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May 11 will be our final Guild meeting for 2018-19.
get together for lunch at Don Quixote in Valparaiso, and former member
Sara Nordling will be back to present a program on design.
Fiber Art 2019, our annual show and sale, continues at the Chesterton Art Center through April 25.
more information about the Guild, including the location and time of
the meetings, click on the About button (above).
on the April Show button to see photos of our 2018 annual show
sale and click on the Archive button to see six years of our meetings
and April Shows. Photos of our 2019 show and sale will be posted later this month.
for the photos, Lisa!)
Show and Tell
Burian Kirk presented a very interesting and well illustrated program
for our March meeting. Her topics were the principles of
and the history and application of color theory. Her
of both topics reflected her extensive research and deep understanding of how
they could be applied to weaving. Betty is in the photo above
with the elegant "Friendship Garment" she made inspired by Anita Luvera Mayer.
brought her President's Challenge project to show us. She
this "Sunset over the Lake" pillow cover with progressively dyed roving
and white fleece.
from her loom, Lizz brought a table runner she had woven with the same
sari silk weft she used for her Weavers' Challenge project last month,
but this time she used a red warp instead of a black warp.
brought roving and cones of fine tencel yarn she had dyed.
made her smock to remind her of all the first times she spun different
yarns and tried new techniques, including the first dyed
cotton yarn she spun, the first suri alpaca yarn she spun,
several other "firsts". The
sides are tied with Melvenea's first tablet weaving of her own design
and it all works together as a record of how she started out as a fiber artist.
And she showed us these three scarves she had woven with her hand-dyed
brought several projects to show us, including this turned monk's belt
runner she wove with 5/2 cotton.
a cousin's birthday, Jackie made these "whatever" bags using fabric she
wove and rayon velvet she embellished with the pattern of flowers.
3/2 mercerized cotton in a point twill weave for his first four shaft
weaving project. Note
the contrasting color on the edges of his scarf.
again. This time she is holding a patchwork rug she wove.
first projects on her new floor loom, Leah wove two scarves.
wove this one arm cloak for her daughter and embellished it with
crossed maces and a richly patterned cuff.
which had a blend of fibers, Tammy crocheted the wrap she is modeling
in the photo above.
will be our President next year, wove the shawl on the left using
Zephyr wool/silk yarn in an undulating
advancing twill. She knit the brioche knit shawl on
right with more than 17 different types of stitches, including 2 different brioche stitches.
again, this time with three color study towels (each one woven with a
different colored weft on the same warp). They are for a
brought several batts she had made using wool, silk, sparklies, and
spun and knit this shawl starting with progressively dyed roving.
Perhaps you can guess what she knit and is holding in the
on the right?
and knit her coat from gray Icelandic sheeps' wool to which she added
colorful roving bits from her stash.
Easter (?), Peggy made some cute rabbits, using recycled sweaters and
for the photos, Lisa!)
was our Weavers' and Spinners' Challenge meeting at which volunteer
Guild members either wove or spun following criteria assigned to them
by the Program Committee. Here is the basic list of
criteria our weavers and spinners responded to this year:
weaver or spinner could eliminate one of the five challenges.
you might expect, the fabrics and pieces they created reflected quite
different interpretations of the challenges. All were very
and attractive. Several
weavers and spinners commented that it had been valuable to be
challenged to produce a piece using materials or techniques that were
new to them and/or outside their comfort zone, and the members of the
audience who listened to their presentations very much enjoyed the
using a structure challenging for you or spin a type of yarn
challenging for you.
Include a "POW" color.
Create fabric or a finished piece that evokes a memory or feeling for
Use a color that is challenging for you.
