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We had our Buellwood Best Spring show last May 20th at Gloria Dei meeting. If you missed the meeting it was great. Pictures do not do show the excellent work by our members.
Our theme for 2019 was to 'select a photo to create a Fiber Piece' for this show and we had a great turn out for this event. I think it was our 3rd Buellwood Best each year it gets better.
As always we had a brief show and tell before the main event.

Show and Tell

Anita has another find at the resale shop. This time a book on 'Rose Windows' a book about making stain glass windows with tissue paper.

woven wool hanging
Laura brought in woven piece from Mexico and pictures of two quilts she created this winter in Florida.
Pine Island
willow basket

Dawn showed a basket that a friend made out of Willow. This could be made at a 6 hour workshop at the Rail River folk School, with Emily Derke.

Mary knit a pair of socks for herself from a pattern Celestial Lights Socks which were inspired by the stain glass windows at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Fiber Wild has a whole line of sock patterns from around the world. Since my maiden name is LaChapelle with Paris ancestors I just had to make these socks. It was a challenge to say the least. The backpacks I bought from a couple Lilli and Edmond on the beach in Belize and the screen printed fabric was a gift from my friend who sold these to shops in Hawaii. She wants to plan a tour of the this factory in Bali...anyone up for a long plane ride?

Celestial light socks
Guatemalan woven backpacks

Bali Silk Screen printed fabric

Buellwood Best Spring Show
This year our show was spectacular.
Weaving is still alive, we even had a number or woven pieces completed by our members. 
Buellwood Best display

display of BB pieces
more BB best art
Phyllis started out the Buellwood Best show with a felted piece 'Lake, Water, Sky"
She lives and works in the U.P. and loves the fact that she can spend time on the lake.
Lake Sky Water
Melissa was a busy weaver this year, she loves to make towels to share with friends and family and she used a stash of 10/2 cotton to create this runner of handwoven towels. Her inspiration for colors came from a snap shot of her grandchildren on the beach. She used a variation of  '8 Shaft Patterns' from Carol Sticklers book by the same name. Pages 19- 24  sett at 24 ends per inch with 10/2 cotton.
The towels need to be cut apart and finished but the patterns and colors were beautiful.

towels and more towels
inspiration photo

Mary likes to challenge herself with patterns from Handwoven Magazine. This pattern is for the Frank Lloyd Wright Scarf in the March/April 2011 issue. Pg. 48.
She used Rayon Boucle, Rayon Slub and various Rayon or linen from her stash. Set at 48 ends per inch this is a double warp piece woven with 60/2 silk. Once the warp is on the loom the weaving is rather simple with just changing which of the two warps are in front when throwing the shuttle.

Mary's FLW scarf adaption

Laura did a fiber piece with snow dyed fabric called 'Snow Birches'
Free motion quilting, embroidery stitches, beading and cut out applique were the techniques she used.
her inspiration came from Angie Lewin's, a British Print maker, book.

Laura with 'Snow Birches'
Print making book
Close up of' Snow Birches'

Dawn with a smile on her face got her inspiration from a photo of Mortica, Since she likes to use locs of wool with her hand spun yarn she created a lovely cowl for the show.


Carol's focus has been on vessels this year and here she is using T-shirts to crochet this lovely piece.  
Kathie wove a runner on a white warp with her natural dyed fibers.
Her love of fall colors and the yarns from the natural dye workshop created this stunning runner that is now displayed on her table. All this was done on her 4 shaft loom.

Karen created a shawl with Lion Brand Acrylic knitting yarn. This lovely piece was woven on a 27 inch rigid heddle loom. She used 3 balls of yarn for this on a  warp with the same yarn. We really liked the way the multi color yarn intersected in the weave.
tabby shawl multi color yarn.
close up of shawl

Marilyn chose to weave a rug using a very soft Chenille like 'Bernet Blanket Brights'. This created a soft plush rug that could be used as a camping bed also. She wove this on a cotton rug warp in tabby.


John did a weaving using the colors from his coleus plant. He chose a white warp to create a wall hanging with a pastel effect. Trying out a number of weave patterns including Leno. He considered a black warp but we all agreed that the pastel effect was great for the Coleus coloring.

