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!
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!
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.
Here is the lovely blanket finally off the loom!
The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild room boasts many pieces of equipment and a floor filled with looms of all shapes, makes, and sizes. Through the winter, most of our looms are warped with group projects. The snow put a major delay on new warps, but with the weather co-operating, we’ve been able to get back at it.
Three pairs of hands were working together to tie on a warp that will become rosepath tea towels. Long-standing members work with new members to pass on this age-old craft. Centuries of combined experience within the Guild membership means that there is usually at least one person on hand to help with nearly any task.