Dyeing with Indigo

September program
September 14 – Dyeing with Indigo
Jeanne Frett
Before the advent of synthetic dyes, many native and exotic plants were used as a source of color for fiber. Jeanne Frett will be demonstrating how to gather and process leaves of Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctorium/Polygonum tinctorium) and other indigo producing plants if available in the sufficient quantities (true indigo-Indigofera tinctoria; Guatemalan indigo – Indigofera suffruticosa: and/or Chinese woad – Isatis tinctoria) from her garden to produce glorious shades of blue.

For those interested, this can be a hands-on-activity. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a small (1 ounce or less) amount of protein fiber (wool, silk, etc.) to create samples to take home. Indigo does not require a mordant but the fiber should be washed to remove any dirt or grease. They can wash it the day before, squeeze out the extra water, and put it in a plastic bag to bring to the program because it should be moist when entering it into the dye bath. If they’re using commercial yarn, presumably the washing has been done, but it doesn’t hurt to wash it if it has been stored for a long time. However, if they plan to overdye the samples with other natural dyes like coreopsis or madder at a later date, then it should be mordanted.

Carpooling: Jeanne has parking for about 10 cars. We are encouraging people to carpool. If you can’t find someone to come with, Karen Evans will be at Lantana Square parking lot (off Limestone Road near the Hardware store) from 8:15 to 8:30 to facilitate carpooling.

Another carpool location would be Nichol Park, a municipal park in London Britain township, on Rte. 896 just south of Good Hope Road. Just let the township know ahead of time that you will be parking there for a carpool. https://www.londonbritaintownship-pa.gov/nichol-park

Schedule: The program will be held from 9 to 3. If you are coming please bring a folding chair. Please contact Karen Evans by September 12th if you are planning to come to the program, so that we can give Jeanne an idea of how many people to expect. The program will be held rain or shine.
There will be time at 11:00a.m. for a business meeting.

Picnic

Today is the Harmony Weavers Guild Picnic

Don’t forget to bring your items for the 2017 Delaware Art Museum Exhibition. You’ll need to bring the information form, too.  Here’s the form you need.

GAY MCGEARY ON COVERLETS

May PROGRAM
MAY 11, 2017
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
345 Bear-Christiana Rd (Rt. 7), Bear, DE 19701

Coverlet Weaver - Gay McGearyGay McGeary has been researching and weaving coverlets for over twenty-years. She is fascinated with nineteenth century coverlet patterns and weave structures and uses her research as her inspiration for her artistic interpretations. In recent years she has concentrated most of her research on coverlets woven by Pennsylvania German weavers who have left a legacy of handwoven coverlets and handwritten pattern manuscripts.
For designing her own work, she combines the interplay of block designs and weave structures with the use of weaving software. She is also fascinated with the fringes used to frame the early coverlets. Some are simple and elegant, while others are more elaborate.
Gay returned in 2005 to her coverlet pursuits. As the chair for the Early American Coverlet Study Group she publishes and writes articles for the group’s newsletter. She also regularly contributes to the Complex Weavers Journal and in the past year has written articles for Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Gay also shares her interests through workshops and presentations.

Visit http://www.coverletweaver.com/ for more information.

BACKSTRAP WEAVING OF POZAHUANCOS

BACKSTRAP WEAVING OF POZAHUANCOS: A PRESENTATION BY STEFFENIE KIRKPATRICK

Felisa Weaving
Felisa Weaving

The pozahuanco (also called a nahua) is a traditional wrap skirt worn by the Mixtec women of western Oaxaca, Mexico. It is woven on a backstrap looms
in stripes of blue, purple and scarlet. In its original traditional form, a Mixtec pozahuanco is woven of cotton dyed dark blue with indigo and purple with shellfish, and silk that has been dyed scarlet with cochineal. Today, women also use commercially dyed and spun yarn, but most are still woven by hand on backstrap looms. On a trip to Oaxaca, Steffenie was fortunate to observe, and in some cases participate, in all the phases of fiber production, dyeing, and weaving that ultimately produce a pozahuanco.

