Monday, June 26, 2017

Hui-pile - A simple blouse worn in Mexico and South America

Handwoven and embroidered garments from around the world
For our June Guild meeting I invited my artist friend Mary, who is a painter, jewelry maker and a retired Spanish teacher to share with us her collection of 'Hui-piles'. A simple blouse worn in Mexico and South America. Mary has traveled the world and collected these beautiful hand made garments during her travels.

 Mary brought a large selection from her collection, few of them are show here. These samples show a variety of hand crafts from around the world. Some of them she bought from the makers or shops and some like this blue one she traded  a Timex watch to the craft person. It is from Morocco with African bead work.

She is a delightful talented watercolor artist. She she studied Opera, has lived in Spain and Mexico and now is living in Ontonagon MI selling her paintings at a local consignment shop and believe it or not Substitute teaching in the local school.

A colorful lovely person she wears many of these garments around town.  She has also traveled to Burma to Mia Mar where she traded a ride in her car for a garment.

Mary surrounded by her handcrafted garments
Guild members enjoyed identifying the weaving techniques used in a number of these items.

One of her favorite pieces are these lovely leg warmers which she loves to wear and feels that this is a up and coming popular item for our northern climate.
leg warmers

Thanks so much to Mary for sharing this beautiful collection with our guild.

Show and Tell

john's cotton rag rugs

John returned thinner from his month walking the 'Camino' in Spain. He shared his pictures from Spain with us on Facebook. We all felt like we had experienced his mission as he hiked the trail. we are hoping he will share a slide show with us one evening during our fall retreat.  John has had time to weave a couple of beautiful rugs and is planing yardage for a friend who wants to make robe for her upcoming ordination.

Dawn is knitting this shawl trying to get 6 end per inch but has found out she cannot knit that tight.
Dawn's wool shawl in progress

Betty with fair-isle Christmas socks
Katie Jo knitting a beginning slouch hat?
 Katie Jo brought her Aunt Betty who loves to knit Christmas stockings and these are some beautiful stocking for her friends and relatives. While Katie Jo continues to knit this time a lace pattern slouch hat that she was told was a beginners pattern. Following x and o's in the pattern is helping to keep her mind working.

Melissa has been weaving a lot since the weather has been so bad. 
Guess there is something to like about our rainy June. She has made a pile of towels from one warp and a scarf woven with sock yarn.
Melissa sharing her many towels

sock yarn scarf
Clare has returned from a two week May vacation in Malaysia with hand and machine stamped cloth.

Boreas braided bottle holder from Malaysia
batik cotton cloth

Indonesia hand stamped cloth
ikat scarf
Mary has been weaving, knitting and felting lately. I also took a Eco dye class at LOLA in Land of Lakes WI from Debbie Jirik.  Before that I took a slow stitch\mending class from Heidi Parks at the Warehouse in Eagle River. Both classes were very well organized and the teachers were very creative artists. We could do the Eco Dye!? fun and very easy except for collecting the dye material.

The Eco dye teacher is going to be an assistant to Yashiko Wada at Madeline Island School this summer and does beautiful stitched paper art. Her work can be seen at the LOLA art gallery in Land of Lakes. She will have an  Indigo Dye class in August at LOLA
dead fish hat sorry fins and eyes cannot be seen

my Eco Dye scarf

felted Trillium
my cottolin twill towels all different sizes !!

We are also planning our October 7-8 Guild Retreat to be held at the Marsin Retreat Center in Houghton MI. This retreat will be open to old and new members of our guild. There are many things being planned so I promise it will be 2 busy days. Including natural dyes, lace work, spinning, felting and weaving to mention a few. Look for more information which will be advertised online and around the local area. 

Buellwood weavers are planning a July meeting that will be a Spinning get together. The date is July 17th at Gloria Dei Bring your wheel and join us for some visiting and spinning instruction. If you do not have a wheel we will let you try drop spindle or wheel spinning also. NO Meeting is planned so come and chat.