Use a yarn or fiber you haven't used before.
are the weavers with their challenge projects. From the left:
Margie wove a rep weave runner using parachute cord as weft (her "POW"
color is on the other side of the runner); Lizz, who prefers to weave
with 5 epi of mohair and/or ribbon, wove a 12 epi runner using sari
silk and black boucle; Margaret created a twill jacket using boucle she
bought on a memorable trip to an Anita Mayer gathering (pink was her
challenging color); Mary wove a shadow weave scarf of 3/2 cotton (and
another with purple); and Mandy's challenging yarn was linen which she
used to weave a runner and towels in Swedish lace patterns (Steve is
holding the runner and assisted in the weaving project by managing
their cat :-).
are the spinners with their challenge projects. From the
Terry knit a hat with the yarn she had spun with sparkly fiber and
bright colors that reminded her of childhood; Chris knit a scarf using
yarn she had spun with bright "Highlighter" colors and black (the
latter was her color challenge); Ginni, thinking of the winters of her
childhood in northern Michigan, knit a cozy hat and scarf using merino
yarn she had spun using "POW" colors; and Donna is holding two skeins
of yarn she spun using wool from her own Cotswold sheep, plus some from
Rambouillet sheep she had in the past. She chose to spin
tweed for her new type of yarn and added some sari silk
fibers to the acid-dyed wool blend.
February Show and Tell
her sweater using a pattern inspired by medieval tapestries and stained
glass. She knit the colorful pattern on the sleeves with
brought her first overshot weaving piece to show us. She used
bamboo warp at 20 epi and threaded the loom for the "Maltese Cross"
pattern. For pattern weft she used a variegated yarn blended
50% merino and
last month's program, Ellen
made a number of large complex Dorset buttons. She added a clothing
magnet to the back of each one for attaching the button to fabric
rather than using a pin so the button could be repeatedly attached and
removed without damaging the fabric.
is another beaded knit scarf Mandy has been knitting. To see
she brought to show us earlier, have a look at September's Show and
Tell. Mandy also does ceramics and made the yarn bowl in the
is modeling the quilted apron she made. The quilting pattern
"Flying Geese", and Melvenea wove the pick-up pattern waistband and
ties for the apron to coordinate nicely with the quilted wedges of
brought a "Star of Bethlehem" twill baby blanket she had
woven. Steve helped by holding up the right end of the
blanket for the photo.
two types of wool yarn, Shelby wove this deflected doubleweave scarf.
The red and orange yarns are superwash yarn that doesn't shrink, and
the brown yarn is regular wool that can
shrink. When Shelby wet finished the scarf
with hot water, she
produced this three dimensional texture with an orange lattice of
connected ovals overlying puckered round red areas.
knit this Caribbean blue capelet while on a cruise, and she bought the
pendant that matches it when she was shopping in one of the ports.
for the photos, Lisa and Ken!)
presented a fascinating program and mini-workshop on Dorset buttons,
followed by a two-day spinning workshop which was a great success.
She began by mentioning that she was the 6th generation of
family to own the farm on which she raises Border Leicester and Horned
Dorset sheep, and she told us that it was on a trip to England that she
learned about Dorset buttons.
In a brief overview of the history of button-making in
Kate described how making Dorset buttons was an important cottage
industry during the 18th century and how it produced widely
buttons that were even exported to the colonies, including the colony
that became the U.S. The original ring that was the base for
buttons was a fine slice of ram's horn. Eventually that was
replaced by a metal wire ring and now crafters also use plastic rings.
After the 18th century, Dorset buttons were gradually
machine-made buttons stamped out of metal. When
there was no longer a market for hand-made Dorset buttons, many former
button makers needed a new source of work and emigrated to U.S. and
Dorset Button examples Kate brought to show us. The type of
made in the mini-workshop is called Blandford Cartwheel.
The variegated yarn button near the center top of the
photo is that type.
Kate's slide show, she gave us each a kit which contained three plastic
and a needle. Using a strand of wool yarn she also
provided, we set about following her very thorough and clear handout of
instructions and made our own buttons. That's Kate standing
the center of the photo. She provided lots of encouraging
and guided our making buttons that turned out to look much like the
Blandford Cartwheel example she brought to show us.
Show and Tell
is a view of some of the other members making their Dorset buttons.
Because the buttons are small, making them required a bit of
dexterity and close attention but we were up to the challenge.
