Category: Weaving


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.

January Meeting

Robyn Spady gave a wonderful talk titled “Less is More”, about how to weave fancy trims, called galloons and gimps. These are the sort of trims you pay enormous amounts of money for at the fabric and upholstery stores, yet are surprisingly easy to weave, and utilize very few ends of warp. As Robyn asked, “Can you manage to warp five ends?” You bet, Robyn!
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My apologies to Robyn!  This is best of the pictures I got — the auto focus wasn’t doing very good job that day.  She is holding a fringed trim that has three warp sections, one in the center and one on each side.  The weaving is done with a thick bundle of assorted yarns, is this case red and black.   The weft is mostly floating free, and when the weaving is done, you cut up the center to make two strips of lovely, fluffy fringe.    She also showed us how to to make a variety of other trims, similar to those shown here.

We got so inspired by this that we are bringing warped up looms to the February meeting to let everyone have a try.

Valerie lead us in a damp but fun workshop onmaking felted flowers.  First a base shape is felted, and cut to the size and shape wanted.

Then, some additional fiber can be felted on to add detail

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resulting in a lovely flower!

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Beads and a pinback need to be added.

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And they can be any color that amuses.

The best thing at Show and Tell was Heather’s amazing wall hanging. This is a hand painted silk warp, woven with a silk weft, that will be installed in the dining room of her client. The framework  will support it vertically and will give the effect of a  cascading waterfall. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of it in place!

Wall hanging

Heather is on the right, above.

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All we can say is, “Wow!”
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Annie and her hats

Our April meeting featured a fabulous talk by Anne de Vuono, who makes the most amazing hats! I didn’t think to get more pictures of them, but do check out her website. She gave us an overview of the history of hats, and explained some of the techniques she uses.  Then she showed us two amazingly cool things to do with ribbon.  If you are very nice, I’ll post pictures later.

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Just how long is this?Yum!Silk warp
Heather is back from Costa Rica, and showed us the fabulous dyework she was able to do there. Above left, she and Patty are stretching out the dyed portion of the warp, which so far has the colorways of three different hummingbirds. The remaining undyed warp is that luscious pile of silk in the middle, and take a closer look at those fabulous colors!  Above, the warp slightly spread out, below, slid together for your amazement. The total warp length is 18 meters.

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All I can say is, Wow!

Valerie’s harps

Valerie free motion machine embroidered a harp motif for a bag, them scanned the image and used it with some of the paper techniques Patty showed us last month.

Ruth and JaneRuth’s blanket

Ruth had a surprise when she washed the blanket she showed us last month.  She thought it was all acrylic yarn, but it turns out most of it was wool, so it shrank quite a bit.  The later part of the weft was acrylic, so she cut off that portion. The wool part is soft and lovely, and the striping from the sleying disappeared.  The acrylic part still shows the striped effect — it’s the top layer in the picture on the right.

Michele’s doll

Michele took a class at In the Beginning and made this gorgeous doll.