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
very much regret that we have had to cancel our April 5th Style Show
and month-long exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center and our April and May meetings because of COVID-19
Please send me photos of your current work with a caption telling us about it and how you're coping.
I will post them all as virtual Show and Tell in time for the April 11 meeting date.
Photos of Fiber Art 2019 are on the April Show
more information about the Guild, including the location and time of
the meetings, click on the About button (above).
on the Archive button to see seven years of our meetings
and April Shows.
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for taking the photos, Lisa!)
program for March was a presentation by Dagmar Klos, a fiber artist
(spinner, dyer, weaver, felter) from Weavers Guild of the North Shore.
She shared her rich knowledge of the properties and the history
human use of animal protein fibers, plant-based fibers, and synthetic
of many different specific types. After her very interesting
talk, members had an opportunity for a closer look at the many
samples Dagmar brought to illustrate her presentation.
March Show and Tell
scarf has a mohair warp with stripes of warp cramming, a very light
cotton weft, and fine beads on the fringe.
back to Margaret's challenge project, she brought another undulating
twill shawl (tencel warp/silk weft). And she wove two more
and a sample for a stole for a friend's brother who is a priest.
On the left
Ellen is holding the painted warp shawl she wove (it took a long
warping process to distribute the warp colors
as you see them). On the right is a close up of her highly
textured scarf, woven with 24 epi tencel warp and colcolastic weft in a
admiring fabric Donna wove with a type of novelty yarn back in December
2018, Shelby was able to obtain a supply of the yarn and wove
shawl using it as weft with a rayon warp. The novelty weft
nylon core with added tufts. The closeup shows the back has no tufts
because Shelby manipulated
the tufts, pick by pick, to put them on the front surface.
showed us a hat she had knit with yarn she had fractal spun from
painted roving, and she also brought five cotton towels she had woven
in a false damask check pattern (Strickler 246). Four are in
background and she is holding her favorite.
brought two shawls she had knit using several colors of naturally
colored cotton she had handspun.
also knit her tunic (on the left) with naturally colored cotton.
She painted the whimsical patterns on the linen shawl she is
on the right, inspired by her elementary school art students.
addition, she showed us a wide variety of different kinds of projects
she has been working on.
Mary's creativity, Tom wove this shawl with a mixed warp and two types
of fuzzy wefts.
her pillow top with a weft of many colors of roving and neckties.
church, Lisa wove color-variegated ribbons into velvet yardage to
create this wall hanging.
wove three rugs with T-shirt wefts seen in the photo on the left. In
the photo on the right is a closeup of the two
that had painted rainbow warps; one has gray T-shirts for weft, the other has black T-shirts for weft.
for the photos, Sue! And thanks for answering all my
questions, weaving and spinning participants!)
February program was our annual Spinners' and Weavers' Challenge.
Four spinners and four weavers volunteered to be challenged
created very attractive and interesting yarns and woven items
response. They all
thoroughly engaged the interest of the
audience with their descriptions of how they planned and then created
their yarns and woven items.
First, we heard from the
card challenged her to spin a botanical fiber (flax, hemp, nettle, rose
fiber, etc.) and create a texture in the yarn without adding new fiber.
the left she is holding pineapple fiber yarn she spun and on
the right, rose fiber or hemp yarn. She concluded
that flax and hemp yarns were relatively rough and easy to add texture
to while rose fiber was very slippery and fine, making it hard to add
to. Pineapple fiber was intermediate, soft and smooth and
hold texture. She was most impressed with the texture
and interest of yarn in which she spun all the fibers together.
was challenged to fractal spin a multicolor hand-dyed braid, worsted
weight. She divided the braid of roving into lengthwise
of different thicknesses, spun the sections individually, and
then plied them together to create her lovely yarn.
spinning made the color
changes more gradual and subtle along the length of her yarn compared
to the color changes that would have resulted had she used a simpler
card challenged her to spin a 3 ply yarn using silk as a ply.
used her own hand-dyed wool when she spun two individual yarns in a
clockwise direction. Next she plied them together in a
counterclockwise direction to make a 2 ply wool yarn. For the third
Chris spun silk into yarn in a counterclockwise direction.
produce her very attractive cabled yarn, she spun the 2 ply wool yarn
together with the single ply silk yarn in a clockwise direction.
drew two cards that challenged her to spin mohair as thinly as she
possibly could and to dye the fiber before or after spinning it.
the photo on the left, Leah is holding her lovely, impressively
thin, 2 ply mohair yarn. She began with mohair locks, spun
two very thin yarns which she then plied together and dyed.
