This is your chance to explore block weaving through rep weaving, a warp-faced technique also known as ripsmatta, which is characterized by an alternation of a thick and thin weft. Join renowned craftsperson Rosalie Nielson to make a 4 or 8 harness rep weave runner. Class is limited to 15, and will be held at Mercy Center in Burlingame.
Come one, Come ALL! to our annual potluck Holiday Dinner on December 21st. Please bring a favorite potluck dish (with an ingredients label for those with food allergies) and/or beverage to share, and join us early as we will begin setting up our potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.
We’ll dig into the bounty beginning about 6:30 p.m. Plates, eating utensils, napkins, and glasses will be provided, but members are encouraged to provide their own mugs.
Expect a charming evening filled with joyous fun, delicious food and delightful entertainment – the suspenseful and hilarious gift exchange during which we’ve gotten many giggles and squeals! Please bring a wrapped, untagged gift (fiber-related gifts are always nice) with a suggested value in the $15 – $20 range.
If you have any holiday tablecloths or table-top decorations you might be able to loan for this even please contact Melanie.
We are planning a doubleweave workshop with Jennifer Moore. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who knows how to warp a loom and read a draft, but should have enough to interest a more advanced weaver as well. Check out her website: http://doubleweaver.com/index.html.
This rug sampler by Kathleen was begun in the Beginning Rug Weaving class with Jason Collingwood in August 2014. Kathleen is showing how she turned up one end and sewed along the edges to create a pocket in this wall hanging application.
Kathy L. and Ruth display their adventures in Nuno Felting, from the class led by Carin Engen in March.
Photos of felted purses did not turn out well. But Cookie brought an experimental length of weaving she fashioned from tidbits of fiber leftover from the …
The sculptural textiles of Ealish Wilson have developed through her travel, fascination with a variety materials, architecture, photography and traditional sewing techniques. Ealish combines her inspirations into constructed and deconstructed pieces creating one off textile works.
The work represents a collection of experiences & observations from her daily life and travels. Although the places are different the natural process of development is always the same, inspiration captured by photographs, sketches and collecting ephemera. Architecture plays a pivotal role within the work. The juxtaposition of old and new provides intriguing contrasts of texture, ideas for form, shape and colour combinations. Through the computer her collected inspiration is developed and manipulated to create prints which subsequently influence the pleating and shaping of her textiles.
An intriguing aspect of the work is how the eye is deceived through her influencing the fabric texture both physically and creating surface images. The observer is challenged and captivated. The viewer initially sees the colours and the surface texture. Closer observation slowly reveals an apparent three dimensional image emerging from the two dimensions present. This creates a depth which suddenly assaults the senses. All these aspects are combined through smocking and pleating which gives a physical surface texture,then the printing which provides the decoration to render complex and unusual sculpted textiles.
For additional information, visit her website at http://ealishwilson.com/
As one of our speaker free meetings, our February meeting will be an opportunity to share what we learned in recent workshops and in our various study groups. By the time our meeting comes around, we will have had two Black Sheep sponsored workshops.
Tien Chiu’s Exploring the Design Process workshop in January and Daryl Lancaster’s Jumpstart Vest and Finishing Techniques workshops the beginning of February.
The Friendship Coverlet group will have finished their weaving and maybe even a finished project will be shown.
I’m sure the Creative Endeavors group will have plenty to report on, as will the Spinning and Weaving study groups.
We are not keeping this to only study groups and workshops within Black Sheep. If you’ve taken a class or workshop outside of Black Sheep, please share with us what you’ve made and learned, we like to hear about other events too.
Join us for an evening of inspiration and see what your fellow weavers are creating.
One of Holly’s textile themes has been multiple layered art pieces and quilts. Some work uses multi-fibered handwoven fabric and the dévoré technique to chemically eat away part of the textile. Because of her understanding of dyeing techniques, she combines a variety of dyes, pleating, digital imagery and the transparency of dévoré to create her textiles.
Holly Brackmann is Professor Emerita of Textiles and Art History at Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA, and author of The Surface Designer’s Handbook: Dyeing, Printing, Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric, which won a prize for the best how-to textile book. She has had an interest in weaving since childhood. She has woven architectural scale wall hangings, as well as miniature pieces.
To learn more about Holly, visit her website at http://www.hollybrackmann.com/
How braids are made is never a mystery to those who make them, but to many of us they are mysterious and I for one would love to know the answers. Braids to me are the most fascinating of all textile structures and they been an absorbing interest for the past 40 years. It is this never ending journey I wish share with you as we look at braids from Europe, Asia, Japan and South America.
Our November program is going to be dedicated to fun, hands-on activities. In one corner we will have card weaving with Ruth Temple, in another, spinning with Barbie Paulsen. In the third corner, saori weaving with Cookie Shuman and in the fourth, surface designing with Ulla de Larios. Donna Jeffrey will be doing bobbin lace, Gudrun Polak will be doing braiding, and Dorthy Tursby will be doing back strap weaving. There will be something for everyone.
If you haven’t tried any of these fiber related techniques, it will be a fun, informative, and maybe even challenging night. Try out one or two activities, or maybe all seven!
Come prepared to learn something new, get your fingers working, and have fun with your fellow guild members.