Welcome to the Duneland Weavers' Guild!

Our meetings are open to the public and we love visitors,
including non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers and other fiber artists.

 Have a good summer and weave, weave, weave, knit, knit, knit and spin, spin, spin!

Guild meetings will resume in September after the summer break.  Our first meeting on September 8 will be 1:00 - 3:30 in the afternoon at our usual location in the Library Annex.

For more information about the Guild, including the location and time of the meetings, click on the About link (above).
Click on the Gallery link (above) to see photos of our 2018 annual show and sale.

May 2018 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)
We celebrated the Guild's 70th anniversary year at our final meeting for 2017-18.  Below are photos Sue took of the members who came and enjoyed the delicious lunch which was followed by a fascinating program on
 Viking Age textiles and the looms and other tools used to make them.
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Julie Watkins, accompanied by her husband, presented the very lively and interesting program on medieval life and warp-weighted looms.  Both were dressed as living history re-enactors in clothing characteristic of the Viking Age (approximately 1000 years ago), and they brought Julie's warp-weighted loom and other tools patterned on those used at that time to produce fabric for clothing and other fiber-based items that were needed for day to day life.

Julie and her loom are in the photo above.  Note the warp chains are being kept under tension by the donut-shaped weights and there are three heddle rods for forming sheds for the weft. Julie's loom is a small portable model.  It is likely that the actual Viking looms were much larger.

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After Julie's presentation we were invited to come up and look more closely at all the tools and samples of fiber work, including fabric, which she had brought.  Above Chris is holding some fabric hand woven of wool, linen, hemp or nettle, the fibers that were used in the Viking Age.

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On the left, Roz is holding a very sturdy mitten Julie made with naalbinding, a method that was used for making items like mittens and socks.  Naalbinding involves only a single needle and predated knitting and crocheting.  On the right, are a variety of tools and items Julie brought to show us, including wool combs for cleaning and straightening wool fibers,  a niddy-noddy for making skeins of yarn, a net bag made with sprang and a length of very strong cord made using a lucet.

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Julie also brought a variety of other tools like those used in the Viking Age which are shown in the photo above: a wooden drop spindle, two combs made of bone, an elegant shawl or cloak pin, and other finely crafted small metal tools useful for a weaver.

April 2018 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!  And thanks, Lizz, for notes on another meeting I missed!)

Jacque Gaddy presented a very interesting PowerPoint presentation on current tapestry artists and then provided materials and instructions for people to weave their own mini-baskets with tapestry weave.  We hope people will bring their finished baskets to the May Luncheon so we can see their results.
In the photo above, Jacque is holding the tapestry loom her husband Terry made for her, and on the table are the very attractive mini-basket Jacque wove using tapestry techniques and the collection of colorful yarns she brought for workshop participants to use when weaving their own mini-baskets.

April Show and Tell
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Kathy attended a workshop on weaving iridescent fabric presented by Bobbie Irwin.  
Above Kathy is holding a scarf she wove using that technique at the workshop.
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Shelby wove this loom-controlled twill rug using a linen warp and wool weft and 4 shafts.

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Margaret and Sue attended a workshop in Washington State on nuno stained glass felting.  Margaret (on the L) is holding a scarf she felted with a variety of shapes of areas that let light through, and Sue (on the R) is holding a scarf she felted with a regular rectangular "window" pattern.

Jeane Chris Terry
Jeane wove two towels in huck weave and also brought a cotton shawl she had knit for the Fashion Show. Above is an egg apron (!) Chris knit for members of her family to wear when they collect eggs from their 20 newly acquired chickens. Terry brought batts she had prepared for spinning, including this one in sunset colors.

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Pam brought a purse she had made using 8-shaft twill fabric she had woven using 10/2 (possibly) rayon.

March 2018 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Lisa and Sue!  And thanks, Lizz, for notes on the meeting I missed!)

Our March meeting was the Weavers' and Spinners' Challenge (a.k.a. Weavers' and Spinners' Poker).
Each of the volunteers received a "hand" of cards that specified criteria such as fiber, color, weaving pattern or spinning technique, for example.  Each received five cards and one could be discarded.  The weavers then created a woven piece, and the spinners spun skeins of yarn and one spinner then knit a piece with the yarn she had spun.  Below are the weavers and spinners who took the challenge showing what they accomplished with the cards they were dealt.