Coleus colors
John's Wall hanging
Anita has been doing a lot of embroidery to embellish her needle cases. She not only finished one for herself but also for a friend. These are so lovely it was suggested she use them as wall hangings.

Anita with embroidered wool
Close up of Anita's work
Coming in via the email from Karen T
The basket features eco printed birch bark! I really need to experiment with this technique and plan to teach a class at Northhouse Folk School this October where I will bring eco printed bark to use, and hopefully will have a demo on printing it!
Eco print birch bark
in progress basket by Karen

Thanks to all that participated in our Buellwood Best 2019.
I think we decided to make our 2020 Buellwood Best a 'One Foot Piece of Art'. But I will keep you posted if there are other requirements.

Our next meeting will be June 17th at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock , MI at noon.
 Poppy has the day off and will do a presentation on willow collecting and creations.

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We meet in April to explore what the students from Phyllis's Spring surface design class had done this semester.

But first we had our usual great show and tell 
from the guild members.

Karen has been very busy with preparing for some classes in San Diego and Stowe Vermont. she also had 3 upcoming shows the first one will be in Curtis MI from June until September, 2019. Then onto Suite Saint Marie in October, and March in Marquette MI. Keep an eye out for exact dates of these exhibits. Also she will be in the MBO show in Bowling Green Ohio. Karen will be teaching at the Porkies on August16th and September 5-8 at Siever's Fiber Arts School on Washington Island, WI.

Karen basket sample 1
Karen basket sample 2
Karen basket sample 3

Join her for one of her wonderful classes and check out Poppy's two classes at the Porkies Folk School that same weekend.

A new design for Karen

We have a great lineup for 2019 at Porcupine Mountain State Park near Silver City MI. Check out Karen and Poppy's classes as well as the Artist in Residence program which has a fiber artist this year. Martha Kotter, Textiles, Columbus, Ohio. Textiles (August 19 - September 1, 2019) Presentation August 29. This is a free presentation by the Artist in Residence.

Donna Kallner will be teaching Nalbinding at the Porkies July 13 and 14th,
and Debbie Jircik will do an Eco dye class August 9th.
These and other fiber Events will be offered this year at the Porkies Folk School.

Karen also has been working on her Needle case in her spare time. I am sure she has little spare time right now, but it looks like her needle case will be done before mine.

Karen's needle case is progressing

Anita our persistent resale shopper found another treasure. This one is called Speed O Loom by Lily. As you can see by the smile Anita was very happy with her find. The group also was anxious to try to assemble the loom and see that it is very sturdy and quite large.

Delight with her find.
woven sample that she found

John and Phyllis had to assemble this treasure.

Marilyn is trying her hand at Tablet or Card Weaving. I am amazed at her and others interest in trying out, on their own, a new weaving technique. With the help of U tube it has made this very easy--for some! What a nice job Marilyn and this is quite a complicated pattern.

Mary wanted to show the group a tapestry she did long ago as an Art Education Project on a cardboard loom, it was a fun experiment and has lasted a long time hung over her loom.

Dawn brought in samples of fiber dyed with Alder Catkins with a Alum mordant. The dark one was mordant with iron for an iron/tannin interaction.

Phyllis announced the student shows that are now up at Finnish American Heritage center. 
ISAD Bachelor of Fine Arts Diploma Works exhibition
May 4 to May 29, 2019

Our program was an excellent display of dyed fabrics presented by Lynn Anderson and Miriam Pickens who are both attending Phyllis's Spring Surface Design class. I was busy taking notes and pictures so I hope I got these samples correctly labeled.

What we Saw:
Gold fabric below, samples of Immersion dye where you just let it be - On the left and on the right
Shibori Technique clamped with clothes pins. Both are dyed with onion skins
White Damask fabric stitched and dyed Shibori
onion skin dyed full Emerson and clamped with clothes pins
The Pink fabric above is an example of Low Water dye which the fabric is scrunched up and placed in a tight bowl and dye poured onto the fabric. 

