Weaving wonders

Our weavers keep us interested and amazed. All those threads turn into something really wonderful and sometimes something very cool like Christine’s sprang woven bag we featured. John and Peter use heddle looms and Marina has learned how to use one so she can help her husband Peter set the loom up when he needs it. John just amazes us with his skills and patterns and inordinate patience.

Top left is Marina’s bag and it looks really great. Peter wove the fabric and Marina sewed the bag and added the handles. The lining makes it, doesn’t it? She was using it to store her grey mohair while she was spinning it but we are sure that bag will be a great fashion accessory with the right outfit.

Top right is Peter’s T Shirt  strip woven wall hanging which looks a bit like colourful bubble wrap. It really does have a 3D effect the way it has been woven and the lime green and lavender are popular cool colours at the moment.

John’s scarves were shared on our trading table at the Port Noarlunga Beanies to Berets Exhibition and drew a lot of interest. John picks good colours and then weaves them to good effect. Yesterday’s post featured his oddments weaving and that is looking striking as well.

Some people in the club have used heddle looms and now no longer do but their experience contributes to the pool of knowledge weavers in our club can access. There is no doubt weaving builds memory , mental discipline and neural pathways. Neural pathways become stronger when you repeat things and learning is more effective when there is mental and physical activity together …as in weaving!

Weaving wonders

Peter and John really keep us interested and delighted with all their different weaving patterns and projects. Their work just gets better and better and more and more intricate. This week they brought along different things to share. Using a heddle loom is very good brain and memory training and ultimately it is a rigorous discipline and then a creative joy because there is lots of puzzling involved. The bottom two pictures are what they are currently working on. John’s on the left has variegated colours and is very interesting visually. Peter has variegated colours too and his work is looking good. He has picked up his weaving skills quickly. Top left is John’s blanket and we all loved that. It was the colours and then how soft and blankety it was! The scarves are Peter’s. His wife , Marina, has learned how to make the twisted tassles on the middle one and she knitted pockets to match on the one on the left. We enjoy looking at their work and projects and cannot believe what they can produce by way of fabric.

Weaving wonders

weavingJohn and Peter are very productive and are always creating something interesting on their looms. Peter has really only just begun to weave but he loves it so he is learning quickly. John has a lot of experience and has been very helpful to Peter. We like seeing what they are doing and are always amazed with the level of skill and then the patience setting up the looms and making the cloth. Peter’s new pattern is coming along nicely and it is destined to be a rucksack. John is currently working on an American Colonial pattern. Those patterns favoured red and white and blue and white. Originally people were not allowed to weave in America. They had to send the raw fibres to Britain and then bring it back as woven cloth. You cannot stop people , though.   Weaving cotton, linen and wool was popular. John’s  red and white piece is looking lovely and such a good design.

Show and Tell

show and tell April 1st 2019The weather was beautiful on Monday and our ocean view was quite spectaular. it may have been April Fool’s Day but no fools were present. Just plenty of enthusiastic peopel with great colours and good ideas.

Marjorie: 3 skeins 1, multi coloured blue, green & red, purple & green & a spun wool vest in brown with white flecks.

Janette: ball of spun wool in grey & turquoise.

Cathy: Beret in dark brown, blue & red, ball of spun wool dark brown alpaca/pink corriedale.

Marina: large rug crocheted pattern from corner to corner in various shades of brown, fawn & cream. Small beanie with a fur pom pom.

Karin: a crescent scarf spun from wool dyed at our work shop.

Jan 1: 3 beanies knitted from commercial fibres in various colours, turquoise fluffy/blue, various reds with stripes of blue & black, mainly greens with stripes of blue & violet.

Peter: weaving a piece for a ruck sack,

John is weaving his straps for the latest shopping bag.