Dye Day 2010

Everyone is invited to join the Hatchetts for a day of dyeing yarn, fleece and other fiber related items on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm (or whenever we get done).  We will start setting up around 9:30. Please bring items that you want to dye and if you have a butane stove or a large dye kettle (enamel or stainless), bring that as well.  A main dish for lunch will be provided, probably a hearty soup and if attendees want to bring a salad or dessert, that would be great.  We will be outdoors, so if the weather is bad we will cancel.  Hopefully it will be a beautiful autumn day and a great time to also bring a spinning wheel and sit in the shade and spin, knit, or just be.

If you’re interested in participating in this activity and joining the Guild, please go to our contact page and request directions!

Spinning Retreat – Oct. 2010

Spinning Retreat

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the 8th
9:00 to 6:00 on the 9th
9:00 to 12:00 on the 10th

Art of the Prairie Gallery
165 E. Main
Sedan, Kansas

No admission, vendors $10.00 or $15.00 with electricity – free if you do demos.

Two pick-up loads of books, fiber, weaving and knitting yarns and LOTS of other goodies left from the Wichita Guild’s fund-raising sale have been moved to Sedan to be offered to you at the the October 9th  spinning retreat.  Books are $5.00, magazines 25 cents, yarns $1.00 per pound!

This is a great chance to get away, relax, spin, visit, buy stuff you think at the time you can’t live without (you can never have enough stash)!

Lodging available at Stagecoach Ranch (limited)
2 nights with breakfast $50.00
For more information, contact Reta Pipher at 620-346-2221

2010 KAWS

The Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners’ (KAWS) annual conference was held in Emporia this weekend; unfortunately, many Wichita guild members were unable to attend.  But we were well represented by those who did make the trip, and they also made sure our guild table looked its best!

The theme for this year’s guild table exhibit (and competition!) was “Yarn Cocktails”.   Several members contributed fiber interpretations of specific cocktails.  This is a view of the entire table:

Here’s a non-alcoholic “Tequila Sunrise”…

… and one more citrus-y closeup:

We don’t yet know how our table fared in the competition, but had fun seeing everyone’s ideas!

On the agenda – 05/08/2010

Wichita Weavers Guild Meeting

and Pot Luck Brunch

Saturday, May 8, 2010  10:00 am

McKnight Hall, WSU Campus*

Come join us to plan an exciting upcoming year!

  • New membership roster available for review
  • Plan year-long Guild project focused toward member learning and collaboration to execute Guild Table presentation for 2011 KAWS Conference
  • Enjoy good food and company

NOTE:  Please bring your own table service and a dish to share – coffee will be provided.

*Directions: From Hillside, turn into WSU at the entrance where the Football Memorial stands. Parking lots are on the left, McKnight Hall on right.  Look for the McKinley Hall sign near the street, and then look for a sign on the door.

See a slide show of pictures from the 2010 Dye Workshop!

March 2010 program

Double Weaving

The term “double weaving” can be used to refer to vastly different techniques; the Guild meeting program included presentations of two kinds, which were described by Nancy Squire.

The first technique is also called double-width weaving, and is a method that allows the weaver to create fabric that is twice as wide as the loom itself.  This is done by weaving in two layers, with the weft ‘turning the corner’ at one edge to connect the layers and form what will be the center of the finished fabric.  The other edge is left open on both the top and bottom layers to form the selvedges.


Sondra Vail and Sam Criss displayed and talked about their projects, all woven using this technique, and discussed potential problems and solutions.

Next, Nancy explained the double weaving technique by which two layers are woven simultaneously, with warp and weft interchanging layers to produce reverse-colored images on front and back of the fabric.  The resulting open spaces can even be stuffed, which results in a quilted appearance.

She displayed an Egyptian piece with a peacock pattern as illustration, then Kathy Losee showed several items she wove with cotton singles and sewing thread.  Mary Sue Foster told about a hanging she made of horsehair, woven SIX layers at a time.

Nancy talked about variations on this technique that could produce not only geometric shapes, but pictorial designs.  She then passed around several small weavings, some of which were woven by Helen Canzoneri.