Tuesday, 26 March 2013

March Meeting : Part 2 of 3

 Joan showed examples of Eco dyeing which she first did in a workshop with the now famous India Flint.
Different effects are achieved by wrapping various plant and leaf items, and/or metal nuts, bolts, nails and old hardware in the wetted fabric. 

Everyone was given a small piece of felt which they made into a tightly bound package with the dye materials.
We each went home with a worm-like creature with instructions to leave it in a sunny spot for several days (or weeks?).  Time will tell what results we get.

Friday, 22 March 2013

March Meeting: Part 1 of 3

 Joan took the meeting on the topic of dyeing and overdyeing.  Here she gives us an eye-opener about  the results that can be achieved.  The cones are the 'before' and the knitted jersey is 'after.'  How cheerful is that!
And it's not all about wool. Here is some ribbon, purpose dyed for the job.
and fabric transformed.

Look for part two in a few days.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Peg just keeps on weaving . . .

 Autumn is here and Peg wastes no time getting into the autumn tones.
 She loves to show off the beautiful colours of the recycled sari silk.
But it is her damask weaving that 'sings'.
Even when she's not weaving she keeps her fingers busy. This is a stuffed knitted tube, coiled, mounted and sold!
We wish Marilyn Rea-Manzies well in her transition from Christchurch to Hamilton. Here she and Peg browse through Peg's visitors' book for memories of the 'old days.'  Go well Marilyn and get weaving soon!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Spot the handweaving!

At the grand parade of the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade which arrived in Tapanui on 2 March were several well-dressed horses. Spot the handwoven saddle blankets.