Guild Loom Projects

Guild Announcements:
We are back on Sep 8th in the Oliver Community Hall. Find the full schedule in the column to the left. On Sep 15th, be sure to have your Show n Tell ready after the summer hiatus. Although only somewhat of a hiatus since we had several Spin in’s and our participation in the 100th Anniversary of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. I am way behind on the Blog posts but I promise, I will catch up. Each will be dated the date of the event, not the date I post them. Cheers, hope you have all had a great summer! Barb, Blog Administrator

International Felting Symposium in Penticton Sep 20th to 25th
Felt::Feutre is a week-long international felting symposium is coming to the Shatford Centre in Penticton, September 20th to 25th. Felting workshops lead by renowned artists including Fiona Duthie from BC’s Salt Spring Island, Maria Friese from France, Charlotte Sehmisch from Germany as well as Katarina Mokeyeva, Melissa Arnold and Jean Gauger from the US. Learn how to make a fine cape, wrap or other garment; combine felt with paper and ink; create poetic felted sculptures or amazing artistic pieces for wall display.
Looking for ideas? Find inspiration at “Migration” an exhibition of Canadian contemporary felt fashion featuring the work of supremely talented designers and artists.
Stimulating talks by Felt::Feutre artists, exhibitions, the vendors marketplace, wine, food and more. (Thanks to chaoticfibres for the Felt:Feutre writeup).
On the Felt::Feutre website, scroll over “
canadian felt symposium” for more detail.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Efficiency Warping Workshop with Sharon Wickstrom

Sharon Wickstrom, of Home Spun Haven in Vernon, BC, came to Oliver this weekend to give 12 students her workshop on Efficiency Warping. For myself, I can only say it was brilliant. I learned so much. As an inexperienced weaver and never having done a warp on my own, I've always been mystified by warping and the cross (which I knew was essential). Everything finally fell into place. That was not the purpose of the workshop but for me, the penny dropped and the whole process became clear.  We learned many tricks on how to save time and strain on our bodies. Our experienced weavers learned how to make the preparation from warping to the warp being on the loom faster and easier. She made sure each of us had lots of practice (muscle memory) and that we picked up the techniques correctly. She brought an extensive selection of yarns and roving for purchase. A number of Guild members dropped in to shop and to say hello. Thank you Sharon for the wonderful day!
Demonstrating her Warping Method

The Cross

Tying the cross




Eager students
And not the least, Shopping!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Nuno Felting Workshop

At the Drop-in today, Klaudia enjoyed teaching her Nuno Felting workshop. Her students worked hard and were all thrilled with their Nuno scarves!

The prep work begins

The hard work is in progress, starting to see results!

Lisa, Greta, Jill, and Marianne display their beautiful scarves.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Show n Tell for Jan 14, 2016

The first Show n Tell of 2016 produced this wonderful and varied collection of achievements:
Jen has woven many mohair blankets for others. Now she has made one for herself. The orange mohair is from Jen's own goats, carded, dyed and spun by her. It's beautiful Jen!
Lynn's mastery of weaving is shown in these beautiful 12 harness scarves
in snakeskin design. The blue one is silk and the other two are bamboo.
This sheep and lamb are special to Marianne H because
they are knitted using the first yarn she ever spun.
She wo
ve the yellow bag with the Inkle strap from findings in her stash.
Greta's free form crochet
Marie's tea towels and her hand dyed alpaca

Hélène's child's knitted shawl and a
knitted candle wrap in cable stitch

Klaudia's double knitted mohair and wool fingerless gloves.
Stephanie's Work Sock Tea Towels
Michael had enough of watching Stephanie have fun with her looms.
He is challenging himself with this scarf on her baby wolf loom.
Lilo's Hand dyed and spun alpaca yarns
Jan's place mats and runner
Yvonne knit this wool sweater for herself
Maggie's knitted cowl above and texting mitts
whose ends pop off to reveal fingerless gloves

Sue has one less ufo now that
she's completed this knitted bag
with wood handles

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Dec Christmas Pot Luck and Show n Tell

Before our wonderful pot luck Christmas luncheon, we had Show N Tell. I didn't get many photos as the battery on my camera died half way through :( and there were many reports of items already sent away as gifts. The photo opportunities I missed were:
  Barb L's exquisite colonial overshots, handspun & dyed cotton vest
  Hélène's matching knitted pink ballet jackets for her granddaughters

  Michelle's woven scarves
  Marianne H's loom
  Marie's therapy knitting- scarf
  Diane's socks 

  Raelene's baby leg warmer 
  Joyce's fingerless gloves 
MaryAnna's 12 harness baroque sampler and
  Jen's goat puppet from Switzerland - it was so cute and so appropriate since
            she raises goats
Beautiful work, All of you! 

Greta's custom doggy sweater and her scrappy knits
Greta modelling her scrappy knit
arm/hand warmers
Karen showing her treasures from Cusco, Peru - a beautiful 4 harness woven wool (Llama?) cloth and her baby alpaca poncho woven on a 2 harness loom

Her poncho can be worn many ways. I was stunned that this was woven on 2 harnesses!

Nancy's knitted hats - adult work hat on the left and child's hat
on the right
Nell's 12 Harness Baroque Overshot Sampler 

Nell's felted Tea Cozies with her Baroque sampler and tea towels in 2/8 and 4/8 cottolin

Randie's Twill tea Towels
Stephanie's12 harness Baroque sampler

Friday, 11 September 2015

Sep 2015 Show N Tell

A painted tencel warp woven
into a long scarf by Ilse
Our members were very busy over the summer with workshops and gatherings. Their efforts are displayed in the many beautiful items at the first Show N Tell after summer break. Here are some of the results of our very talented and productive members!
Greta's ribbed cowl and seed stitch cowl
These rugs in a thick n thin weave with a mix of yarns, sisal, jute, acrylic and cotton were woven by Nancy
PJ's used Zepher yarn in the purple and pink scarf;
the purple and red shawl is a dented 4/8 cotton
Taupe/green hand towels and block weave tea towels in shades of
blues and greens woven by Diane H. and striped socks knitted by Patricia

Ann wove this beautiful 30/2 silk deflected weave scarf
Green yardage for clothing and an 8/2 tencel shawl by Ann
Raelene's organic bamboo shadow weave shawl
and in progress, the green Boneyard Shawl pattern by
Stephen West in Remix yarn of recycled nylon, cotton, acrylic silk, and linen.
Sandy wove this lovely shawl in tencel, silk and
alpaca and she made these felted bowls
Another masterpiece by Ann, a nubby cotton and
linen Hapi wrap woven in two rectangles.
Stephanie's twill sampler,
a blue bumberat from a Facebook 4 shaft weaving towel exchange group
and a knitted romper for her granddaughter

I'm still working on this blog entry but just had to publish the following items even without their descriptions. Check back later for the descriptions.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Quail's Nest Studio Week - June 29th to Jul 3rd

Once again, our Guild booked a week at the Quail's Nest Studio for some intensive workshops and various personal projects.  It is a great opportunity to share knowledge and get in some visiting as members, guests or visitors drop in. I was there on Wed only to catch up and see the many dye projects in progress, a continuation from Tue! Here's a quick look into the dyeing process and the results. 
Jen's Koolaid Dyeing

Lydia's Lichen Dye using Umbilicaria Purple Warnnia
fermented for a month, shaken each day and
kept in the dark produced this colour for Terry.  

Some of the Dye supplies and utensils

Barb W's Indigo Dyeing

Barb L's Acid Dyes