|Using a spinning wheel|
Our Open Day for Spinning was a chance for us to demonstrate and teach.
|Drop spindle spinning|
One visitor was Hannah, a skilled spinner who loves all things to do with textiles. She showed her considerable skills by using a spinning wheel with which she was not familiar. Her spun yarn is very fine and even.
|Hannah spinning expertly|
|a very fine yarn|
Jane has an Ashford Knitters Loom on which she is weaving a leno scarf.
|Leno lace weaver|
|Yarn from New Mexico|
Even plain weave can produce some wonderful effects. Look at this clasped weft scarf with the wavy pattern.It is really unusual.
|The wavy line is produced by the 'clasped weft' technique.|
|Threading takes time and patience.|
|Hannah's mum and her unique crocheted blanket.|
Hannah's mum was crocheting a beautifully designed blanket. The inspiration was Seaham harbour and beach. The colours and pattern are lovely and this unique design is for two special friends who appreciate the love and care which goes into handmade articles.
|A tapestry piece.|
The Guild had a busy day and we enjoyed meeting new people interested in craft.
Weaving Open Day.
Durham Guild Weaving Open Day on Saturday 15th October 2016Our next open day is about Weaving and is on Saturday October 15th in St Oswald's Institute. Put it in your diary.
There will be a number of looms ready warped and plenty of people on hand to help. Do come along.
I will be bringing my backstrap and a number of heddles ready warped for anyone to try. One loom I will be bringing is my Swedish Band Loom. This was the first loom that I bought once I became hooked on weaving.
|My first loom|
Weave a friendship bracelet.
I will warp up this loom so that visitors can have a go and weave a friendship bracelet.
I am researching friendship bracelets at the moment and should have a good supply of examples to show. Here is my first idea which I wove on my Swedish band loom.
|drawdown for friendship bracelet|
|Close up of woven band|
To finish the bracelet, the warp ends were plaited. At one end, I divided the warp ends into two groups and plaited them separately. The ends were whipped to finish.
At the other end, I divided the warp ends into two groups but only plaited them for a short length. I then overlapped the two groups and plaited them as one. This gave a loop at one end for fastening the bracelet. Here is the result.
I love the effect of a wavy stripes.
To see the another Swedish loom in action at Skansen, the open air museum in Stockholm, go to Slöjda med Skansen: Bandvävning https://youtu.be/jPeBqxW6ZUw
Next post:My next post in April will be about the colour green. Do follow my blog to get updates.
Susan J Foulkes April 2016