In the photo on the right is a
skein of mohair yarn she spun to show how using different techniques
with mohair can create very different types of yarn. For this yarn she
first dyed the
locks and teased them apart and then spun them around a core yarn.
The result is a beautiful, soft and slubby yarn.
The weavers followed with
a slightly different format. Each weaver accepted five cards,
which they were free to eliminate:
cards specified weave a piece with beading, in undulating twill,
warp-faced, add a novelty and use two dye lots of the same color.
Margaret eliminated "warp-faced" and wove three shawls in an
undulating twill. In the photos above is her elegant
shawl that has beads on the fringe, the novelty of metallic gold weft,
slightly different shades of gold in the weft that are discernible in
the photos if
you look closely.
Margaret 's other two undulating twill shawls are shown above.
the left with a variegated weft and on the right with a 5/2 cotton warp
and slubby cotton weft.
cards challenged her to weave using yarn from the yellow 1/3 of the
color wheel, with not less than 20 ends per inch,
striped, mixed warp profile and
overshot on opposites. She eliminated "overshot on opposites"
chose to use a mixed weft . The very handsomely patterned
towels and sample above were Mandy's first 8-shaft projects.
sample she is holding and two of the towels are in shades of yellow and
related colors in her mixed weft. She wove them all with with
cotton warp at 22 epi and used 8/2 cotton and bamboo in her weft.
Rebecca drew cards that specified that she use weft
yarn from her stash, Ms and Os, sett no less than 20epi, with small
geometric shapes, and analogous colors of the same value.
was her first opportunity to do a weaving of her own since opening
Three Moons, and to meet her challenges, she wove this very
attractive scarf in a honeycomb variant of Ms and Os weave that
produces small circles and ovals. Rebecca's 8/2 variegated
weft yarn was from her stash and contained a purple that was analogous
to, and close in value to, her rich red violet warp which she
challenge was to weave using a 12 dent reed, with alternate colors,
and a stretchy texture, and in the form of a gamp or four weaves.
She met her challenges with the four very attractive towels
the photo above. Their alternating colors and borders are
from a distance. To appreciate the four twill patterns that
in each towel, zoom in if you can. (Combining different twill
weaves in a single piece can be very tricky.) Shelby also
demonstrated that the
towels were slightly stretchy (when pulled on their bias :-).
February Show and Tell
are two of the three Collingwood wool rugs Kathy wove, each with a
different op-art effect.
attended a felting workshop and made the scarf in the photo on the
left. She also wove wool yardage shown on the right.
It is twill at her right side and tabby for the rest.
brought a bin of skeins she had spun as well as examples of batts with
colorful locks she had prepared.
the items Michaelle brought to show us were the 8/2 tencel shawl on the
left and towels she wove, one with a border of sheep.
the left is a rag rug Margaret wove, and on the right is a generously
proportioned Christmas stocking she knit.
are photos of two of the three 20/2 silk shawls Ellen wove and brought
to show us.
Shelby knit the shawl in the photo above with 30% silk:70% merino yarn.
Shelby is modeling her shawl.
brought a scarf she had woven using acrylic yarn along with cotton yarn
for a central stripe of monk's belt weave.
A Very Special Occasion:
of our members, Elouise Schaller, just celebrated her 102nd
birthday. Elouise was a fine weaver who joined the Guild in
and has been a good friend of many Guild members. Below is a
photo of Elouise with her 102-candle cake at her recent birthday party.
Happy Birthday, Elouise!
for the photos, Lisa and Tonya!)