The March 9 Guild meeting will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
345 Bear-Christiana Rd (Rt. 7), Bear, DE 19701

Pozahuanco on Line & Puppies
Pozahuanco on Line & Puppies
Teresa and Her Nahua
Teresa and Her Nahua

Snow Day

The scheduled meeting of Harmony Weavers Guild for February 9, 2017, has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

Our guest speaker will be rescheduled for another date to be announced

Thank you for your understanding.

 

February Guild Meeting at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

DESIGNING AND WEAVING TAPESTRY WITH: MYRA REICHEL

FEBRUARY 9, 2017

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
345 Bear-Christiana Rd (Rt. 7), Bear, DE 19701

Myra Reichel is a hand tapestry weaver. She has been weaving since 1970 and has exhibited weavings and tapestries at museums, galleries, craft fairs, wholesale markets, and other venues. Ms. Reichel had two artist’s residencies through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and I has taught classes at the PGHW, The Wallingford Art Center, and the Media Friends School. Ms. Reichel was a student at the Philadelphia College of Art. Myra is listed in Who’s Who
in American Art, was one ofthe top 500 American Craft Council crafts persons on the East Coast for at least five years, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in galleries and museums.
Myra’s Tapestries are currently on view at the Workerman Gallery, 4031 Cresson
Street Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA and at the Reiki Healing Center in Media, PA.

November Guild Meeting

A beautiful, informative and fun slide talk presentation full of tips & techniques for your photography.

Whether you are falling in love with photography now, or you’re picking up a camera again after a break, or even if you prefer to use your phone’s camera—guaranteed you’ll learn something.
We’ll cover basic concepts in making your digital photography images look great, concentrating on camera use techniques and tricks to photograph textiles, knits, clothing, handcrafts and processes, fiber & texture. We’ll talk about choosing backgrounds, colors, how to work with available light. The talk will also include how to photograph people—your friends, family, strangers—modeling your work, whether it be sewn, knit, woven or other media.

photos

Gale Zucker
photography
She Shoots Sheep Shots
203.506.9170
gale@gzucker.com

Gale Zucker is a commercial & editorial photographer who happens to be a fiber artist, knitter and crafter.
She calls upon her two decades+ of professional photography experience for companies and magazines to solve any problem—technical or visual—that comes up. With “insider knowledge” as a knitter and narrative visual style she calls Real People in Real Places, she showcases fiber,
handknits, crafts, patterns and yarn. Her images have a fresh, colorful look with maximum appeal.
Gale is the coauthor/photographer of the knitting/fiber arts/ handmade lifestyle books Shear Spirit and CraftActivism, both from Random House. She also photographed the bestselling Mason Dixon:Knitting Outside the Lines, WearwithAll and just completed shooting a book tbp September 2016 for Random House with Kirsten Kapur and Mary Lou Egan coauthoring. Her clients also include Vogue Knitting, yarn companies and knitwear designers.
Gale has been teaching Photography for Knitters/Makers workshops on Interweave webinars, and atfestivals, events, guilds and yarn shops around the United States, since 2009.

October meeting at CCA

Our October guild meeting will take place at

Center for the Creative Arts

Jennifer Moore – Doubleweave Diversity for 4 and 8 Shafts – 3 day workshop

Student Sampler by Sidney Evans.

Learn all about the magic of doubleweave! In this workshop participants will weave a sampler that explores weaving two independent layers of cloth, double-width cloth, tubular weaving, color-and-weave effects, pique, quilting and doubleweave pick-up. Students with 8-shaft looms will also be able to weave samples of 2-block doubleweave techniques in checkerboard, windows and double-blocks. Graphing designs and working with multiple colors will be introduced. These techniques can then be taken home to create clothing, sculptural pieces, decorative hangings and whatever else the imagination can dream of.

Level- intermediate

Students will bring a 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom warped according to instructions