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Newly published following this announcement is the post for April’s Show and Tell
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Apr 2018 Show and Tell

Jen's Calendar Challenge was also due this meeting. Check out the post for the inspiring results!

Sometimes at Show and Tell I have battery or camera issues or articles are put away too soon and I miss photographing them. More than once I have gone into peoples bags to find the items and take photos (with permission of course, lol). This time, I missed Randie's tea towels and her knitting. My show and Tell for most months is this Blog!

Below you will see two handmade donations to the Comfort Bin, by Karen and by Pat. Thank you! They will be much  appreciated by the future recipients.
Karen G crotched this huge Norwegian flag
blanket for her husband

Barb L spun a hank of pure cashmere and received this
cashmere & silk hank B-day gift

Donna spun Corriedale Fleece and plyed
with silk and merino.
Ilse spun the yarn from a Vernon fleece source and
used her stash for the knitted variegated blue cowl. 


Karen G chain plied 200 m of DK weight yarn
 spun at the Spinning Retreat and
knit a modified hounds tooth cowl.
From L to R, Marg H knit 2 prs of socks using superwash
sock yarn, a pr of boys acrylic socks 
and spun the
 hank of yarn 
from 150 gr of merino & silk fleece. 
Jen used her dyed roving to create locker
hook hot pads and her chair pads 


Patricia needle felted and beaded fairy Anya
(meant for hanging), part of her Elf series.


Karen B knit this Bouclé shawl for the Comfort
Bin from stage yarn and was also her entry
Jen's Calendar Challenge. 

Pat B crocheted this cheerful lap robe
 for the Comfort Bin. 

After weaving so many rugs for others, Gail made this 26 x 50 inch
rug for herself using a cotton warp and mostly sheets and some
cut into strips for the weft.

Ilona's "Curling Scarves" woven on a rigid heddle loom using
her stash of of mostly cotton and some linen. Notice the beads
in the fringes. She says the rigid heddle loom is easy to make
a warp and to weave if you are having back problems.  
Maggie is learning to weave on a
borrowed rigid heddle loom. Here are
two table runners she wove. The
photo is of a scarf she knit 
for a friend
Christy acid dyed merino and spun it
as worsted weight. The weaving is
only her 2nd. It started as a scarf
that transitioned into a table runner 

Karen B wove these blue checked and repetitive pattern
stripes as a part of a Jane Stafford on-line workshop.
She really enjoyed the experience.  
Celia is learning to weave on the Dorothy loom.

Klaudia knit an Irish fisherman style sweater for her
husband (cables, tried new stitches and new neckline), 

the socks and a toque. 

Marianne M knit this shawl for her sister

Diane H knit this intricate alpaca wool tam. 
Diane L knit this tea cozy for her sister.
Pat B wore her new sweater that she knit. 

Stephanie knit a "Frozen" dress for her 2nd granddaughter
Doreen was busy winning medals!
She won 1st in the 5K in Florida.

Jen's Calendar Challenge - Due Apr 2018 meeting

A lot of members participated in Jen's Calendar Challenge. The photos were stacked face down and the member had to take the top page. This resulted in some surprises of course and some working with colour schemes outside their comfort zone. 

The results are amazing and inspiring. The artistry shows more in these photos than what I remembered from when I was photographing them, partly in thanks to cropping and lighting enhancements.  Many participants only said their Show and Tell was the Calendar Challenge so, unfortunately, I have few notes recorded. I will try to get more information.    
Maggie's 1st rigid heddle weaving warped on her own.

Barb P
Diane H



Karen B
Carol Ann

Marie R

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Mar 2018 Show and Tell

There was a lot of weaving shown this month and much of it was hand spun! Some  magnificent projects displayed our weavers exceptional talents. 

