Guild Loom Projects

Guild Announcements:

We’re be back at the Community Centre on Jan 4 for the 1st Drop-in of 2018 for more spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and other fibre arts! The 2017/18 full schedule is below on the left side.

We have new Blog Posts for Dec 2017 and Jan 2018 Meetings following this announcement.
Catching up on missing older Posts: Oct of 2016.
Posts are published by calendar date of the event so look for it by visiting the Archives to the right or Older Posts at the end of each post. To get back to the first page,
click here. Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Oliver Community Arts Council”
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Jan 2018 Show and Tell

It was a smaller turnout than ususal for this month's meeting. The snow storm we were being warned about came early so those of us living further north listened to the advisories and stayed home. Fortunately, our members in Oliver and Osoyoos were able to make it and here is their Show and Tell. Thank you to Ewa for the photos and comments.

Lilo knit a skirt from bamboo yarn
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Sue was happy to model
 the wool sweater she knit
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Jen showed the many skeins of  mohair that she
hand spun, some with silk, as well as a mat she
wove from cotton which she had dyed using
walnuts and other odds and ends she picked up
from the guild's stash sales.  

Cynthia wove a burgundy scarf from tencel and bamboo,
small napkinsusing a syncopated rose path pattern
 and cotton hand towels
Admin Note: the weave structure Syncopated threading Rosepath
is on p. 217 of Anne Dixon's book Handweavers Pattern Directory


Klaudia showed her efforts over the christmas holidays with a
pair of wool gloves, wool socks andon with cotton dish towels.


Marg H was busy again producing three pair of
wool socks and cotton dish towels. 

(also shown is her Guild project Colour Gamp) 

Admin note: Marg finds her tea towel colours to match
stainless steel appliances are very popular. 
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And this is why many of us didn't make it to Guild this week: 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Dec 2017 Show and Tell

This month's meeting and Show and Tell also was our Christmas Potluck Luncheon. It was more than a little chaotic for me with camera issues on top of all the activity. Camera batteries don't like cold weather and they get tempermental so not everything was photographed. As well, many items were already mailed off to the lucky recipients. My thanks to Doreen for her photos of Betty and the use of her camera. The food was fabulous as always!
We have several special big projects that were brought to Show and Tell this month.

When you are over 90 (won't say exactly, lol), you become an honourary member.
Here is Betty and the cushion she made for her daughter.
 

Barb P demonstrated the wide variety in Fibre Arts with these projects.
Yarn with Sparkles are in
her 
rigid heedle table runner.

Barb P used avocado pits for the colour in her
eco-dyed silk scarf and horse harness parts
for the circles

Barb used yarn left by her
Mother for this baby hat,
booties and dble knitted mitts. 
More by Barb P

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Marie used Merino wool for this shawlette 
She used an oz of Cashmere
in her felted scarf



Diane H knit a shawlette (lower left) from her own
 handspun yarn and wove these classic tea towels. 
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Pat knit this magnificent blanket; I must get more details 
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Gail's rugs are loved by her family:
The blue is from cut up garments
with a wool and nylon warp and
the other from Pendleton Mills
blanket ends with an acrylic warp.

This view gives a better idea of the size of Gail's rugs
Jen had fun spinning, playing with different
techniques, hand dyed mohair, silk and merino
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Kid mohair, 3 ply mohair (blue), hand dyed
Merino & silk (mixed blues and mixed greens) 
Socks Marianne H knit
 for her husband
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Lynn reported using the Crammed Yarn technique but I don't have photos of it. Here are a couple of links I found: Creating texture and
Crammed and Spaced Threads

Lynn's Moscow Nights tea towels (R)

This 5 colour plain weave tea towel in cotton
boucle by Wendy was woven on her floor
loom. (Similar to a Colour Gamp )

Wendy wove this Bamboo
scarf on a table loom
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She also wove these tea towels on her floor loom.