Block Printing
Miriam's Handsome Hairy Woodpecker-Block printed movement was the goal not accuracy.

block Printed
Lynn's black and orange block printed


I believe the rust color is screen printed and the white is a stencil with paint.
Stencil vs screen printed

Screen Printing

screen printed printed on blue cloth.
Batik wax resist is very transparent
Batik by Maona


Cyanotype using photo sensitive treated fabric which is placed in light box and an object or a stencil are placed on top. then exposed to light.
Cyanotype treated photo sensitive material
Natural Dyes

avocado pit dyed
 Snow Dyed
 snow dyed with dry dye materials
Below are some more samples Lynn talked about during the presentation. We liked the block printing results and Lynn agreed to do a workshop at our retreat using block printing. This may be combined with Dawn's Eco dyed paper workshop.

Edible Resist

Miriam's dyed top.

painted and over dyed

Rust dyed
"Meeting News"
We meet and discussed the September 2019 Buellwood Retreat. Something we are all looking forward to. Save the date Sept 21 and 22 at the Marsin Retreat house in Houghton.
****I believe that this will be our 6th Retreat! as Leslie has been in New Mexico for 5 years now and she was at our first one!*****

Buellwood Best will be May 21st at Gloria Dei - Bring in your best fiber work inspired by a photo or nature.

August 19 th,  Gary Olds will be at our meeting talking about how he chooses colors and pattens for his weaving.
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Unfortunately I missed this Guild meeting as I had a cold. So I sadly missed John's 'History of Weaving' presentation and the Show and tell. Thank you John for sending the pictures from the Show and tell. Although our guild meeting was not well attended the quality of the show and tell was superb.

 Anita completed two needle cases one for herself and one for her friend and fellow guild member Jay. Lovely work and such a great friend to  have. These were projects we started at our annual Fall Retreat. If you want to see more work by members of our guild they will be on display until May 4th 2019 in Hancock MI at the Copper County Community Art Center. 

 Maddie showed some booties she made for her grandson and some lovely embroidered towels.

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Kathie introduced our guild members to a friend of hers who offered to share her collection with local Fiber Artists.

Elena Busova generously shared her Bulgarian families fiber art. Many of the examples of table cloths were woven on very large looms with many threads per inch and then beautifully embellished by hand. The women in Bulgaria spent many hours doing their projects together not having electronics to distract them. Some of the examples were framed pictures done in very fine almost cross stitch like stitches. Elena's family treasures were appreciated and envied by all in attendance. Thank you for sharing Elena.


Thank you John for taking pictures and Kathie for the summary to share on the Guilds blog. I will be back for the April Buellwood meeting and continue taking pictures and notes to share.

Remember we will be having our 'Buellwood Best' Guild project show and tell at our May meeting. Create a Fiber Art from a nature photo inspiration. It can be any fiber art using the image or just the colors from nature.

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In January despite the frigid cold temps our Guild meet at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock, MI. The travels to the meeting were cold, but we made it as no snow!!!
Our meeting started with a great show and tell. Some of the highlights were:

Kathie's needle case

Kathie finished her needle case that we all started at the fall retreat. Kathie used a piece of Persian wool to accent her case. We all agreed it was a great project for us.

She also brought in her twill weaving to show the difference she got by just changing the weft while finishing off her warp on the loom
twill weaving with same warp and different wefts

needle case close up

Anita, our resale queen, showed us what can be woven on the Weaving Sticks she found last month. While Jay refashioned his felted hat, that he got from Dawn at the Christmas luncheon.

Anita with weaving stick project
Jay wanted a hat he could wear in the house.
Rachael is taking the fiber class at Finlandia and is visiting today and we hope joining our guild. Welcome Rachael! she too likes to bargain hunt and found this bag which she added some embroidery too it.

