Zoom meetings are a great way to keep in touch while we’re socially distancing, but we find ourselves missing seeing each other in person at Guild meetings, study group meetings, conferences and social gatherings. If we can’t gather together in person, at least we can weave towels to mingle in each other’s kitchens! We invite you to join us in this towelexchange.
Towels must be woven from cotton, linen, hemp, or any combination of these fibers.
Finished size is to be between 18” and 22″ inches wide, and 25” to 28″ long. Please plan ahead to address shrinkage and pull-in.
Please finish with a hem, either hand-sewn or machine-sewn.
Closer to the due date, we’ll provide you a form to fill out for each towel asking for information on you and your towels, including loom, draft, yarn info, inspiration, etc.
Hang onto your finished towels until the May 2021 meeting; we’ll collect them at the meeting, or if we’re unable to meet, we’ll tell you where to mail your towels.
When you turn in your towels, we’ll be asking you to tell us your color preference: warm colors, cool colors, neutrals or potluck. We’ll do our best to honor your preferences.
You’ll get three towels from three different Black Sheep weavers at the June 2021 meeting. If we’re unable to meet in person, we’ll arrange another way to get your towels to you.
Want to get back more than 3 towels? Go ahead and turn in more! Please make them in multiples of 3.
Please email Ann or Ange if you are interested and we will add you to our TowelTalk mailing list where we talk about all things towels and cheer each other on!
Laura Fry has been weaving for 45 years, 44 of those as a production weaver. She shut down her business in December of 2019 and ‘retired’ from making and selling textiles as her primary focus.
She has taught, written about and researched about weaving for all of those years and continues to learn – both from her own mistakes and the journey of others who explore this fascinating craft.
A few years ago she became an adjunct teacher for the Olds College master weaving program, which eventually led her to set down as much as she could about what she knew about making textiles. This became The Intentional Weaver, her second self-published book.
For the past year she has concentrated on weaving down her yarn stash. And barely made a dent in it! But she persists.
October Black Sheep Handweavers Guild program will feature Daryl Lancaster, a handweaver and fiber artist known for her award winning handwoven fabric and garments. Daryl will lecture on how to combine warps and structure for a one of a kind fabric. This will be a Powerpoint presentation. While the focus of the presentation will be on 8 shaft looms, the theory can easily applied to 4 shafts, or more than 8 shafts, if you are inclined.
The lecture will start with some basics on weaving yardage, what to weave and how to sett it. The most important part though, is finding out what you’ve got, and how to make it work for you. Learn how to know what’s on the cone, or in the skein, and see how far it will go! The focus here is on 8 shafts. With 8 shafts you can magically combine structures and different yarns and create some inspiring and truly unique fabrics. Lots of drafts and lots of examples.
Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her awardwinning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than 50 years. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and writes regularly for Threads Magazine. Daryl maintains a blog at www.weaversew.com/wordblog Find her at www.Daryllancaster.com.
I have really been enjoying myself with this draft. The draft has a repeat of 38 threads and 38 treadle sequences. I’m glad I wound on extra warp because it took me a little bit to get the sett right (I went to 16 epi instead of 18), correct a mistake in my tie up, and then find the rhythm of the treadling sequence. Now that those are fixed, it’s been a joy to watch the fabric grow with each person’s yarn.
What you see above are the tail end of Teddie’s square (teal) and Ruth’s square (cinnamon) building.
As for Ruth’s question, my yarn is a handspun Blue Faced Leicester single that I dyed teal.
We are pleased to announce a workshop with Karen Miller on the art of Japanese Stencil Dyeing.
Dates: July 14-15, 2012 Time: 9AM – 5PM both days Cost: approx. $175 + 35 materials fee / student (depends on number of students) Location: Amazing Yarns, 2559 Woodland Place, Redwood City, CA
Japanese fabrics have been made for centuries using intricate paper stencils and a resist paste made of rice flour. Authentic Japanese fabrics using this technique are very expensive and almost unobtainable in this country. You will learn how to make these lovely fabrics yourselves, dyeing them with indigo and/or colored dyes. On the first day we will carve two stencils from Japanese paper, and apply silk mesh to strengthen them. While the stencil is drying we will make the resist paste. We will use some of my stencils to apply paste to fabric so it will have time to dry overnight. The second day we will learn how to use a variety of traditional pigments, to produce multicolored images on silk or linen. Students will use their own stencils to paste silk scarves to dye and take home.
Please contact Ann McDonough for more information or to sign up for the workshop.
A $100 deposit is required to hold your place in the workshop.