Weaving wonders

Our weavers always keep us inspired and intrigued. They have some clever ideas. Top left is John’s new jacket in such a lovely blue/grey colour . He is using his table top loom which is very compact and solid. He is going to be adding other colours and we look forward to seeing how this project develops. Next in is his woven mat/runner/cloth. You could use it anywhere. It is sturdy but soft and would look nice on a table but it would look nice across a bed or on a settee too. It is beautifully made.

The next two top pictures are the jacket Marjorie made from cloth made from a former member of the club. It is a houndstooth weave and Marjorie has tailored the jacket beautifully. Very Coco Chanel.

Bottom left are Marina’s laptop looms. One is small for little projects and the other one is a converted needlepoint or embroidery frame which is handy to carry around and easy to work with. To the right is her woven bag. Her husband, Peter, made the fabric and Marina sewed it into a project bag for weaving accessories with string handles and a zip. It really plays its part well.

Show and tell

It was a good start to the new year. We were all happy and productive and the weather was not as hot as it has been. There were some really lovely colours and some great things to look at.

 Marina and Peter: woven project bag in fawns and other understated colours. Peter wove the fabric and Marina sewed it into a bag with string handles and zip.

 Marina: Colourful woven bag with a solid bottom; green crocheted hat where Marina tried to remember the pattern without consulting it; colourful striped crochet beanie with furry pom pom; oddments beanie to use up all the bits and pieces of spun wool in her basket, mix of soft colours in stripes.

 Maria: four homespun, knitted beanies , two in coffee colours, one in white and rust, one in pinks and purples; sheep appliqué on hessian bag – part fabric , part knitted

 Janette: rainbow coloured blanket with fringe in garter stitch; cake of spun alpaca plied with Brenda’s dyed wool tops

 Wendy: handspun, hand dyed, hand knitted lace dress and underwear for Barbara, her doll since she was a girl.

 John brought along one of his other looms and is weaving fabric for a jacket.


Show and tell

It was a really lovely day down at the beachfront and a few of us joined together again this week to have a bit of an extra yarn time before Christmas. It was a really productive day. Most of us were spinning but Peter was working on his new loom to get to know it.

Show and tell 

Karin: had a bag of alpaca which had dyed in the blues/aqua colours & was busy spinning it as well

Jan: a skein of Brenda’s variegated blue tops & plied it with some  silk

Hilary: spun plait of green origin unknown with some silk hankies

Cathy: resurrected her early chunky spinning & knitted a beautiful ribbed felted cap

Deb: WIP – her very colourful troll doll which kept us all amused.

Peter’s last weaving which was a roll of mixed fibres & textures, plus a thank you card from a group of students who were trying their hand at weaving with a couple of members from the Adelaide Hills Guild.


Clever ideas

Maria had nearly finished her vintage jug potholder when she arrived this morning and completed it during the day. It is double sided , cotton and the colours are great. It is a clever idea. It is a bit different and it looks really good.

There are free patterns for a jug and sugar bowl potholders on antique crochet patterns.

While Marina was away she was finding ways to keep up her weaving. One idea was to use an embroidery frame, warp it up and then use yarn oddments to create a nice woven fabric.  The mini loom was a chance find in an op shop. It is so small but very handy . Marina had to repair it and that was all part of the mini weaving adventure while she was away. It really is a clever little loom. She made the fabric for the needle holder on it. This little loom is totally portable and a weave anywhere kind of loom.