Monday, February 18, 2013

Corvallis Handweavers and Spinners Guild February 2013 meeting

Please join us for the February meeting of the Corvallis Handweaver's and Spinner's Guild, Saturday, February 23, 10am-noon at the Market of Choice meeting room (upstairs over the deli), 922 NW Circle, Corvallis.  We’ll be previewing the beautiful braiding of kumihimo, in anticipation of the upcoming workshop on March 9th and 10th.  (There is still room available in the workshop.  Cost is $50 for non-guild members, $40 for CHSG members, plus material and equipment rental fees. Please contact Barbara Wythes if you are interested in attending.

For this Saturday’s meeting, bring your “show and share” items, news of upcoming events, your current projects, etc.  Hope to see you there!

Kumihimo – Introduction to Braiding on the Marudai (beginners) with Rosalie Neilson

Exciting Upcoming Workshop
Mark your calendar for the following workshop with Rosalie Neilson.  We are excited that our guild was given a grant from WeGO to help bring someone for a workshop and after many years of talking about it, we are finally able to get one with Rosalie.  Rosalie has spent years studying kumihimo, the wonderful Japanese form of braiding cords.  While many of us do make similar cords on a small disc, the chance to work on the traditional Japanese Marudai does not come about very often.  We are very happy to have this opportunity and thank Weaving Guilds of Oregon for the grant. 

Workshop Information
Kumihimo – Introduction to Braiding on the Marudai (beginners) with Rosalie Neilson
March 9-10
Market of Choice in Corvallis.  (922 Northwest Circle Boulevard #110  Corvallis)  Will will be meeting upstairs, above the deli area.  There is an elevator.
Cost: $50 plus equipment rental and materials (Corvallis Handweaver's and Spinner's Guild members get a $10 discount)
Send $30 deposit check to Barbara Wythes, 7685 NE Todd Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330 

Using traditional Japanese equipment – marudai (a round braiding stand) and tama (weighted spools) -- learn how to make a variety of braids suitable for decorative cording and jewelry.  Using Japanese synthetic fibers which replicate the feel and luster of silk, participants will learn how to set up the braiding stand to create a wide variety of interlacements for 8-element braids -- round, square, flat, and oval in shapes. Two colors will be used for the braid to show different color and weave effects. The workshop will also include a history of Japan through the eyes of a braider showing historical and current trends in Japanese braiding.

Required Equipment: Marudai, 8 weighted spools, counterweight (use a bit less than 50% of the combined weight of eight spools); chopstick or other appropriate stick. Participants may bring their own equipment or rent a marudai and tama from instructor for an additional $10. (Rosalie has enough stands and bobbins for ten people.)

Prerequisites:  None

Materials fee:  Package of synthetic silk =$20-25 (depending on new price list ) plus handouts (print handouts will run approx $5 to $6).

Participants will have the opportunity to purchase packages of synthetic silk following the workshop.

Additional equipment:  Bring pillowcase, notebook and kneeling pillow (if you want to experience braiding in the traditional manner on knees). Otherwise, marudai will be placed on a table for appropriate braiding height.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Newport Guild Spin-In

Boy howdy did we have fun this weekend! The guild in Newport has grown their annual spin-in to about 130 spinners attending and about 16 vendors all in a lovely big building at the fairground. It was all day Saturday and they plan to do it again next year. So far it's just been advertised kinda word-of-mouth. If I find out about it in time, I'll try to get the info to all of you for next year. If anyone has connections to Newport, it's a worthwhile event to get on your calendar.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hi folks!

I hope everyone had happy holidays. I am slowly coming back into Guild mode after the time off. I taught quite a few people how to make the needlefelted brooches. Some great snowmen, Dala Horses, gingerbread men, and even fish were made. It was a fun, easy project to share with everyone.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers

I wanted to get this for everyone to see. As I mentioned at the Christmas party last night, I will be sending some rovings to these folks next week. Please let me know if you have wool, rovings , knitting needles, or other items to donate. I will send out another box when I return in early May. Thanks Sue for your offer of washed wool. I am in conversations with this group and will let you all know as I hear more back from them. By the way... fun party last night.

Check out this website. They have some interesting rugs for sale.


Monday, December 8, 2008

What are you finishing for Christmas??

We have a new granddaughter due the 20th of December and I just finished this little seamless sweater and hat for her. The pattern is a fun one: Carole Barenys has it on-line. The yarn is little scraps of Cormo that I spun for samples, etc. I had quite a collection of bits and ends and this was the perfect project for them. Now on to other Christmas projects! Happy Holidays to all. Linda

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the Wheel

I have recently been spinning again. I was the lucky recipient of some hand-dyed fiber from Sue Chadwick at last year's Guild Holiday Party. It spun up to a lustrous, soft yarn. The fiber was from her sheep, and just lovely to work with.