It all comes out in the wash.

For some, having a large floor loom is not an option, but that doesn’t mean large projects are not. Jordan has a 32″ Leclerc Iris that suits just about any project. This week she made a first attempt at a multi-panel blanket.

This Roughrider fan dream-come-true was was woven in two separate panels, counting each warp shot so that the stripes could be matched up. There was a moment of panic when the two pieces weren’t exactly the same length, but once an additional warp thread was stitched through a selvedge on each side and the piece was washed and dried, one would never know without looking closely.

The finished piece.
Is this going to work?
On the loom.

Chunky to Chunky

To the spinning purist, it may seem a sacrilege to spin anything other than natural fibres. But to new spinners or those who may not have access to quality prepared fibres, the advent of super chunky yarn has opened up new avenues of hand spinning.

This yarn is made from 90% acrylic/10% wool super chunky roving. The wool content makes it easy to spin and the acrylic makes it machine washable.

From super chunky yarn to a super chunky plaid, this little baby blanket should see a lot of use both because of its design as well as the fibre it’s made with.

A Little Time on Our Hands

What does one do with a big stash of handspun yarn and a lot of spare time? Learn something new of course!

Louise O. has taken the time to teach herself a new skill in knitting mittens. We love the fun colours and the way the yarn self-stripes. Our craft ensures that no two pairs will ever be the same.

Back to Work

Slowly but surely, the Guild room is coming back to life. Things have been gathering dust and donations from moving members have filled the corners. While a deep clean of our space is in the plans, we’re first moving ahead with some other plans—warping!

As we clean out some of our own stash, we’re seeing some exciting colour combinations that some members may have to fight over. This lovely warp is being set up for rosepath tea towels.

Many Hands, Many Blankets

For several years after the move to our current location, our 60″ loom sat dormant. But once one blanket came off that loom, it’s been warped over and over. Several ladies pool their stash, select colours that work together and the loom is warped with length enough for several pieces. Even though the warp is the same, every blanket that comes off the loom is unique—just like the ladies who weave them!

African Strip Jacket

We had a great conversation session yesterday about the  new possibilities for projects and directions yesterday at our get together. Topping it off was our Show and Tell. Marie F. modeled her new African Strip Jacket. The fabric was woven by Babe H. and Marie  fashioned the jacket with the  instructions used a number of years ago by several of the members who  embarked on this particular project. Beautifully woven and  masterfully  sewn together. Great job!

 

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Guild Milestone!

It is a great feeling to announce that all our floor looms are currently warped! Even the tapestry loom is warped. Ladies, you are all amazing!

It’s remarkable, sometimes, how what seems like a disaster can end up being a blessing instead. In the spring of 2015 our guild found itself in the unfortunate position of having to find a new home. The rest of the spring and early summer were spent searching for a place to settle and a number of emergency meetings to keep our members informed of the progress. Luckily for us a seniors center had recently moved their pool tables to another area of the center and what was once a fairly spacious pool room was now available for rent. It was perfect – well, almost. Renovations were needed and the day the flooring company had to strip and sand the floor will stay in my mind for a very long time. In the end, after many hours of volunteer sweat equity and some professional skill, our guild room was ready. We were able to move in at the beginning of December and our lovely bookshelves were installed on Christmas Eve day.

I am happy to report that our group has adopted our new home wholeheartedly and has come to thrive. To our delight were we able to leave our looms up and working and still have a meeting in the space at the other end of the room. Each of our seven floor looms have been busy throughout the time since we moved in but this week we finally achieved a milestone moment. Every one of our floor looms and our tapestry loom is warped and has a project on the go. Our Swedish loom is warped for a rag rug, the 60-inch with a blanket warped with hand spun by Hannelore L . The Mecco has a scarf, the Fanny, a spring colour tea towel. The second stage of a twice woven rug graces one of our counter balance looms and the Artisat is sporting a bright colour gam tea towel. The 8-shaft Woolhouse loom has a wonderful sheep themed tea towel in progress.

With phone in hand I climbed up on a step ladder to capture the looms, using the pano setting so the angle is a bit odd, but the photos are ones I have been anxiously waiting to take. I want to thank our projects committee for all their hard work and our members for their enthusiasm and persistence. This did not happen out of the blue and it is a proud moment for us all.

 

If the  bottom 2 images are a bit off, I was standing on a ladder and used the pano setting on my cell phone. IMG_0829

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Here is the lovely blanket finally off the loom!

 

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