Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Challenge 2020

Members were tasked with upcycling or repurposing items for this year's challenge. Since we have been unable to meet, the photos and descriptions are being posted here.

Many years ago Annie started knitting a bedspread from her handspun yarn. It lay in a box unfinished for more years than she could remember. When the guild challenge came along she decided it was the perfect opportinity to do something with this unfinished object. 



Carol Ann used up some of the thrums that she kept saving from her woven projects. She wove hot pads using the thrums from the napkins that were woven to celebrate the Shuttlebug 40th Anniversary.
Dini wove this tote from Tweed and Hickory bags from a former shop in Port Perry. The organizer is made from old jeans and the plaid is left-over fabric from a shirt.  

Gayle made a small pouch from her husband's favourite leather jacket that he had bought on their first trip to Las Vegas in 1980. It is 6.5" square. The jacket has a story: they visited Las Vegas in December and because of reputed high temperatures, her husband didn't bring a jacket. It snowed which made for a very cold walk to the Liberace Museum, only a short distance away from their hotel. They then visited Abercrombie & Fitch and purchased the jacket which happened to be on sale. Great memories!
Ulla had many of her  mother's old sheets upon which she had done a lot of embroidery. She framed this piece which she had touched up with some green paint.

Rosemary felted a reather garish-looking wool sweater and made it into a hat. It is nice and warm and comfortable.

Suzanne used an out-dated Latvian table runner to make a project bag. The table runner was given to her by and executor of an estate for a deceased Latvian lady. She saved the table runner from being thrown out.

Christine started off with an overshot sampler she made in one of Jetta's workshops. An old sheet was used to line the pockets for her brushes and paints. She still wants to make the cord to wrap it all up.

These 2-handed woven oven mitts used to be tea towels. Judy P designed the mitts using a hand woven towel at least 25 inches long, some heat resistant batting, and seam binding which she made herself. Her sister-in-law has a blind friend who likes to cook and can never find both pot holders. She finds these solve the problem. She uses hers all the time.

Gini used this collection of materials as her inspiration. The birch bark was peeled from a piece of cut firewood.
The project warped.
The final product. The light green was some cotton she had in her stash. The cream and yellow was wool yarn from a friend's stash - given to her years ago. 

Eleanor took apart two types of sheer curtains to make produce bags. They took ages to take apart with all the ruffles and a lot of ironing to get out all the creases. 

On this design she used pieces of cotton pyjama bottoms and thrums from a cotton rug warp to crochet the draw strings.

She made different sizes. One of her daughters got all of the very large ones for her farmer's market shopping for apples, potatoes, onions, etc.
Valerie repurposed a clamshell container normally used to display fruit or salad in the grocery store.
When knitting with one of more colours, just string one of each yarn in a ventilation hole in the lid. Your yarn is contained and won't tangle and the balls won't roll around as you knit. 

Friday, 24 January 2020

January 2020

Happy New Year!

At our January meeting, Rosemary guided us through a needle felting workshop. Felted circles or leaves were provided and lots of rovings and buttons were used for embellishment for these shawl pins.
This was an excellent 'make and take' project.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

December 2019

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Usha and Christine are willing to teach this technique for clasped weave scarves
Usha also hand knit these socks.
Margot displayed her framed, Hardanger piece
and her Sontag knit shawl.
Dini showed off her sheep cardigan.
Gini brought in her handspun gloves.

Rosemary spun the yarn for her purple vest.

Judy shared her handknit fest and how she found the yarn to finish this project on Ravelry. Someone had the exact colour and dye lot and was able to send her the ball that she needed to complete it.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

October 2019

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Carol Ann entered several of her creations in the Markham Fair.

Her woven bag with plastic bag weft won first place
as did her bookmark.
In the felted category, her needle felted gnome won second place.

Carol Ann's tea towels won 4th and 2nd place respectively.

Jo brought in the apron she made when she was 9.
Geri passed around a knitted chemo cap.
She also showed off her framed 'Cinnamon Stars' cross-stitch piece. It was stitched with hand-dyed threads - one strand over two stitches on 36 count fabric (18 sts per inch) and embellished with a pumpkin button.

Dini then lead a workshop where we made a macramé wreath ornament.
It involved tying spiraling knots on a small metal ring. Then it was embellished with some mistletoe greenery, red berries, and some glued on a wee pine cone.
Gini showed off her completed wreath ornament.

Our next meeting is our Christmas potluck which will be held at our meeting place in Greenwood.

Monday, 7 October 2019

September 2019

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Gini knit this triangular, fringed scarf using ribbon yarn.
 Rosemary created an autumnal harvest basket of needle-felted vegetables.
Judy P created handwoven towels.

Dini knit tiny toques.
She also created a wool fabric embroidered ball.

Geri displayed a completed cross-stitch project - Quaker Pumpkin with hand-dyed floss.

Carol Ann created hemp/cotton placemats and tea towels.
She also crated a Tencel woven scarf with an hand-dyed warp.
Plastic bags were woven into this roomy tote.
Suzanne created a woven hand towel with a Lativan pattern.
She is also working on a pulled thread embroidery sampler.
Gayle showed off a pair of knit socks with hand-dyed yarn.
Mary made a Hardanger embroidered table runner.
Marie bought this hat kit at the Grenville Market in Vancouver. The yarn is merino/silk.