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Shirley's cards: Crackle weave, tencel silk yarn, citrus color, three colors, beaded.  She wove yardage for this very attractive vest with beads along the front edge. Melvenea's cards: Spin with wool; space-dyed purple, fuscia, green & gold; sparkle; chain plied.  She knit this lovely shawl with 600-700 yards of her handspun yarn.

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Terry's cards: Spin with metallic, green, thick & thin, cabled.  She spun several beautiful skeins of yarn, each one with at least one of the characteristics on her cards.  Above Terry is holding her thick & thin yarn on the L, her yarn with metallic fiber in the center photo, and her green thick & thin yarn on the R.

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Lisa's cards: Weave checks, something from Handwoven magazine 2014 and for the kitchen (not towels), clothing, green.  Her result was this neat checked pocket she wove and sewed onto a denim apron. Barb's cards: Spin wool, blue, beads, spin z & ply s.  Her result was skeins of this lovely blue yarn.

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Paula's cards: Weave undulated point twill, wool, green, stripes.  Her solution: Drop the green and weave fabric for this elegantly patterned jacket.

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Chris's cards: Spin buffalo fiber, natural color, long draw, plied as strip, something from stash.  Her solution was to spin several very attractive skeins of yarn, each using at least one of her cards.

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Margaret (in the L photo) presented Ellen's response to the challenge.  Ellen's cards: Weave miniature overshot, cotton, multi-colored warp, metallic (stainless steel silk).  On the R are Ellen's very elegant pieces: a wristlet (also held up by Margaret), an evening bag and an infinity scarf.

March Show and Tell

Margaret Paula Shelby
Margaret wove four scarves with a bamboo warp and either a cotton or a silk weft. Paula's scarves were woven with a space-dyed tencel warp using different wefts and patterns created by changing the tie-up on her 28-shaft loom. Among the pieces Shelby brought to show us was this optic twill rug (look closely at it).  It's a Jason Collingwood pattern using a linen warp and wool weft.

Jeane brought several pieces to show us also, including this "Panda" silk shawl she knit with a Close to You pattern.

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To encourage weavers to produce pieces for the April Show, Marcia brought two pullovers she had made using her handwoven fabric.  She is modelling a pink one on the L and holding a striped one on the R.  Both were easy to sew and required a relatively small amount of fabric.

Jacque Terry Shirley
Jacque wove this afghan with Harrisville wool on a 16-shaft loom. Terry brought several skeins of yarn she had spun in a variety of colors. Shirley wove, sewed and embellished cotton bibs for grandbabies.

Melvenea knit this shawl using yarn she spun using a variety of natural colors of cotton, some from South America.

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Margie, who is on the L, wove both the wool scarf she is holding and the color gamp she is holding on the R.  She wove the gamp with 10/2 cotton.

February 2018 Meeting
 was cancelled because of the weather.

January 2018 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)

Kathy O'Neal presented our January program on Erica de Ruiter's amazingly varied 3-shaft weaving (described in Erica's recent book "Weaving on Three Shafts"). Kathy had slides showing how, with the use of color and weave, thick and thin yarns, warp-craming, weft craming, and pick-up with a supplementary warp, an extraordinary number of lovely effects can be achieved with plain weave, waffle weave, Swedish lace, honeycomb, and krokbradg weave structures.  All using just three shafts!  In the photo below, Kathy is holding one of her own 3-shaft krokbradg pieces. Krokbradg is a Scandinavian point twill often used for rugs and wall hangings.


Kathy wove all three of the pieces below using only three shafts. The two on the right are krokbradg . On the left is a piece woven in a block weave from Peter Collingwood's rug book.


As a part of the meeting before the program, our Style Show Chair Melvenea brought a collection of attractive easy to sew and easy to wear garments of her own to inspire us to weave and knit clothing for the Show which will be in April.  She also recommended that we look at Yoshiko Tsukiori patterns and the book " Weave Knit Wear" for more inspiration and as sources of patterns for simple clothing that would be lovely handknit or made with handwoven fabric.

 January Show and Tell

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Barb did her first spinning with Melvenea's help getting started. Using her rigid heddle loom, Barb wove this table scarf for her daughter.

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Our new member Leah wove this scarf with her own handspun yarn. Welcome to the Guild, Leah! This batt is only one of several Terry brought to show us along with skeins of yarn she had spun. Melvenea brought skeins of yarn she had spun and also modeled this cape she crocheted with her own handspun yarn.

