July 2018 Newsletter
At this moment, I have an Undressed Loom. Ten yards of Shetland wool cloth has been woven, and picked up, destined for the Skagit Highland Games. The cloth will be “waulked” to traditional Scottish music and singing and returned to me ready for sewing! What a deal. Shetland wool donated from two other weaver/knitters’ supplies made up the warp and weft. Next year, my goal is to use locally grown wool! Eleven yards, sett at 12 epi, 10-12 ppi, 20 inches wide, is about thirty-five 150-yard skeins. The opportunity is open to weave cloth for next year. Up to four lengths of cloth can be finished by the “waulkers” over two days of the games.
Up next on the undressed loom – towels, table runners and scarves for the Fibers & Beyond sale. I’m doing M’s & O’s – a structure I never get tired of! Easy to thread, with lots of room for variations. What are you are doing this summer? We would all love to see what’s on your loom; what’s in your garden; or for those who spend summertime boating – what’s on the water! Photos should be sent to Katia, our amazing WWG newsletter editor and tapestry weaver.
Hope you are enjoying the sun when you can be outdoors, and the rain when you can be inside with your fiber!
Photos of warp, loom with 10 yards on the cloth beam, cloth with thrums and what’s left of two cones of Shetland wool weft.
PS. Registration for Fibers & Beyond Workshops at the Jansen Center (October 10-13) is now open to the public. If you meant to register early and haven’t done so – it’s time! Get in on the fun, by volunteering to help with the Wool Show, and the F&B conference and sale.
July 21 - Maiwa Field Trip
18 people can sign up for the Maiwa Field Trip, the day of the July meeting. Kathy Hutchinson has organized this awesome talk with Charlotte Kwon, Owner of Maiwa handprints, and Director of the Maiwa foundation. Charlotte was the keynote speaker at the 2017 ANWG conference. She is a warm, lovely, and very knowledgeable textile collector, and this is a great chance to get up close and personal with her and the fabulous Maiwa collection. Alternative Option: those who aren’t able to take the field trip can bring a small loom to St James (WWG regular meeting place), get help warping, and/or enjoy some community weaving time.