Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Buellwood Best -- May 2018

Buellwood Best Projects 

May is our annual 'Buellwood Best Share'. We had a good turn out this year, the challenge was to use the natural dyed wool form our 2017 fall retreat workshop given by Dawn. If you did not take the workshop then we asked you bring your best project for the 2017-2018 year. 
most of our members used our dyed yarn to create an item for the B Best Share. Our future hopes are to display these works in a local public building. 

Dawn is wearing her hand knit shawl, check with her on the exact pattern but it looks like the wingspan pattern or one of Steven West's https://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west. 
She used yarn dyed with Buck horn and Lichens.

close up of shawl
Dawn decked in her shawl

Anita did not take the dye workshop but took a 'Sweet Water Grass Basket' class with the Calumet Art Center and made this lovely basket.

Anita and Karen
Sweet water grass basket by Anita

Laura used wool she dyed at the natural dye workshop to create these lovely Wool Appliqued pieces with stitching and embellishment. She used un ply-ed silk thread to sew the Applique onto recycled wool from her stash.

Laura's stitched pillow
Laura's stitched picture
Clare did a weaving with open spaces on a rug warp which she found gave her better tension for weaving this open design. Which she called 'Early Spring- Colors have Arrived'.
Clare's wall hanging
Clare's"Early Spring"
John continued with exploration of Transparent weave and created this window piece of whales. Using the dyed yarn for the weft pictures.
John with his transparent woven piece

Mary created a tunic using 46 balls of 20 yards of natural dyed yarn from two workshops she attended in 2017. The woven pattern was a Triple Draught Birds Eye which was my inspiration from a MLH swatch. The left side of the garment was a simpler birds eye pattern. For the weft she used a black Alpaca wool. The pattern was from the book 'Weave Knit and Wear' by Judith Shangold. Thank you to Melissa for modeling the tunic on a very hot day in May. Not that we have many hot days.

wool tunic
close up of tunic
 Melissa wove a number of runners with her dyed wool. In I believe a Summer and Winter pattern. if this is not correct it is because I was taking pictures and trying to listen and take notes at the same time. A lovely combination of all these colors we got from the natural dye workshop.
summer and winter close up.
wool woven runners in the lovely dyed colors

our guild admiring Melissa's woven runners
Karen is new to knitting but look at these mittens she has made from her 20 yarn balls. Karen said she is really enjoying knitting and is letting the colors flow as she knits. She has advanced to adding cables and patterns to her knitting. She has enough yarn to make a 5th pair of mittens.

4 pair of mittens in beautiful color

 Show and Tell 

If this above was not enough we also had some show and tell from our guild members.

Karen found these lovely Bow woven bracelets when she was out east and she promises to look into how these are woven for a future meeting.

knit mitttens

 Mary knit these cozy mittens using wool roving for the inside and used handspun alpaca wool mix for the body of the mittens.

woven piece from workshop warp

Melissa took an 8 shaft 'Weaving in a Parallel Universe'  workshop from Linda Harshorn  this winter in California. She brought in her amazing samples from this workshop. Many patterns to weave with parallel threading to create a variety of structures including shadow weave, four color doubleweave, echo weave twills, and turned taquete. She also shared a sampling loom from Purl and Loop. She claims she will try to sample in the future....
Echo weave sample
Phyllis brought in some items she gave away to family and they have been returned to her. lovely to remember the joy they gave her parents. A runner made from Seersucker P.J.'s in which she twisted 2 colors of weft to create the design. Place mats that were rag woven for her mother many years ago.
rag woven placemats
felted pill box for her dad
runner woven with Seersucker weft from P.J.s

Sarah had a bead woven piece which was very well executed and interesting.

Laura told us about a new rug hooking book she heard about in 
a class this winter.' Fancy Fibers' it is a beauty! and very 3 dimensional rug hooking.
Maddie finished her first scarf from the rigid heddle loom that her mom Lorraine Marley helped her warp. It is wool with the Scottish green color. Thank you Maddie and everyone for bringing in your lovely fiber pieces.
Scottish green

Maddie with her scarves.

We want to thank Clare for all the cutting and sewing on our MLH swatches due this month. Thank you to all who wove on this beautiful warp with the natural dyed yarn from Dawn. We will miss Clare, as she is spending next year out East closer to family who she will need around when they have their first baby in September. She is glowing! please keep us up to date when you can Clare.

Our next meeting will be June 18th  we will be showing how plan and wind a warp for towels. In July or September we will warp a 4 shaft loom with this warp. Now is the time to be there to see how many different methods of warping we use to do this. Bring questions and methods to share.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Transparencies in weaving

The Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artist guild meet Monday April 23 as our regular meeting was cancelled due to snow. Thank you John for rescheduling and presenting your Transparency Weaving program for us.

John has been working on finding a weaving techniques that is pictorial and he explored a number of different techniques before finding Transparency. He did some tapestry a few years ago but wanted something a bit lighter for this project.

