Guild Loom Projects

Guild Announcements:

Our fall season wrapup is Dec 15th. We’ll 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.

I missed our Nov meeting so I did come catch-up on last season. We have a new Blog Post for Oct of 2016, that’s last year! I am working at them from both ends now. The 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. Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

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










Thursday, 14 September 2017

First meeting of our 2017-18 Season

Our members were very busy over the summer. They had lots to present at Show and Tell:  

Klaudia knit this self designed and custom fit bolero
style sweater using a cashmere, silk and baby alpaca yarn
And this top down in the round
raglan sleeved sweater using sock yarn


She knit the same sweater for her niece

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Inspirations from Marianne's Eco Dye Workshop during Summer Studio Week using plants, flowers, nuts, bolts, nails or whatever, then steam to make these beautiful silk scarves:

Linda's Eco dyed silk scarves;
Donna's Eco dyed silk scarf and
the blue acid dyed scarf
Rust colour created by over-dying with Tumeric

Barb L re-purposed treasured linens dying them with Indigo
(some wrapped using rocks and elastic bands) and acid dyes.
The pretty patterns of the linens did not show when they were white. 

Inspired by his wife's weaving, Michael 'borrowed' her
rigid heddle loom to create a multitude of colourful scarves

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Jan's Year of the Rooster Challenge entry. Read how to make one here:
Fibre Scarf using Solvy
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Stephanie used a 4" zoom (pin) loom to create the turtle, sheep
and elephant; She wove a rep weave
on 4 shafts to create
coasters, book cover, towels and then made 4 bags from the scraps.

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Doreen needle felted this cute little dog
and wove these cheerful  tea towels

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Marg discovered her new washing machine felts the same slipper to 2 different sizes as shown in the photo. She produced so many lovely tea towels and still found time to spin and knit socks. 
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Ilse's SIL will appreciate his new striped socks. The yarn she spun and hand dyed was from Romney wool and the fur of a Samoid dog. The white hank was spun from Rambouillet wool.
Marianne H knit these soft cotton socks
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Knitted socks by Diane L
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Michelle enjoys weaving these scarves
Karen G knit many toques from the Stage stash (and some mitts) for donation to the Okanagan Gleaners.
Maureen W knit these newborn Shaken Baby hats
for donation to the hospitals

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Monday, 20 February 2017

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

The 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'm guessing)












 
A Teacup Puzzle:







The tables are all ready for our 35th Anniversary Tea.

Enjoying the tea. We had a great turnout!




 




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