Sunday, 19 May 2019

May 2019

Len de Graaf was our guest presenter at our May meeting. He showed us many of his yarn paintings in the Huichol style which is an artform of indigenous people from the southwest coast of Mexico.

The sturdy backings are prepared with 6 coats of melted beeswax, The wax is then heated and yarn is embedded into the wax. Len uses a lot of Briggs and Little yarns. Len has even done his yarn painting on gourds.
Zentangle inspired.





Inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Tundra swans
Great Blue Heron from Len's "Strange Bird" series.
Roseate spoonbill is his "Ballet Monet"
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cassowary.
This was inspired by a photograph of Chinese rice fields.
For Show and Share, Christine brought in her felted gnome and promoted a workshop with Saira Jan to be held on June 29th.
She made these adorable sheep in another workshop with Saira.
Rosemary shared 4 miniature needle felted dog portraits.
Dini's completed sheep from our workshop last month.
Dini showed off her workshop tote/tool holder.
Geyle's handwoven rag rug.
Jo's quilted runner.
Carol Ann's handwoven dishtowels.



April 2019

For our program this month, Valerie, lead us through the steps to create a sheep ornament using Lopi yarn, a crochet hook and plastic canvas. We had been given 'homework' at the March meeting so most of us arrive ready to go.
For Show and Share Annie brought a knitted and felted intarsia handbag.

Christine showed us a gnome she had needle felted in a workshop with Saira Jan.
She also had three locker hook projects which could be used as hot pads.


Rosemary showed us a couple of 'twiddle muffs' which are very helpful focusing 'fidgety children' or giving people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease something to occupy their hands.
They are made with bulky, washable yarn and have different things firmly attached to them with give a variety of tactile stimuli. She and other volunteers at Windreach Farm create them for sale in the gift shop.
Dini knit these owl mittens.
Ulla had several dishtowels to show us.
Geri brought in a punch needle piece,

a needlework project bag,

and a knitted, lace baby blanket.


Friday, 15 March 2019

March 2019

Our February meeting was cancelled because of the weather. At our March meeting, Suzanne lead us through the steps to create Dorset buttons using plastic rings and perle cotton thread.

Here are a few completed ones by various guild members.
She also gave us the instructions to add shanks to the back.

Suzanne passed around this beautiful little quilt with some of her buttons and embroidered embellishments.
At our next meeting, Valerie will do a workshop where we will create very cute sheep using Lopi yarn woven through plastic canvas. She also assigned 'homework' in preparation for the class. Members are asked to bring about 60m of Lopi (or other worsted or bulky yarn) and a big crochet hook.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

January 2019

We enjoyed a potluck luncheon which had been moved from the December meeting.

Founding member, Alice C., was feted on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Judy F reads birthday card to centenarian, Alice C

She received many cards and shared a cake with Shuttlebug members.

Next month's program will be Dorset buttons presented by Suzanne Z. Also, there is still time to sign up for the needle felting classes with Saira Jan of FibreCraft.ca. Several are offered over the next few months. Check the minutes for details. Non-members are welcome to participate if there is still room in each class.

Shuttlebugs are reminded of the Paint Chip Colour Challenge is due in June. You must use 3 of the 4 colours you selected and also black and/or white.
The OHS conference will be held in October in Woodstock. This is the same weekend as 'Woolstock', the Woodstock Fibre Festival.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

December 2018

Our potluck luncheon was postponed until January. We had a brief meeting followed by lots of Show and Share items.

Lesley modeled her handknit sweater
and her Saori 'squid' piece.
Jacki showed us the wonderful Christmas card that their dog sitter created featuring her very photogenic dog, Jimmy.
Doesn't he look like a good boy?
Annie showed us one of her earliest woven scarves from a Gemini Fibres workshop,
a wet-felted picture from a workshop with Rosemary Oliver, 
and a couple of her handspun and handknit beaded scarves.
Dini brought in one of her handwoven tea towels

and a vintage beaded purse that had belonged to her husband's grandmother
Christine showed us a Santa she had needle-felted in a workshop.
Judy brought in a couple of needle felted characters.
Geri showed off a punch needle piece she had recently completed,
and several cross-stitched ornaments that were recently finished.
Gini spun and dip-dyed a 900 yd skein of corriedale/rambouillet yarn for her sister.
Several needle felting workshops have been organized for the new year within the guild and in conjunction with the Markham Guild. Let Christine know if you are interested in participating in any of them. Geri is happy to conduct a punch needle workshop if there is enough interest.

Our paint chip colour challenge is due in June. Don't delay.