In the depths of social isolation and daily bad news, a bright spot for me was participating in a Stash Busting Weave Along led by Tien Chiu and Janet Dawson
Over 4 weeks of guidance, more than 3000 participants across North America and beyond experimented with our stash threads. My personal goal was to use colours out of my usual range, including different thread sizes and fibres. And of course, to free some stash that has been languishing in my bins waiting to be woven into something beautiful.
Tien, a specialist in colour in hand weaving, provided a fun digital tool to determine how stash colours worked together in the draft chosen for the weave along. Colour is an endless learning experience and there were lots of tips and information.
Janet, an experienced weaving instructor, had much to offer to improve how I do things. You are never too old to learn new tricks.
After testing strength, stretch, washability & abrasion resistance, doing calculations for required amounts then checking colour groups and values of the colours, I chose a warp of cotton, cottolin and silk in sizes from 2/20 silk to 3/2 cotton. Colours were neutrals, gold and orange.
Sampling for sett and colour was critical for this project as was washing the sample.
My final choice was bright red cotton weft, which gave the lustrous gold cotton and orange silk a chance to shine. For a little continuity in the fringe, I added a red thread to each twisted group. This was woven on our guild Jane loom in an 8 harness rosepath structure.
This was a fun project and I’m very happy with the resulting scarf.
warpandweave.com - Tien Chiu
weavingwithjanetdawson.com - Janet Dawson
How wonderful to have our first in person Guild meeting since February! With our “annual” June pot-luck tradition upon us, the loosening of the COVID-19 restrictions, and a backyard big enough to accommodate physical distancing, our Ponderosa Guild decided to meet in person at the end of June.
Over the several months of the “stay home, stay safe” mandate, our members were very busy - the “show and tell” can only be described as awesome. Many members were working through their considerable stash. Others used the time to learn new skills. Some supported local businesses by purchasing “mystery project bags”. One member connected the past and present by incorporating the somewhat lost art of darning into a picture which included a photo of her mom with her SIX sisters! Each of our fibre arts were represented – spinning with wheels and drop spindles, knitting, crocheting, weaving, dying of yarn and painted scarves, wet felting, and needle felted animals.
While it is has been a trying time, there has also been a peacefulness in some ways. Being able to sink into our fibre art gave solace and shape to our time. It reminded us of the importance of art and culture to sustain and feed us.
We know many of our members weren’t able to join us so we know that our planned “in person” September meeting will also be awesome as we get together again!