Sunday, 29 July 2012

July Show and Tell Part 2

Judy wove a table runner in beautiful mercerised cottons using a draft called "Indian March" from Marguerite Porter Davison's Pattern Book.
You can see here the sheen on the yarns and almost see the subtle colour combination. There is a bit more of the turquoise colour in it that doesn't show up well in the photo.
Here you can see some of the complex block pattern more clearly.  All this on four shafts!
Tricia showed a piece of fabric bought by one of her friends. Unfortunately no information came with it. It is well woven but with a very course yarn that some people thought might be goat hair.  Everyone joined in the discussion and gave advice about wet finishing it and what it could be used for.  Perhaps we'll see it again at a further stage in its development.
Tricia had knitted a pair of gloves that kept us all guessing. She knitted them sideways, starting at the little finger side. I think there must be magic involved as there is no sewing up.

Parts 3 and 4 still to come.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

July Show and Tell Part 1

Win's alpaca scarf is as light as a feather. She used a combination of loom-woven lace and hand-manipulated leno.
Another scarf from Win - alpaca of course.
And, for a change, Win had knitted a hat in the entrelac technique.
Joan is showing Betsy's runner, woven following the Maryanne Stamford workshop.
And here is a close-up. Very nice Betsy.

More photos to come.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

July Meeting 2012

Four looms were set up for three-shaft 'petit-point' pictorial weaving using a technique made popular by tutor Erica de Ruiter. June had attended a course with Erica and had practical experience so she was able to guide Noelene through the procedure.
Jen had been having some tuition from June in the three-shaft technique and was a big help to Win who was new to this method.
Chris was enthusiastic about trying something new and here she is about to begin, following the written instructions provided by Tricia. Anne and Barbara are observing at this stage though Anne also had a loom prepared which unfortunately missed out on being photographed.
First things first!  Joan, Judy and Betsy are perusing Tricia's books, looking for inspiration for a design to use. 
This is our hostess. It is always a treat to have a meeting at Tricia's as she has a wonderful collection of books and allows us to browse and borrow. Thank you Tricia.

With luck there will be some results to show next month.  Show and tell photos still to come. Keep watching.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Results from Bead Leno Workshop

The June meeting was held at Joan McLauchlan's and took the form of a mini-workshop on bead leno. Here are three scarves that Joan has since made with that method.  The one in the centre was on the loom in the previous photos.
This photo gives an indication of the lightweight and lacy construction.
Another scarf was made with fine silk ribbons for the warp, giving a rich lustrous finish in lovely caramel colours made by dyeing some of the warp with tea.

Joan shows a sample of the bead leno done in blocks with a thicker yarn as a possible technique for a baby blanket.

More photos from the July meeting coming soon.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Another subtle colour combination from Judy

Project is a mans scarf; 4 shaft; stripes of tabby and 5-end huck lace; 30/2 merino; epi/ppi 20; Warp is 2 shades of grey with a double end in black edging the tabby stripe; weft is the lighter grey. Hopefully, when fulled, it will be a light softly draping scarf.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

June 2012 Meeting Show and Tell

This is Judy's table runner woven in 16/2 cottons. The pattern is Indian March Twill from Marguerite Davison's pattern book. Lovely subtle colours Judy.
Noeline's baby blanket was woven in 4-ply machine washable wool, double width. The pattern is a family tartan and the blanket has a fringe on all four sides.
This scarf was woven by June with a mix of boucle and smooth yarns which had been dyed at a dye day. As usual with June's work it is beautifully finished.

Rose was away from home on the meeting day but sent her contribution by email; a baby blanket in a combination of slub and smooth woollen yarns. The crochet edging gave her something to do while away from the loom.

Thanks to Chris for these photos.