Saturday, October 3, 2020

September Bark Weaving Outdoors

Bark weaving was our topic for the September 21 Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artist Guild meeting, which we held out side at Boston Pond Shelter in the Keweenaw. We had a smaller turn out this month but an interesting show and tell and a fun project was started. I am still waiting for pictures of the finished Bark weaving samples.  It was interesting the variety of  sticks each person brought in to created their weaving. Here are some samples of the yarns and bark sticks our members tried.

We all wore masks and social distanced, despite it being hard to take pictures and hear each other with the wind. We have two new members to our guild this month so a big welcome Deb and Jim. 

I found that a strong stick that was fresh  with rough bark worked best . As the yarn was easier to wrap on the stick and the Y did not bend in too much to make the tension a problem. I did find one strong driftwood piece that might work. A couple of us interpreted the directions a little different but they all seemed to work. 

Anita has a big stick with two Y's sections . This will make an interesting wall piece for sure.

Denise had the right idea and some special weft yarns and cloth to work with. 

Laura had a very small piece of drift wood that she wound with some fine glitzy yarn which was very interesting. 

John was trying a 3 dimensional piece with his stick. This is an interesting approach and he was using both sides of the warp and weaving with cloth strips. 

Deb came prepared with some fat yarn....a good idea when weaving a tapestry type woven piece.

Kathie was struggling with getting the tension on her stick. Which I found was the problem with a smooth or weak stick. 

Show and tell was quick and sweet.
Laura has been weaving on her 20" rigid heddle loom. Look at the garments she made with her handspun yarn. She is looking for a loom with a wider weaving width about 26 inches, preferably a small loom for her small house. The tunic top in green and purple and the black and white Jacob fleece coat are beautiful. 

Mary finished her handwoven vest 12214 Cutting Line Designs made with yarn from the North Ronaldsay sheep in Scottland. 
She took a workshop with Mary Sue Fenner this last year and completed the sewing at home this summer. She also attended MLH in 2018 and took a workshop with Su Butler 'Tied Weaves'. the sampler has some great woven patterns.  

Kathie has been weaving up a storm of items and brought in her latest scarves and runners.  She used a shinny cotton warp with a blue cotton weft and the turquoise weft is a mystery fiber she found at a resale shop. 

Dawn found this item in some weaving supplies and wonders what it is actually used for?
we thought some sort of tension maker for a warp. She has been dyeing with plants again and this time it was colored corn cobs, the tassels gave a green color.  Sweet Gale gave the yellow yarn.  A Lichen from the Maple tree she showed us last meeting gave the purple variations.  The bright magenta was from the Common Buckhorn Bark with ammonia.

Karen's fabulous baskets.

She was unable to attend our meeting and sent some photos in for the Blog. First an embellished Birch bark basket. Which is her creative design. 


Karen's Willow basket around a recycled jar with the faucet base.

Keep watching for more information on our fall meetings Where we will be meeting? in emails from John, if you have any requests for a topic or presentation send your ideas to John. Our next meeting should be October 19th. 

Buellwood Best 2021 is a challenge to create a fiber piece to fit with in  a 12 inch square.

Hopefully by May Meeting in 2021 we will be meeting in  person to present our work. 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Buellwood Guild meeting August 25 2020


Melissa wins 'most productive' this meeting. She has been spending her summer finishing all of her winter projects. We are wondering if she is going to open an online store?
These are just a sample of the needle punch gifts she has finished. 

Denise brought her spinning wheel to our outdoor meeting as did a few others. She took Mary Sue Fenner's one of a kind jacket class we had in July over the internet. She finished her jacket and brought it along for us to see. It has a very Asian look, since it has been a long time since Denise made a sewn garment she learned a lot from this workshop. The pattern is a Marcy Tilton pattern 9035. 

Karen was able to make this meeting and she too had a lot to show . First her mobile for her new grand daughter.  It has stitched wool animals and many of Karen's birch stars. Her indigo dyed sample was very decorative with a lot of detail. The cordage below is red Rhubarb skins that made a nice strong cordage. I believe Poppy made this cordage. Since she was indigo dyeing she added some found garments to see the results. then later added the indigo sample to one of them. 

