she can't enter them as they were done in a class.

I brought along the baby blankets that had been on the loom at the last meeting. Still in one piece but a step nearer completion.

by Rose Pelvin

Weave It, Felt It - Part 4

by Rose Pelvin

Friday, 19 February 2010

Friendship Quilt

One of the unexpected pleasures of acquiring a"new" loom (I will post about this later) was re-discovering the Friendship Quilt which was a group project many years ago. I did not take part in it but have sometimes wished I had. Ethne, who was the owner of the loom I now have, had taken part and her quilt, in a lovely muted blue - her "signature colour" - is now treasured by her daughter Judy. Each of the 12 weavers dyed the pattern weft in a colour of their choosing and distributed a ball of it to each of the others. They then wove 12 squares in an overshot pattern of their choosing, one in each of the colours. When all squares were finished they were exchanged so each person had 12 squares, all the same colour but each in a different pattern. What a great day it must have been when that happened! These pictures are of June's finished quilt.

Of the 12 participants, Win, Jenny, Joan and June are still active members of the group. Joyce and Ethne both died, far too young, a couple of others have moved away and some are still around, either very busy with other things or slowing up due to health/age concerns. But they will all remember each other I'm sure. Now I would like to track down as many of those quilts as I can and learn their stories.

by Rose Pelvin

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Weave it, Felt It - Part 1

This series is from our exhibition last November, which was part of the greater Garden Marlborough festival. We had 142 entries, 50 scarves, a total of 17 exhibitors: 12 weavers, 8 felters, (yes, a few members in both camps). A very good result!

by Rose Pelvin