Barb L's weft faced twill weave rugs 
generated a lot of interest and members asked questions I would never have thought of. I was in awe. She used a linen warp at 5 epi. Barb hand spun the heavy 2 ply yarn from from Navajo-Churro Sheep's wool and handyed what she did not leave the natural colour. There is so much detail and research that goes into the creation of these rugs which many of us do not realize until you  have a conversation with Barb. She did a lot of research into the "Golden Triangle" or "Golden Ratio" formula and Fibonacci number patterns to weave these perfect rugs.
Barb L's weft faced twill weave rugs  
Closeup of 25 in x 34 in rug design 
Closeup of 25 in x 43 in rug design 



Gail's rag (hardly) rugs and a lesson on how to achieve bumpless joins in rag rug weaving. Each of Gail's rugs is colour designed for a particular person and use. Both rugs have acrylic warps. 
Gail's lucky Granddaughter will be the recipient of 2x3 ft rug.

This Inspirations of Spring rug (approx 2x4 ft) 
by Gail was made using florals sheets 

 Here is Gail's lesson on how to achieve bumpless
in your rag rugs.


Tom Kinsley's book is inspiring Jen.

Jen modeling the mohair shawl
she wove for herself
Jen's scarf spun and woven
from the wool of her alpaca's
Using the postcard for colour inspiration,
Jen made this 
locker hook sample
before starting on her new chair pads. 
Brenda's elegantt triangular shawl with it's transition from
plain to lace and picot edges is a popular patten at the Guild.

Sandy knit 3 shawls 
Ewa wove two bamboo scarves on 7 shafts.
Each scarf has a different pattern
highlighted by the use of 2 shuttles
with different shades of bamboo.
Detail of Ewa's scarves

Ilona knitted a pr of Men's socks and fingerless gloves.
 Her weaving included 3 scarves, the blue in tencel.
The blue scarf with coloured stripes for Jen's Challenge
was achieved by using a 2nd beam on the back,
threaded into the 1st warp. 

Ilse spun a hank of merino
and silk. She used a painted warp
to weave this pretty tencel scarf.
Ilse's Inkle name lanyard

MaryAnna wove the alpaca hounds tooth check scarf from a draft she
found in an old Handwoven. The two rayon and chenille shawls have
 an alternating rayon chenille  and cotton warp and a 2/8 cotton weft.  

The waffle weave towels woven on 8 shafts by Stephanie have very
different shrinkage rates. One is on 2/8 cotton a 8 epi, the other in
4/8 cotton at 27 epi. The large towel is 27 in x 46 in. The red circle
highlights the thick, rounded edge, a product of the weave. 

These tea towels in summer winter weave and all same
warp colour are the result of Stephanie participating in a
weave-a-long of 400 weavers. They shared a table of
colours so all the towels are compatible with each other.
Marianne H added the embroidery to a hand towel woven
by her Mother or sister about 50 years ago. The checked
cottolin tea towels she wove in plain weave.
Using a rigid heddle loom, Michael wove one scarf (L)
 using Stephanie's mixed bag of yarn and
the other using a Wave Shuttle.

The beginning of Maureen W's 25th toque for the homeless.
On circular needles, knit 8", then switch to 4 DPN's and decrease.

After unsuccessfully passing through several members hands,
this incomplete thrift store loom has found new life with Bonnie
as she uses it for tablet weaving. Way to go Bonnie!
Alex knit a pair of  merino, silk and nylon (Opal) ankle socks
for herself, finally as she has knit so many gifts for others. 
Socks and another patternless summer top knit of bamboo yarn by Lilo.

Klaudia knit this touque and
charming animal figure fingerless gloves.

Using free stage yarn (which she found hard to work with) Brenda knit this slouchie hat. 
Marg H's socks. She also handspun hanks of
camel & silk and felted a pr of slippers.

Diane L knit the child's socks and two tea cozies
which are just waiting for their pompom's
Karen G's handspun (L), a special sweater for her new great niece
 and a Ravelry neckwarmer cowl knit as a rectangle using a bulky yarn