November 2021 Newsletter
Sharing the Warmth
Eighteen half-pints of applesauce, stored in the pantry. Thanks to a guild member with an orchard, who gifted me with apples! Two towels and four napkins, off the loom, washed, and ready for hemming! This particular red, orange, and green striped warp went on the loom at the beginning of summer … in my favorite weave structure, turned twill. It waited patiently through the summer, but had to come off, to clear my 8-shaft loom for a new project, in my other favorite weave structure, deflected double weave. The study groups I’m a part of are keeping me motivated. Planning my next weave means, I gotta finish the one on the loom; finishing a set of towels means I gotta finish the band that matches them; and working on a group project means when I get stuck, there are five other people working with that same weave structure to ask for advice. I love seeing what everyone else is doing.
Our October program with Tapestry Artist Rowen Schussheim-Anderson is inspiring me to use paint, markers and colored paper collage to design in a playful and intentional way. Color play, the warmth of fiber, creativity and the satisfaction of making our own things is comforting and healing. We can see progress in one row of knitting, one spindle full of yarn, every inch of weaving. Weaving, sewing, knitting and embroidery, even mending are all therapeutic for me, especially when times are uncertain, weather is wet, windstorms, Monday happens…
We are fortunate to have our crafts to share and community to support us. Most Guild outreach has been curtailed for safety reasons during the pandemic, but we can still share resources. One of our members is a High School teacher and leads a weekly Fiber Arts Club at her school. Knitting, crochet and weaving supplies would really help, as many of the students don’t have money for supplies. I hope you will read her request below, and perhaps you can help out. The Snow Hat and Scarf project is underway again, providing a way to move some of our extra yarn out in wearable form to littles and adults who need the warmth. Having a small project to pick up and knit or crochet is a pleasant retreat from worries and bigger projects too, a win-win!
Carol Berry, President
Final Dahlia Bouquet of the Year
Apples and Squash
Cottolin Towels and Inkle Band