Guild Loom Projects

Guild Announcements:

Sep 7th is the 1st Drop-in of the 2017-18 season for more spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and other fibre arts! The 2017 full schedule is below on the left side.

I am seriously behind on the Blog posts but I will catch up over time. I took the summer off and caught up on my home projects, visitors, one trip and some relaxation time.

The Posts 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. Find more posts by visiting the Archives to the right or Older Posts at the end of each post. Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

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

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Alison Irwin Workshop and all about Doubleweave Pickup Techniques

Thanks to funding assistance from the Oliver Arts Council and ANWG,  the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers were able to invite weaver Alison Irwin of Maple Bay Studio in Duncan for a two-day workshop at the Shatford Centre in Penticton on pick-up weaving techniques on 4-harnesses. Each participant  brought their warped up loom to the workshop.
Alison describes her workshop as "Expand your four-shaft loom's potential with three pick-up techniques: Finnweave, Mock Satin Damask (
a broken twill pickup) and Doubleweave Pickup. Al three can be woven on one sampler with a threading".
In researching these techniques or as some say weave structures, I found many variations in terminology so I searched for some sites to help explain this subject and the techniques. Several are by Madelyn van der Hoogt of Interweave and others by bloggers.
The Best Weave Structure is Doubleweave
Variations in Doubleweave 

The difference between Block Doubleweave and Finnweave
An experience in trying Mock Satin Damask
Not a part of this workshop but an interesting article is Deflected Doubleweave and facing fears

What interesting and very challenging weaving!
Barb L took these photos of the workshop for us.

Enthusiastic weavers ready to learn!
Double Weave Pickup on the loom....

Concentration is needed!
And the amazing results! 

Happy Weavers!

Congratulations to everyone who attended the workshop! 
Here are some examples of Alison's work.....
Can you identify the different types?

Thank you Alison for visiting and sharing your knowledge and talent with us! I learned a lot just in researching this post. Thank you Barb L for all your work in organizing the workshop and hosting, iLona S for writing the grant requests and Gail E for liaison, all of which made this workshop a success. And thank you to ANWG and the Oliver Arts Council for their support.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

First Show and Tell of the 2016/17 Season

There were lots of Show and Tell items at the first meeting after summer break. Our members were not only busy with normal guild activities but were also out running half marathons and keeping busy with many projects with their grandchildren. I think Klaudia and Marg are in a competition as to who is the most prolific member!

Klaudia wove many happy colour tea towels, and she knitted socks,
the blues green tweed sweater, the striped scarf and numerous hats!
Marg dyed painted warps and Koolaid as the dye for the roving
Studio week). That didn't keep her busy enough as she knitted
socks, wove these
b&w tea towels and a lovely bamboo scarf.
She used
Eco dyes (natural flora) for this silk shawl!

   Ilse hand painted tensile for this shawl woven in an 8-harness Huck weave. The large bedside rug is reversible and is woven in a 2 block weave on 4-harnesses.
Gail's specialty is Inkle weaving and woven rugs but
here she showed us the pillow cover she wove using weft
from blue jeans in various shades and
cut into strips

Diane L knit this lovely warm sweater
Not only did Diane H weave tea towels in Turned Twill,
she also wove a Huck weave red shawl in acrylic yarn
which she donated to our Comfort Bin.
The pattern of an 8-harness turn twill is demonstrated
really well by these tea towels woven by PJ.

Ilona brought two versions of the Hitchhiker scarf
in cotton and acrylic yarn.

Karen G knit the red baby sweater a
tweed baby hat, the purple hitch hiker scarf,
socks and spun the turquoise hank
and the grey soft kitty alpaca

Karen wove these 8 harness place mats, some
tea towels (not shown) and this detailed grey scarf

Barb L made these exquisite pine needle journal covers

Marianne H, with her visiting grandchildren, made marble paper
covering the canisters and making notebook covers

Doreen knit this fun sweater in between running 5k races and
half marathons,
coming in 1st in her age group in one of the 5k's
Congratulations Doreen!