Guild Loom Projects
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
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
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
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 😊).|
|Some runners as a result of the |
Alice Irwin workshop?
|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
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
|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)