Our next guild meeting is on Saturday, June 10th, from 12:00 to 3:30 at the Talent Public Library – 101 Home Street, Talent, Oregon. This is our end of the year potluck meeting. We will be sharing this year’s challenge: Weaving Something Gold
At our last meeting some folks were talking about a challenge based on rocks ! On my way home that day, there was an interview on NPR with the author, John McPhee. They were discussing geology and his research with geologists. It made me start thinking about all the many elements that the study of geology encompasses: geological events and time periods, tectonic plates, land formations, types of rocks, gems, minerals and metals. Even how hot water and ice shape the land…
I challenge you… to create your thoughts and interpretations of GEOLOGY
This is my sofa blanket made from Harrisville wool. I set the Shetland 2 ply at 8 epi, 46″. The tabby is Shetland and the pattern is Highland yarn. There are some warp threads that are Highland too. I wove one repeat at a time, which means it probably took a month to weave! (The sofa is a dark blue.) – Lucy DeFranco
I shared this dyeing and weaving experiment on Facebook also. Please share your work here or on Facebook or both. I’m sure I’m not the only one missing seeing the beautiful work that our members create.
How to tame a bright warp? Using a technique that Cindy Fowler and Lucy DeFranco taught during a dye workshop a few summers ago, I wound a ball of 8/2 tencel with enough yarn for a 3 yard warp, kept it as a ball and dyed it yellow, then squirted it with leftover Procion MX dyes: orange, magenta and plum. I liked the variegation, but it was too orange for my liking. I thought that red would be a good weft but remembered that complementary colors tone down bright colors so used the red and blue wefts in a sample with two different treadlings and decided on the blue weft for an 8 shaft twill with a braided twill treadling and added blue to the fringe to tone it down also.
Handwoven squares for the “Violet Protest” , 5/2 perle cotton with a blue warp and red weft. Draft is a twill pattern from Handweaving.net #33992. My biggest challenges on this project were deciding to weave another piece to attach with fusible interfacing to create a more substantial square and then sewing on the seam binding without ruining the whole project. No matter how long you weave, there will always be challenges to overcome by learning something new. Google “Violet Protest” if you want to learn more about this effort. They need more squares.