meetings are open to the public and we love visitors,
including non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as
and other fiber artists.
Our last 2016-17 meeting was on May 13.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone in September for our 70th year
as a Guild.
Have a great summer!
information about the Guild, including the location and time of the
meetings, click on the About link (above).
the Gallery link (above) to see photos of our 2017 annual show and sale.
(Thanks for sending
the photos of your sculptures, Anastasia!)
Anastasia Azure presented a fascinating program at our May Luncheon
meeting, and the day before she led a 5-hour workshop on making
jewelry using some of the same materials she uses when creating her own
beautiful and innovative pieces of sculpture and jewelry.
Below are photos of three of Anastasia's sculptures.
She described and illustrated the processes by which she made
them: Handweaving on a floor loom using metal and plastic filaments to
form double-weave strips, which she then manipulated to form
complex and handsome shapes like those below.
The very dynamic and dramatic piece above, "Within, the ways of water",
was inspired by Anastasia's collaboration with an oceanographer who
studies oceanic eddies (swirling, very local, circular currents of
water). She chose the colors to invoke a sense of coral reefs
and sunlit waters.
This sculpture was exhibited in a show of works of art that were all
made in collaboration with scientists. It is 60" x 48" x 24"
(Very large but also intricate!)
closeup detail of the sculpture shows how the woven strips of plastic
filaments interact to make up its structure, and how the colors in the
strips shift and change like sunlight on swirling
wire together with plastic filaments in a double-weave and manipulating the
strips into a complex symmetrical final form, Anastasia created this
elegant piece titled "Landau for a Maharaja". It is
36" x 36" x 15".
closeup detail of "Landau" shows the contrast between the surrounding,
airy, gold edged, double-weave strips vs. the
intricate center of the piece which is made of a complex arrangement of narrower, more densely woven strips.
handsome piece, "Peacock" was also created with double-weave
strips of different widths made with plastic filaments. For this
sculpture Anastasia colored the filaments blue and green like a
tail. The gold wire edging helps to stabilize the open shapes
of the final sculpture. It is 23" x 23" x 8".
closeup shows the contrast between the open, airy double-weave strips
that surround the more densely woven strips that make up the center of
taking the photos, Sue!)
Nine Guild members participated in the jewelry workshop Anastasia led
on Friday: Ellen, Jackie, Jeane, Margaret, Melvenea, Sharon, Sue,
Suzanne and Yvonne. Their raw materials were sheets of thin
metal (copper, brass and aluminum),
colored wire, earring fittings and plastic filament for necklaces. Below are photos of
some of the participants and photos of some of the lovely pendants and
earrings they made.
on the left and Melvenea on the right.
Some of the
workshop participants hard at work.
the left and Yvonne on the right.
the left and Sharon on the right.
handsome pendants and earrings made by other participants.
lovely pieces of jewelry made by workshop participants.
the photos, Sue!)
speaker for our April meeting was Bev Atseff who shared with us her
50-year history as first a trade mark designer and then weaver and
business owner (2-B Weavers) with her very close friend, Bev Savel.
Over the course of those years she wove fabric for many
garments and household items as well as serving on the board of HGA and
participating in many juried and non-juried shows. More
she has been designing pieces using beading and chain mail.
brought many inspiring examples of her work to illustrate the story of
her life as a fiber artist.
created this intricate and attractive beaded piece for a "Small
is one of several elegant kimonos Bev brought to show us. She
using 5/2 cotton and strips cut from a brilliantly colored,
printed, silk fabric and then she constructed the lined kimono.
kimono with its handsome pattern of stripes was exhibited in a show of
black and white items. Bev wove all the kimono fabrics on a
is holding a beautiful beaded piece inspired by a region on a
butterfly's wings. It is one of a series.
on this very attractive runner was inspired by Chicago's L train
support structures. Bev wove it using 4/2 cotton in a summer
and winter weave.
She ended with this advice for us: "Don't wait, do it now" and
"Remember to ask 'What if...?' as an aproach to weaving and to life".
April Show and Tell
brought this tapestry to show us, on which she had woven a
mitten, a heart and a cross.
off the sweater she had knit and brought several projects she had made
at an Anita Luvera Mayer "Gathering" she had attended with Margaret.
wove all three of these scarves using the same painted tencel warp
threaded for the "Flax Flowers" Ms & Ws weave but with
different colored silk wefts and different treadlings.
the photos, Lisa!)
Lewis presented a very interesting program on her family's farm and the
ways they market products grown on the farm. Among them is Esther's
Place, a shop in which Natasha spins, dyes, felts, and creates items
that use fleece from their cheviot sheep. She told us about
family's history with the farm, and then showed us an amazing variety
of very attractive items ranging from soap encased in felt to very
stylish nuno-felted clothing. Among the items she showed us were some
very handsome wall hangings that she had exhibited in galleries and
juried shows, including shows in Verona, Italy. Natasha's
of her outreach activities with school groups was very engaging, and we
all had an opportunity to contribute to making one of her wet-felted
geodes at the end of the program.
photo above, Natasha is holding an elegant dress she created with
nuno felting and wool felt applique.
