agenda, rigid heddle, Show & Tell

12/1/18

Agenda

Even with the grey skies, we accomplished much at our last Guild meeting. First off we have a slate of officers that are eager for the 2019 year. Here are the Board Officers:

  • President-Mary
  • Vice President/Program Coordinator-Kathleen
  • Treasurer/Membership-Sherry
  • Secretary-Patty
  • Past President-Sue
  • ANWG Contact-Tanya

The guild has purchased a rigid heddle loom (approximately 15 1/2″ wide). This is the perfect size for towels/scarves/etc. The guild also purchased an additional 10″ dent & and 8″ dent. The loom was warped at our meeting and Kathleen won the drawing to take it home to weave the towels (from the program). Can’t wait to see the finished towels.

ANWG will be having their next Confluence conference at Prince George, BC. This will be held on 6/11-6/16/19.

Show & Tell

Once again, it is so inspiring to see what our members are doing. Sherry brought in a ‘gifted’ estate sale sweater that she is felting and turning into fingerless mitts.

She also brought in a sock blank that was dyed using foam paint brushes, pipettes, and a spray bottle.

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Kathleen brought in a beautifully crafted pocket wheel.

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Tanya showed off her Structo loom with her Hobbit project.

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Debbie showed off towels that will given to her son.

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Debbie was busy this year. Not only did she have towels, she wove ornaments for members and made a woven basket to hold the ornaments.

With the guild members demonstrating the craft, River Academy sent a lovely thank you card book. Here are 2 examples from the book. Reading the one note, I can identify the first time I got to tour Debbie’s studio.

Program

Debbie continued with her program on weaving towels on the rigid heddle loom. She demonstrated warping the loom. As usual, weavers are great problem solvers. By using rubber bands, warping the loom became much easier.

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11/3/18 Guild Meeting

Business Meeting

Lots of things are happening with our guild. With the end of the year near, planning is starting to occur. Election of Officers is coming up. Sue, who has led us beautifully for the last few years, is ready to step down. Descriptions of all our Board positions were passed out. If you are interested in running for a position, please make sure to contact Sue, Mary, or Patty.

With the election coming up, the guild sent out a short survey to find out what our members are looking for in a guild. Please make sure to fill in the survey (shouldn’t take more than a few minutes).

Part of our mission of the guild is education of the fiber arts. There will be demonstrations for Middle School students on 11/5/18 and for Primary grade students on 11/9/18.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell really revolved around all the great items that people picked up at Fiber Fusion in Monroe.

One member won beautiful handspun yarn through raffle drawings. IMG_9715

With our guild enjoying hand dyeing, another member picked up a Tincture dyeing jar by Abundant Earth Fiber.IMG_5055

Not only did she pick up dyeing materials, she also picked up a handcrafted weaving pick/comb.IMG_0571

Speaking of handcrafted beauty, after our October meeting about learning how to spin on hand spindles, another member picked up a hand-carved spindle and a beautiful inlay turkish spindle.

 

And of course getting new spindles meant getting new fiber to spin. She picked up some exquisite Finn Sheep fiber.IMG_2636

Of course, one member couldn’t pass up catching up on some reading.

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Last but not least, another member received a new tool. She is already weaving bands on her new Sami band heddle.

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Program:

Rigid heddle looms can be used for many different types of weaving. Debbie shared how she found that weaving on the rigid loom was nice and quiet compared to her larger floor looms. With that in mind, she then showed off a variety of towels that had been woven with a variety of warps (from heavy worsted weight to 8/2 thread. Members will be weaving towels either with a single or double heddle. Can’t wait to see the new towels at our next meeting.IMG_9784

Minutes

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October Meeting

The focus of our monthly meeting was on drop spindles. There are so many ways of ‘making’ yarn. Why not add one more way. Drop spindles are very portable. We heard about drop spindles and turkish spindles. We even saw examples of 3D printed spindles.

Mary did a great job of going over the history of a drop spindle. She was able to walk, talk, and spin at the same time. For some of us, this will be our goal. The guild has some drop spindles in case you are interested.

November & December will be focused on weaving towels using a rigid heddle. Make sure to check your home email about what you need to do to prep for our meeting. See you on November 3rd, 10:00 a.m., at the studio.

October Minutes

agenda, dyeing, recycled materials, Spinning, weaving

Summer Visits

Summer has hit Wenatchee. In June, we had our annual dyeing party. This year, the focus was on using materials safely. We had been prepped about using correct googles & breathing masks. Some of us dyed spun yarn while others used fleece ready to spin.

In August, preparation for upcoming fiber events were the main focus.

Show & Tell

Creativity abounds with this group. There were towels, a shawl, handmade yarn using cut up socks (do I see a woven rug in the future), hand spun yarn made into a hat and even a breed study notebook.

Program

Recycling was the focus today. Debbie taught us how to make yarn out of plastic bags & old t-shirts.

Minutes

 

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5/5/18 Meeting

Summary

A very busy meeting discussing upcoming events (dye party, Chelan County Fair, and programs), we had a educational discussion on dyeing. Some samples of hand dyed yarn were also showcased…

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Show & tell included:

fleece & roving,

bamboo from a hand spindle and Gotland (from New Zealand),

linen bread bag, Bronson Lace (both single warp/weft, double warp/weft), woven table cloth (with some handspun) and an 8 shaft sampler, and

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a hand knit sweater.

Minutes

agenda, rigid heddle, Spinning, weaving

2/3/18 Meeting

We had a great meeting this Saturday. Show and Tell is one of our favorite parts of the meeting. We had quite a variety. It ranged from a knitting project using yarn from the Annual Dog Party, hand spun hat (first hand spinning from a member), projects from the  studio (including a vertical warping board with a heck block), sheep breed shawl project, knitted shawl, a baby sling, rigid heddle scarves, and roving from Iceland.  If this doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.

Our program was on our social presence. This website was explained to members. We also discussed Instagram, our closed Facebook group, and the open Facebook group. We looked at Ravelry to see how our guild library is being organized. At the end of the program, we shared various websites that we use. If you forget any of the sites, please click on the minutes.

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