Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June Meeting

There's nothing to show from the June meeting as the camera didn't even come out. However, that doesn't mean there was nothing happening. As winter has started we met in the daytime and it was good to have a good number present even though several members are away travelling. They will have some catching up to do when they return. We started on the collapse weave workshop which had been prepared by Anne Field.  Fine threads and even finer threads were already made into warps and all we had to do was beam them on to the looms. Sounds easy. It wasn't! It took a lot of care and a lot longer than we expected. At the end of the day five looms were taken home in various states of threading and the notes distributed for perusal before the next stage. Happy studying everyone.

One person has produced something to show recently. Peg has made a hanging to present to her old school, Rangi Ruru, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. The presentation coincided with the opening of a new building, Mana Wahine, (strong women) and here is a photo of Peg with the School Principal, Julie Moor beside the hanging. Thanks to Neil Macbeth for the photo.
The heading is woven on the loom with merino wool and the strands are of silk sliver, bound with fine ribbon. Peg says the many strands represent the many opportunities open for the Rangi girls to explore in their future lives.  Peg will celebrate her 97th birthday on 9 July.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Scarf Expo 2014

Every bit as big, bright and colourful as last year, the Scarf Expo is up and buzzing. The weather is the opposite - dull, grey and VERY wet, but the first two days were busy with several sales right from the start. This is a Guild enterprise so there are felted, knitted, crocheted, dyed scarves of weird and wonderful shapes and sizes.

One of the looms ready for enthusiastic members of the public to weave a scarf. Truly creative dyeing by Joan and weaving by Chris.
And some shots giving an overview of the show - not all of it by any means but you will get the idea.

Once again a few people put in a huge amount of work to organise, display and advertise this event. Our grateful thanks to them and hope they make lots of sales.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Squid attack!

OK, this is not Marlborough and it's not weaving, but I have to share this - just for fun! The blogs referred to below explain it all in great detail.
A Yarn Bombed Tree Squid yarn bombing trees textiles
It seems like nothing is safe from yarn bombing these days from airplanes to bridges to trains. Not to be outdone, Jill Watt and her sister Lorna Watt recently wrapped this magnolia tree in downtown San Mateo with more than four miles of yarn to create this awesome squid. It’s one thing to completely cover an object in textiles, but to transform a tree into an organism like this seems that much more special. Read more about how they did it on their respective blogs Knits for Life and Dapper Toad. (via Neatorama, Laughing Squid)

Have a laugh - but keep weaving.