the Duneland Weavers' Guild!
meetings are open to the public and we love visitors,
non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers and other fiber
Sunday, April 8, we had the opening reception for Fiber Art 2018, our
annual April exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center which included a
fashion show of members' work. If you haven't seen the
stop in before April 28 to have a look between 11am and 4pm weekdays (10am to 2pm on Sat.).
Photos of the exhibit and fashion show will be posted on the
Gallery page soon.
May 12 we will have our 75th anniversary celebration at our May
Luncheon meeting at The Spa.
Julie Watkins will present a program, "Medieval Life
Warp-Weighted Looms", that will include a demonstration of her own loom.
more information about the Guild, including the location and time of
the meetings, click on the About link (above).
on the Gallery link (above) to see photos of our 2017 annual show and
for the photos, Lisa! And thanks, Lizz, for notes on another
meeting I missed!)
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.
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
April Show and Tell
attended a workshop on weaving iridescent fabric presented by Bobbie
Kathy is holding a scarf she wove using that technique at the workshop.
this loom-controlled twill rug using a linen warp and wool weft and 4
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
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.
brought batts she had prepared for spinning, including this one in
a purse she had made using her handwoven fabric.
the photos, Lisa and Sue! And thanks, Lizz, for notes on the
meeting I missed!)
meeting was the Weavers' and Spinners' Challenge (a.k.a. Weavers' and
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.
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
they accomplished with the cards they were dealt.
cards: Crackle weave, tencel silk yarn, citrus color, three colors,
beaded. She wove yardage for this very attractive vest with
along the front edge.
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.
cards: Spin with metallic, green, thick & thin, cabled.
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.
cards: Weave checks, something from Handwoven magazine 2014 and for the
kitchen (not towels), clothing, green. Her result was this
checked pocket she wove and sewed onto a denim apron.
cards: Spin wool, blue, beads, spin z & ply s. Her
result was skeins of this lovely blue yarn.
cards: Weave undulated point twill, wool, green, stripes.
Her solution: Drop the green and weave fabric for this
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.
(in the L photo) presented Ellen's response to the challenge.
Ellen's cards: Weave miniature overshot, cotton,
warp, metallic (stainless steel silk). On the R are Ellen's
elegant pieces: a wristlet (also held up by Margaret), an evening bag
and an infinity scarf.
wove four scarves with a bamboo warp and either a cotton or a silk weft.
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.
the pieces Shelby brought to show us was this optic twill rug (look
closely at it). It's a Jason Collingwood pattern using a
warp and wool weft.
brought several pieces to show us also, including this "Panda" silk
shawl she knit with a Close to You pattern.
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
this afghan with Harrisville wool on a 16-shaft loom.
brought several skeins of yarn she had spun in a variety of colors.
wove, sewed and embellished cotton bibs for grandbabies.
knit this shawl using yarn she spun using a variety of natural colors
of cotton, some from South America.
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.