Annual General Meeting and Potluck – May 29, 2019
Posted May 30, 2019
Posted May 30, 2019
In addition to the business of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), members shared a delicious potluck dinner, and showcased their creativity and skills with displays from:
and the Paint Chip Challenge. Last year, members blindly selected a paint chip and were challenge to weave, spin, dye or felt a creation in their paint chip colours.
Posted May 26, 2019
EWG hosted Denise Kovnat from Rochester, NY for a fabulous 3-day workshop, May 24-26, 2019, exploring the magic of extended parallel threading or Echo threading.
17 participants wove Echo, Jin (also called Turned Taquete), Shadow Weave, Rep, double weave and collapse structures. Denise covered network drafting, and provided a wealth of information (including over 50 drafts), and inspiration. An amazing learning experience!
The public was invited to a Saturday evening presentation Once Upon a Warp where Denise shared her process for creating handwoven garments. Denise explained that TEXTS and TEXTILES share the same Latin origin – TEXERE to weave. “Every warp has a story. Where does that story begin?” She then shared the story behind a number of garments juried into the Handweavers Guild of America fashion show, Convergence from 2008 to 2018. 25 participants enjoyed Denise’s presentation, and then had an opportunity to touch and try on the beautiful garments.
See some photos of participant samples in Echo, Jin and Shadow Weave below.
A big thank you to the Handweavers, Spinners, and Dyers of Alberta (HWSDA) for their financial assistance.
Posted May 5, 2019
On Sunday afternoon, May 5th, EWG members benefited from the knowledge of Kathy Buse on how to identify unknown fibres. In the 4th Master Wannabees session, Burn, Baby Burn! Kathy provided a lecture, handouts and materials, and then guided participants on the burn test.
Kathy described the process to identify mystery fibres: What is the appearance of the fibre? Is it shiny, matte, thick, thin, hairy? How does it feel? Is it soft, slippery, coarse, wiry, smooth, elastic? What is the fibre length? For example, synthetics are long. What is its strength? Does it break easily? Does it smell? Some wool has a spinning oil odour.
She provided samples of different fibres and detailed instructions on how to conduct the burn test. She stressed that the smoke may be toxic, particularly for synthetic fibres, so be aware of the ventilation and try not to inhale the smoke but pay attention to the colour of the smoke and the shape of the residue which will provide clues as to the fibre’s identity. With Kathy’s help, participants then had a hands-on opportunity to test the mystery fibres that they brought with them.
A useful Sunday afternoon. Thank you Kathy!
Posted April 16, 2019
Instructor Angela Kelly scratched the creative itch of participants who designed a rug, and then learned how to use a punch needle to hook a rug. Check out our Classes and Workshops page for more course offerings from EWG.
Posted April 10, 2019
Study groups provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge, friendship and inspiring each other’s creativity. Get Sett is a weaving study group that meets every second Tuesday evening under the mentorship of Diane K. Here are some the creations of Get Sett members over the last couple of months.
Membership Renewals Due April 1
New Facility Planning Committee
Next Meeting is Annual General Meeting (AGM) May 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker – Pirkko Karvonen
Lifelong sewer, Angela Kelly was the guest speaker for the third Master Wannabees’ lecture. With Gather Textiles, Angela shared her tips on how to be successful sewing garments from handwoven fabric.
Angela illustrated her talk with garments. Some of the garments were made completely of handwoven fabric, and others were made with a combination of handwoven and commercially woven fabric. Other examples included a piece of handwoven fabric inset into a commercially made garment. Think of using your handwoven, for instance, as a pocket to make an ordinary shirt special.
She provided a number of tips from planning your project prior to weaving your yardage, to how to cut and sew the handwoven to maintain its integrity. She closed with three ways to get professional results:
1) Have a smooth neckline with no puckering.
2) Have straight hem stitching in a matching thread.
3) Use a blind hem foot on your sewing machine when top or edge stitching.
Thank you Angela for inspiring and challeging us to sew with our handwovens!