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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 

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