Still Working on That Stash

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Uncategorized

Maggie’s hand spun yarn

Earlier in the year guild members were challenged to make something by the end of June, out of the yarns and fibres from the stash of a former member.  There were many beautiful fibers for spinning and yarns for either knitting or weaving.  Some of the finished products have appeared in previous posts.
If that weren’t motivation enough to use up existing supplies, for many of us shopping activities have been curtailed lately and so when the urge to create takes hold we turn to our stash. 

Depending on how close you are to being a horder with years of experience (and therefore boatloads of stuff), you may find the items in your stash present limitations, challenges and questions.  The first being how well are the items labelled and do I really know what that fibre is?  The others include “can those colours or yarns be used together”, “how much of that stuff do I have anyway” and the big one “why did I buy that stuff?”  There are tools for answering the how much and what fiber and even colour queries.  It is the “why?” question that will forever be a mystery.  So with all that in mind below are some of the creations our guild members came up with.

Mary’s hand spun yarn and twill scarves

   Mary spun this fine yarn from a some lovely natural brown roving that she chose from the stash sale.  It is sitting on a pair of scarves that were woven as a narrow twill gamp.  If you look closely you can see the large diamond patterns.  The scarves were made from yarn that was also purchased from another weaver’s stash. 

Marilynn’s scarf

Marilynn  used yarns from the stash to create a mixed warp placing a nubbly yarn at intervals across the warp then she wove this bright orange scarf.  She took the plunge and made a light mohair shawl with yet more yarns from the stash. 

mohair shawl

 She sent us some pictures that include a glimpse into her garden with roses and clematis flowers.

Pat used wool yarns from the stash  The natural white and beige yarns were woven as a loose twill scarf with a large diamond pattern.  The twill scarf was then dyed with resists so that the colouring would be uneven.  A subdued diamond pattern is still visible.  She calls it her “grunge” dyed scarf.    
undyed scarf
grunge dyed scarf
While all this stash busting was going on the Exploring More Study Group were busy exploring more possibilities in double weave.  Pat has been working on patterned double weave.  The “yellow brick road” piece is a series of brick shaped “pockets” on a diagonal.  The outline around the “pockets” is created by exchanging the dark threads on the bottom layer with the light threads on the top layer.  The yarns are 2/16 cotton.  
Pat’s patterned double weave front & back shown
Sandra has been exploring deflected double weave and having fun with this cut out of a dog.  What an eye catching way to show off a scarf.  If you look closely you can see a bit of the scarf’s back side.  In deflected double weave the two faces are very different and both are a surprise when you wash the cloth and the threads slide into place.
Linda has been working on a form of double weave pique.  She had created a thick cloth with insulating properties and a subtle pattern.  Perfect for a tea cozy.
Linda’s tea cozy in double weave
We are taking a break from studio work to celebrate CANADA DAY but you’ll be hearing from us in July.  

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