The mini-workshop was fun to do and we learned that making
buttons has potential as a very portable and creative craft project.
showed us a shawl she had woven with a fine silk warp and metallic weft
in turned taquete weave. President
Jeane is in the background.
addition to showing us a Sharing Meadows baby blanket, Margaret modeled
this huck lace bamboo scarf she had woven. It's the perfect
length for inside a coat collar.
has been preparing batts in blues and purples and spinning yarn (see
the table top), and she knit this hat with her own handspun yarn.
is behind this wool and alpaca shawl which she wove on her 32" rigid
heddle loom. She now has floor looms and weaving and spinning
equipment to spare. Contact her if you are interested.
knitting this scarf using a super chunky yarn.
It's to go with a hat she knit earlier for a friend.
participated in a fiber exchange and knit this scarf with
handspun yarn she received in the exchange.
this scarf in an Atwater-Bronson lace weave using silk as the warp and
Kate Larson Spinning Workshop
fiber she received in a fiber exchange, Leah spun yarn and wove these
two shawls to which she added locks for texture.
spinning workshop started on Saturday afternoon in the Library Annex
after our meeting.
Chris, Donna, Christina, Leah, Ginni, Terry, Melvenea, Jeane,
Michaelle and Sharon brought their wheels and participated in the
workshop. On the table are items Kate brought as
second day of the workshop was at Hilltop House in Valparaiso.
Above are some of the spinners who were there to continue to
Kate. Everyone agreed that they had learned a lot from Kate
and had had a great time. Chris will
have more information about the workshop in the February Newsletter.
for the photos and cropping, Lisa!)
Boyett, founder, owner and weaving guru of the Chicago Weaving
School, presented our December program which was followed by a potluck
of delicious food brought by members. Natalie's program was
genuinely inspirational. It was full of
encouraging advice on how to progress and find satisfaction as weavers
and was the more convincing because it came from a weaver who had been
teaching weaving at her 90-loom school since 2004. Many of
her suggestions apply not only to weaving and other crafts,
but also to life in general: for example, reduce the scale of
challenges to get them done (she recommended cutting goals in half,
repeatedly if necessary, and breaking down dauntingly complex tasks
easily accomplished incremental steps). Everyone left with
most memorable pieces of advice Natalie had presented in her very
engaging program. We went home all fired up and ready to take
on new challenges in our crafts and weave, weave, weave; spin, sin,
spin; and knit, knit, knit.
Boyett who presented our December program is on the left with Ellen,
the member of our Program Committee who invited Natalie, on the right.
brought two scarves to show us. She wove both with
cotton/acrylic blend yarns in plain weave. The one on the
left was woven with variegated yarn in the warp and weft, and
the scarf on
the right with a black warp and purple weft.
modified the pattern for this sweater when she had finished knitting it
by converting the neck from a too floppy turtleneck into a more
graceful cowl neckline.
the photo above, Donna is holding one of the two pieces of fabric she
wove and brought to show us. She wove the fabric shown here
a cotton warp and novelty yarn (nylon, cotton and acrylic) weft set at
7.5 epi. She will wet finish it and bring it back so we can
how it turns out.
the several skeins of yarn Terry spun and brought to the meeting, were
these two skeins that started as a purchase batt and a separate silver
showed us this runner she wove in an 8-shaft twill using 10/2 cotton.
|On the tiny
looms she is holding, Chris is weaving tiny fabrics to use on brooches
she is making. She incorporates locks of fleece into the
[A note to spelling police: the spelling is, indeed, brooches though I
looks odd :-).]
brought three items she had knit to the meeting. On
the left she is holding the hoody vest with an Airborne patch she knit
for her grandson, and on the right she is holding a hat with an opening
at the top for her granddaughter's curly hair. She knit the
alpaca vest she is wearing and re-purposed it for herself.
weaving show and tell this month was the scarf she is holding in the
photo above. She wove it with silk yarn of different weights
a variegated warp and tweedy weft in a crackle weave.
brought four pieces of weaving to show us, including the shawl she is
holding in the photo. She wove it in a shadow weave using tencel yarn.
the toddler-size sweater she is holding for a great-nephew's birthday
for the photos, Lisa!)
|After a brief silent
auction which raised more than $500 for the Guild, the program for the
meeting was a panel discussion on weaving, knitting and spinning.