Rachael recycled bag.
the reverse side

Dawn is our in house natural dye expert and this is a sample of her dyeing with Catkins from the alder plant. the yarn samples below were mordant with Alum and iron.

dyed with alder catkins and alum and iron
she also knits and felts her camel hair hat and her felted mittens. the white ones are from hand spun yarn and the brown from worsted weight. she will even share the pattern.  

knit and felted mittens
Came hair knit hat

pot holders woven on a child's loom

baby hat our of fixation yarn
Baby blanket #2

Mary has a new grand baby and of course that means knitting and weaving for the little ones. There were more but they are on the way to California.

Our Presentation this month was Warping a Rigid Heddle loom 
 presented by Marilyn and Kathie.
it is rather quick and easy to warp these looms. 
Much easier that warping a floor loom for sure if you know how to do it.

first you take a double thread through each of the slats....then cut and retread the holes with the second thread. Easy enough!

double threads through slots.
then tread the holes with the second tread
Suggested reading for the rigid heddle loom. Finally a warped loom to try your hand at weaving on this loom. which Jay, a very new weaver in our guild, was delighted to give it a try.

suggested reading for Rigid heddle
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Karen's birch stars and bell ornaments
Our Holiday Luncheon was well attended at the Kangas Cafe on December 17th we had a nice attendance and fun show and tell. 

Everyone has been busy with their fiber art creations and as busy as the season can be there were a lot of finished projects.
Kathie showed her completed woven placemats in a rosepath twill pattern with lovely colors.

another woven rug by Phyllis
Phyllis with wool and cotton mat

 Phyllis has been busy weaving this fall and her show and tell matched her outfit for the day. I was not surprised!  She had a mat woven fat wool from Mexico and Finnish cotton tape. Her rugs were woven with various fibers including Organic cotton Bamboo and wool.
large woven rug by Phyllis

Maddie has finished her needle case she started at our fall retreat and she was really enjoying the hand embellishing of her case. So cute with a woolly caterpillar, a spider and web. A very creative case for sure. She also made a scissor holder and needle sharpener sewing aid for her daughter with her daughters hair in the sharpening heart. She read hair was used to sharpen needles in history.
Do you see the woolly Caterpillar and the spider?
Sewing aid

itzy bitzy spider and web
Karen has been creating her birch bark ornaments and jewelry and now is Eco printing on Birch Bark she has used Iron oxide dipped leaves and pressed them into the sheet of Birch Bark. She also shared with us the cards her daughter created with block printed images that the blocks were made with a 3-D printer a collaboration with a friend. The name tags were tea dyed and hand lettered.

Abby's block printed cards

Eco print on birch bark
birch bark ornaments

tea dyed tags
Anita in her regular shopping trips to the resale stores found a Kumihimo Disc and now is heading for a new adventure into the art of Kumihimo braiding
She has many samples and the two red ones show the difference of using two blacks and two reds versus one red and one black in the outcome of the braids.

And of course weaving sticks???? who knew these existed! The things you can find for a dollar or two at the resale shop. These even came with directions.
weaving sticks
Dawn brought in a number of her knit and felted hats that needed homes. They all found homes and smiles in a matter of minutes.  For show and tell she shared a hand spun and knit hat she just finished.

Dawn's funky hats and the lucky recipients
Dawn's handspun hat
Ginny Brewer a guest at our meeting has been designing knit socks to wear with flip flops... Wow these are a challenge....better than knitting all the toes I think.

John has another transparency woven piece that he shared. A lovely piece to hang in a window. Along with the woven silk scarves he finished on his 8 shaft loom. Someone is lucky to get one of these beautiful scarves. Unfortunately they were not in the dirty Santa exchange! I am still unsure why they look so different.  I believe they are the same warp and weft. John found the pattern in a book and did a good job of setting up the warp to create it. Could this be a Danish Medallion pattern?
8 shaft woven scarf A

8 shaft woven scarf B

 Debra showed up with daughter Rena, what a treat to see these two lovely ladies. Rena was busy knitting. 

The Dirty Santa Exchange was a fun we all got something wonderful to bring home. Except the recipient of the chickens laying eggs, half way out. Some stealing of opened gifts occurred but we are all still friends. I think?


Our next meeting is January 21st at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock at noon.you are welcome to join us and bring your lunch and how and tell. We will have a short presentation on Rigid heddle looms and a brief meeting.  Check out our 2019 presentation schedule above on this blog.

