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January 2018

Our talented member Lonetta Avelar taught us basic scratchboard technique.

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This technique uses a sharp tool (we used needles held in repurposed mechanical pencils) to make scratch marks on a special black medium — white  board painted with black ink.  The scratch marks reveal the white underneath.

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The lower board shows some practice doodles.  The upper board shows the outlines of the image, transferred to the scratchboard with chalk. We were working from this dramatic bird photo that Lonetta took.

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And working very hard!  It’s a slow and exacting technique.

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Here are all of our pieces.




December 2017

We enjoyed our traditional holiday potluck and plaid llama sale.

November 2017

Guild members Toni Burton and Jeff Botten shared many items from their extensive ethnic textile collection. Other members also brought items to share — the morning was a combination of a visual and tactile treat and a trip around the world in handwork!

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Toni and Jeff with some of their Indonesian ikat weavings.

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Assorted South East Asian and Chinese items.

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Embroidered table linens, silver, jewelry, and a knitted sweater from Fotini’s trousseau.  All these items were made in the town in Greece that she comes from.

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Counted thread cross-stitch made by Graham, from a Danish pattern.  He did this piece while he was studying weaving in Copenhagen in the 1950s.

October 2017

Member Astrid Bear led the group in a beginning embroidery class. We explored basic stitches…

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combined stitches…

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and played with applique.

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Michele Murnane shared some work she had in a workshop with Gail Harker, a combination of hand dyed fabric, embroidery, and applique.

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September 2017

Cory Ellen Boberg of Indie.Knits gave a presentation on her creative process and color theory.  This reporter was unable to attend, but here are some images of her and her work.

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May 2017 — Rug Hooking

Judy Taylor did a wonderful presentation and demonstration of rug hooking with yarn.  She prefers yarn over the more usual fabric strips.IMG_4391

She designed and made this frame to hold the work, and here she’s showing the hook she uses to pull the yarn up from behind the backing.


The pattern is drawn on the backing fabric with Sharpie pen, and then the yarn is hooked up through it to fill in all the spaces.


Here’s a view of the back, showing how a loop of yarn is formed over the hook.  This also gives you a view of she lays in the rows of loops.


Designs can be bold and graphic…


Or amazingly detailed.


Judy’s written two books about her techniques and also has kits and materials for sale at her website, Little House Rugs.  Check it out!


We also had our end-of-the-meeting year potluck and swore in our new slate of officers for the September 2017-May 2018 meeting year.


From left, Graham Humphrey, President; Gail Parris, Treasurer; Susan Lindsey, Secretary; and Toni Burton, Program Co-Chair. The other Program Co-Chair,  Jeff Botton, wasn’t present.

April 2017 — Ice Dyeing

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Cathy Kind showed us gorgeous examples of her work using  various  dyeing techniques on fabric and scarves.  Here (left)  she’s holding a cut velvet scarf dyed in two different colors in a single dyepot, using Alter Ego and Dupont Classique dyes.  The scarf she’s wearing and the yellow and purple fabric she’s holding (left) are dyed using the ice dyeing technique.

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Here are small strips of a variety of ice dyed fabrics.  We all left with a great desire to give it a try!  More info here: Learn to Ice Dye.



March 2017 — Beaded Earrings

Our talented member, Shirley Pauls, led a mini-workshop on making beaded earrings using the new super-duo beads.

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Here are some of Shirley’s samples.  As you can see, you can get quite different effects depending on color choice and whether or not you use smaller accent beads.

We worked very intently on following the pattern!

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The beading thread and needles are so fine.

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Some of our finished earrings and works-in-progress.  Thanks, Shirley, for a fun workshop!


Leslie Greenquist from the  All Wound Up  yarn shop in the Perrinville district of Edmonds, WA, demonstrated  weaving on a triangular frame loom and also I-cord knitting using a knitting nancy or an I-cord machine.

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This reporter wasn’t present at the meeting, but looks as if the weaving is done with a continuous length of yarn, first making a warp pass along the long arm of the loom, then going up as weft on each side of the loom in turn.

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If that is the case, then the weaving builds from the sides and finishes in the center.

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Here Leslie is demonstrating a crank driven I-cord machine. What a timesaver!

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Members Valerie Day and Carol Campbell show off the fascinators they made.


January 2017 — Coffee Mug Flower Arrangements

Seaview member Marie Philipsen showed us how to make a stunning floral arrangement in a coffee cup or other  container.

First, press the coffee cup into the presoaked florist’s Wet Foam to mark the size of the cup.  Then trim away the excess Wet Foam.


Be sure to leave about half an inch of Wet Foam sticking out above the top of your cup.


Start by sticking greenery into the sides of the foam to make a base for your arrangement. Then continue adding material, working from the  bottom of the arrangement up to the center. Here Marie is giving a preview of  how the flowers will go in, but usually one adds more greenery around the perimeter of the cup first.


Lovely arrangements can be made with just a few flowers and greenery from the garden!