Friday, April 7, 2017

Fiber Color Theory Buellwood March Meeting 2017

Fiber Color Wheel
 The Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artist Guild had another great meeting on March 20, 2017. As usual we had another enthusiastic Show and Tell by our members. This was followed by a great hands on presentation of Color Theory by Phyllis. We are so happy to have new members joining our guild and bringing excitement and new ideas for our fiber guild. Although everyone cannot make all meetings we are now having a nice turn out each month.
Anita found a handmade lace doily at a local second hand shop

and all these lovely colors the result of the Coreopsis?

  Dawn shows us Madder Red vs Dawn's red from dried Coreopsis Major dried flowers. One quart of dried flowers died (I believe?) 1400 yards of worsted weight wool yarn. The deepest color being a red close to Madder Red.
Then a bag of Rose colored yarn that was dyed with Lichen and the rose ball in the front was a dye bath created by soaking Buck-horn Bark for 2 weeks with an ammonia thickener.
The brown bag was dyed with lichen.
Although I did try to take notes and pay attention at the meeting in March, there was a lot going on. Dawn please correct me if this is wrong. I will better versed at these natural dyes after I take Dawn's natural dye class this summer at the Porkies Folk School. 

Rose bag of yarn
lichen dye

dried Coreopsis flowers

Dawn also dyed and knit this hat for a fellow artist who's calling card is next to the hat. She sure did a nice job of matching the colors of the artwork on the card.
Clare is our expert knitter, who is also learning to weave. Clare brought in her Icelandic yarn she purchased on her travels to Iceland. these fragile yarns are called Plates.
 Plötulopi (plotulopi = unspun plates) can be worked one, two or more ply at a time, depending on how bulky a yarn you want. Gently wind the required number of strands together into a ball by taking the end from the centre and the end from the outside of the plate, or plates.

 Clare is also experimenting with weaving bracelets this winter and will bring in a number to share with us in April.
Iceland Plates of yarn
Clare's bracelet

Karen has been knitting and brought in a lovely scarf she is knitting with a hand paint yarn and she shared the double yarn over scarf pattern with those of us who wanted a copy. She also brought a woven basket of dogwood and cotton cord. Note the base she is using these days for her baskets.


Katie Jo shared an antique spinning wheel she found with the guild. She would very much like to find out more about this wheel. Being small it was suggested it might be a salesman sample wheel.
If you might know the history of this wheel please comment on the blog below.

It was especially nice to see Debra making a guild meeting. She brought in a shawl and hat she has been knitting. Although I know she has some weaving on her loom at home!

 Kathy brought in some weaving she has been doing. The blue table runner is beautiful, then to finish off the warp she used two very different weft yarns to complete the warp. What a different result she got with the same warp.

Also she is taking Clare's knitting class and has made a few beanie caps for gifts. A beginner project but very nice work Kathy.

same warp as runner but a whole new look.
caps knit by Kathy

 Phyllis has been weaving off the warps her students left on the loom with weft from another students weaving project. This is an undulating twill warp on an 8-shaft loom with saturated colors in the weft.

She also showed us a felted piece that she is planning on gathering with a strong tread and then redyeing. Her felted pieces will be on display at Art Start at Nicolet College in Rhinelander WI for the month of April.
cotton resist dyed bag.
The large bag Phyllis brought to show was dyed with thickened MX dyes on cotton. She used a cornmeal resist that is 6 parts water to one part cornmeal along with tape resist. Once the cornmeal is dry she scarped away the cornmeal and applied the dye with a thickener and let set up for 24 hours.
Color Theory
Phyllis did a nice Color Theory presentation for our Guild. Which was very understandable and it was followed by some hands on activities for our members to help show how color works.
Fiber color wheel
Fiber arranged by value
She had us create a color wheel with the yarn samples we brought in. Surprising how we quickly arranged the yarn into a color wheel.

Then we rearranged the yarn into a value wheel. Last of all she showed the group how to create a sample card of colors that we would like to put together in our fiber art.
wrapping our colors on a card

up coming workshops:

Karen and Dawn will be teaching at the Porkies Folk School this coming summer , Karen on Friday, August 18th and Dawn on Saturday July 22th.

Karen will also be teaching at Siever's  on Washington Island, WI July 12 2017 a lovely ,Birch Pouch Basket' Workshop.

upcoming meetings:

 Join the Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Guild for our next meeting on Monday April 17th at noon at Gloria Dei church in Hancock MI,

Show and tell and a presentation by Karen on Coiling with plant materials

Our May 15th meeting will the presentation of our 'Buellwood Best Fiber Challenge'. Be sure to bring in a completed piece of Fiber for our examination and presentation of a 'Viewers Choice Award'. I hope you all are working on your entries and will participate in this learning experience.
Maybe we can even find a place to exhibit our work.

