Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ba, Ba, White Sheep Have You Any Wool?

As spinners gather, usually folks share their love of fiber/fleece and what can be produced. At the last spinners meeting, Stephanie presented information on the East Friesian sheep. She shared a handout chock full of fascinating information.  These sheep are large framed with distinguishing characteristics of pink noses and rat tails. In addition to producing long wool suitable for carpet making, they are one of the best milking sheep in the world. I could go on and on, but if you missed this meeting, get a copy of the handout, it was wonderful.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

To Knit or To Sample?

When knitters gather, you would anticipate yarns, needles, projects in production, people sharing ideas, and folks mentoring others. Well, that's true, but this meeting was right after the holidays, and we had a slightly different agenda item.
What do we do with leftover treats? Hmmm, bring them to knitting to share. I really struggled with this task...should I knit these socks or sample these wonderful petit fours. Guess which won, and I really appreciated all of the assistance provided by my fellow knitters. They made the ultimate sacrifice to sample the treats, just to make sure I did not eat any chocolate ones...what friends! YUMMY! We really did do some knitting. Everyone had a project underway, kimono sweaters for the Domestic violence center, beaded bracelets, scarves, or socks. Now this afghan really is a treat. Linda has almost finished this afghan with its panels of cables which was begun many years ago by a family member, a treasure to share.
As always, friends helping friends.

Sheila O'Hara's Double Warp Weaving Technique

Lois, Vicki, and Stephanie took a workshop at midwest which utilized a double warp. Yes, it really was two warps wound on together. Lois described how to use this technique to produce two distinct sides of the scarf.
You can see in these photos examples of the scarves. Note the backside of each.
Vicki's workshop scarf...the colors alone are dramatic, and again, check out that backside, definitely is hard to tell which is the "right" side. If you want to learn more about this technique, Sheila O'Hara, "Turning Over a New Leaf...or Petal!", Handwoven, Sept/Oct, 2002, pp 24-27. Wow...that's all I can say. Wow.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Spirals, Swirls, and Color

Before the holidays, our quilting group got together at Pam's where she lead a mini-session in designing spirals and swirl blocks. The picture you see is an example of how to use the blocks you design. Isn't it wonderful how dynamic the color interaction becomes as your eye moves from block to block.
After our lesson, our REALLY prolific group of quilters shared some of their newest projects. Vicki used blocks and triangles to produce her cats.
Pam created a gift landscape that is pieced, painted, and thread painted. Terry completed this wall hanging for her nephew. The insects were embellished, often appearing 3D. Looking at these pieces, I sense a trends... critters. Critters that almost jump off the quilt.
Nancy stitched these stars out of remnants for her Veterans' quilt project, and Mary completed this geometric design for a friend. I am in awe...perhaps I need to get myself inscribed on one of their christmas lists. Beautiful work, as always, ladies.