She is wearing one of her needle-felted flowers,
made with a technique she demonstrated for us.
photo, Natasha is packing together roving layers, the first step in
making our wet-felted geode.
In the background is more colorful roving, needle-felted
flowers, and other items she brought to show us.
showed us the twined rug she had created as her President's Challenge
created it on a frame her husband made for her. Both the
in the rug (a coat, sweaters and a sheet) and the frame were recycled
materials as called for in the Challenge.
lacey summer top was knit by Shelby who also talked to us about being
hyper-critical of our own work. To address that tendency which many of
us share, she donated to the Guild library 2 DVDs of "Your Inner Critic
is a Big Jerk".
brought several things to show us, including this yardage she wove
using naturally dyed yarn she had hand-spun. She also brought skeins of
llama yarn which she was spinning at our February meeting.
brought back the hat she was knitting at the February meeting to show
us how it turned out.
this sampler while taking a tapestry course online. She found
the course very worthwhile.
wove this scarf using 16 shafts. The warp is hand-painted
tencel and the weft is mercerized cotton.
warp of silk which Paula had space-dyed and a silk weft, Margaret wove
this scarf. She noted that because of its length she might
decide to incorporate it into a garment. The weave pattern is an 8
shaft broken twill.
the photos, Lisa!)
program for this meeting was the Weavers' Challenge. Back in
September Marianne had given each of the four weavers a Hubble
telescope photo of a nebula and instructed them to weave an
item using the name of the nebula (or "NASA") in a name draft for the
item. The results were very interesting and the
presentations held our attention as each weaver explained her approach
to the challenge and showed us her results. Two general
recommendations from the weavers were: For name drafts, a short name
works the best, and overshot shows off a name draft threading more
clearly and more attractively than twill.
wove two plain weave scarves using the word "Hubble" as a guide for the
order of the colors in her warp. The colors she used were inspired
by the Hubble photo of the Carina Nebula Jet. Both of the
been sold, but Lizz brought one to show us how the lovely colors and
their distribution in the warp worked together to make a very
worked with the Mystic Mountain Dust Pillar. With Sue's software help,
she worked out a 26 thread name draft repeat for the warp. Jeane wove a
number of samples and towels shown above with different treadlings
and wefts to find the combination she liked the best. Her
favorite towel, and ours too, had a large white pseudo-tabby center
worked beautifully with the towel's striped areas which she had
treadled with the name draft.
used the Tarantula Nebula for her name draft and colors. She tried two
different treadlings: a point twill and an overshot after arranging the
colors of the warp to work well with the threading using her weaving
software program. The point twill towel is on the left, and
overshot towel is on the right. The name draft threading and
warp accents are especially attractive in the towel woven with overshot
was inspired in her color choices by a Hubble photo of the Butterfly
Nebula. Amazingly, she found a single skein of thick and thin
yarn that included almost all of the lovely colors of the Hubble photo.
She artfully added white eyelash and copper metallic yarn
accents to round
out the colors needed. A white eyelash yarn embellishment trails
off the edge of the scarf, representing the butterfly of the nebula's
Show and Tell
wove this Baroque Twill runner using 8/2 cotton warp and 5/2 cotton
weft and many different treadlings.
brought three shawls to show us, all woven with a multicolored
yarn for accent on a background of wool blend yarn.
photo above, Paula is wearing a sweater she knit and holding a wool hat
she knit using a pattern from the Internet.
wove this triangular shawl and also brought her spinning wheel so she
could spin during the meeting.
this summery table runner using a slippery (hard to work with), narrow
yarn of unknown fiber content.
||Using an Echo & Iris
double weave structure and 5/2 perle cotton yarn (at 30epi), Jacque
wove 5-6 yd. of upholstery fabric for a chair.
the photos, Lisa!)
Margaret Jones presented a very interesting program for this meeting.
She and Lisa had woven a series of a dozen samples that
using different colors and distributions of color in warp and weft
threads with the same simple weave structure can result in impressively
different-looking fabrics. Margaret gave us a handout that included the
as well as a detailed list of the samples and how she achieved the
different effect on each of them.
holding one of the six samples which were all woven using the same fine
rayon variegated color warp.
On the table to her left are the colors of yarn that were used as weft
to achieve the different effects that you can see on the samples in the
six samples above were all woven using the same simple weave structure.
vary by the distribution of pink threads substituted in strategic
places in the warp and/or weft. The results show that a variety of very
attractive patterns can be produced with a simple weave and the artful
addition of threads of contrasting color.
upper right is Sue's green baby blanket that she wove with the
same weave structure.
January Show and Tell
left, Ellen showed us three scarves she had woven on a 14/2 rayon slub
yarn set at 40 epi using a different weft yarn on each scarf. The weave
is a rosepath with multiple tabby (Strickler 726 and 728). On
the right, Ellen is holding her Atwater-Bronson lace scarf.
our first new Guild member for 2017, showed us the triangular scarf
she had knit using a single skein of Noro sock yarn.
the photos, Lisa!)
