Wednesday, September 23, 2009

PFAG Announcements

Saturday, September 26, 10 AM - 1 PM, Beth Parrott will be doing a workshop on Fixing Knitting Mistakes at Knit in downtown Charleston.

Do you subscribe to any of the Interweave Press publications? If so, bring a check to our next meeting on Oct. 17, and complete an order form for the magazines you want at the meeting. When we send the order in as a guild, you will save $5 per subscription.

Judy Warren sends us heads up on the upcoming observance for the UN's "International Day of Felt" coming up Oct. 3. Felters around the world, working with reds, oranges and yellows are planning one-day park displays, hangings/drapings from fences, trees, etc. They are primarily fun, easy displays, just meant to raise awareness.

That segues nicely to our felting program coming up in November. The date is Nov. 21. Our program in Oct. will be new and different for almost all of us -- a Japanese paper spinning technique called Shi-fu. Should be fun.

We have heard from the Masaru Tapestries Cooperative and the weaving class we raised money for is in progress. A new Peace Corps worker is our contact now and she is just getting her bearings. She sent the picture above of one of the students at work. Carl Tretton, who brought the project to our awareness initially, is planning to go back to Lesotho in the near future and is planning to check in with the Co-op.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Our September Guild Meeting

Saturday's meeting was a lot of fun -- In the local spirit of the United Nation's declaration of this as the year of natural fibres we got to experiment with weaving with the most natural of fibres -- plant materials right out of our yards.

Michaela and others came through the door with what seemed to be truckloads of dried bundles of plant materials in a range of browns, yellows, golds, and greens. In this picture you see just part of what was available for us to experiment with on a table loom that was already warped up for us. The things we agreed we were quite successful with included day lilies, iris foliage, and sweet grass. We were less successful with coreopsis and honeysuckle, but both might have had more potential with a different warp

Take a look at the picture in the right column of a mug mat still on the loom, that was done in just a matter of minutes by several weavers trying their hand with different plant materials. There is lots of potential here -- and we're not even talking about basketry, yet -- though Garnette came in with enough grapevine that we could have done a whole program on that.

For Show & Tell, Kelly showed us a plain zippered jacket with a hood that she bought for a song and added her own colorful felted trim. The webmaster's camera batteries died so there is no picture at this time, but trust me, it was beautiful.

Michaela sent in this picture of a shawl she was commissioned to do -- the weave structure is a variation of Ms & Os. Michaela says the weft floats are too long for practical use, but isn't it pretty? In the close-up lower picture, you can see why she calls it a "Stained Glass" shawl.