Welcome to 2020, everyone!
And what a wonderful start it was; a great session of ‘Show & Tell’. Once again, I’m amazed at the skills of our members – the words light and bushel come to mind!
It got off to a good start with Jannicke outlining what we would be doing at her tapestry weaving workshop in March. She brought along several samples of weavings she had done in the past.
One of our talented rug weavers, Rachel, began to warp up a small loom in a figure of 8, to show others how to do this stage, which ideally should be prepared before the March workshop. For this project, the warp needs to measure 14 cm either end and space the warp evenly. Jannicke will bring the necessary sticks to bring the 40 warp threads to the same plane.
Really looking forward to this session, Some of us already weave, some do not but I think we will all learn something new.
Talking of Rachel, she brought along a couple of her rugs to show us. She has a huge floor loom and weaves rugs as presents for special family celebrations such as a wedding .
She pointed out a slight ‘imperfection’, a ‘ladder’ in the rug, which led her on to talk about legends of indigenous peoples and their stories about spiders and ladders.
In Navajo culture, rug weavers would leave little imperfections along the borders in the shape of a line called ch’ihónít’i, which is translated into English as “spirit line” or “spirit pathway. The Navajos believe that when weaving a rug, the weaver entwines part of her being into the cloth. The spirit line allows this trapped part of the weaver’s spirit to safely exit the rug.
There is another story here
Much looking forward to our ‘Show & Tell Rugs’ at the October meeting.
This year’s Association competition is ‘Still Waters’- a textile piece in any discipline to fit within a 6inch/15cm ring. A metal ring, a wooden embroidery ring or a cardboard circle covered with dyed and embroidered fabric are all appropriate.
Edna brought along a couple of 6″ rings, initially to give members an idea of how to create the basis for their project
She had made these some time ago, not based on the competition, and had used silk painting on one and made silk paper on the other. Silk paper is one thing I’ve never made and so Edna gave me instructions and sent me home with some silk. Thank you, Edna!
Lynne also whizzed by with her example of crochet in a ring….but I missed getting a photo. Sorry, Lynne!
Beryl showed us her cross stitch work and a little story behind each. Originally, she had decided to make herself the Welsh dragon, but it had been so liked she presented it to them and so had to make another one which she is keeping for herself!
The Isles of Scilly map is a kit she bought to sew as St Mary’s was her birthplace. It is a lovely reminder of her family, some of whom still live there and who she was able to see when she got a chance to visit.
Beryl also knits and crochets hats, scarves, gloves etc for charity and brought along an example
She also brought a lovely cable hat she had knitted, saying that she doesn’t normally suit hats, but was rather taken with this one!
Weaving seems to be prevalent in this blog, for here now comes Robert!
He has three spinning wheels at home, but since he started weaving three years ago, they are collecting dust!
He began his weaving with traditional designs, working with angular patterns, rather like this later gradient wall hanging
but has since started experimenting with waves…
The warp he is using is cotton dyed with onion skins, a follow-on from our dyeing day last year.
Chris was next to show us her projects; fingerless mittens with a domino pattern and a wet felted and needle felted item, photos of which I didn’t get as I was so overcome by the sight of the aran sweater she was wearing. We have watched the progress of this being knitted over the past two years or so at various meetings and never expected to see the day it was finished…..but then again, as she says, she is a busy lady!
And isn’t it just beautiful.
This is a hand-stitched quilt in progress made by Mary as a present for a family member, the individual fabrics evoking relevant memories. Having handstitched one myself, I know how much time goes into this.
Also, I couldn’t resist posting this photo of a couple of Mary’s past creations. Her lovely homegrown fleece, handspun, hand-dyed, handknitted Shetland jumper with her own design features, accessorized with her beautiful handfelted necklace from a previous workshop.
She also brought along another project from when she was a member of her Australian guild. Their task, working with three different sized templates, was to produce different pattern designs to demonstrate their skills.
She was also wearing a lovely top-down knitted sweater…
Janis was next in line to show her yak,silk and merino shawl which was so soft. There was also her Shetland Wool Week beanie, a free pattern which can be downloaded from this site
She also brought along a piece of silk to show the shibori dyeing she had done, which was lovely!
Once again, sorry Janis, no photos.
On a positive note, last year Janis brought along to show us some eco printing she had done and this has led to her leading a workshop for us in April. Another meeting to look forward to!
Jean brought along her ‘recycled’ cable sweater. She handspun the yarn and dyed it with logwood and an alum mordant. ‘Recycled’ because it was knitted up and undone three times before she was satisfied with the design and fitting!
Our last ‘Show and Tell’ of the day was Glenda who could be called ‘the bag lady’ simply because each meeting she has a new project bag she has made! A couple of meetings ago it was mentioned about having a wrist bag to put a ball of wool in whilst knitting and lo and behold she goes and makes one!
And finally, hanging forlornly and anonymously on the wall, a gorgeous freeform weaving project which demonstrates a varied number of different stitches and knots
Thank you to all who brought in items for us to see. It was a great session attended by a good number who went on to spin, weave, knit, crochet and chat.
Please note that the calendar of meetings for 2020 has been updated here on the blog and on our facebook page
There is no epiblog today as this has been such a long blog, but I would welcome ideas for future ones.