MLH and Midwest Weavers Conferences are open to registration this month for the June Conferences  MLH is in Holland MI May 30-June 2, 2019 and Midwest Weavers is in Grinnell IA June 20-22. Both are great Conferences for 3 days or the whole week.

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Eco Dye on Paper
Felting and Painting on Wool and Silk

Felted on Silk and Wool vs Eco dyed on Watercolor paper. I am having a hard time deciding which is more beautiful.

While Phyllis attended a felting class in Minneapolis with Jorie Johnson Dawn has been experimenting with Eco printing on Watercolor paper at home. Both had beautiful results to bring for our Show and Tell.

 Both were very excited about the results of their art. Dawn layered her individual sheets of paper with leaves, etc dipped in iron water placed the pile between two pieces of glass and steamed them for 2 hours.
The larger pieces were rolled up in a bundle and steamed.

Phyllis used silk and wool to create a light surface on which she used ink and paint to embellish. She also felted colored wool on the surface and felted in the Jorie Johnson's traditional rolled fashion.

Karen showed her finished purse with a matching check book cover. She used cross knit looping on the edges of the these items. Lovely fiber work from this talented non traditional basket weaver. She also announced she entered her baskets in the Northern Exposure Art 2018 show at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba, she received at least 5 awards. Four are featured artist awards and one an Artist Network Award which if for Art Supplies. Check out the show news. http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/lifestyles/life/2018/11/northern-exposure-xxv-winners-announced/
Congrats to Karen for her fine work.
Happy Mittens and headband
soft mohair wool and silk hat

Mary wove 4 towels with her favorite Huck-lace Pattern for a friend but they are on the way to California. She is also knitting to use up hand spun yarn and made these Happy Mittens with a wool/silk blend of fiber and used wool fleece to make them even warmer on the inside.

Laura liked the needle case pattern we made at the retreat she sent us a picture of her new Black and White version.
needle case cover
 Jay is a new member and he has a loom but he also sews. He brought in a Bush Craft pullover he made out of reclaimed wool blankets.
Jay with his Bush Craft pullover
Anita found some more interesting vintage fiber work at the local resale shop. This one is a pillow cover dated 1926 with some finished silk embroidery. She also brought in a cordage maker or Lucet.
 A lucet is a tool used in cordmaking or braiding which is believed to date back to the Viking[1] and Medieval[2] periods, when it was used to create cords that were used on clothing,[1] or to hang items from the belt.[3] Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy. It closely resembles knitted I-cord or the cord produced on a knitting spool. Lucet cord is formed by a series of loop like knots, and therefore will not unravel if cut. Unlike other braiding techniques such as kumihimo, finger-loop braiding or plaiting, where the threads are of a finite length, lucetted (or knitted) braids can be created without pre-measuring threads and so it is a technique suited for very long cords.

There was some interest in making one of these so here is the information to make your own. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500181102336971523/?lp=true
Silk Embroidery sampler

Marilyn with her weaving all from one warp, very nice square plaids. My pictures do not do the weaving justice. Three very nice pieces.
Since I was taking notes and pictures I did not find out what the fiber was for her weaving.

Marilyn's hubby does some twinning the rugs below are his work.


Phyllis shared her samples from her felting class with Jorie Johnson in Minneapolis at the Textile Center. Some of these pieces are soybean soaked and painted with ink. She wet the fibers and rolled in bubble wrap to felt. Steams and presses then used suede gloves to remove and pills.

John has been weaving he has a lovely scarf on his loom that he shared a picture of. I am anxious to see the finished scarf as the pattern is very nice. here John has a rug he made out of old frayed towels. Which seem to make a nice thick rug out of something you would just throw away.

Anita is up next with the her hands on Bobbin Lace demonstration. We all got to try our hands at making a very small fish with some very sophisticated tools. 
Getting the hang of reading a pattern and following the direction of the bobbins was a bit challenging but we all survived with assistance from Anita when we got out of order with our passing over. The result was a teeny, tiny Fish made of colored lace. It helped to have the colors on the bobbins as if they were all white, oh my gosh! that would be a challenge.

