Friday, 26 September 2014

Deflected Double Weave

It may be difficult to believe but these are the front and back views of the same piece of fabric. This is sometimes called Integrated Cell Weave but also known as Deflected Double Weave. There are many variations and plenty of scope for colour.
Here is another sample, also front and back views.

The samples above are from Sue Broad's collection. The one below is Judy Bool's. It is woven in silk and photographed before washing.

Monday, 15 September 2014

September 2014 Meeting

It was great to see everyone again after what seems like a long time. Many of our members have been away recently and it was good to see most of them safely back home and ready to weave again. Barbara is the only one still to return. We did miss June and sadly that is permanent.

We had two guests from 'over the hill' ad it was great to see them both. Sue Broad talked to us about the work she has been doing with Deflected Double Weave and there was quite a buzz around the table when the samples and drafts and magazine articles began circulating. Let's hope we see some people taking up the challenge.  And Jane Clark came with Sue. It was good to see her as well and the collapse weave practitioners were able to show Jane their samples. It was Jane's generosity that provided us with the warps and drafts for the collapse weaving course from Anne Field. There are still some warps on hand for those who haven't yet had a crack at this challenge.

Not a guest but a returning member, we had Alison with us and it is so good to know she has re-assembled her loom. At present it is slightly too warped to weave but she will get that sorted and soon have her 16 shafts in order. 

Here are the first pics (more to come) and you will see that everyone is really paying attention. Thank You Sue.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A visit to an 'outlying' member

at age 97 Peg is no longer able to get to our meetings but here are a few photos taken on a visit to her today. As you can see she is still active, even if a bit slower, and still producing her linen-based wall hangings that are usually bursting with colour.

A few running repairs were required. It's as well Peg knows how this loom works because I'm sure mo one else does!
 On Peg's table she had some of her treasured possessions. There are three handwoven items in this photo: a damask linen runner she wove herself, a handwoven handkerchief and a beautifully made card  depicting a rooster (Peg's mascot) with a woven insert to look like feathers. It is now framed and in pride of place.
(Well done Chris)

No photos of the bellbirds that entertain on one side of the house but here are a couple of black dots that are actually tuis on the other side.  With the birds and the stretch of Marlborough Sounds and the hills beyond Peg certainly has an inspirational place to live and work.