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. Our
first meeting on September 8 will be 1:00 - 3:30 in the afternoon at
our usual location in the Library Annex.
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.
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 8-shaft twill fabric she had woven using
10/2 (possibly) rayon.
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.