Bobbin Lace tools
Books and patterns

My Lace making in progress note the colored threads
John and Karen giving it a try.
A lace Fish
Clare, John and Lyra say thank you to all who contributed to the gift certificate we sent in October. They are all doing fine and look forward to returning to the U.P.

Our next meeting will be a Holiday Luncheon at the Kangas Cafe at noon on December 17 th. We will play 'Dirty Santa' again so if you want to participate bring a gift to pass. Homemade, new or used and join in the fun. Lunch will be on your own. But come and join us in the party room. If not see you in January 21st at Gloria Dei weather permitting.
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Felting Fun!

Fall is a beautiful time in the U.P. of Michigan. We had our Annual Fall Retreat on the shores of the ship canal in Houghton, MI a few weeks ago. The weather was cool and a bit wet this year, no problem since most of our fiber projects were inside. We all got together for two days of fiber fun. A special thank you to all our members who taught workshops and to all who attended. It would not happen without you!

a few finished projects
A few of the finished projects were an Eco Dyed scarf, dryer balls, wool embroidery, woven Rep Mug Rug, marbling on cloth and a bow woven bracelet. We limited the workshops this year as it was a bit busy last year.

Saturday AM Karen presented a workshop ' Bow woven beaded bracelet'
It was met with great enthusiasm, and quite successful.This was a fun fast project after adding 100 beads to each side of the bow we wove the center adding one bead on each side.The finished bracelet wrapped around our wrists twice. It made a lovely bracelet.
Extra light was needed for our bow weaving

Bow weaving set up
finished bracelets

 Saturday PM, after a hearty lunch provided by our attendees. Dawn took over and showed us how to Eco Dye a Scarf. Dawn collected many, many bags of plant material for us to experiment with. Of course it is hard to use only a few of the many materials provided so we all had quite colorful scarves as a result.
Dawn introduced us to all the plant materials

rolling up our scarves
steaming our scarves

finished scarves drying

Dawn demo's making dryer balls

While the scarves were steaming we made 'dryer balls', also presented by Dawn. It was a fun, friendly experience. We had colorful dryer balls to bring home. Many colors to choose from and the dye did not come out in my laundry.
Dryer ball samples
pretty busy here with those dryer balls
Lovely Hemp Towels

Punch Needle Art

Melissa spends her summer in the U.P. and this summer she made hand towels.
Lots of hand towels and some out of Hemp that she bought on a trip over seas.

Melissa is also is a master of Punch Needle which she has made many ornaments for herself and family.
Melissa handwoven towels, just a few.

Later Saturday afternoon we had a slide presentation by Mary of her Cruise to Norway aboard the Viking Sea. Now a regular event to share slides form our guild members who travel.

 As we had a long detour to get to the Marsin House because of the Father's Day Flood that took out the road to the retreat house, we decided to not venture into Houghton and drive back out in the dark. A few of us spent the night and finished up our projects or spent time spinning and weaving.
Poppy wove a mug rug as did Karen and neither of them have woven on a loom. I was very happy for them to give this a try.  They both finished a mug rug and actually were quite satisfied about it.

Guild loom dressed for Rep Weave Mug Rugs
Laura Spinning

Karen weaving - a very new weaver but she stuck with it
 Sunday AM - Laura presented a workshop in Wool Embroidery. She had some beautiful samples to
show and a wonderful needle holder project for those interested.
Laura's sampler
It was a hit. With many choices of fabric to use for our embellishments on the needle case everyone dove in and selected the colors and wool fabric to use for their very own project. Lori joined us again this year from Seattle she was visiting her sister and had such a great time last year she planned her visit again to attend. Laura had a large variety of threads, beads and buttons to use as embellishment on the wool.

selecting our wool from the piles of  fabric available
Needle case cover
Lori came from Seattle to join us
the inside of our needle cases
At the right is our needle case with colored wool and buttons ready to be sewn down on the wool case.
Laura even brought label material for our inside of the wool cases. A very clever and complete project.