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Ellen wove both of these scarves using a rayon boucle warp sett at 20epi with the same threading.  She wove the scarf on the left with a charcoal silk weft in the Wall of Troy advancing twill weave and the infinity scarf on the right with a silver silk weft and a different treadling.

Using a collection of different skeins of sock yarn, Christine wove this multicolored shawl.

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Margaret wove her fringed triangular shawl on a 4-shaft loom with bumpy cotton yarn. Susan has almost finished this scarf which she knit for her grandson who will wear it when playing in a concert as David Bowie.

December 2017 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)

Twelve of us (including Ken) made our way to Chesterton through the blowing snow.  We set up the silent auction under Lizz's able direction and then bid on quite a few items before our potluck lunch.  There were, however, lots of attractive items left on the tables which we packed up to take home. They'll come back next year.  The photo below shows just a few of the items that we arrayed on the tables used for the auction this month.


December  Show and Tell

Jeane wove this rag rug using quilting fabric and other fabrics from her stash.
The Fibonacci series was Jeane's guide for arrangement of warp stripes in this 8/2 cotton Ms & Os towel.
Margaret knit her court jester hat using needlepoint yarn from her stash.  It's for her granddaughter who skis.

Terry knit some of her handspun yarn.
While she was spinning as a volunteer,
 Terry produced this skein of thick and thin wool yarn.

Using multi-colored alpaca yarn, Chris knit this beret..
The colors and plaid of this shawl were inspired by Chris's family tartan.  She wove the shawl for her grandmother.
Joyce knit a hat using alpaca yarn she bought at last month's meeting.

Shelby's wool hat was a 2-day knitting project for her using a Ravelry pattern.
She knit this raw silk lace shawl on a road trip to Yellowstone.

November 2017 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Steve and Lisa!)

Renee and Steve Tripp presented our November program.  They described their experience raising suri alpacas on their Gold Medallion Ranch in rural Valparaiso.  Above are just a few of their alpacas which produce the lovely, fine, soft, hypoallergenic and non-itchy fiber they sell.  

Steve told us about their ranch, the biology of suri alpacas, and how he and Renee take care of them with the help of their great pyrenees dog.  Included in the photos he showed us were pictures of their meadow with their herd, a cria (baby alpaca), and an alpaca being hand-sheared in the spingtime.
Renee showed us a sample of alpaca fleece and described the processes involved in washing, carding, spinning and dyeing it to produce alpaca yarn.  Renee herself does most of those steps for the fleece and yarn they market.  Some of her beautiful skeins of yarn are in the background of these two photos.
Above is contact information for Steve and Renee's alpaca ranch.  They have developed a world-wide business raising suri alpacas and marketing fleece, roving, batts and lovely natural colored and hand-dyed yarns.

November Show and Tell

Margie brought a silk scarf she had woven in a network twill with 8 shafts.
Paula wove a set of placemats with a 16/2 cotton warp (at 30 epi) and a linen weft.
Here is a close-up of one of Paula's placemats, showing detail of the Swedish Snowflake pattern Paula used when she wove them.

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Shelby brought three shawls she had knit using merino, silk, merino/silk and beaded silk yarn.
  On the R Shelby is modeling the "Peacock" shawl she knit.

Inspired by the colors of a paper wasp nest and using mulberry silk yarn, Shelby wove this scarf in an advancing twill.

Chris knit 6 hats in 7 days for her family, including their dog.  The dog's (so far unappreciated) hat is the one in her right hand.
Melvenea brought skeins of yarn she had spun using a variety of fibers, including sari silk, mulberry silk and wool with silk.

Lee's Surrender is the pattern Jeane used when she wove these runners with a 16/2 cotton warp and cotton weft.
Jeane has also been spinning.  Here is a skein she brought to show us.

Marcia brought a shawl which she had woven and tailored with a left arm sleeve.  Here Jeane is helping Marcia adjust the sleeve and draping.  Marcia presented this as an example of a creative and simple (no cutting necessary) way to add interest to a shawl.

This photo shows Marcia's shawl from the back.

Joyce brought the Monet quilt she is working on using a variety of floral fabrics.  Now it just needs a border.
Last month the Guild sponsored a workshop on 3-shaft weaves.  Susan brought one of the samples she wove in the workshop to show us.
Susan also knits and brought this cozy hat she knit using a variety of stitch patterns.

