Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Waffle Weave November 2015

Susan's Rigid Heddle Loom
Our first meeting on Weave Techniques was a great success. John and Susan presented a wonderful informative program for our guild. Susan brought in her 25 inch rigid heddle loom warped and woven in Waffle Weave using Sugar and Cream yarn. The end results will be 3 soft and chubby towels, as shrinkage she found was up to 40%.
John's 8 shaft Waffle Weave Sample
Susan's towels on the loom

John brought in his samples of 8 shaft waffle weave. These are already 3 dimensional with out being washed. I can't wait to see how they wash up.
8 shaft Waffle weave

8 shaft Waffle weave
John and Sue presented the Waffle Weave demonstration.... some beautiful woven samples on and off the loom.  These two new weavers really did a nice job at this presentation and both experienced a great deal of learning in the preparation for this presentation. 

8 shaft Waffle weave

close up
Susan's towels off loom and top one
washed now 20 percent shrunk

Show and Tell
Susan's show and tell was the basket full of colorful pot holders her grand daughter Aurora made to be sold at a local gift shop under her 'Little Acorn' Label. Aurora is 6 years old and loves to weave.

Aurora's colorful Little Acorn pot holders
Buck-horn berries used to dye with different pre treatments.
Dawn brought in some slippers she knit and felted from the Norwegian knitting duo Carlos and Arne. Dyed yarn samples with buck-horn berries with various pre-dye treatments. Milk weed and dog-bane cordage. She also brought in some Moravian Stars made of birch bark and offered to show us how to make them at our May Retreat...

Cords of milk weed and another plant
Birch Bark Moravian Stars

Norwegian Felted Slippers

Mary's show and tell was the finished bread Bags woven double weave 48 ends per inch on a 8- shaft loom out of 16/2 line linen with a tow linen weft. But still working the tablet woven cords for these 4. I also wove a silk Sakiori scarf with strips of cut silk I hand dyed but it still needs to have the warp fringe twisted before I was it. It is a little stiff right now and I am hoping it will drape better after it is washed.
Sakiori is a Japanese rag weaving that mid 18th century peasants used to recycle old cotton fabric. Both patterns are form Handwoven Magazine.
Silk Sakiori scarf
linen bread bags

A visit to Finlandia Fiber Studio we meet Phyllis and two of her students. Phyllis showed us around the studio and what her students have been working on this semester. We also saw a large wool rug that Phyllis was weaving out of Wool blankets. She promised to bring it for show and tell to the guild meeting when she is finished. The design of the weaving was very interesting so I snapped a picture of it on the loom.
Phyllis with her coat made with Jacquard Woven Material

FU Student Taylor's Jacquard fabric

Students warp for 3 shuttle Finnish rag rug

looks like Rya Weaving in progress

Phyllis's rug pattern
wool blanket rug on the loom

Our next get together will be the Christmas Luncheon so watch for an email from Jean Lind.
Check out this web site for a list of future Guild programs and other information. 

Remember our guild dues were due in September so if you want to attend the May Retreat you must pay the annual guild dues. Please bring to the next meeting or send a check to Mary Brownell
23372 West State Hwy M 64 Ontonagon, MI 49953

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