Raelyn knit the fingerless gloves and 3 sizes of children's sweaters.
PJ put on  a 8 yard warp (she says never again) producing
many variations by changing the weft colours.
She use a left over warp piece for sampling treadles (R)

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Oct 2017 Show and Tell

There was a lot at this month's Show and Tell. I took 49 photos for this blog entry! More Studio and summer projects were brought for presentation. Summer break can result in some wonderful, large knitted blankets. 

Carol Ann's very impressive Zip Zag Lace patterned knitted blanket:
Only half of Carol Ann's blanket is showing. It is so large
that the other h
alf is hidden behind the table.
Zig-zag Lace detail


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Patricia decided she needed some colour in her LR so she dug into her stash to create this beautiful Afghan (blanket), knitted sideways, casting 160 stitches onto 48 inch - 8mm circular needles. Each row's yarn creates the fringe. 

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No, it's not your eyes or my photography. Maggie knit these wavy shawls for her friends, each with it's own meaningful memories for the recipients, one representing the sea and the other, sunsets. 
They will be treasured keepsakes from a caring friend.
A narrow cowl; 2 shawls in prayer shawl stitch knit from Maggie's stash.
Two more knitted shawls, then the woven ones follow:
Barb P knit this lovely shawl in a gradient yarn
from this Ravelry Fruit Cocktail pattern
Helene knit this interesting shawl that
uses a yarn with silver in it (antimicrobial
and therapeutic properties).

Weavings:

Marianne's bamboo shawls. Another case of problems with
the beige bamboo warp breaking. Due to the flourescent
lighting, t
he colour is off  in these c
loseups of the weave.
 

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Cynthia's woven scarves in tencel and
acrylic (L) and acrylic and silk (R).
Karen B's 7 gauge bamboo shawl in advancing point twill. She thought she had ordered 12 gauge as in another item but when it arrived, it was 7 gauge. The mix-up
resulted in a shawl that felt and draped like Chenille. As well, she discovered the solution to broken threads was to run a glue stick up and down the thread. It washes out.
Cynthia wove 2 doz tea towels in 2/8 cotton at 18 epi. using
warps of white and natural mixed in a plain weave so she
could play with the design. She says plain weave is a great
teacher for watching your pic and evenness of beat.
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Two more tea towels by Cynthia from another warp.






Karen B's M&O's
 tea towels
Karen B's shadow weave towels in 8 harness twill variation
Stephanie's 8 shaft pinwheel runners. She
discovered that the pinwheels showed better
with a beige weft after running out of the blue.
 

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Marg H's M&O's tea towels for a Stainless Steel kitchen,
felted slippers, and some spinning just for variety.
The red slippers were knitted by Margie before Marg's felting.



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Eco Dyeing: .
More inspirations from Marianne's Eco Dye Workshop during Summer Studio Week using plants, flowers, nuts, bolts, nails and other wire objects. After wrapping and steaming, these beautiful silk scarves are the result:
Bonnie's Eco scarves using bolts, nails, rust, leaves
and on the right, with mulberries.

Marianne M's Eco scarves- shibori weave and folding with
clothespins popsicle sticks and elastics. Dyed with
Coreopsis
flowers or Golden rod with ends dipped in the
Coreopsis dye.
Others with Cochineal with one subsequently overdyed and
Golden rod overdyed with Rosemary.

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Repurposing with dyeing:
Terri dyed her Grandmother's crocheted doilies giving
them new life for use as is or in other creative projects.
The dyeing really highlights the fine craftsmanship.
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Terri revitalized wardrobe
items by dyeing this tank top,

a sweater & others not shown.
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Lilo learned to knit without patterns as a child, now 79 years
ago
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using a bamboo, cotton & linen yarn and
the scarf and ear warmers are all wool.

Lilo used 2mm needles when knitting this
sleeveless top in silk (w/o a pattern of course).




Bonnie used slip stitch
crochet for this hat.
And back to Knitting to finish up:
Karen G knitted  the blue socks for a friend
and the child's pair for her nephew's friend
Nel's 3rd sock! Just because the
ball of cotton yarn made 3 socks.
Don't be fooled by the socks!
She wove SEVEN blankets which
were sent to her grandchildren.