Thursday, September 30, 2021

Buellwood September Blog Punch Needle and Rug Punching introduction

Punch Needle and Rug Punching samples:


Our Show and Tell got started with Phyllis’s intro to inkle band weaving samples, that she will be teaching right after our meeting today.

Samples of her Inkle Band weaving.

Phyllis will be teaching a workshop in Inkle band weaving at the newly formed Finnish American Folk School in the Fiber room at the Jutila Center in Hancock MI. This is the first of many classes scheduled for 2021 -22 . 

Below are cards Dawn created with Eco Printing on paper. These are smaller and she plans on incorporating these into note cards. She proposed a eco workshop for one of our meetings this year. 

Dawn's Eco printed cards
David once had a herd of Alpacas in New Mexico and brought in some Alpaca roving to share with our Guild members. 

Nathen's book of Rug samples

Nathen, a new member to our Guild, is an accomplished Rug weaver and he created a book with his many hand woven rugs. He has sold many rugs at various markets in the U.P. WE welcome Nathen and his wife Robin to our guild.

Another willow basket by Karen

Willow basket by Karen

Karen has made many birch bark baskets (below) but today she brought in a couple of Willow baskets she made with Poppy on a weekend of basket making. Poppy had a lot of willow to use up from her huge willow garden .

Karen also Eco dyed this scarf using Leaves onion skins and madder powder then steamed the rolled up scarf. 

Melissa gifted herself an Ashford Wave Shuttle to use up some Icelandic wool that was too coarse to make into scarves. She created a couple of pillows with her wool. She found weaving with the wave shuttle interesting and was happy with the results. There is always something new to try when weaving on a loom and this shuttle is very inexpensive. 

wave shuttle woven pillow

Kathie did some Tie Dyed T's with her grand daughter and the results were pretty cute. 

Jimalee, found football on Sunday afternoon too boring so she went outside to weave this Hedge Row basket into a tension tray. 

Mary finished her handwoven 8-shaft towels that have been on the loom since April . The pattern in Handwoven M/J 2020 pg 26.  She needed to reduce the number of warp threads to fit her loom and to be able to beat the weaving to 21 PPI not the 35 PPI suggested.                                     

Laura shared a 'Country Living' article on Welsh wool blankets. She announced that she entered and was accepted as a finalist in the 'Quilting Arts' magazine Scroll exhibit , it will appear in the January 2022  issue of Quilting Arts. 
See Laura's 'scroll' piece that she entered in our August blog. 


Our program for this Monday was Punch Needle and Rug Punch techniques introduction presented by Laura and Melissa. 

Melissa introduced us to Needle Punching which she has done a lot of over the years. She gave us tips on needles, hoops and fibers to use. Spend a little more for a good needle and then use what ever yarn you have available. She copies her pattern on Muslin on a window to make the tracing easier. She has used embroidery floss, 3 strands,70's Acrylic spools from resale shops and now is using her 8/2 or 10/2 weaving cotton. Hoops by Morgan - Garret brand are good. She even let us try our hand at Needle punch on a sampler

check out a local Needle Punch website for a U.P Artist 

Laura is our Rug Hooking and Rug Punching expert. Rug Hooking is worked on the back with the design on the top or front side. So a lot of flipping back and front are necessary. It is tricking to keep the loops even and it is easy to rip out rows of work whether intended or not. 
Rug Punching is worked from the design on the front.  She uses a linen Monk cloth with an open weave, and many types of wool yarn or fabric. Loops can clipped flush when needed.

Here Laura is showing her Rug Punching design on the front of the Monks cloth. 

Below is a fiber bird that she created with punching techniques. Lastly the back of the colorful Rug Punched design she created. Be sure to check out the January 2022 issue of Quilting Life to see Laura's entry into the Scroll exhibit. 

Thank you Melissa and Laura for sharing your Hooking techniques with us. 

Our next meeting will be Monday October 18th at the Finish American Heritage Art Gallery at noon. 
we will explore the exhibit and Phyliss will do a color exercise for our program.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

August 2021 Buellwood Guild meeting At Boston Pond. Flax to Cloth

We had a short show and tell at this meeting. 
Laura created a art piece for Scrolls and Rolls for Quilting Arts exhibit and Mary wrapped some beach rocks at a workshop with Poppy at Porcupine mountain folk school in August.
Laura’s fiber art piece

Mary’s wrapped beach rocks

Also Dawn did some dyeing for the Ironwood event Emberlight festival in
July and the yarn was provided by Karen who has Icelandic and suffolk sheep. Denise also showed some socks she knit. Which I did not get a picture of as things were moving along too fast.

Gary Olds and Melissa Lewis came well prepared to walk through there process from last summer when Melissa grew Flax at her home in Norway Michigan and this year they were finally able to make the presentation to our guild which was delayed because of COVID.
I learned that flax seeds come in two varieties and only the flax fiber seeds create the flax for this process. Not the flax seeds we use in food.