History, Process and Uses
was the title of Tonya Utkina's program at
our January meeting. Her clear and very interesting
included some highlights of 8,000 years of felt making, the basic
processes of wet and dry felting, the characteristics of fiber from
different types of animals, and some examples of industrial as well as
artistic uses for felt. She uses primarily merino wool in her
felt pieces that range from elegant lace and ruffled scarves and vests
useful and sometimes playful accessories and items for home decor.
The program was an excellent and inspiring introduction to
the art of felting.
in the photo on the left, is wearing one of her attractive felted
lace scarves and holding a container of cute felted acorn ornaments.
In the photo on the right are a
lovely felted lace scarf and elegant felted small purse she created.
are examples of the artful and colorful felted items Tonya brought to
Show and Tell
showed us the Pantone Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Color Palette as
inspiration for making items for the April Show and Sale.
yet another baby sweater for the next member of her extended family.
Terry's handspun yarn as warp and also as weft at each end, Joyce wove
scarf. It also featured slubs of roving to add more texture
|Tom wove a
cotton scarf for Mary using a barley corn weave pattern.
first ever weaving project, Tammy wove these two cotton wash cloths at
brought four scarves to show us: On the left, two scarves
with chenille weft on a chenille warp for one and on a tencel warp for
other (the scarves look and feel much the same); in the
center photo, a scarf
woven with knitting yarn as warp and weft; and on the right, a scarf
knit of yarn with "Florida" colors and textures.
three scarves were all woven on the same 20/2 teal cotton warp in Echo and
Iris double weave patterns. The texture of the
scarf on the left
resulted from weaving with a colcolastic weft (lycra/20/2 cotton)
which contracts when it's washed. The other two scarves had
the bag Terry is holding are six felted soaps she made in a Three Moons
She dyed the purple yarn on the right in a Three Moons workshop after
she spun it.
us two nuno felted scarves she had made and the decorative felted piece
she is holding in the center photo.
Each scarf has a hole for the wearer to pass one end of the scarf
make it a ring.
for photos, Sue and Lisa!)
Annual Silent Auction was the program for our December meeting.
Thanks to the generosity of our members, the Guild received
than $400 for next year's programs. After the auction, we
enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch.
photos above are some of the people who stayed for the potluck.
We had finished eating when the photos were taken.
December Show and Tell
with the Christmas tree in the background, showed us four pieces she
had woven, including the alpaca shawl on the left and the llama scarf
on the right. Both were woven at 6 epi.
this scarf for her niece using the Chicago Fire Dept. tartan and tencel
||Here is a
"what not to do" project that Margaret wove with cotton
chenille yarn and rayon yarn.
knit her shawl using
merino, yak and nylon yarn,
|Here is Sue
in her shawl as styled by Shelby.
||Mary knit a
pair of socks using self-striping yarn.
demonstrating at Art Blitz, Steve wove
this 70" tencel scarf.
brought two wool shawls she had knit -- on the left in a striped
pattern, on the right in a variety of lace stitches.
Martina Celerin's fascinating program at our November meeting, she
she emigrated from what is now the Czech Republic as a child, became a
professional scientist in Canada and the U.S., and later developed
skills as an extremely
creative and prolific fiber artist. Her tapestries evolved from highly
textured pictorial pieces into free-form three dimensional pieces.
She incorporates into her work not only colorful yarns (woven
crocheted), but also horsehair, beads, crinoid fossils, rocks, bark and
other plant parts, and many found objects.
In the photo above, you can see some of the engaging variety of
dimensional tapestries Martina brought to show us.
On the left
is an early example of Martina's inventive tapestries, and on the right
is a very 3-dimensional recent tapestry.
other subjects from nature have frequently inspired Martina's beautiful
The pond plants and animals shown on this slide are parts of a
tapestry now in a childrens' museum.
Show and Tell
pieces Shelby brought to show us were the wool deflected doubleweave
shawl on the left and the Melanie Berg knit shawl on the right.
wove enough fabric for 6-8 fingertip towels.
Among the 6
rugs Donna wove were the rug on the left with a tie-dyed T-shirt weft
and the plaid rug on the right.
