Sunday, 28 June 2015

More pictures from June Meeting

Jen and Anne Check out the properties of some yarn

Betsy adds her knowledge to the conversation

Chris explains to Win the detail of her fancy twill

Tricia and Jan sit back and knit

Judy looks warm in her handspun knit and zingy green scarf

Noelene (above) and Nancy (below) study the books for patterns for crafty garments

Keep warm everyone, and keep weaving. See you in July.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Mid Winter Meeting

It may have been the middle of winter but it was bright and cheerful at the Weavers' meeting in June. Check out Chris's cushion, made by crafty folding of a narrow sample strip from our recent overshot workshop.  Chris must have the most colourful stash in the country. Hand stitched herringbone to cover and enhance the seams tops off a clever cushion.

 Also by Chris, hot off the loom, is this two-colour throw in a complex twill pattern. Note the difference between the two sides - not front and back, but two "right" sides for a versatile and atractive piece.
Win was wearing this scarf but had to take it off to try to demonstrate an attractive way to tie a scarf that nobody could work out even though we all tried. (Chris gave us all a chocolate fish for trying.) Win insists that it is an old scarf but that does not detract from its interesting construction. It has a lot of silk content, extra long fringes and bead embellishments.
Judy had been adventurous and woven up some of her handspun wool into a lovely soft throw. Along the way she learned a lot about using handspun singles as a warp!  Another lesson learned the hard way was about differential shrinkage when she incorporated bands of Gotland yarn to add interest.  It's still cosy and warm Judy.
Some of us never learn! Differential shrinkage also got the better of Rose who used several different yarns in order to get the right colours for a tartan scarf. Other reasons for discontent need not be enumerated. Let's just get on with the next project!
More pics in a few days to show you the smiling faces.