John and Clare will have work in the Finlandia Student Art Exhibit  at the Finnish American Heritage Center until April 18th.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tour of the Lacis Museum in Berkeley California

close up tatted 'cherry blossoms' by Taeko Takashima Kobe, Japan
In February I visited my son and family in California. I usually try to get together with weavers when I am out there. This year I spent a day with Melissa who is a member of the Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artist Guild who lives in Sonoma, California during the winter and in near Lake Linden during the summer. 
Melissa and I spent a day visiting Berkeley, for a little shopping, lunch at the famous
Chez Panaisse Cafe, and a tour of the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. 
A toast to my weaving friends !
Our lunch was lovely and very relaxing. The mission style interior was beautiful. When you eat at a place like this there is always room for dessert! Melissa choose the Cardamon Cake, which was quite tasty, I went for Chocolate Mousse.

The Lacis Museum started out at a retail store in 1965 by Kaethe Kliot. She was a fiber artist enthusiast and provided materials to the artists in the area. The Kliots collected many original pieces of fiber through out the years and it was also a place to exhibit some of this collection. When Kaethe died in 2002 her husband Jules, who had become a partner with her in the store, took over with the help of their son Perrin. Today the Museum is a Non Profit Corporation and the store provides all the textile needs, product and books for all forms of Fiber art. All proceeds from the store support the Lacis Museum which asks only for a donation for the tour. The original small store has grown to occupy over 10,000 square feet.
The Museum has at least two big shows a year. We visited the show Tatting from "Concept to Conceptual ART" and Art it was - I was not disappointed. June 3, 2016 - April 1, 2017

Irish Lace crocheted coll
PreColombian lace
We first explored the conventional and historic exhibits in the retail store. Period dresses and costumes were hanging from the ceiling and hundreds of antique sewing machines scattered about the store. Trying not to be distracted by the supply of textile products for sale all around us we waited for patiently for the our tour guide and three other people who called about a tour. 

The tour took us into another larger room that the walls were covered with Tatting- some so large they were hung high up on the wall. I did not realize it at the time but after reading the online story I think the tour guide was actually Jules the owner of the Lacis Museum. Some of the exhibit was traditional tatting of doilies and lace. Then we saw tatting that was colorful jewelry and bridal necklaces some of Irish origin and some of Asian origin. So Many great pieces to show you

' Christmas Fantasy' and 'Cherry Blossoms' by Taeko Takasima
a tatted alphabet

tatted San Francisco highlights

colored Tatting Lindsay Rodgers Scotland
 Then there was the creative use of color and technique that really caught my interest. Painting with colored tatted elements, Check out Helma Siepmann's web page with tatting lessons in German

Helma Siepmann Germany
close up of her interpretation of nature


Also some beautiful three dimensional Sea Urchin made Andrea Brewster of Oakland CA. 

Beautiful Jewelry by Terachi Yuuko of Kyoto, Japan.

Tatted and beaded necklace 'Lovely'
Tatted and beaded Purse 'Tsukubal'

Here a beaded and tatted Bridal necklace by Nina Libin of NY NY. I was truly inspired by this exhibit of Tatting.
Bride necklace

Tatted garment

Virginia Mescher   Parasols

Jules gave us a quick tatting lesson and a shuttle to take home.

Because we were so amazed by the art these tatters had created he took us upstairs and gave us a sneak preview of the show they will hang this Summer.

 'Pina Philippine Cloth of Pride, Endurance and Passion' July 7, 2017- May 4, 2018

LOOK CLOSE this is Applique
Pina is a fiber made from the leaves of the Pineapple plant and is commonly used in the Philippines to weave cloth. From the 1500's until today. It is sometimes combined with silk or Polyester to create a textile fabric for clothing. 
Each strand of the fiber is stripped and knotted one by one to form a continuous filament to be handwoven. Production of this fabric has been revived in the past 20 years.
Hand embroidered / Appliqued Pieces are called Sombrado. The cloth Calado is stain resistant and strong although it looks delicate. It takes 8 hours to make a 24 inch by one meter cloth.



Appliqued Pina Cloth

 this really looks like a good Exhibit coming in July 2017 to the Lacis Museum in Berkeley CA.
 I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you want to see more ask to see what is on my iPad.

Our next guild meeting is at noon Monday, March 20 at Gloria Dei church in Hancock, MI

The topic will be' color theory' by Phyllis Please bring 4 or 5 yarn samples from your stash, for her presentation.  A few yards of each will be fine.