Fall is a beautiful time in the U.P. of Michigan. We had our Annual Fall Retreat on the shores of the ship canal in Houghton, MI a few weeks ago. The weather was cool and a bit wet this year, no problem since most of our fiber projects were inside. We all got together for two days of fiber fun. A special thank you to all our members who taught workshops and to all who attended. It would not happen without you!
|a few finished projects|
Saturday AM Karen presented a workshop ' Bow woven beaded bracelet'
It was met with great enthusiasm, and quite successful.This was a fun fast project after adding 100 beads to each side of the bow we wove the center adding one bead on each side.The finished bracelet wrapped around our wrists twice. It made a lovely bracelet.
|Extra light was needed for our bow weaving|
|Bow weaving set up|
|Dawn introduced us to all the plant materials|
|rolling up our scarves|
|steaming our scarves|
|finished scarves drying|
|Dawn demo's making dryer balls|
While the scarves were steaming we made 'dryer balls', also presented by Dawn. It was a fun, friendly experience. We had colorful dryer balls to bring home. Many colors to choose from and the dye did not come out in my laundry.
|Dryer ball samples|
|pretty busy here with those dryer balls|
|Lovely Hemp Towels|
|Punch Needle Art|
Melissa spends her summer in the U.P. and this summer she made hand towels.
Lots of hand towels and some out of Hemp that she bought on a trip over seas.
Melissa is also is a master of Punch Needle which she has made many ornaments for herself and family.
|Melissa handwoven towels, just a few.|
As we had a long detour to get to the Marsin House because of the Father's Day Flood that took out the road to the retreat house, we decided to not venture into Houghton and drive back out in the dark. A few of us spent the night and finished up our projects or spent time spinning and weaving.
Poppy wove a mug rug as did Karen and neither of them have woven on a loom. I was very happy for them to give this a try. They both finished a mug rug and actually were quite satisfied about it.
|Guild loom dressed for Rep Weave Mug Rugs|
|Karen weaving - a very new weaver but she stuck with it|
show and a wonderful needle holder project for those interested.
|selecting our wool from the piles of fabric available|
|Needle case cover|
|Lori came from Seattle to join us|
|the inside of our needle cases|
Laura even brought label material for our inside of the wool cases. A very clever and complete project.
Anita is our resident Lace Maker and she was able to show us a little about her lace making supplies and techniques. Anita will do a more complete demo at our next guild meeting on November 12thIt is a time consuming and precise craft and created a lot of interest.
|Lace making supplies|
|the lace maker pillow|
|a brief demo by Anita|
|John showing the first marbled cloth|
We used cotton fabric and droppers of acrylic paint that floated on top of the water. We then dipped the cotton fabric along the surface to dye our cloth.
|clothes line once the rain stopped to dry our Marbled Art|
|Samples drying on the table|
Although we were all tired and busy with lots of projects we had a friendly learning and sharing get together and I am sure there will be another Fall Retreat in 2019.
Our next guild meeting will be November 12th at noon at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock.
bring your show and tell, lunch and come join us.
Anita is going to have a lace making demo for us to try.
Our Guild was asked to Demonstrate at the 'Art Affair' in Houghton MI again this year.
it will be held Saturday November 10th at the Houghton High School 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Guild members are asked to contact Kathie Joyce if you can fill in a few hours to help out.
We will have a loom and a spinning wheel for those interested in giving a demo or trying there hand at Spinning our weaving. Stop by and join us if you are out.