Flax retted and in bundles

Like a science project they separated bundles of flax into groups of how long the flax was retted. Melissa built a simple bath for the retting with a wood frame and plastic liner. Melissa also was skilled in creating any tool Gary told her they needed to complete the process. These flax bundles were hung up to dry 2 years because of COVID. A month or two would have been sufficient. 

After the bundles are dry the next step is Rippling the flax which removes the seeds and separates the long fibers from straw and short fibers. This is done by pulling the flax through a course comb.

Retting pond made by Melissa

 Melissa created this tool which lines up the fiber by pulling the bundles through the Brake. 
This is called Scutching which removes unwanted materials from the long fibers. Also beating the fibers on a wooden board with a wooden stick.
The end result is some long soft fibers.
Then Spinning the fiber and weaving samples. They did three woven samples with a cotton warp. 
Scutching Flax
Long fibers need to be Hackled with metal combs 
To remove boon and shorter fibers.

Spinning with wet fingers

Short fibers vs long fibers

Loom used to weave samples

Close up of the two fibers after processing
Short fibers tow linen on left, Long line linen on the right.

Next Meeting will be September 20 check with John for location. Laura will present some rug hooking techniques.
Our Guild retreat is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd 9-5 pm. We have two workshops planned. Rock Wrapping with Poppy and Felting with Phyllis. I believe we will be meeting at Finlandia fiber Studio.

Friday, July 23, 2021

July Meeting 2021

Although we usually take a summer hiatus, it seems that we've all been craving time together with fiber so we are continuing with meetings in July and August. This month was our first time meeting in the Lily I. Jutila Center fiber studio in Hancock, now part of the Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia University. We had a great turnout and welcomed some new members into the group. Next month we'll meet there again (Monday August 16th at noon) for some hands-on learning about processing flax. 

Visitor Ann showed off a pile of handknits she's been working on, including this wrap based on an afghan square pattern. 

Karen T. has had a table at the Marquette Farmer's Marquette recently and shared some of the jewelry she's been selling there. She also shared some of her latest eco-dyed scarves. 

Mary has been busy preparing for her trip to visit kids and grandkids, and shared several of the things she's been knitting, sewing, and weaving. And check out those lovely earrings she made in Cynthia's beading class at the Copper Country Community Arts Center! 

Laura M. shared a sampler and leaf she made in a class that she took recently. 

See you next month, August 16th at the Jutila fiber studio for a great program on flax! 

June 2021 Meeting

We had our second in-person meeting at the Keweenaw Land Trust's Boston Pond pavilion. Although the sun was out it was a very brisk day, but we all put on our woolens and other layers and enjoyed each other's company. 

Dawn knit a triangle shawl with wool yarn that she modelled and showed us how to tie or tuck around the back. She also had a basket of Karen Mallum’s wool from her own sheep at Round Barn Fibers. It is a mixture or Bluefaced Leicester and Clun mule Sheep

Phyllis is still crocheting, continuing on the single crochet discs using marled and other leftover yarns that she plans to assemble. 

We haven't seen Melissa since last year and she has been busy! She brought a collection of the weaving and other crafts she's been working on during the pandemic winter in California. Her birch bark towels were in the March/April 2020 issue of Handwoven Magazine. It is a 4 shaft tabby pattern using 8/2 cotton and cotton boucle. She also shared Hoosier Huck towels from the May/June 2020 issue using overshot and huck on an 8 shaft loom, July picnic towels from May/June 2021, pink and orange color study scarves, and a brown tencel scarf from the January/February issue of Handwoven "Floral for All" warp using Monk's Belt structure. 

Melissa has also been working on some delightful holiday-themed punch rug ornaments and mini-pillows that she showed everyone and we discussed the possibility of including this as a class at a future guild retreat. 

Clare has been experimenting with bias on a scarf using a yarn gradient from Wonderland Yarns that has been in her stash forever. It remains to be seen if the curl will block out of the finished object or not (probably not!). 

Karen M. showed  her book of felted wool samples from a class she took at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. 

Susan B showed her drift wood wall mobile, rocks and birch bark mobiles, woven mug rugs, hot pads woven with t-shirts, table runner, and woven bags that she sells at ‘Open Wings’ Gallery in Munising MI.

Denise brought a beautiful embellished Crazy Quilt that she made including beads and embroidery in the 4 squares.

Mary show us her adorable knit and felted Magnus mouse pattern from Arne and Carlos with sweater and pants knit with size 11 needles and 2 strands of Galway wool then filled with poly and felted in the washing machine. She also modeled her latest Shetland wool week 2021 Kep called the ‘Da Crofter’. The pattern is free online at Shetland Wool Week 2021. Her woven dish towel was made of Habu linen paper yarn and 10/2 cotton yarn (Tabby weave Handwoven M/A 2021 pg18 article by Tom Knisley.)