This exhibit has something for everyone to enjoy, including a room with 3 MASSIVE 17th century tapestries from Flanders, and associated items, including a 19th Century American overshot coverlet in the Lee’s Surrender pattern.
Other rooms in the exhibit are filled with 18th century kimonos, contemporary artworks, African and Southeast Asian and Indian and American traditional garments. I am sure I missed much.
Really, there is so much in this show for anyone with an interest in textiles and history, I cannot recommend it highly enough. And there are two other exhibits currently on display which also deserve more than the cursory view, I gave to them!
Mood Indigo will be on display through October. If you do go, I also recommend you plan a bit of time to enjoy the Conservatory and Volunteer park, where the museum is located.
Program: Felting Wearable Art: Blocking a Felt Hat
Flora Carlilie-Kovacs, felt designer and instructor, lives and works in West Seattle. She feels felt-making is the most versatile craft she knows. Her website at http://www.floranemez.eu/ shows off her wearable art, in the form of clothing, scarves and hats. Please have a look to see the beautiful pieces she has produced. Each season, her studio is part of the West Seattle Art Walk and she has shown her work around the world. Flora loves to share the tricks of the trade and will be doing so this month as she demonstrates how to block a felt hat.
When creating your own color combination for Kumihimo, take a photo of the starting ”setup” so that you can reproduce it later. Attach your samples next to the photo print-out.
Use fusible thread when seaming – weave in a few picks – A Margaret Coe trick that she shared in 4 shaft weaving on Facebook. For more ideas on this tip see: http://joyofweaving.com/articles/weaving-tips-invisible-fusible-thread
…credit to Margaret Coe for the tip, I’m including her picture that she posted to demonstrate.
OWG’s library has a DVD “The Loom Owner’s Companion – Know and Love Your Loom!” by Tom Knisely. It is a excellent resource if you are having problems with your weaving and not sure why. Many problems with loom or other tools are described and how to repair. All parts of the loom, types of looms and tools purpose are described and how to maintain them. When was the last time you did preventive maintenance on your loom? This DVD covers what to do to keep your loom in working order. It is a must see. For a preview see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwu1pgZnXfA
In the basket study group one was observed using small bundles of sea grass and mentioned that when a large bundle is purchased the first thing that was done was to cut up the large roll into the typical length used. This was followed by comments: “Why didn’t I think of that!”. I used that tip recently and was happy with the results. If you are with a study group or with others and your hear a great idea that you want to use, write it down and drop it in the TIP JAR at the next OWG program or mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. It could be about weaving, who to travel with or maybe a great gardening tip. What are we learning?
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APR 4–MAY 6, 2016
The Gallery at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College
The ethereal hanging installations of Amanda McCavour employ the material of thread as metaphor for memory and how we remember the spaces we call home.
Opening reception: Mon, Apr 4, 6-8 pm
Artist Amanda McCavour will also be leading a workshop at Arbutus Folk School on Sunday, April 4th.
June 4th and 5th from 9 am until 4 pm
June 18th from 9 am until 12.30 pm
June 25th from 9 am until 4 pm
The guild offers to guild members a Beginning Weavers Course. One of our guild members teaches the course, which comprises 3 and one half days of class over a three week period. This leaves time for weaving between classes.
The cost is $125. If one doesn’t have a table loom or any of the other small equipment items needed for the class, these can be rented from the guild. Classes are scheduled when we have 3 or 4 people interested in taking the class, which generally works out to 2 or 3 times a year. Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave 2 projects and learn how to plan projects, selecting appropriate patterns and yarns.
If interested in joining the guild and taking the course, please contact the guild website.