Members were invited to ask the expert panel for advice or
information about anything related to these crafts. The panel and
the moderator, Jacque, are shown in the photo above. From the
left: Jacque, Sue, Shelby, Margaret, Melvenea and Chris. Some
questions were technical: how to tighten warps evenly, how to finish
edges of rep weave and stockinette knitting, how to oil a specific part
spinning wheel, and some questions were of more general interest: what
fibers the panel least preferred to work with (acrylic won that
distinction), how Melvenea grows cotton in South Bend, and how to use a
blending board to prepare rolags for spinning, a process that Chris
likened to painting
with different colored fibers.
her scarf with wool yarn and ribbon and included metallics for glitz.
her funding after she was selected for to be a 2018 Artist by the Valpo
CSA ( Community Supported Art organization), Chris developed an
eyeglass case to add to her
line of products.
|On the left, Shelby
is holding the wool summer & winter throw she wove and on the
is holding a scarf she knit with a slip stitch pattern, which she said
was easier than it looks.
100% llama warp and silk weft, Margaret wove the scarf in the left side
photo. She also showed us a table runner she wove in cotton
(on the right).
some more work on achieving a Certificate of Excellence from the
Handweavers Guild of America. On the left is a tapestry she
wove which features circles (challenging to weave), and on the right,
she is holding a tapestry that combines rug and tapestry weaves.
completed a textile course as a part of her undergraduate
This jacket was a dyeing and weaving project she did in the
used linen yarn to weave this generous table runner (could
also be a shawl?) in a huck lace weave.
us the sad tale of how this shawl, which she had woven for her Greek
sister-in-law, was stolen from her backpack in the Athens airport.
for the photos, Sue!)
Goshert presented a very interesting program on weaving crimp cloth.
explained that the
crimping process uses as weft (or warp) a yarn such as orlon or
softens when it's heated. The technique
is related to weaving shibori in that there are "pull threads" woven
into the fabric that are drawn tight after the fabric comes
off the loom, but instead of going into a dye pot as a shibori project
would, a crimp cloth fabric is steamed and allowed to cool.
Once it is cool, the pull threads are removed, and the fabric
has a permanent 3-dimensional crimp pattern that reflects the weave
pattern used for the pull threads.
brought a number of very attractive examples of crimp cloth which she
had woven with cotton warps and wefts of orlon with upholstery
thread as the pull threads. Some
had pull threads woven in a twill on a plain weave of orlon; some had
pull threads in plain weave on a patterned weave of orlon; some had
for both types of thread/yarn. There are lots of different
creating different textures for different types of garments.
In addition to her very informative presentation, Cindy gave
us a clear and very well illustrated handout
explaining the process with three drawdowns to try.
|On the left
is crimp cloth fabric just taken off the loom. On the upper
left edge you can see loops of upholstery thread. If you look closely,
you can see long floats of the thread on the surface of the fabric.
The fabric on the right had the pull threads drawn tight,
the fabric (with its orlon weft) was steamed and cooled, and the pull
threads were removed to make the richly textured cloth.
holding the very handsome scarf she created with the fabric shown in
the photo on the left. Her
drawdown in the background shows how to weave fabric that can undergo
this amazing transformation.
another example of a crimp cloth scarf. Cindy wove this on a
striped cotton warp, using a weft of pull threads woven in twill with
orlon plain weave. The hem on this scarf was woven without
pull threads to give a different effect and show the warp colors.
