Category: Fiber arts


March 2018

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Allison Harding lad us in a mini-workshop on felting with silk hankies and merino wool.

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Here are some examples of the scarves she makes using this technique. The silk hankies form the outer layer of a sandwich of fibers.  Wool is in the middle.

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Allison brought a variety of colors of wool and silk hankies to choose from.

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The wool center layers are laid down in thin pieces, over the bottom layer of silk hankie.  Bubble wrap forms the base of the felting bundle.

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Once the layers are done, the fibers are wetted and then rolled to felt them together.  Lots of rolling!

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Additional hand rubbing is needed to get the final finishing done.

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Here are our finished samples.

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Plus we had lots of cool Show and Tell! Weaving, quilting, locker hooking, knitting, crocheting, and other cool stuff.

 

 

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Judy IrishJudy Irish did an amazing presentation of her quilts and also did a demonstration of her technique for weaving commercially woven fabric to create a unique background for further quilt applique.

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Judy combines a variety of materials to get the effects she wants.

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Judy loves to add dimensional elements to her quilts.

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The background of this piece (a detail of larger quilt) shows her woven background technique.

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To make a woven background, first put a fusible backing on your fabrics.  Then cut one of the fabric along the length of your finished piece, using a rotary blade to create a smooth cut.  Cut random lines for an interesting background.

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Then cut the other fabric along the width-wise orientation.

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Weave the strips of fabric together, keeping them in their original alignment.

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Once the strips of  fabric are firmly woven together, fuse them to make a stable background fabric.

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Show and Tell — a lovely nuno felted scarf!

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Show & Tell — A small quilted and embroidered piece in progress, by Gail Parris.

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Show & Tell: Woven chenille  scarf by Astrid Bear, woven baby blanket, and woven pillow cover, and a knitted sweater by Christine Stewart.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Designs can be bold and graphic…

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Or amazingly detailed.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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

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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.

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

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Each December, members bring a variety of items to the meeting to sell.

 

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This year featured jewelry, project bags and stuffed mice,

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and Mary Hovde’s incomparable handwoven hand  towels.

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After shopping, we enjoyed a fabulous potluck lunch, and celebrated the season!

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