This project was spurred by a guild holiday exchange in December—to make a loom pincushion. The original idea was suggested by one of our members because she was so delighted with the one she received in her MAFA goodie bag this past summer. (So thank you to that guild or weaver who had the original idea and shared it at MAFA!)
I decided to think "out of the box" for this exchange when one of my guildmates (Andi T) showed me a hand-felted hedgehog pincushion she obtained for her bobbin lace pins. A quick search let me to this pattern on the Internet. The results are above. I have used commercial fur and suede for some of them, my handwoven scraps and felt for others. At this small size, they require a lot of hand sewing.
I am completing mats for a guild exchange originally undertaken in 2008-2009. I will be weaving something like 14-15 placemats to complete the project for two different groups of 8 participants (16 total). I love Bertha Gray Hayes patterns because they are visually interesting, and fairly easy to weave. (At least this one was!) I am able to complete several mats in the course of a few hours after work!
The draft is: "Unnamed", page 179, Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes
These are some of the towels exchanged by nine members of the Jockey Hollow Weavers at their June meeting. The exchange theme was to use complementary colors and was coordinated by Robin Marion. The towels had to be a finished size of at least 28" X 18". Four towels were made, three exchanged.
The cover image shows the towels I received at random, woven by Daryl Lancaster, Robin Marion, and Jenny Hinchman. Other participants included Brianna Lancaster (deep purple with sheep border), Margriet Carrico (maroon & turquoise block), and Dee Landee, (blue and orange stripe.) Not captured were the towels woven by Sherrie Miller (soft lime green and lavender double weave) and Jerri Shankler (rusts and teals). (Sorry guys!) Most of the patterns were woven on 8 shafts.
Participants also made draft sheets with finished samples to share with each other, and presented the librarian with final copy to be assembled into a guild resource book. Extra draft sheets will be sold to benefit the guild.
It was a fun, year-long project (except for many of us who waited until the final TWO weeks to actually WEAVE our yardage! ;-) It also made for a much anticipated and great end-of-guild-year program as each participant got to share their project story before the exchange took place.
Frances Irwin Handweavers decided to make eyeglass cases for the MAFA 2011 workshop weekend coming up in July. Everyone brought in 8 X 8" squares of handwoven fabric, and we formed an assembly line for construction. We made about 60 at the meeting and hope to contribute 100 for the event. Detailed instructions can be found at www.about.com. > eyeglass case. Thanks to Weavolution member Leslie Mulliken for coordinating this guild activity!
Each participant answered a simple questionnaire of general "likes and dislikes", and provided a bag of yarns at the Sept. meeting. Over the course of the year, the participants wove off yardage from the bag of yarns provided (or could supplement from their own stash) and had the option of making something with the yardage for the recipient.
The exchange happened at the June meeting before the summer break. 7 out of the 8 participants were completed or nearly completed by this meeting. Those that had not completed their assignment kindly provided a "consolation" gift to the recipient to hold them over until the final project was received. It was an INCREDIBLE bonding experience and everyone got to learn not only a great deal about project planning and weaving with unexpected yarns and colors, but a little more about each member who participated.
A BIG thank you and SHOUT OUT to our exchange coordinator Robin Marion!!!! (That's Robin on the "cover" image getting a huge kiss from Jerri Shankler for the lovely top she made from Jerri's bag of yarns.)
If you want to read different viewpoints of this exchange and see the different items made, check out JHW member Daryl Lancaster's blog post 6/2/2010 (www.weaversew.com/wordblog). And Sherrie Miller is our "roving reporter" for Handwoven—so stay tuned!
This is not my own weaving, but is the scarf I received in the 60 for 60 scarf exchange held by the Weaver's Guild of Greater Baltimore.