August we are planning a road trip TBA. All are welcome we can car pool if necessary.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Buellwood Best Fiber Challenge 2017 May 20, 2017

FULL HOUSE our guild is growing

Buellwood Best Fiber Challenge 2017

We planned this challenge at the suggestion of one of our members, to encourage our members to enter Fiber Art into local shows. This followed a program Phyllis did for us on 'Judging a Fiber Show in Michigan' , we were inspired to have own fiber Show. Our plan was to have the full year to create a quality piece of Fiber Art and bring it to the guild meeting in the Spring. Phyllis was asked to give a critique of our work, we first voted on the entries for a Peoples Choice Award of $25. This was followed by an explanation of our fiber work by each person. Then Phyllis was to critique our work for entry in a show. We had a nice turn out for the first 'Buellwood Best Fiber Challenge 2017'

The entries were:

'Soar' tabby weave and spinning by Carol
Lace bookmark by Anita

Beaded Butterfly by Sarah
Natural Dyed Linen stitch neck warmer by Dawn

Coiled Red Osier Dogwood, Spruce Roots by Karen
10/2 cottolin Hucklace towel by Melissa
Natural wool fleece felted pillows by Laura
'Looking at the World through my Eyes' silk fusion by Jean
'Spring Polka Fest' handwoven by Mary

And our 'Peoples Choice' winner is Carol
Congrats Carol

Show and Tell

Carol started our show and and tell with a simple felt marker dye demonstration. She stretched her untreated cotton cloth over a a cottage cheese container then decorated the circle with sharpie magic markers. She then used a cotton ball to apply rubbing alcohol (70%) to the cloth, waited a few minutes for the colors to bleed out and then she has a beautiful pinwheel design. 


Melissa has had a whole winter of weaving to share with our guild today. She just came back from a color weave workshop in Sonoma, CA with Sarah Jackson. Her samples were beautiful, although this is not her normal color palette, she was very pleased with the results. She mentioned she had never seen the tracking in weaving which she experienced in this workshop (see sample on the left). It was a 2.5 day workshop using summer and winter weave pattern with 8\2 unmercerized cotton. She mentioned that Webs has a unmercerized cotton that is a better quality. She also mentioned they used a color palette program to analyze a photo for colors. I believe I saw one on the Halcyon or Webs site last week. If I come across the name of it I will let you know.

summer and winter color sampler

Melissa also brought in some blue cotton mats that she wove using one warp and many different weaving patterns.

She shared a number of scarves she wove using cotton and a silk blend ribbon yarn, she washed the scarves in the washing machine and dried in the dryer. Unfortunately the scarves now have some permanent pleats in them. I am wondering if the silk ribbon had some polyester in it.

Last she showed us a knit 100% cotton baby blanket with cables that she has been knitting. Bright colors that baby will sure love.

blue cotton mats
Baby blanket

Karen showed some books she has come across this one is titled 'Beautiful Sheep Portraits of Companion Breeds' sorry I cut off the full name of this little fellow. It appears as if the sheep are posing in each of the pictures. A magazine that is like the Mother Earth News meets fiber arts called 'Taproot'.

Laura with one of her pillows
Laura has been felting with sheep fleece. Her samples of these felted pillows are delightful. She wet felted the backside of the cut wool together then backing fabric and embellishment to her finished pillows. She also uses needle felting in her work.  I am in love with the gray plaid pillow!
She suggested a book called Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson for fleece identification. 


I was taking notes but I did not get the breeds of these fleeces she used. I think this is a new idea for a guild presentation?

Check out her lovely wrist warmers she made.
wrist warmers by Laura
Sarah shared her beautiful Grapevine basket which she calls 'Birds Nest' it is a a freehand, random weave basket. A lovely project with embellishment.

She also showed us a twined rug which turned out lovely, she a very good sense of color.

Last of all she shared a Pandora Box of beaded items she has produced over a few years. Some of the beading was on a loom and some not. My very favorite was the long green and white beaded dangle earrings that reminded me of the earrings we wore in the 60's She was a trooper and tried to model them for us, but they kept falling off. They are made of beads and Porcupine Quills.

Porcupine Quill earrings

Thank you to all our guild members for participating in the first Buellwood Best Fiber Challenge. 
It was a fun experience and I have to say it got me busy finishing something I have been working on.

I found a picture in some folders I was given of Mrs. Buell (our founder) 
that I would like to share with you.

The Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artist Guild will meet next month on June 19th at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock, MI at noon. Bring your lunch and sometime to show. Our topic will be Central American Woven and Embroidered Garments. A number of our guild members were interested in her ware. A friend of mine who paints but does not weave and spent a lot of time in Central America has lots of handmade garments to show us. We will bring as much as we can carry.

July 17  Come Spin, knit, weave and chat, no formal meeting for July.

Also planning is in the works for our October 7-8 Retreat at the Marsin Retreat Center. If you have any ideas or what to help out planning we will be talking about the retreat at our June meeting. Contact Carol, Karen or Dawn if you want to teach or bring something for an activity. Contact Katie Jo or Donna if you have something for our pot luck lunch.

This Retreat is free to paid members and open to the interested public.