His first attempt was Finnweave after visiting the exhibit at the Finnish American Heritage Center which had a number of woven pieces by Dona Jung. Which I believe was a version of Finnweave. Per Bonnie Inouye "finnweave" is a pickup method. It is a form of double weave with paired threads. Loom-controlled designs in this structure are called "deflected double weave" now and have had other names in the past.
John found working with Finnweave did not give him the results he was looking for and a bit difficult to weave from his sampling.

He proceeded to study Transparency weaving, Inlay, Theo Moorman and even Shaft Switching by Peter Collingswood.

The result of his search came up with some nice results with Transparency weaving on a linen background.

Transparency Sampler by John
Cartoon and Transparency 'Hiker' by John

He finished the 'Hiker' inspired by his pilgrimage on the Comino de Santiago last year. 

John set up a loom for us try our hand at Transparent weaving and combining colors with the fibers on the loom. He uses a cartoon under the weaving to follow his design.  

His other weaving will be his entry into the Buellwood Best show in our May meeting so you will have to wait to see the results.
He also discovered that transparency weaving may have been invented by Frida Hansen  
in the early 1900's. Read more about her in the link above.

Show and Tell

Once again we had a great show and tell from our talented members:

Kathie knit a scarf from handspun she got from Laura at our last retreat. It is a bit heavy but she is sure her grand daughter will love it.
Hand spun yarn scarf

She also brought in 2 coiled baskets she bought from the Hoopa Valley Indians in Northwestern CA.
Hoopa Valley Indian coiled baskets

John shared some luscious silk yarn that came with his new 8-shaft loom. he plans on weaving a gift with this yarn on his new loom.

Phyllis wearing Dawn's vest
Dawn our natural dye teacher came in with some beautiful felted pieces this time and of course another example of colors she gets with her natural dye matter.
Her felted vests were a hit. One went home with Phyllis.


With the 100 gr of dried indigo leaves Dawn cooked up a dye bath and  has been dyeing everything she has in this beautiful bath. Then she dyed the wool and silk she used to Nuno felt this scarf. Still some green in the silk in this felted piece. Did the silk not oxidize or is Silk different from the wool when dyed in Indigo?

Nuno felted scarf Indigo dye.

She also felted a scarf out of wool she dyed with black walnut hulls and embellished it with wool dyed with purple corn shucks.

Black walnut hulls scarf
Glossy buck thorn bark with ammonia
 Her dye sample was dyed in Glossy buck thorn bark soaked in straight ammonia. The resulting red was beautiful the grey was when she dried the sample in sunlight.
log cabin weave with Harrisville Shetland yarn
Mary wove her third Log Cabin Rauna out of Harrisville Shetland yarn. This one is green and blue with a Tundra color edge. She brought the sample of woven log cabin pattern woven with Harrisville yarn and finished. This one a gift is already gone.Very soft feel gives this garment a nice drape.
She has also been teaching herself to crochet with cotton Sugar and Cream yarn to make sun hats for the grand daughter. It took three tries to get one that might fit. Sugar and Cream is a little chunky for this pattern. 
crocheted hats out of cotton

The knit hat is fashioned after the USA Olympic 2018 team hat that was worn by the snow board ladies. One ball of chunky yarn to knit this hat all it needs is the USA logo on it and it is a match.

felted bowl workshop GLIKKA July 25-29 St Helena Light station
Because I had so much fun last summer I will be doing another felting workshop at St Helena Light station just west of Mackinaw City MI. Join me for 4 days at Great Lake Lighthouse keepers website for the July workshop.

Donna, brought in at drift wood sculpture she enjoyed making this Christmas tree or as she it a Sailboat. We can see it decorated with ornaments for the holidays.

Karen has been making baby booties. She shared a pair of crocheted dragon stitch booties... so cute for a new grand daughter?
Karen crocheted booties
Phyllis has been busy dyeing with onion skins. Who knew these beautiful colors could be had with all those saved onion skins? She used only Alum as a mordant to get these lovely results.

Here a grey fleece was dyed with onion skins without the Alum as a mordant
Phyllis admiring her grey fleece dyed with onion skin
Marilyn is weaving dog lashes on the inkle loom.
These are beautiful and she has mastered the salvages on these samples. She plans on treating the lashes with lavender oil to protect her dogs from the dreaded ticks we will soon have to deal with her in the U.P.

Our next meeting will be May 21 at the Gloria Dei Church in Hancock MI at noon. 
this is the Buellwood Best show that can win you a years membership. Peoples choice will determine the winner of the scholarship for 2018-2019.

Our guild retreat is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday Oct 13, and 14 th this year. We have again reserved the beautiful Marsin Retreat Center near Houghton MI.
Please save the dates!
 if you want to present a short workshop let John or Katie know what you have in mind.  The public is welcome all we ask is that you join our guild with a $25 membership to attend.