Thursday, 21 April 2016

This time, some weaving

The topic for the April meeting was hands-on dyeing. It was a beautiful day for it in the Autumn sunshine. Joan showed her considerable flair for "playing" with the dyepots and came up with some lovely colours by dyeing and overdyeing.

And there was weaving for show and tell . . .
 Chris and Rose both came wearing new scarves. Chris had used fine cotton and added textured supplementary warps to great effect.
 Rose had woven an advancing twill "frost crystal" pattern in fine wool. It tended to give an irridescent sheen even though there was no lustre on the yarn.
 Joan had completed a set of tea towels in cottolin using a crackle weave pattern. As always her colour mixing was great and she talked about some of her clever colour mixing tricks.
 Inspiration for Joan came from a magazine article and photo though of course she added her own creative touch.
 Joan and Judy looking studious. The garment Joan is wearing is another example of her success with the dyepot.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Straying from the subject a little

Not new, but had to snap this book Chris made at a bookmaking course a few years ago. Covered with handwoven fabric it is standing up to constant use and still looks like new. 
It was Joan's inspired idea to use the fabric on the bias.
We tolerate people who bring along other than weaving - but we do tend to give them a hard time. However, we all had to agree this nuno felted scarf of Win's was stunning

Rose is diverging somewhat, taking some time this year to fulfill a bucket list desire to learn lacemaking.

Lace lessons one and two - snakes with eyes!

Not weaving but knitting. Win is working with beautiful fine merino wool.