Show and Tell
|Marcia, who shows
and sells her work at Interwoven Expressions, brought
a cotton blend jacket (on the right) and fabric (on the left) which she
will make into a garment for the show.
center photo, Melvenea is showing us some of the boles of cotton she
this year. Some are naturally colored and on the right,
Melvenea is holding yarn she spun with the naturally colored and white
cotton that she grew last year. In the left photo, she is holding
roving she purchased from a commercial cotton grower who now grows and
markets naturally colored cotton.
effort to use up her stash, Margaret wove both a cotton runner at 18epi
and yardage at 12epi. The latter will become something
wearable before long.
this scarf with a variegated worsted wool/nylon blend warp and weft.
six inkle bands out of hemp yarn in a workshop and combined them to
this seat for a folding stool.
closely at Kathy's wool rug to appreciate the optical effects of the
weave patttern she used
the fabric for her vest using a variegated yarn and two different log
Tom brought two scarves he had woven in shades of red and also a bag
that he made
combining his inkle woven strap with his color-coordinated plaid plain
Newsletter Chair Chris found time to knit this shawl.
also knit these tiny sweaters for Christmas ornaments.
to knitting these three headbands, Terry spun several skeins of yarn
with colors she blended. She used different types of fiber:
bamboo, wool from Gotland sheep and fiber from alpacas and llamas.
this red, white and blue 6/2 cotton towel using a twill, and the silk
network twill scarf
she is modeling in the right photo. She won first prize in
their categories for both the towel and scarf at this
year's Lake County Fair, and her scarf was in the running for best in
baby sweaters for her many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Here are her latest, including a short sleeved sweater for a
for the photos, Ken!)
The program for our September
meeting was an
extended show and tell in combination with members bringing their
favorite textiles to show the group.
We also had a 50:50 sale of fiber-related things
brought and bought by members.
The photo above shows most of the people who attended our September
We welcomed several new people in addition to a good turnout of our
Above are some of the items members brought for the 50:50 sale.
We will have a silent auction (100% for the Guild) later in the year.
fiber is the mohair yarn she enjoys weaving with.
||Mandy brought a
beaded scarf she had knit over the summer.
||Here is a closer
look at the intricate pattern of beads at the ends of Mandy's scarf.
Jackie made this trick or treat bag for a Halloween trip to
Disney World with her daughter and grandson.
favorite textile is this historic tulle embroidery sampler which was
made by her great-grandmother in 1861.
Hmong skirt is Melvenea's favorite textile piece. It is made
handspun indigo-dyed cotton, then decorated with batik, cross stitch
and ribbon applique.
has been experimenting with surface design. Her show and tell piece was
a towel she wove and decorated with a gingko leaf stamp.
|Jacque brought two
favorite textiles: One was this rep weave table runner in
||This silk scarf is
Jacque's other favorite. Look closely to appreciate how the
weave patterns shift on it.
favorite textile was this threadwork sampler. It could be
inspiration for a future workshop.
above was a project Mary made in a workshop this summer On
the right she is holding a quilt
which is a work-in-progress. She is making it for a one
the left in both photos) with the help of Jeane (on the right) showed
us both sides of the 8 block pattern
cotton coverlet she wove last summer.
Melvenea (in the center) led a workshop at Jackie's house on textile
In the photo above, Sue (on the left) and Margaret (on the
right) showed us the scarves they had decorated
with freehand and stenciled wax batik in the workshop.
and tell Terry brought a red, white, blue and gray batt along with
skeins of yarn
she had spun with
fleece from Gotland Sheep (in the left side photo). She also
us yarn she had spun
from a red, white, blue and gray batt (on the right).
"Fields of Clover" handspun yarn ran out before she was able to
complete her project.
that Chris could wear it
as a scarf as in the photo above rather than having to tear out a lot
of knitting and re-knitting it. The green doily is Chris's
favorite textile. It was her grandmother's work.
|Sherron's show and
tell project was a tencel bird's eye twill shawl she wove using a kit
||Above is a closer
look at the several different weave patterns in the shawl fabric.
Margaret wove this cute sample strip of carrots using rosepath weave
She promised us more vegetables
(and fruits?) in the future.
|Jamie, the owner of
Spinnin' Yarns, brought a rug her husband had woven.
|| And she
brought several colorful towels she had woven, including some using
turned taquete weave.
the photo above, Margaret is holding a photo of two stoles woven by a
friend for the friend's brother who is a Deacon. Paula did
embroidery on the stoles.
won a blue ribbon at the Lake County Fair for this baby blanket she
wove. She can add this year's blue ribbon to her collection
show and tell from Margaret: A scarf and fabric she wove using
warps of painted tencel.