Eco dyeing many scarves has been keeping her busy and these are just a few that she will be selling on line this summer.

Jimalee's Norwegian mittens hand knit by her for family.
 These are patterns from the Norwegian community of Selbu, copies from museum pieces. She has relied on the book Selbu Mittens by Anne Bardsgard, a wonderful book that was a big gift to herself during this pandemic.

The male cuffs have an elaborate cuff, with much design. The female mittens often have stripes and/or a chevron pattern. Colored mittens are commonly used for children; black and white, grey and white, neutrals are for adults. The yarn is finger weight Finullgarn by Rauma, 100% wool, a very lightweight two-ply. So, lighter weight than dk. These yarns are imported from Norway.


Melissa M's stash of finished items included needle punch  holiday items that she will use as gifts 3 lovely handwoven pillows and pile of dishtowels and some lovely woven runners . I did mention the Handwoven patterns in the previous blog but they are from the M/A 2020 magazine. Which is in our guild library that John keeps for us. Just ask him to bring it to a guild meeting in September if you would like to make one of these items. 
Lastly she made a copper bracelet with the remaining warp from a MLH workshop with Anastasia Azure  she found small magnets to use for the closures. Very cleaver and a lovely piece of jewelry.



Phyliss attended an Eco dye playday with Dawn and created some very nice eco dyed samples. 
Phyliss is retiring form Finlandia this year and treated herself to this lovely hooked rug. From Multi Colores the rug hooking cooperative in Guatemala

Last  she showed a sample of  a warp that was left at class that she finished off . It is the red and blue sample below,  I believe it is  a double weave piece. unfortunately we were not touching all these lovely pieces because of the COVID 19.

Anita  showed off her indigo dyed cloth from our June meeting in the park. She also found a purse at resale shop made of silk ties that she bought as a pattern. She found this skein of mystery yarn that the label is in Japanese.  It is a lovely soft yarn so if you can read the label she would love to know what fiber it is. 

Jim joined our group today with some Suffex wool he cleaned to spin. His wife is a weaver and is interested in joining our guild. We look forward to meeting her. 

David another possible new member, moved here form New Mexico to escape the heat. He has Alpaca south of Chassel off o f 41 on Koko Road. He had a quilted piece to show.

Melissa L had some pictures to share of  Flax she grew this year.  


Laura had many items to share starting with the mohair yarn she spun for a hooker who now does not want it, so it is for sale. She is located south of Eagle River WI and travels a long way for our meetings. We love seeing all her projects.  She would like to find a used rigid heddle loom that she can weave over 20 inches. She found that the Rigid Heddle loom is good with fat homespun yarns in the warp. Here are yards of blue fabric on her rigid heddle loom. 

yards of fabric on a rigid heddle loom . she is looking for a wider rigid heddle loom.       

She used her Eco dyed sheets from our retreat last year to make a number of  books  this winter. Below are many samples of the pages she put together. 

Mary has been busy testing the Arne and Carlos Wool Slipper pattern and has found that this pattern works very well with Brown Sheep wool. Hand spun wool not so good for slippers as it did not felt as nicely. She has also been knitting socks for gifts.  As well as weaving 4 more Finnish hand towels. 

Dawn has been a busy gardener but still found time to have an Eco Dye playday at her house. 

Lynn brought in her indigo dyed sample form our last 2020 winter meeting. 

Clare sent a picture (below) of her sample garment she made with Mary Sue Fenner's workshop. But she is hesitant to cut into her lovely handwoven fabric. I understand as I have been there, many garments ago. She is going to make this Coco Chanel garment with her fabric. This is just the practice version with a yard sale tablecloth before she cuts into her handwoven yardage.

For those who were in the class, She opted for Hong Kong seams as Mary Sue suggested. She still need to work on that technique but really likes the result! She also used contrasting batik binding as she suggested because she had a lot of it in her stash. Between this and mask-making she is happy to never have to cut or sew binding again.

We all wore masks until we spoke and social distanced . It was a successful outdoor meeting despite the threat of rain. We are hoping that we can resume our indoor gatherings sometime soon.