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Show and Tell, November 2021

Ann: “Google” Towels

Cottolin in Google colors. 1 “Circle and Diamond Towels” from Handwoven Nov/Dec 2019, p34-35.  Five towels and three napkins made for Google work mates. Matching woven tape for towel hanging loops.




Gail: Deflected Double Weave Scarf

I’ve been playing with deflected doubleweave for the first time, as the Weaving Study Group recently chose this structure for extended study. Found a 4-shaft scarf draft on Gist Yarns. I altered the block proportions a bit and threw in some color blends in both warp and weft. I had wound a short warp just for casual sampling, but I liked the developing color effects enough to keep weaving for 34 inches. So I have a short neck scarf that I can clasp with a pin, or possibly seam into a cowl.

As a bonus, I might be able to apply the same threading to some woven shibori techniques as described by Catharine Ellis. (It’s identical to a basic Monk’s Belt.) I hope eventually to tie on to the bit of warp that is still on the loom with natural pearl cotton in order to explore some dyeing techniques.




Gudrun: Woven Pouch

This is a pouch woven in basket weave made of a single thread. It is definitely handwoven, but without a loom. I laid out the warp on a flat surface, then wove in the weft by hand to form a 10×5″ rectangle. Or was it the other way round? The last step was to fold the rectangle, close the sides, and tie the ends together.

Now I am passing the leftover yarn onto Barbie Paulsen, who is willing to accept the challenge. I am curious to see how that ball of yarn will inspire her.




Johanna: Daryl Lancaster Workshop Garments

It was long days and lots of work (until 11:00pm). But so nice to walk away with these pieces and a re-worked shadow weave top.




Jodi: Felted Pumpkin

We were invited to a pumpkin carving party & when I asked if there were any guidelines, I was told I could bring one already made & use anything I wanted, so I needle felted one. I used a 6 or 7 inch foam core to make it go more quickly, the covered with some scrap white fleece. I layered fleece for the ribs – brown first, then a mixture of dark orange & green & finally covered with a blend from New England Felting company of red & orange. I went back to the brown I had to make the stem.
Oh yeah, I won a prize for it ;o)

Show and Tell, October 2021

Cathy D:  Needle felted Crazy Cat.
Stands about 8 inches. He is created with grey and white wool. Whiskers are done with a heavy beading thread. They seem to curl up on their own, hence the “Crazy Cat” title. The cat has pink hearts on its paws so naturally, it needed a heart in a secret place, Thank you to Ginger’s Felters group for inspiration!
Ange M: Hand Towels
Just off the loom. Hand towels for the powder room in 10/2 cotton, twill with basketweave. Pattern from Weaver’s Craft #17 (available from the Guild library).
Gail B:  Crackle Scarf

7” x 72” plus 4” fringe

Warp and ground weft: black 8/2 bamboo
Pattern weft: scarlet fingering wool
The pattern as I wove it is on the left; the “wrong” side is on the right. I found a draft for the diamond motif among the online weaving archives of the University of Arizona. The border element I created myself. A link to the crackle draft (as well as others) is:
Jane Ingram Allen: Living Quilts
I wanted to send this link to an article in ART NEWS about my recent series of “Living Quilts” art installations. Here is the link:  I was the founder and first president of Black Sheep Handweavers back in the mid-seventies, when I was teaching fiber arts and weaving at Foothill College and Canada College.  I am now living in Santa Rosa, CA, and I am an honorary life member of Black Sheep Handweavers. I continue to offer workshops and do art projects around the world, now mostly with hand papermaking but still with some of my weaving and fiber arts processes mixed in. Some images show the same work when installed and some several months later when it is blooming.

Show and Tell, August 2021

Charlotte C: Turned Crackle Placemats

The warp for the Turned Crackle placemats that I wove is cotton chenille that is 1425 YPP.  It was sett at 16 EPI.  Weft is 8/2 cotton in navy.  4 colors in the warp.  4 blocks.  Each of the 4 blocks in the warp uses 4 colors – red, green, blue and tan.  Color sequence is different in each block.

Block A – green, blue, tan, red.

Block B – blue, tan, red, green.

Block C – tan, red, green, blue.

Block D – red, green, blue, tan.

After getting the color sequences in the warp all threaded, the weaving is a breeze with one color (one shuttle, instead of 4 in regular crackle).

Lots of shrinkage – 20%.


Gudrun: Double-faced Card Weaving

I had been weaving dogs and cats recently hoping for rain. The rain came – unfortunately in massive amounts and not in the desired places.
The technique is double-faced card weaving, the yarn is 10/2 pearl cotton.
Several patterns  were derived from Andean knitting patterns.

Show and Tell, July 2021

Barbara O:

I have been playing around with some natural dyeing. First some white wool yarn.

