The Jane Stafford Guild Study Group has rescheduled it’s June 5, 2021 meeting and moved it up to Saturday, May 29th. Please contact Joan Hoffmeyer with any questions.
Ten members joined in the first OWG knit along, choosing from two shawl patterns to knit along together. The patterns were both “stash busters”, so knitters could use yarns they already had. Yarns used varied immensely, from all mohair, to cotton, to merino, to sock yarn and in weights from fingering to worsted – sometimes all in the same shawl!
The group met via Zoom over three weeks in March. Terrific, clear demonstrations of unfamiliar pattern stitches were given by the group’s leader. It was inspiring to see the yarn choices and progress of each knitter as the weeks went by. Some members really “went rogue” on the patterns!
The shawl Patterns, “All Colors Work” and “Rogue Wave”, are both free on Ravelry online.
Spinners were able to learn the characteristics of four bast fibers first hand by spinning a representative selection of four different fibers. (Bast fibers are produced from the stem of plants and as you might guess, tend to be long, stiff and strong – just like the stem.) All kits included flax, hemp and bast bamboo, plus one of ramie, banana, pineapple or Himalayan nettle.
Using thin sheets of pressed cork, participants in this Jumpstart wove coasters or mats of various sizes. Each person received plain, 6″ X 12″ sheets of cork, cut them to a size that worked for their personal design, then wove and glued these strips to create coasters or larger mats. As you can see, one doesn’t have to stop at just the weaving! Vinyl cutouts, ribbon and even printing on the cork using a printer were used to enhance the cork.