Category: Weaving


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.

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.

 

December 2016 — Sale and Holiday Potluck

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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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.

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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.

 

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March program ~ weaving

Mary Hovde led the March program on weaving with her skills and showed an inspiring array of her work.

Graham shows how to warp up many colors at once with his card trick.

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We had an active year! One highlight was making a panel for the Dream Project — we took the theme “Dreams of Women”, and seven of us made small fiber art pieces that were then assembled into a finished panel by Patty L.

This link will take you to the Flickr page that gives all the details of our pieces.

Rae Deane taught us the basics of knitted lace — but as her samples show, she’s is quite an expert!

 

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Then on to milliner, Carol Campbell’s “Fascinator” program… one of the most seriously FUN workshops ever!

 

We ended the year with a hands-on weaving day

and our usual bountiful potluck lunch, which was made complete by Elsa’s Cherpumple — hers was relatively modest, an apple pie backed into a spice cake, if I recall correctly.

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How Time Flies!

Clearly, I haven’t been doing such a good job updating the Seaview Weavers Guild blog!  Because I’m all about the moving forward, let’s just agree that yes, we’ve had many  fun, productive, inspiring,  and educational meetings for the past year and a half  . . . and just leave it at that. I’ll do my best to keep this more current this meeting year, September 2009 through May 2010.