Anita is our resident Lace Maker and she was able to show us a little about her lace making supplies and techniques. Anita will do a more complete demo at our next guild meeting on November 12th
It is a time consuming and precise craft and created a lot of interest. 
Lace making supplies
the lace maker pillow
a brief demo by Anita

Sunday PM After another hearty lunch and a short meeting where we selected officers for our Guild and chose some topics for the 2018-19 Guild meetings. We were presented a workshop by John on 'Marbling on Fabric'. The process was quick and interesting. Definitely a first for me.

John showing the first marbled cloth

We used cotton fabric and droppers of acrylic paint that floated on top of the water. We then dipped the cotton fabric along the surface to dye our cloth.
clothes line once the rain stopped to dry our Marbled Art
Samples drying on the table

Although we were all tired and busy with lots of projects we had a friendly learning and sharing get together and I am sure there will be another Fall Retreat in 2019. 

Our next guild meeting will be November 12th at noon at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock.
bring your show and tell, lunch and come join us. 
Anita is going to have a lace making demo for us to try.

Our Guild was asked to Demonstrate at the 'Art Affair' in Houghton MI again this year. 
it will be held Saturday November 10th at the Houghton High School 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Guild members are asked to contact Kathie Joyce if you can fill in a few hours to help out. 
We will have a loom and a spinning wheel for those interested in giving a demo or trying there hand  at Spinning our weaving. Stop by and join us if you are out.

 Mark your calender's 2019 Nalbinding workshop with Donna Kallner July 12, 2019 for our guild members a reduced cost is available. Space is limited to 12.

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We meet on September 17th at Gloria Die Church in Hancock Michigan we shared our show and tell, planned our retreat for October 13 and 14th at the Marsin Retreat House on Canal Road. See below for our Retreat Schedule. we will also be looking for help at the Art Affair booth we have agreed to have.
Let Kathie Joyce know if you can help out with a few hour on Saturday November 10th.

Then we had a demonstration on warping a floor loom.  Two of our guild members have recently purchased looms and many of the others were interested in the warping with weights, that I have been using since I took a class with Kati Reeder Meek.

Kathie purchased a P Tijen loom that she is excited about. She found it at the Sheep and Wool festival for about $40. I think it looks like a tapestry loom but can also be used for sampling weaving colors and yarns.

Karen was teaching at North House Folk school in August and meet Beth Homa Kraus who taught a class on Birch Bark Purse construction. Karen will be teaching a basket class next summer at the Porkies Folk School in August 2019 the17 or 18. She will also be teaching a class in 'Bow Bead weaving' at our retreat on October 13 at 9 am. Please let Karen know if you are interested so she will have ample supplies.

Beth Homa Kraus Birch Bark Purse
Karen Woven Basket Class August 2019 Porkies Folk School

 Dawn spent some of July and August hiking many trails in Alaska. Having lived in Alaska  in the past she visited areas and people she knew when she lived there. She came home with Qiviut or Musk Ox, from Palmer and Cashmere goat fiber. Two lovely bags of soft fiber for her to play with.

Dawn shared with us her plans for her Retreat workshop which will be on Saturday in the after noon. After our incredible lunch feast. About 1:30 pm. This is water color paper dyed with flowers and leaves then rolled up and steamed. I believe we will be doing Silk Scarves at the retreat. A small fee will be charged for the Silk Scarves.

Dawn has a new loom and she is starting with a simple woven tabby towel. But she has plans to get into the Garment construction and she found an old wonderful book by Anita Luvera Mayer that is wonderful.

