Tuesday, 27 October 2015

More from HandWorks

The Tapestry Weaving Group had collaborated on this project. 
An "Old Master" was chosen as the inspiration and each 
member selected a small portion from the picture. 
These five woven pieces were displayed in the foyer 
alongside the picture. The workmanship was superb.
Another tapestry weaving was this cushion panel by Jan.
 The photograph does not do Judy's scarf justice. 
It was very appropriately titled "Shimmer".
 Also by Judy, who says she knitted it while watching television, is "Frost Flowers",
a delicate and beautifully soft shawl in a cashmere/silk yarn.
 This collection contained baby toys, bootees and blanket along with children's knitted socks. 
The baby blanket was woven by Win and she also had three felted chickens in a basket.
The wrap on the right is another of Judy's exceptionally fine weaving.
The scarf in the centre is by our friend Jane from Mapua.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

HandWorks 2015

HandWorks 2015 is the Exhibition for the Nelson/Matlborough/Buller Area held in Blenheim during October.  Here a some of the items exhibited by our own weavers. We have seen them before at our meetings, so I won't name them, but this time they are displayed to their best advantage in a gallery situation.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Blazing Colour

At our September meeting we had some Arizona magazines to play with. 
The colours were really brilliant and we sorted through and found fragments 
we liked and picked out plenty of colour schemes.

We started out somewhat hesitantly and some of us did a lot of thinking along the way.

 and then it got slightly more frantic - and messy! We had fun.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

More September Show and Tell

Win's alpaca scarf had intricate inlay blocks of alpaca in complementary colours
and highlights of silk

Tricia must have such a wonderful stash to be able to produce a table scarf (or people scarf?) like this

This is a close up of one of Rose's cushion pieces. There were four variations of this 8 shaft twill threading.

Another of Joan's treasures, but this time it is one she wove herself using the beautiful silks from Bhutan. They stand out beautifully against the dark brown ground.

Don't we all have fun with that last piece on the end of a warp. 
 Chris thinks she will make a bag with this one.

Anne had some interesting effects with dye travelling where she didn't expect it, but everyone thought it looked great.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

September Meeting

Lots of photos from September so they will come in several instalments. Here is the first batch of Show and Tell pieces.
Beautifully light and lovely to handle.
Win's baby blanket is made of the softest boucle.

This bamboo scarf of Judy's is soft and has a lovely handle.

Different but just as pleasing on the reverse.

Tricia had such fun finding all the different yarns and knitting this table scarf.

A work in progress from Rose. Thick and quick for cushions.
Variations on 8 shaft 4light 4dark twill.

Joan has started on a "rugs for grandchildren" project.
One down, several more to go! This one is gorgeous.

Yes, it's Chris, and no it's not crackle! This time it's a summer and winter
cosy and comfy baby blanket.

 This generous sized  scarf from Anne incorporates weaving, designing, dyeing and printing, and interesting things have happened.
 Keep watching for more photos soon.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Textiles from Laos

These are the last photos of Joan's woven textile treasures. 
They are all from Laos.

 We meet again soon . . . 21 September.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

More from the August Meeting

Table runner, silk on cotton. From a weaving school.

Silk on cotton

Silk on Cotton

Silk on silk, using discontinuous weft

Wool on Cotton. Woven on a Tibetan type frame loom

More Pictures soon.