We had our annual silent auction at this meeting.
Below is a photo of some of the tables of fine items that were donated
by Guild members
with several of the shoppers who helped the Guild earn
$438 for future programs.
After the auction many of the Guild members stayed for a potluck lunch
December Show and Tell
brought scarves she had woven on a single tencel warp in 12-shaft
weave patterns using a different color of rayon for the weft of each
one (red-violet on the left and royal blue on the right).
Christmas, Joyce knit boot accessories, a.k.a. leg warmers. These are
to be presents for her granddaughter.
wove two scarves using a trellis rep weave on an 8/2 tencel warp set at
For the scarf on the left, she modified the weave and used a
weft of 5/2 cotton and 20/2 cotton.
For the scarf on the right, the weft was 5/2 rayon and 20/2
rayon. Note the contrasting sides of the scarves.
all the photos, Sue!)
Demko gave us a very lively presentation about her experience raising
different breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas. She
brought supplies so that we could each make a felted ball to use in our
clothes dryers following her directions. Margaret is an
for wearing wool clothing and gave us handouts which
describe the wool characteristics of different breeds of sheep,
including the wools that are most comfortable for us to wear.
felted the wool for the very attractive skirt and top she wore for her
Show and Tell
left, Margaret, Sharon and Sue brought felted pieces which they
finished at home after the October Guild workshop.
brought a mask she made a few years ago using similar techniques.
her scarf using acrylic yarn and plain weave.
same 20/2 white tencel warp, Paula wove four different twill variation
scarves. Here are two of them.
us the pair of sox she is knitting for a friend.
attended a weaving course taught at The Weavers' School on Whidbey
Island, WA. The course involved round-robin sampling of different
weaves. Here are three of the many samples Yvonne brought to
for the meeting and show and tell photos, Sue!)
Lynch gave us a very engaging presentation, Painting with Wool,
and brought many wonderful examples of her work: clothing, art pieces
and practical lovely ways to use felt to decorate objects such as book
covers. After the meeting she led a workshop in which ten
Guild members tried their hand at creating their own art with felt as
the medium. Below are photos of the program and workshop and
show and tell
described how she created this piece using shibori-dyed felt which she
cut into squares. She then needle-felted the squares onto black prefelt
and added embellishment.
examples of Priscilla's similarly complex and attractive felt art
pieces (sometimes in motion :-).
elegant clothing Priscilla made using a variety of felting techniques.
felted items Priscilla brought to show us.
from the workshop
(Thanks for taking the photos, Ken!)
Above is an overview of some of the ten
people who participated in the workshop.
with their own selections of colors of roving, (from the left) Jeane,
Barb (with Priscilla), Sharon and Susan created small fiber art
pieces by felting
roving onto a white prefelt base which was provided.
left, Sue, Eloise, Margaret and Shirley in different stages of creating
their felt art pieces.
Show and Tell
brought two scarves she had woven with the "Little Leaf" pattern using
closeup photo above shows how the leaves work
with Ellen's variegated yarn.
a table runner for her daughter using 10/2 Mercerized cotton yarn sett
at 30 epi and the "Rosenkransen" twill weave (shown in closeup above).
on the left, showed us weaving she had done in two workshops over the
summer. She is holding a Theo Moorman technique sampler and
above, a tapestry.
the right, knit her cozy shawl with wool yarn.
(on the left) brought two chenille scarves she had woven, one with
tencel weft, the other with chenille weft. Janice wove a series of
"Hopscotch" twill weave towels. Lizz wove her scarf using,
for color inspiration, the Hubble telescope image she received as a
weaver participating in our February Weavers' Challenge. Margaret again
(on the far right) wove this cat mat using a hula hoop.
shown on the left in a shawl she knit, wove a sampler on her rigid
heddle loom, and it became a scarf. Note the interesting cityscape
effect. The indigo-dyed quilt on the right is
another piece Ginni showed us. She created it and uses it as
a cover for her loom.
all the photos, Lisa!)
2016-2017 year got off to a wonderful start with a preview of our
programs for the coming year. A group of members volunteered
the weavers' challenge for our February 11 meeting, and we had the
exchange of towels that members had woven over the summer.
Below is a photo of the lovely towels that were exchanged and
below that are four weavers with their towels.
left: Joyce, Jeanne, Kathy, and Paula
September 2016 Show and Tell
wove this baby blanket with Peaches and Cream yarn.
Sue used a
textured plain weave in her baby blanket. Our January program
will be about textured plain weave.
shawls were shown, including this one Phyllis knit using "Shawl in a
(playing peek-a-boo?) with the lace shawl she knit.
yarn, Ellen wove this scarf in the midnight star pattern.
the summer Sharon participated in a workshop on indigo dyeing.
Among the projects she showed us was this scarf with tie-dye
wove and sewed these very compact purses using silk yarn.
showed us a red wool cocoon she had woven for her inventory.
this amethyst shawl for a bride who wanted a bit of elegant color.