Category: Fiber arts

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.


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!


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



This year featured jewelry, project bags and stuffed mice,


and Mary Hovde’s incomparable handwoven hand  towels.


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




November 2016 — Paper Play

Seaview member Patty Leinweber led us in a fun exploration of glue and colored paper.  We peeled apart the layers of dyed or painted paper towels, tore them into shapes and glued them  (using thinned white glue) to a backing sheet of paper, either black or white.  Tissue paper works well, also.


Finished pieces can be used in card making or other paper crafts.


Toni and Fotina are happily gluing!


Another fun idea  for this technique is to glue paper towel or tissue paper to the edges of cardstock to make gift tags.


Or just apply the glue and paper pieces to slick plastic sheeting, like visqueen.  Once it’s dry, peel it off the plastic for a translucent material you can use in various ways.


October 2016 –Raw Edge Applique

Dee Brown of Trillium Studios led a wonderful mini-workshop on raw edge applique. Here’s Dee with just some of the wonderful work she had on display.


And there were more…


These are all Dee’s designs, and they are for sale through her website — link above.

The project we did was called Kokio, a beautiful hibiscus image. Here’s her sample.


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Gail and Marie, very carefully cutting out sections of the flower pattern.

We didn’t have time to do the final fusing and sewing of our Kokios, but here’s what some of ours looked like. It was great fun to play with different color combinations!


September 2016 — Studio Visit

We began our 2016-2017 meeting year with a field trip to long-time member Mary Hovde’s home weaving studio.


As you can see, Mary has a lovely 8-shaft Fireside loom, and was working on some hand towels when we were there. It was a real treat to see her weaving space.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch.


September, 2015 ~ Library


Starting the Guild “year” with a good library cull.

We all were busy selecting and donating many books, saving the best, clearing some shelf space to to include other fiber arts books.

March Program ~ Sewn Bowls with Meg Taylor

Learning to make bowls with Meg Taylor
was great fun and easier than expected.

We are sad to announce that our talented Ms. Taylor will be moving away.

We wish her the best!

The craft is called Handknotted Oriental Rug Work.

The knot is called the double tie Ghiordes knot.

Dorna Stone, October program presenter, is originally from Maine where she  learned this craft from her Mother who had a needlework school in their farm house called Gentian Meadows School of Needlework and Rug Making.  She has been making hand knotted rugs for forty years.  When she moved here to Seattle in the 70’s she started teaching through the Experimental College at the University of WA as a way to meet folks and “spread the word”.  Dorna says, “I have entered my rugs into the WA State Fair and won many blue ribbons as well as ‘best of show’, and also into the Evergreen State Fair.  I also received awards from the PNNAG annual Fiber Show in 2009.  After my Mother passed away I transported the rug business to my home in Seattle and managed the supplies and teaching from there.  “Have Needle Will Travel” was my motto and I have taught where ever a group would organize a class and invite me to do so.  I also taught through community centers, needle arts groups like PNNAG, private organizations and folks.  The most recent being in Bellingham where I currently live.  I have demonstrated at nearly every fair and festival in and around Seattle.”

She wrote an article about her  Mother and the rug work which was published in Fiber One magazine in 1997.

As far as materials are concerned I still have a fair supply of the duraback cotton, but you could contact folks who sell hooking supplies such as Rug Art Supplies in Oregon.  Hookers should be able to tell you where they get there stuff.  They do use it, but not as much as monks cloth.  The needle # is 18.  JCA is a whole saler.  If you type in Paternayan Persian Wool you should come up with many options to buy.  Lots of the shops are on the east coast.  Acorn Street Yarns in Seattle sells it by strand and hanks.  They are quite expensive.  I sell it by the 4 oz and 2 oz hanks.  Brown Sheep is a yarn supplier that sells persian wool.  I don’t like the twists per inch they use.  It makes the yarn thicker, but it can be used and the 3 ply split to 2 ply.  I think Northwest Yarns here in B-ham might sell it.  Also the Fiber Gallery in Seattle was selling it.