Coventry Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Guild

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Workshop - Beginner's Weaving

How many Weaver's does it take to agree a pattern?

We have many accomplished Weavers in the Guild, so this was a great introduction to warping a loom and beginning to weave.

Ruth's fab sheepy biscuits went down a storm - can you spot the sheep dog?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Other entries

There were many more fantastic entries to both competitions as seen below

Work from last year - the winners

First Prize - Pat Hughes

Hiking socks knitted with various fleeces all hand dyed. Both socks of each pair were knitted at the same time to ensure the strips matched

Second Prize - Elma Dive (picture to follow)
Crocheted stole

Third Prize - Toni Wilson (better picture to follow)

Black & White scarf at the bottom of the picture. Black and white Aplaca using a waffle weave to give the effect that it has been woven with thicker yarn

Monday, April 03, 2006

Broadweavers Masterclass the winners

Each year, the Broadweavers come to judge samples of our work. This year the brief was to make a bag. The bag had to display either a dying technique or handspun yarn, knitted or woven. All of thework was excellent and the judges had a hard time choosing.

Here are the Prize winners

First Prize - Jean Hughes

Cotton bag dyed with fibre reactive dyes using marbling technique. Crazy patchwork embroidered with random dyed embroidery cotton. Decorated with bugle beads and lined with tear drop cotton

Second Prize - Pat Hall

Domino knitted then machine felted bag using mixed fleece, natural and acid dyed.

Third Prize - Celia Bishell

Patchwork knitted bag using dark brown Jacobs, Light Brown Manx Loughton, 50% wool 50% dog fur dyed with Dylon Hot water dyes. Handles made using weaving sticks

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Design Boards

In preparation for the 2006 Broadweavers Competiton, a challenge was set last year to create a design board. The board should reflect one of the elements, Earth, Air, Water or Fire and be a collection of pictures, textures, colours etc that inspire.

This is the designers technique that brings together all their thoughts and ideas. These boards were first displyed at the Christmas party and many members used ideas from their boards to create their final piece for the Competiton

Click on the boards to see a larger version

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Guild Meeting - Feb 2006

Today we had a spinning workshop. Toni brought along various different fibres to try out. These included:-

  • Yak
  • Camel
  • Cotton (green & red)
  • Tencel (made from wood pulp)
  • Soyabean