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.

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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.

On the agenda – 03/06/10

Wichita Weavers Guild Meeting
Saturday, March 6, 2010  10:00am
McKnight Hall, WSU Campus*

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

We will call a short business meeting to share information about the upcoming 100 Colors Dye Workshop and a few other items.

PROGRAM

Following the business meeting Sam Criss and Nancy Squire will present a program on Double-weave.  They have requested that attendees participate in the program by bringing along any double-weave projects they have made for show and tell.

*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, then take the sidewalk between the two buildings and turn right to enter McKnight through glass double doors a few steps down from the sidewalk level.  The room is located on the right, at the end of the first hallway.

On the agenda – 02/06/10

Items on the agenda for the February 2010 meeting include a review of the bylaws and information on the 100 Colors Dye Workshop. Also on the slate will be a decision on the March program. Current suggestions are:

  • basket weaving
  • double weave
  • triangle loom weaving

Members with anything to add to the agenda should contact Margaret Raymond.

The program for this meeting will be work time on the guild exhibit for KAWS, with the theme “Yarn Cocktails”. Members should bring yarn, ideas, and anything else that would fit the theme. And those who selected a cocktail at the January meeting should watch their email inboxes for the image of their drink!

For directions to the McKnight Hall location on the WSU campus, please click the link in the ‘Upcoming Events’ box in the left sidebar.

El Dorado Fiber Arts Club

News of a new fiber group, from Teresa Bachman of the Butler County History Center:

Would you like to learn to knit?
Do you love to crochet or tat?

Come to the Museum on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 from 2 – 4 pm and try out a new craft or enjoy working on your project.

  • Tatting
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Embroidery
  • Cross Stitch
  • and More

Monthly get-togethers will be on the 4th Saturday each month.

Children 8 and older who want to learn are welcome.

Please leave your younger children at home.

Butler County History Center
383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042

Questions? Contact Teresa weekdays 9 – 5 at 316-321-9333

March 2010 meeting

Program: To Be Announced

Location: McKnight Hall, WSU Campus

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, then take the sidewalk between the two buildings and turn right to enter McKnight through glass double doors a few steps down from the sidewalk level.  The room is located on the right, at the end of the first hallway.

January 2010 program

The January 9th meeting was a busy and productive one, and featured a fascinating joint program.

Mary Sue Foster showed pictures and woven samples as she described the layered weaving workshop she attended at AVL Looms in Chico, CA a few months ago.

Kyle Leandra Kolkovich also shared a PowerPoint presentation, with pictures and videos from her tour of the Valdese Weavers mill in High Point, North Carolina.  She then talked about the various woven samples in her professional portfolio, passing them around for members to see close-up.

See Kyle’s portfolio online at www.kyleleandra.com.