Thursday, October 1, 2015

September visit to Pekka's Studio in Tapiola

Hi Weavers we had another fantastic Guild Meeting at Pekka's Studio in Tapiola. We meet at The Feed Mill Cafe for a wonderful lunch at noon. The food was tasty and the service was great. After lunch we had show and tell and discussed some changes for this year.

First Eve wants to step back as chairperson and it was suggested we have a different person chair each meeting so check out our schedule of topics on this website to see what we have in store for 2015-2016. Each month a different guild member will be in charge of sending out meeting and topics for the month. We have volunteers for chair person up until March then we will need some help to continue this change.

Eve prepared a book with guild members names and emails as well as telephone numbers for contact. Mary will hand them out at the October meeting if you did not receive one. Our guild dues of $15 dollars are due in September but Mary will be collecting them at guild meetings.

Show and tell followed these announcements. Eve brought in a bag of Goodies form Jamilee Jones, who is getting rid of her tools. We passed the bag around and each of us took something we could use. The big item was a Strip cutter that we decided to hold for use by all guild members. If you need a strip cutter we now have one. Contact Carol if you want to use it. Thank you Jamilee Jones for this nice addition to our Guild equipment.
strip cutter

Our show and tell started with Susan showing her finished baby blanket, her first weaving on a rigid heddle loom.
Susan first weaving with satin trim on the blanket
Eve brought a sample of Knit Weaving she received from Elisabeth along with instructions on how this is done.
knit weaving sample from Elizabeth 

meeting at the Feed Mill Cafe
Jean, John and I took a class at the Porkies Folk School with Ruth Manning in July. We each completed a small tapestry.
I showed mine at the last meeting and posted it in the blog last month. Jean and John brought theirs to this meeting.

Jean's Lake Superior tapestry

John's Tapestry from July

 Then John stole the show and tell. He finished his color gamp and brought that into show.
He loved this Tapestry class so much he went to Siever's on Washington Island WI to take Ruth Manning's week long tapestry class.
John's sample from that class

John's inspiration for his weaving at Siever's

His finished tapestry
close up of John's tapestry from Ruth's class on Washington Is
 If this is not enough he also brought in a tapestry loom he made out of copper tubing.

tapestry loom

I shared my new copies of PLY a new spinning Magazine that I heard about in my silk spinning class at Midwest in June. The ladies are checking it out in the background here. It is a beautiful Magazine check it out website... they will send you one Magazine free so you can see what it is like before you subscribe. Or you can order a specific back issue for $10.

Our guild then traveled 5 minutes to Pekka's house for a tour of his workshop:

If you could not make our meeting Pekka is willing to set up a demo for you and your friends to come out and visit his studio. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed his wood working demo.
welcome to Pekka Studio

around the corner you are greeted by this guy

Pekka first carved a tree for us out of a piece of Cedar. A few of the curls flew off as he was carving and talking but the finished tree was lovely. It went home with one of our guild members.

twisting off the topper
The question was asked how he got rid of the chunk of wood at the top of the tree.... He showed us in the photo below.

the finished tree

Next he showed us his bird and told us the story that goes with it. It was a little trickier to carve. 

 It was a beautiful day for a visit and we even saw his loom which he needed help warping and warp yarn right now. But he already had a new plan to weave another wall hanging out of natural materials on.

Pekka woven wall hanging with carved embellishments

Weaving tip for today: 
If you have questions about how to warp or weave I suggest you check out Peggy Osterkamp's website I have found it very helpful especially with my new adventures weaving with linen.
She responded in less than a day to my questions posted on her blog. 

Gail Olson's lovely garden

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