Anita brought in some paintings she did with cotton washcloth yarn and Acrylic paint. I believe she called it Duty Pour. She also brought in a new fiber person Jay a Yooper who has returned to his homeland. He is interested in many fiber related arts and was wowed by our warping demo. Welcome Jay I hope you will bring in your handmade garment to our next meeting.
We also were joined by Cheryl who is a new student at Finlandia. Welcome Cheryl.

welcome Jay!
Warping memo's for those who were at our demo. I believe that the more you warp the loom the better you get at it therefore only put on 5 - 7 yards or less each time you warp. Then too you do not get tired of weaving the same pattern over and over.
I learned to warp front to back many years ago. But I have found back to front works much better for me. I like that the warp only goes through the heddles or reed only once. I also like to use weights when winding on the warp to the back beam. This means I do not have to ask my husband to assist. Yeah!!!!  So this is what works for me. I now also leave my lee sticks In the warp when weaving to maintain a good tension.
warp wound on loom with raddle and lee sticks in place
Dawn took her loom home and hopes to find time to finish treading the heddles then we will finish warping her loom at her home.

my Secret to warping a loom with out help.

treading the heddles... a slow job with 480 threads.
Donna Kallner Workshop July 15th 2019  Nalbinding from the round start. Guild will subsidize some cost of this workshop.

Nalbinding From A Round Start -- 7 hours
In the vast family of looping techniques, the branch known as nalbinding is generally associated with making warm, wooly wearables. In these stitched structures, the entire working thread passes through on each stitch. The structure is so stable they can't unravel, making them perfect for winter work and play. In this introduction to nalbinding, you'll learn to work Oslo stitch using your thumb as a gauge, learn a round start which can be used to make bags, hats and mats, and learn to increase, decrease, chain, and make things without having to follow a pattern. Class includes discussion about using handspun yarn in nalbinding. You will not complete a project in this class, but will leave with the confidence to start and finish one on your own. All levels welcome.Materials provided include mill-spun and handspun wool yarns, wooden nalbinding needle, instructor-made starts for sampling, and handouts. Bringembroidery scissors, the eyeglasses you use for close work, a personal task lamp (optional) and a sack lunch. Let Mary know if you are interested Minimum 8 students Maximum 12.
Donna Kallner class on Nalbinding from the round start.
Buellwood 4 th annual Fall Retreat October 13 and 14th at the Marsin House Retreat Center on Canal Road - turn at and follow the Yellow Brick Road  or was it the Red Brick road. Allow a little extra time as the road is out at Oscar and you need to take a detour. workshops start at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm both days. 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
**Pot luck lunch with one dish from each of us for both days will be great. We are charging a small fee for some of the workshops. I believe $5, I have heard for supplies. Public is welcome to participate for the slight fee of $25 membership to join our guild. WE may have weaving and fiber equipment for sale also.
Saturday night Mary will share her slides from a Cruise to Scotland and Norway in June 2018 after dinner, for those who are interested.

Saturday 13th  AM Bow Bead Weaving with Karen, PM Dryer Balls and Eco Dyeing with Dawn.
Sunday 14th AM Needlework on wool with Laura, PM Marbling dye on cloth with John.
try your hand at Rep Weave make a rug mug or two if you like-all day both days.
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Dawn's garden is beautiful and her front yard is full of flowers. These pictures were sent to me, by Melissa, as I sadly missed the dye day in August. 

Dawn had some fun at our August meeting with some guild members and dyer's Knotweed.
They also had some fresh woad and true indigo to play with. They smashed fresh leaves into various silk pieces, pureed leaves and dipped, also they tied the fabric with string and rubber bands. It was so magical to take the green leaves, crush them in some way then watch the blue color develop .
Dawn smashing some leaves for the dye

Dawn's amazing garden

Our next guild meeting will be Monday September 17th at Gloria Dei Church in Hancock Michigan, We meet at noon with Show and Tell session then we will learn to warp a floor loom. this will be my way of warping back to front with the aide of weights so that you can wind the warp alone. Beginners; If you want to learn one method of warping a loom this is the meeting to attend.

Also remember we will be having our annual Guild Retreat October 13 and 14th at the Marsin Retreat Center on Red Brick Road. We have a number or workshops set up for your enjoyment. John will provide a list of the planned workshops on Saturday and Sunday 9-5pm then Saturday night I will share some slides from my Norway Cruise in June.
Please bring a dish to pass and your guild dues of $25. Non members are invited to attend for the cost of joining our guild. we will also be planning our guild meeting schedule for 2018-2019, so please bring ideas of what you are interested in learning and\or willing to present for the guild.
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