In July and August we had members back from CNCH and MAFA. And, some had just been busy at their looms, so we had lots to talk about and lots of projects to enjoy. Because many of you did have vacation plans and weren't able to join us this summer, here are a few highlights.
Diane S. brought in a luxurious scarf woven with 60/2 silk in two different painted skeins. She said that the colors were of a very similar value, therefore worked well with each other. Diane's draft used a parallel threading with a nonrepeating treadling sequence. Sett is 60 epi, and beat at about 56 epi. The design is striking, the hand is wonderful and Diane showed off her trademark double weave selvedge. She thought you might want to try a double weave selvedge on your next piece? Here is a link. https://callybooker.co.uk/2017/10/comparing-selvedges/ (Note that you will need four shafts dedicated to the selvedge treatment).
Lorene S. has been experimenting with thick and thin structure. She did a couple of infinity scarves, but brought in the ends of the warps to show us what she has been weaving. They both feature chenille as the thick thread in both warp and weft. The circle pattern was featured in Handwoven Nov/Dec 2016. This same magazine has a lot of information about thick and thin and Diversified Plain Weave which is the guild's structure study for this next year. Circles are rare in woven design and these are really special.
Kathy also belongs to the thick and thin study group. At a previous Sage Weavers' meeting we discussed the fact that Summer and Winter can be woven with thinner tabby picks and a heavier pattern weft. Kathy wove two textured silk scarves in Summer and Winter using this technique. Another way to get an undulating pattern without the floats!
Every Sage Weavers has handwoven pieces that amaze. If you are interested in weaving and live in the Reno area, please check our blog calendar and join us when we meet.