She also wove 2 rugs with clasped wefts.
|On a 5-yard
warp, Jamie wove a basket cover and 4 towels in different weaves and
colors using cotton and cotton-linen blend yarns.
first weaving project was a set of 6 placemats woven in twill and tabby
using hand-dyed cotton yarn for weft.
wove the inkle belt (using embroidery floss) and a multi-colored log
cabin weave scarf.
first weaving project, Joy wove this alpaca scarf in natural colored
brought many skeins of yarn she had spun with different grists, colors,
and fibers, including wool with silk noil.
Joyce showed us a cotton boll she had grown and on the left, the
contents of one.
brought a quilt she had made using Voysey fabric squares. In
the photo on the right she showed us its quilted back.
for the photos, Lisa!)
Walsh, who is a quilt designer, owner of Blue Underground
Studios and an art teacher, presented our October program, "Color
Confidence". Her presentation included basic background on
theory, a history of the cultural uses of color, and encouragement for
us to actively explore and make use of color in our daily
we admired the large and very impressive collection of beautiful quilts
brought to show us, she led an
afternoon workshop on practicing color theory.
presentation was very informative and engaging with many images showing
the uses of color.
examples of the many very attractive quilts Amy showed us.
Amy's daughter helped hold up the quilts, including this richly
patterned and lovely one.
Other Guild News:
21 and 22 the following members volunteered to demonstrate at Art
Barn's Art Blitz: Mandy and Steve Benson, Sue
Degnan, Sharon EIchler, Terry Guenther, Margaret Jones and Donna
Keeble. Thanks for showing the public the kinds of work we do
for representing the Guild!
October Show and Tell
brought one of the cotton towels she wove while
demonstrating at Art Blitz.
cottolin fabric for Mary's top and her inkle weave belt were
woven by Tom. She sewed the top using a Handwoven Collection
was also at Art Blitz, showed us six skeins of yarn she had spun. Some
are thick and some thin.
the items Shelby brought was a Steven West shawl she knit using a
variety of stitches. In the photo on the right she is holding
a king-sized coverlet which was woven by the previous owner of her
house who was a skilled weaver and a board member of our Guild.
brought several items to show us, including this tote bag she fashioned
using a rug warp. She wove the ends of the braided handles
the fabric while it was on the loom to secure them.
strip weaving project and brought this top and a matching skirt she
wove as cotton strips approximately 4" wide and then carefully
preparation for a sale at the Depot Gallery, Suzy knit a series of 25
hats. Each is unique in color and pattern.
for the photos, Lisa and Ken!)
we are during the business meeting.
here you can see some of the temptations we were exposed to during the
refreshment break :-).
|We met at
Three Moons Fiberworks where Rebecca graciously hosted us.
The program for this first meeting of 2019-2020
was a super show and tell of very attractive and creative projects
members had worked on during the summer and brought to show us.
Congrats to the
members who entered county fairs and won prizes for their weaving!
the summer, Paula wove the 28-shaft Echo and Iris
shown on the left
wove eight towels with random color warps; some were in tabby weave and
wool for the body of this duster coat cardigan, Jeanne then added red
wool/alpaca yarn in the trim areas.
towels in different colors and different weaves for a 4-guild towel
and the 8-shaft 5/2 pearl cotton rep weave rug on the right.
wove this 3/2 cotton twill fabric on his rigid heddle loom.
brought this scarf to show us. She wove it using two colors
(red and orange) of 8/2 tencel in a 4-shaft shadow weave.
baby blanket in the photo above is just one of the many prize-winning
woven items Margaret had at the Lake County Fair. She wove
with a combination of variegated cotton knitting yarn and 8/2 cotton in
a twill. It was awarded a Blue RIbbon.
The fabric (11 feet long) will be made into a blouse.
was awarded a Champion Ribbon at the Porter County Fair for this scarf.
The warp is cotton and the weft is hand-dyed blended yarn of
wool, silk and a little glitter.
a Michigan Fiber Festival class, Chris dyed these silk scarves using
different mordants and leaves collected from nature to produce colors
felted this scarf in a workshop at the Niles Weavers' Guild this
summer. She used a thin layer of roving in shades of pink and
contrasting bamboo yarn for an accent.