Friday, March 25, 2016

March is Double Weave month

close up of Taylor's Jacquard cloth
We had a great turn out for our March Meeting, it must be Spring in the U.P. and we saw some faces we had not seen in a few months. Welcome back!
A great turn out for our March Meeting!

We also have a new interested weaver, Taylor, who is a student at Finlandia University in the fibers program. Taylor brought along some of her projects to share with us.

Taylor's sample from the Jacquard class Project....
The design she used for this woven cloth was  a rug weaving enlarged and graphic. It was beautiful and the sample cloth was woven in many colors of warp and weft combinations.
The color she choice to have woven was this red and gold sample. You may see more of it in the near future when you visit Finlandia.

Taylor comes from I believe Maine and chose Finlandia because of its Fiber Program. As we all know it was a great choice.
the woven Red sample of Jacquard weaving

Carol brought in her Navajo Loom that she received from her class at Midwest weavers in June of 2016. it was great to learn that she can actually weave 4 projects on this loom, before she has to re warp it. Always a good thing for a busy creative weaver, not to have to re warp.

carol showing her Navajo weaving loom
weaving on loom from Midwest weavers class June 2015
Dawn's felted slipper
Dawn's Show and tell was a felted slipper that she was able to get the toe exactly like she wanted it. She has made a few of these slippers and is getting the pattern and yarn selections down to create what she has a vision of.  Dawn will also be doing a Natural dye class at the Calumet Art Center in early August 2016. This looks like a fun day, Check out the 2016 class schedule at Calumet Art center. 

John Shared with us a weaving pattern he plans on putting on his 8- shaft loom. It looked like an advancing twill pattern, John is a fairly new weaver and does some beautiful weaving. I can't wait to see this fabric or towels when he has it done.  

Jean brought some beautiful yarns from the HGA  Convergence 2016  Colors. Check out HGA site if you like what you see here. Jean is also attending Convergence this summer and has a full schedule planned for her visit to Milwaukee. Including a class on using nontraditional materials so we may see Jean lite up next fall with her newly woven scarf.

HGA 2016 fiber colors

I finished my towels from Handwoven Magazine
may/june 2015 pg 44 Danish Rosette towels. A deflected double weave pattern. Which fit right into today's program.

Double Weave 
Presented by Jean was our topic for this month.
Double weave has a lot of uses and and you can be quite creative with what you do on the loom once it is warped. You can make pockets, tubes, purses, or even a cloth double the width of your warp. 
I learned a warp winding trick form this session today, I am anxious to try it out on my next warp. 
Jean explaining how to weave double weave.

double weave linen bread bags
Our next meeting is April 18th. Dawn will lead the meeting and send out notices. We will all bring a project we are working on to share for the program.

MLH has a number of  June workshops at Hope college June 3-6 There is still room in most of the classes. Check out what they have to offer at Michigan League of Handweavers.
Also the Marsin Retreat dates have been changed to September 17, 18, and maybe 19th . So put it on your calendar for next fall.

Another possible road trip would be to Mary Burn's Manitowish River Studio in Mercer. If she has some free time this summer (she is involved with Convergence in Milwaukee in July) we could have a private visit to her studio. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.

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