Wednesday, 24 April 2013

April 2013

Our April meeting was held just a few days before Festival and we were fortunate to have overseas tutor, spinning guru Patsy Z to visit. The vest she was wearing came in for much scrutiny and discussion.

And she showed another no-fuss no-cut design.
And here is some of her expert spinning, silk  plied with metallic thread, perfectly suitable for a warp as seen in this scarf.

Our topic for the evening, ably led by Win, was the combination of techniques. Here are some of the examples.
 June's handwoven vest with beaded cross-wheel buttons and hand-made braid.
 Rose's woven bag with kumihimo braid and embroidered with beads.
 Joan's jacket woven by Marion Day, trimmed with yards of hand-made braid.
 Win's jacket, still giving good service after many years. The heavily fulled weaving the the knitted ribbed bands will not wear out.
 Joan's handwoven jacket, also heavily fulled, has a couched novelty yarn for accent.
We always love to see Chris's handwoven Swedish Lace afghan embroidered with Beatrix Potter figures.
Nancy really suits her felted hat trimmed with a multitude of crochet motifs.

Now several of us are off to Porirua for Festival 2013.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Tapestry Weavers

The Tapestry Weavers were meeting at Barbara's so I took the opportunity to drop in for some photos.
No tapestries in sight but cookies, coffee and grapes were being enjoyed in the sun.
Win had sent off her 'Mountains to the Sea' entry to Wellington and was leafing through a magazine for inspiration.
Look for the Australia/NZ Tapestry Exchange exhibit at Festival.
Jenny has a look at the eco-dyed merino top Jan is wearing and was updated on how it's done.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

March Meeting Part 3 of 3

Show and Tell: Joan was pleased to finally get this finished as it was woven on an 8-shaft table loom. Evedryone really liked the mix of colours and the asymmetric design.

Jen has been making scarves and working through the patterns she discovered at our last workshop. Well done Jen.

 Rose had just finished her Cross Country assignment on Deflected Double Weave. The top photo shows front and reverse of one pattern and the bottom photo shows the difference after a minor change in the tie-up.
Nancy was just back from a cruising holiday and showed some paper quilling she learned on board.

Win also had an item to show but as it is under wraps until the National Festival in Porirua this month the photo won't be posted this time.