Return to the Studio

by | Oct 10, 2015 | Uncategorized

Summer has passed on and fall has arrived.  We have packed up our shovels and pails and headed away from the beach with lots of inspiration.  Visitors have returned home.  Children have returned to school.  Ah! It is finally quiet.  Time to return to the studio and turn all that inspiration into a project.
Maybe you captured some interesting photos that suggest a colour scheme or a graphic design.  As for me, I am still trying to figure out how the maker of these sculptures managed to balance the rocks without the help of a glue gun.

Our guild regrouped in late September and we decided to start off the fall season with a show of what members had produced over the summer, a demonstration and a challenge.
It was obvious from the items brought for display that many of our members had managed to squeeze a lot of studio time in between hosting friends and family, travelling, gardening and playing.

tea towel project

The looms at our studio were kept busy with more rug making and tea towel projects like the examples shown in the photos.

detail of corduroy rug

Some members continued to work on the lessons from the Robyn Spady workshops and lectures. The workshop participants left with plenty of warp on their looms to explore the concepts further at their own pace.

Robyn Spady workshop sampler

cotton/wool shawl

Mary and Pat, of the More Than Four study group, continued with their explorations of three dimensional surface effects while Sheila took her cue from an on line double weave study group.

double weave place mat


seer sucker scarf

Whether their projects evolved from a study or just evolved from thin air guild members were on a creative roll.  Some of the pictures are shown below while some appear as individual items under Member’s Works to the right of the blog post.

Linda’s towels

huck place mats
Anita’s handspun yarn
Ngaire’s towels
rigid heddle shawl

As part of the September meeting program, Sharon Pickard (Grinsheep) gave us an over view of rigid heddle looms.  She brought along several different styles and demonstrated their use.  She also brought along a lovely shawl that she wove on a rigid heddle loom.  The photo does not do justice to it.  The colour mix is lovely and the texture threads pop in real life.

Sharon at the loom

The guild has a rigid heddle loom that members can borrow.  We hope Sharon’s demonstration will create interest in this versatile loom.  It boasts a freedom for design that a  regular harness loom cannot match.

The meeting closed with a challenge.  The Qualicum Weavers and Spinner’s Guild will celebrate its 25th year of operation in 2016.  To celebrate this “silver anniversary” guild members have been challenged to produce a piece based on “glitz”.  So, spinners think about creating a yarn that sparkles with silver and gold.  Weavers get out those metallic threads and start designing.

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