Recent Works

by | Apr 11, 2024 | Fibre Arts, Handwoven, Knitting, Weaving

Easter inspired hat

The best part of any guild meeting is “show and tell”, a chance to see and touch members’ works.  So for those of you who may not have been able to come to meetings recently this post is a collection of recent offerings.

We will start with Jane’s knitted touque that is in keeping with the Easter season.  The bands of spring colours make it resemble a painted easter egg.  If you look closely you can see the raised lines that create diamonds on the side and a lovely star on the top

Tea towels are always a favourite and for the March meeting we had several different styles on display.  Dilys played with large blocks of colour and textured boucle cotton yarn.  Evelin chose stripes in various

Tea Towels by Dilys

Evelin’s tea towel

Tea towels by Jackie

colours separated by thin lines of black.  The weave structure is Bedford cord which uses skips to create a textured cloth.  Jackie set up a warp with wide white stripes and narrow blue/grey stripes and then played with weft stripes in various sizes and different orders to produce a group of related but quite distinctive looking tea towels.

Rita’s bath mat

Rita likes to weave rugs.  Her contribution is a very thick bath mat that was woven on the end of a rug warp.  The weft is a synthetic chenille.  She used a double bind technique.

This technique creates alternating blocks.  Using two wefts the weaver can place one weft on the face or the back of the weaving.  In this piece it gives a textured effect.

Sheila’s overshot bags

The Exploring More study group have been working on how to blend two drafts to make a combined draft that will produce both of the original patterns on the same warp.  Using a blended draft you can weave either of the original patterns or create a new pattern by mixing the two together.  Sheila has illustrated this with her overshot bags.  If you look carefully, the weft stripes in two of the bags are very different overshot patterns.  The pattern in the third bag has elements of both the original patterns.  Sheila also wove yards and yards of narrow strips to create bag handles that match.

blended draft scarf detail

The scarf detail is another example of using a blended draft to create new designs that are a bit of both parent patterns.  In this case, one parent draft is a 4 harness point twill and the second parent is a version of “Thousand Flowers” from M. Davidson’s book.  The blended draft uses only 8 harnesses but can produce hundreds of different patterns with fairly simple treadling.  The technique is useful if you like to put on a long warp but get bored weaving the same tea towel.  With a blended draft you’ll run out of warp before you run out of ideas.

Our guild is weaving the samples for the Canadian Weaver’s Guild bulletin for 2025.  The 4 samples will illustrate the blending two 4 shaft drafts.



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