Mary got a round of applause as she pulled her very first blanket off the 60″ loom. Now it goes home for finishing!
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.
With the amount of work involved in warping our 60″ loom, most people do projects in groups. Each weaver in the group contributes fibre for the warp and comes up with their own weft. Someday soon, this pile will turn into a lovely warp. Each blanket that comes off the loom will look completely different despite having the same warp.
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.
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!
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.