|Jeanne's wool hand spun yarn|
We had our show and tell first:
Jeanne has been spinning and she brought in a large soft Skein of a wool mixture. Along with her spinning record sheets, that she meticulously keeps.
Susan is packing and preparing to move to Missouri - she has a farm for sale on the Houghton Canal.
Susan has been a member for about 3 years, we will miss her participation in our guild.
Melissa has returned for the summer from CA and she has been busy weaving over the winter.
she wove a cotton color 10/2 gamp that she may be turning some of it into towels. Melissa also wove two lovely scarves with a crackle pattern on her 8-shaft loom this winter.
|Melissa's cotton color gamp|
|Susan showing us Melissa Crackle scarf|
|a close up of the left over yarn scarf|
|Melissa's cotton towels.|
Melissa wove these towels with a thicker cotton than was recommended. These are lovely and thick enough to soak up the water.
John continues to bring in items from the guild library to share with us... Many are old copies of weaving periodicals. Which are very interesting.
Dawn brought in many samples of fibers she uses to dye her wool with. She also gave us some information about mortanting and dying yarn to keep it healthy.
She brought samples of Bast fibers, milkweed, flax, silk worms cocoons that she nurtured and grew. She had a jar with cherry bark and buckhourn in it to show us how the red color comes out when soaked. I hope I got the correct names of the fibers Dawn brought in to show us. If you want more fiber fun with Dawn, check out the Calumet Art Center's class schedule as she will be doing a dye day at the center on August 6th.
|Dawn showing the fibers from plants.|
|cherry bark soaking|
|Dawn's silk cocoons|
Carol tested us on our fiber knowledge, she brought in 12 bags each containing a different fiber. She asked us to feel, smell and identify each bags contents. It was more difficult than we thought to pick out the correct fiber. Carol then did a burn test on these fibers to show us how to identify each fiber in the bags. It was a fun activity for our guild. We also handed out a burn test sheet and a wool felting sheet for our referencing.
|10 ft AVL loom for rug weaving|
we made a day trip over to her studio stopping along the way to visit Artistree a gallery in Land of Lakes, WI.
Mary Burns has two large Rug looms a Cranbrook 8 foot loom with shaft switching capabilities. She also has a 10 foot dobby AVL loom with power assisted shaft lifting pedals (shown here above).
Mary is also doing a series of Ancestral Women portraits on her Jacquard loom. She will be presenting a lecture on Saturday at Convergence 2016 in Milwaukee
S-SA099 Woven Portraits: Weaving Wisconsin’s Ancestral Women
Mary shared her designing process with us for all the looms. Showing us the process to reduce the number of shades of black and white on her Mac computer before she loads the design into the Jacquard software.
She is selling a couple of these looms as she just received shipment of her TC-2 loom from Norway while we were visiting her. http://www.manitowish.com/MRS/index.html
|Jacquard loom designing|
|her TC 1 Jacquard loom which is for sale|
|some of the Portraits Mary has finished|
We are looking for ideas for our September 17, 18 th retreat and fall guild meetings, please bring any ideas to the June meeting or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet at noon on June 20 at Gloria Dei church in Hancock, MI New members welcome.