the Duneland Weavers' Guild!
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non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers and other fiber
Larson will present a program on Dorset Buttons on January 12, 2019.
The program will be followed by a spinning workshop that afternoon and
continuing on Sunday.
**Correction: The Guild meeting and Sat. spinning workshop will be at the Chesterton Library Annex as usual.**
We will meet at our regular time 10:00-12:00 for the meeting and
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the meetings, click on the About button (above).
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and April Shows.
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.
December Show and Tell
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.
||Sharon 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 Sharon'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.