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
a good summer and weave, weave, weave, knit, knit, knit and spin, spin,
meetings will resume in September after the summer break.
first meeting on September 8, 2018 will be 1:00 - 3:30 in the afternoon at
our usual location in the Library Annex.
** From our Program Committee: "Summer Show and Tell and More" will be our September 8 program. **
Besides your show and tell, please bring your favorite textile (can include purchased cloth, anything....)!
Also, clean out your stash for a 50/50 sale at the September meeting.
Bring not just yarn from your stash but anything related to fiber. 50% to you and 50% to the Guild!
The Program Committee would like our September meeting to be a fun-filled afternoon to begin our Guild year!
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 2018 annual show and
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.