Welcome to the Duneland Weavers' Guild!

Our meetings are open to the public and we love visitors,
 including non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers and other fiber artists.

The Fiber Challenge for Weavers and Spinners will be our program on February 10, 2018.
It is always fun and interesting to see and hear about how the members meet the challenges they are given.

For more information about the Guild, including the location and time of the meetings, click on the About link (above).
Click on the Gallery link (above) to see photos of our 2017 annual show and sale.

December 2017 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)

Twelve of us (including Ken) made our way to Chesterton through the blowing snow.  We set up the silent auction under Lizz's able direction and then bid on quite a few items before our potluck lunch.  There were, however, lots of attractive items left on the tables which we packed up to take home.  We will bring them back for the March meeting when members who weren't able to come to the December meeting will also be able to bring their items for Silent Auction II and we will bid on all the goodies. The Raffle will also take place in March.  The photo below shows just a few of the items that we arrayed on the tables used for the auction this month.


December  Show and Tell

Jeane wove this rag rug using quilting fabric and other fabrics from her stash.
The Fibonacci series was Jeane's guide for arrangement of warp stripes in this 8/2 cotton Ms & Os towel.
Margaret knit her court jester hat using needlepoint yarn from her stash.  It's for her granddaughter who skis.

Terry knit some of her handspun yarn.
While she was spinning as a volunteer,
 Terry produced this skein of thick and thin wool yarn.

Using multi-colored alpaca yarn, Chris knit this beret..
The colors and plaid of this shawl were inspired by Chris's family tartan.  She wove the shawl for her grandmother.
Joyce knit a hat using alpaca yarn she bought at last month's meeting.

Shelby's wool hat was a 2-day knitting project for her using a Ravelry pattern.
She knit this raw silk lace shawl on a road trip to Yellowstone.

November 2017 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Steve and Lisa!)

Renee and Steve Tripp presented our November program.  They described their experience raising suri alpacas on their Gold Medallion Ranch in rural Valparaiso.  Above are just a few of their alpacas which produce the lovely, fine, soft, hypoallergenic and non-itchy fiber they sell.  

Steve told us about their ranch, the biology of suri alpacas, and how he and Renee take care of them with the help of their great pyrenees dog.  Included in the photos he showed us were pictures of their meadow with their herd, a cria (baby alpaca), and an alpaca being hand-sheared in the spingtime.
Renee showed us a sample of alpaca fleece and described the processes involved in washing, carding, spinning and dyeing it to produce alpaca yarn.  Renee herself does most of those steps for the fleece and yarn they market.  Some of her beautiful skeins of yarn are in the background of these two photos.
Above is contact information for Steve and Renee's alpaca ranch.  They have developed a world-wide business raising suri alpacas and marketing fleece, roving, batts and lovely natural colored and hand-dyed yarns.

November Show and Tell

Margie brought a silk scarf she had woven in a network twill with 8 shafts.
Paula wove a set of placemats with a 16/2 cotton warp (at 30 epi) and a linen weft.
Here is a close-up of one of Paula's placemats, showing detail of the Swedish Snowflake pattern Paula used when she wove them.

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Shelby brought three shawls she had knit using merino, silk, merino/silk and beaded silk yarn.
  On the R Shelby is modeling the "Peacock" shawl she knit.

Inspired by the colors of a paper wasp nest and using mulberry silk yarn, Shelby wove this scarf in an advancing twill.

Chris knit 6 hats in 7 days for her family, including their dog.  The dog's (so far unappreciated) hat is the one in her right hand.
Melvenea brought skeins of yarn she had spun using a variety of fibers, including sari silk, mulberry silk and wool with silk.

Lee's Surrender is the pattern Jeane used when she wove these runners with a 16/2 cotton warp and cotton weft.
Jeane has also been spinning.  Here is a skein she brought to show us.

Marcia brought a shawl which she had woven and tailored with a left arm sleeve.  Here Jeane is helping Marcia adjust the sleeve and draping.  Marcia presented this as an example of a creative and simple (no cutting necessary) way to add interest to a shawl.

This photo shows Marcia's shawl from the back.

Joyce brought the Monet quilt she is working on using a variety of floral fabrics.  Now it just needs a border.
Last month the Guild sponsored a workshop on 3-shaft weaves.  Susan brought one of the samples she wove in the workshop to show us.
Susan also knits and brought this cozy hat she knit using a variety of stitch patterns.