From Right to left:  madder, madder overdid with marigold, marigold, marigold over dyed with madder, weld, weld with iron, walnut, walnut with iron, logwood, logwood with iron.

I love the effect of adding iron to the dyes.

An eco printed smock following India Flint’s methodology.  It turned out beautifully, IMHO.




A chenille scarf in shades of teal and turquoise with supplementary warp of nylon ribbon.



Pin loom coverlet.



Show and Tell, June 2021


Sugar and Spice, shawl woven with Alpaca Silk/ Cashmere, Bird Eye Twill on a 4 harness Dorset


10/2 cotton, 24 epi towels for the Towel Exchange. Monks belt design on 4 shafts of a 22” Gilmore Gem II 8 shaft loom. Enjoyed weaving the set of towels for my first guild towel exchange. Looking forward to participating in other guild projects!



8 - shaft scarves

8 – Shaft Scarves


Study Group Towels


Supplemental Warp


Twill Towels



Urns for COVID to honor those who have died from COVID-19



Kelp Forest, overshot scarf–variant of wandering vine

Currently on the loom, crackle weave



Canvas weave scarves with 20/2 silk, inspired by Pistache Tree berries




Tapestry for Social Justice

Rigid Heddle Scarf



Knitted Gossamer Lace, knit with handspun white cashmere, approximately 5′ long








Show and Tell, May 2021

Linda H: 

I’ve been having fun lately weaving fabric as a base for embroidery.  In this case I wove  60/2 silk in 6 shaft false damask with gulls as a background for a beach themed embroidery of my granddaughter’s initials.  Said granddaughter isn’t 2 yet, so I don’t know that she has an opinion on it, but her parents like it.
Embroidery notes (if anyone is interested):
Most handwoven fabric benefits from being backed with muslin, to stabilize the stitches.
Transfering a pattern to handwoven fabric can be virtually impossible if there is any intricacy to the design.  I found tracing the pattern onto a clear soluble stabilizer such as Solvy, then basting it to the fabric and hooping carefully works better than trying to apply it directly to the fabric.
John H:
I finally finished weaving linen curtains after many false starts with beaming the 50″ wide linen warp and tying up my countermarch loom. The curtains are woven from unbleached 40/2 Normandy linen at 20epi and ~18ppi in a huck lace pattern of my own devising. They were inspired by Ulla’s 50/2 linen curtains. They are held up by temporary loops of ribbon from Michael’s. I am weaving a 9 yd ribbon of the same 40/2 linen in plain weave at 24epi/ppi for the permanent loops.
I took Barbara Shapiro’s twisted paper box weaving class at the beginning of April. I used ¼” paper splints while most students used thinner, colored paper. My box is on the chunky side because of the thickness of the paper splints, but I like it.
Gudrun: Card Woven Hat Band

Show and Tell, April 2021


I made this band in the recent  Andean Pebble Weave workshop taught by Laverne Waddington; it’s 3/2 cotton in whatever colors I had in stash.



Betsy B:

My 18-year placemats! They were on my loom for 18 years (long story) and were designed to go with the dishes pictured here. They are now off the loom!

Show and Tell, March 2021


Here’s what’s on the loom right now. After all our discussions about supplementary warp and my need to work from the stash I decided to break  into a single ball of precious novelty yarn and threaded it to float above some muted greens—rayon chenille and boucle with a tencel weft.


Kathy S:

Supplemental warp done in 4 shafts.  5/2 bamboo for warp and weft .


Show and Tell, Feb 2021

Ange: Overshot Runners

My first Overshot projects! Three runners from Janet Dawson’s Overshot class.




Gudrun:  The Gang is Back — Woven Dolls

“The Gang” was first described  in Weaver’s No 5, 1989. Members of the Gang have been seen at times, here are some from Mary Anderson’s collection
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The weaving is a 4H doubleweave woven in the form of tubes. The shuttle goes either all the way across or is pulled out in the middle or sides to form legs and arms. The dolls quickly develop personality through their proportions, clothing, and embellishments. They do surprise you.




John:  Woven Towels

I’m taking an online weaving course by Joanne Hall, a well-known weaving teacher who works for Glimakra. It’s called Countermarch at Home, teaching people who are new to countermarch looms how to get the best results from their loom. I just started weaving a set of towels (for the exchange). The draft for the towel is the one that I created a few months ago by decoding a towel that Gudrun got from a friend many years ago. The class is great. My technique with my countermarch loom has improved quite a bit. Joanne is teaching a course in draw loom weaving in February.




Kaye and Sand: 



Marjorie:  Sprang Braided Pouch

This project is a 2-2 Sprang braided twill phone pouch.  I don’t know what the yarn is specifically for the body but that it’s wool. The other yarn is Tahki Tandem. The button is from Buttons! By Linda Sicard.