Guild Loom Projects

Guild Announcements:

We are ready to celebrate our 40th Anniversary on May 18th with all the niceties of a traditional tea to welcome you. Come join us and see the wonderful talent of our Guild.

Watch for more Blog Posts as I catch up on our Show and Tell. They are published by calendar date of the event. Our members have so much to show at our Monthly Meetings, sometimes only one post displays on the page. Please see more posts by visiting the Archives to the right or Older Posts at the end of each post. Enjoy and thank you for visiting! (Credit to Karen B. for the background weaving. Photo by Barb H)

“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Oliver Community Arts Council”

Monday, 20 February 2017

In Anticipation of Our 40th Anniversary Tea ....

A 10th Anniversary Cake

Reflecting on 25 Years

One of the many Guild workshops from over the years - Indigo and batik dyeing

The making of the Yurt early 2000's (I may be corrected on the date 😉)

A Teacup Puzzle

      The tables are set for our 35th Anniversary Tea

Enjoying the tea.
We had a great turnout!

35 Tea leaves Challenge for 35 years (only a few of the many entries)


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Summer 2016 Events - Studio Week, a Centennial Anniversary and a Spin In

Our Summer events started off with Studio Week, then we participated in the 100th Anniversary of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens and later that week, in what has become an annual tradition, our Spin-in at Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls. Just a peek at a few of our Summer break activities while our members host company who love to visit the Okanagan and are lucky enough to have friends and relatives living here. Of course we welcome them to our events too.

For many years at the beginning of the summer, our Guild has rented the Studio, a part of the
Quail's Nest Arts Centre, to have a week long opportunity to explore new techniques, experiment, use the space for projects we may not be able to do at home as well as inviting the public to learn, try new things or just drop in for a chat. These are from one day of Studio Week. 
Trying a weaving technique
on our Guild tabe loom

Terry working on one of her 'felting' projects
A pot of natural dyes brewing

A painted warp wrapped and ready for setting

Dyed roving fixing in the brilliant hot Okanagan sun
Ilse spins extremely fine yarn

Barb teaching Sandy to spin

2016 was the Summerland Ornamental Gardens Centennial Anniversary. Lydia suggested that our Guild participate in the weekend of celebration. It was a wonderful event with music, artisans, history and beautiful gardens in an amazing location. In addition to our booth with demonstrations and the Guild's felted Yurt, we made a shawl starting form the sheared wool, for donation to the silent auction raising funds for the Gardens. There was tremendous support and enthusiasm by our members from the preparation of the wool, carding, spinning, plying, warping dressing the loom, weaving the shawl and final finishing, the setup and tear down of our booth and the yurt, transportation, demonstrations and so much more that was involved to make it a successful weekend. The winner of the auction was thrilled with her shawl.
Preparation - carding
Shawl Sample for Auction Listing

Our Yurt, hand felted by our Guild members

The finished shawl

 The take down


We enjoyed the shade under the trees at Kenyon Beach in Okanagan Falls for our annual Spin In gathering.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Spin Challenge Results and Jun 2016 Show and Tell

This was our last gathering at the community Centre before our summer break and the start of the summer activities. Before starting our fabulous pot luck luncheon, the Spinners presented the results of Jen's Spin Challenge and members their Show and Tell items. Between camera battery issues and items packed away before lunch meant only a sampling of members work is featured here.

Some months ago, a Spin Challenge was presented by Jen to the spinners willing to take it on. Even our most talented spinners found it very "challenging" as the bag of mixed fibres, rovings and thrums in various colours were materials they did not normally work with or combine. Approaches included sorting by colour or tone, warm and cool or complementary and one spinner discovered singles would not ply with commercial yarn as it needed prepping first.  

Spin Challenge sample bag of whatever!
Terry spun some boucle's mixed with single yarns
and spun thrums into a curly cue yarn (peaking out in the middle)

Barb W.  separated her bag into warm and cool colours
which she spun into
rose coloured shanks.
Ilse found complementary colours which she spun into very thick plies,
for her a challenge since she normally spins and plies very fine yarn.
M2 spins by Barb L.
Jen doesn't spin thick stuff normally. She sorted her bag into piles, carded it together, then split the bats & started spinning to produce one huge ball of yarn (it was BIG 😊).
 Show n Tell: Starting with the dyeing and spinning by Jen:
From her own Irises as the source of the colours,
theses skeins of silk were first dyed using irises and cold water.
Then two in an acid bath; one alum bath, purple iris water in a hot bath;
beet water in alum bath (organic) and some natural spun wool
(the small dark balls) from her two new kid goats.
Some runners as a result of the
Alice Irwin workshop?

Ilona wove a green tabi scarf with an all silk
warp. The blues piece uses a warp created
from silk hankies she had from the
Pendleton ANWG Conference 10 yrs ago.
The weft is her own
handspun singles woven
in a broken twill pattern. This piece will probably
be used to make a small bag.

Karen wove these red tactile towels from a pattern she found in
Handwoven at 18 epi as recommended by Jane Stafford
Hand towel project by Marg H.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

May 2016 Show n Tell

This month, a theme has emerged of a favourite wool. It's Merino! It appears in the handspinning, weaving and knitting. 

For some background on handspinning, here are a couple of sites:
Mother Earth News or Wikipedia
Terry hand dyed and spun these hanks of yarn.
From L to R, an acid dye rainbow slub, a thick n thin slub of
natural dyes using
lockwood & maddock and a bulky boucle yarn.
The child's socks were knit by Ilse

Ilse wove these linen & cotton placemats in a Clasp weave
and  spun a yellow & green silk/merino roving then plyed
with a yellow merino to achieve the yarn she wanted.

Karen B used a pattern from Handwoven in overshot weave
for this shawl using a 2/10 mercerized cotton warp and a tensil weft.
Check out the fringe she made on this shawl!
Nancy wove this beautiful shawl of sllk/wool and alpaca
for her Dad's 99th birthday! A very special gift to keep him warm
while sitting outside in the cool Edmonton weather.

Many members wove this Huck Guest Towel in 2/8 cotton
found in Weaver's Craft ) on the Guild's 4 harness floor loom
as shown in this lovely work by Marianne H.
She also knitted a
green and yellow shawl for our comfort bin
and spun yarn for the Summerland Gardens shawl. 

MaryAnna made cushion covers from the swivel yardage
she wove in 2/8 cotton in a type of overshot weave.

Inkle bookmarks by Geri

Marg H knit the socks and wove a selection of tea towels
in M & O's, a Victoria pattern and a boucle.

Knitting - Lots of special gifts were knit for friends, relatives or out of kindness and love for strangers.

Alex knit these two at a time socks in silk & merino (L)
and merino sock yarn (R)
. Her
friends were delighted
with their gifts and happy 
to model them!

This pretty airy scarf was knit by
Maggie as a birthday gift for a friend.

This silk and mohair triangular shawl
was crocheted by Greta

Both knit by Diane C.  She says the blue cable scarf is 'Goloring' by M K Nance in a  yarn from Black Trillium Fibres - a Gradient Kit in Pebble Sock merino in the Colorway Vapor. The brown sparkling shawl is the "Gossamer Shawlette" by Kristin Hansen. She used 3 balls of Rozetti Cotton Gold in Color 1093 (patterns are on Ravelry and the yarns online).

A lace shawl of 60% alpaca knit by Ilona and a hitchhiker scarf.

Barb P used Patons 'Lace' to knit the triangular scarf above and
Patons 'Decor' to crochet the Dbl/Queen sized afghan bedspread below.

Doreen M knit these  two triangular scarves in 
superwash wool (L) and a wool/nylon blend (R)