Terry brought 4 very different batts she had made, including this one with subtly different colors of fleece.
Using a copywritten pattern, Ginni knit this poncho.  She is now working out a way to weave a similar poncho.

October 2017 Meeting

(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)

For our October meeting, JoAnn Batchelder presented the program "Dimity Weaves: Weaves from the 15th Century to the New Millennium".
It was a very interesting combination of information about the history of dimity weave (including JoAnn's own researches into manuscripts) and many handsome samples she had woven to systematically illustrate three major dimity drafts and the importance of sett for the weave.
In addition to the program, JoAnn led a 3-day workshop on 3-shaft weaves for 9 enthusiastic weavers.

The above photo shows JoAnn in her role leading the 3-shaft weave workshop.  One of her illustrative samples is on the wall behind her, and a selection of elegant towels she had woven and brought with her are on the table.

October Show and Tell
Jacque Paula Margaret
Jacque wove her two runners in a network twill using 16 shafts and 5/2 mercerized cotton. Paula used 20/2 warps (tencel and rayon) for these three twill scarves.  The weft in the pink one was hand-painted and in the blue one was hand-dyed. Using wool as both warp and weft, Margaret wove this fabric which she plans to turn into a blanket.

Melvenea Ellen Terry
Some of the art yarn Melvenea spun and showed us last month came back this month knit into her sweater. Ellen wove this scarf in a broken twill using an 8/2 tencel painted warp and 20/2 silk weft. Terry brought more skeins of art yarn she had spun this past month.

Chris Chair
Chris designed and knit this sock for her family's dog.  It's the first of a series of Christmas stockings for her family. Several members were interested in obtaining rocking chair frames like this one from Lizz to weave seats and backs of their own design.

October 3-Shaft Workshop

Here are the nine workshop participants with JoAnn (in black) who led it.

 The photos below show the hardworking participants weaving on the warps which they had threaded through heddles on just 3 shafts.

September 2017 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)

Our 2017-18 Guild year got off to a wonderful start with a meeting that included many old members as well as new members and visitors.  We had a preview of the very interesting programs planned for us, and both weavers and spinners volunteered for the Fiber Challenge which will be the program for the February meeting.  Many of the members' summer show and tell projects were incorporated into the inspiring program presented by Elizabeth Pilley.  Elizabeth's title was "Topography: Using our creative past to map our creative future".  She encouraged us to use constructive approaches when evaluating our own work and that of others, and she led us in practicing that skill while evaluating items people had brought. Lisa's photos below include work from both show and tell and the program.

Margie Sharon
Margie brought a twill scarf she had woven for show and tell and to use for the program. At a Fernwood workshop, Sharon learned to dye silk scarves using a combination of tree leaves, heat, pressure and metal ions (iron or copper).

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Margaret's husband wove this shawl with a mixed fiber warp and chenille weft. Paula wove her towel using an Iris and Echo 4 color weave that required 8 shafts and 32 (!) treadles (i.e. a computer dobby loom). Chris is either totally delighted with her scarf or perhaps is telling a funny story.
Jackie (on the L) showed us a collection of pictures, yarns and beads that she has assembled for inspiration.
Pam is helping her hold the panel.

Terri Shirley
Terry spun several skeins of yarn using art batts and the following weekend volunteered for Art Blitz (see her photo below). Shirley made a quilt for a male relative with panels she wove using a twill that has a very realistic snake skin-like pattern.

Sybilla PamJocelyn
Sybilla's first woven piece was a runner made with a cotton warp and many colors of wool as weft. Pam (on the L) and Jocelyn (on the R) are using Elizabeth's guidelines to evaluate a handwoven scarf.

Melvenea Jeane
Melvenea also experimented with spinning art batts and some very exotic types of fibers, including milkweed and shredded dollar bills. Jeane's table runner was woven in the Wandering Vine overshot pattern with a tabby weft that included a metallic yarn.

The following weekend, several members participated in the Art Barn Art Blitz.
They demonstrated weaving and spinning and gave people attending the Blitz an opportunity to try our crafts.  Ken was both a spinner and photographer and provided the following photos.
Jeane, Lisa, Melvenea, Margaret, Ken, Sue, Ginni, Terry and Barb came to Art Barn with looms and wheels and shared them with the public.

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On the left, Terry helped a boy learn how to spin and on the right, Lisa encouraged an even younger boy to try weaving (with a little help from his dad).