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.

Insta-what?

We have Instagram! For many members, social media isn’t something we spend a lot of time with, but we understand that in times when people are unable to come to us to see our work, we have to find ways to go out and promote our craft.

Behold, Instagram!

Follow us @chilliwackspinnersandweavers and if you’re a member, send photos of your projects to Jordan to have your work posted.

Quarantine Stash Busting

Jenny has taken advantage of being stuck at home to work through some fibre that has been taking up valuable stash room for over 20 years!

This set of placemats and coordinating table runner are creatively woven to show one side coloured and the other black.

As always, Jenny’s finishing is immaculate.

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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Saturday Sweater

New Spinner – Bev

New at both spinning and knitting, Bev just had to bring her first completed project in to show off. This lovely Saturday Sweater was handmade from fleece to finish by Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild member, Bev Huseby. Even long-time spinners and knitters had to get a close up look at the texture of this lovely piece.
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