Terry brought 4 very different batts she had made, including this one with subtly different colors of fleece.
Using a copywritten pattern, Ginni knit this poncho.  She is now working out a way to weave a similar poncho.

October 2017 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)

For our October meeting, JoAnn Batchelder presented the program "Dimity Weaves: Weaves from the 15th Century to the New Millennium".
It was a very interesting combination of information about the history of dimity weave (including JoAnn's own researches into manuscripts) and many handsome samples she had woven to systematically illustrate three major dimity drafts and the importance of sett for the weave.
In addition to the program, JoAnn led a 3-day workshop on 3-shaft weaves for 9 enthusiastic weavers.

The above photo shows JoAnn in her role leading the 3-shaft weave workshop.  One of her illustrative samples is on the wall behind her, and a selection of elegant towels she had woven and brought with her are on the table.

October Show and Tell
Jacque Paula Margaret
Jacque wove her two runners in a network twill using 16 shafts and 5/2 mercerized cotton. Paula used 20/2 warps (tencel and rayon) for these three twill scarves.  The weft in the pink one was hand-painted and in the blue one was hand-dyed. Using wool as both warp and weft, Margaret wove this fabric which she plans to turn into a blanket.

Melvenea Ellen Terry
Some of the art yarn Melvenea spun and showed us last month came back this month knit into her sweater. Ellen wove this scarf in a broken twill using an 8/2 tencel painted warp and 20/2 silk weft. Terry brought more skeins of art yarn she had spun this past month.

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Chris designed and knit this sock for her family's dog.  It's the first of a series of Christmas stockings for her family. Several members were interested in obtaining rocking chair frames like this one from Lizz to weave seats and backs of their own design.

October 3-Shaft Workshop

Here are the nine workshop participants with JoAnn (in black) who led it.

 The photos below show the hardworking participants weaving on the warps which they had threaded through heddles on just 3 shafts.

September 2017 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)

Our 2017-18 Guild year got off to a wonderful start with a meeting that included many old members as well as new members and visitors.  We had a preview of the very interesting programs planned for us, and both weavers and spinners volunteered for the Fiber Challenge which will be the program for the February meeting.  Many of the members' summer show and tell projects were incorporated into the inspiring program presented by Elizabeth Pilley.  Elizabeth's title was "Topography: Using our creative past to map our creative future".  She encouraged us to use constructive approaches when evaluating our own work and that of others, and she led us in practicing that skill while evaluating items people had brought. Lisa's photos below include work from both show and tell and the program.

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Margie brought a twill scarf she had woven for show and tell and to use for the program. At a Fernwood workshop, Sharon learned to dye silk scarves using a combination of tree leaves, heat, pressure and metal ions (iron or copper).

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Margaret's husband wove this shawl with a mixed fiber warp and chenille weft. Paula wove her towel using an Iris and Echo 4 color weave that required 8 shafts and 32 (!) treadles (i.e. a computer dobby loom). Chris is either totally delighted with her scarf or perhaps is telling a funny story.
Jackie (on the L) showed us a collection of pictures, yarns and beads that she has assembled for inspiration.
Pam is helping her hold the panel.

Terri Shirley
Terry spun several skeins of yarn using art batts and the following weekend volunteered for Art Blitz (see her photo below). Shirley made a quilt for a male relative with panels she wove using a twill that has a very realistic snake skin-like pattern.

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Sybilla's first woven piece was a runner made with a cotton warp and many colors of wool as weft. Pam (on the L) and Jocelyn (on the R) are using Elizabeth's guidelines to evaluate a handwoven scarf.

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Melvenea also experimented with spinning art batts and some very exotic types of fibers, including milkweed and shredded dollar bills. Jeane's table runner was woven in the Wandering Vine overshot pattern with a tabby weft that included a metallic yarn.

The following weekend, several members participated in the Art Barn Art Blitz.
They demonstrated weaving and spinning and gave people attending the Blitz an opportunity to try our crafts.  Ken was both a spinner and photographer and provided the following photos.
Jeane, Lisa, Melvenea, Margaret, Ken, Sue, Ginni, Terry and Barb came to Art Barn with looms and wheels and shared them with the public.

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On the left, Terry helped a boy learn how to spin and on the right, Lisa encouraged an even younger boy to try weaving (with a little help from his dad).