In March, we had a fantastic workshop-“Ply Baby Ply”-given by COWG member Constance Hall. This class covered 2-, 3-, and chain plies, as well as cabled yarn and novelty yarn made with playing and color combos. Our heads are still “spinning” with all the wonderful new information.
In February, the Guild enjoyed a day-long dye workshop by members Pat and Jasna in the dye studio at the Cultural Arts Center. Participants ‘mixed’ the percentages of commercial yellow, red and blue dyes on cotton squares to create a swatch book of colors–and the recipes to obtain those colors. Each participant left with a binder bursting with color, either to replicate exactly or to use as a starting point for other dyes and fabrics. Here’s a photo-story of the day.
With the yellow, red and yellow/reds already dyed, participants finished the dyeing process for the recipe book by putting all cotton swatches into two separate blue dye baths of varied percentages. Then they stirred and stirred and stirred.
Close up of dyeing process in the bath. . .
The colors after rinsing. . .
Sorting the dried and ironed swatches by code. . .
Assembling the finished book. . .
Thank you, Pat and Jasna!
COWG enjoyed a group tour in December at the Wexner Center for the Arts of the exhibit:
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
The exhibit featured weavings by Anni Albers, works by her husband, Josef Albers, art by the de Koonings, and much more. What a wonderful time we had. Read more in the Jan/Feb issue of Thrums.
Here are two articles from our current Sept/Oct Thrums newsletter. Enjoy!
Notes from Our President By Sue B
Welcome back to another fun year with COWG!
I’m excited and honored to be guild president for this talented and inquisitive group of Life-Long Learners. I once overheard an older adult happily boasting that he was about to take the last class he would ever need to take. While I’m confident that his “last-ever class” was in relation to his work career, I still recall that comment when September rolls around, and I’m glad I have more learning on my horizon. I think of all of the classes, programs and workshops that we look forward to every year and how vast are the topics that interest us as fiber artists. I think of all the learning that we do on purpose….and all of the learning that we gain by accident! I think how lucky we are to have such great fiber resources here in central Ohio, but to also live in a time that resources around the world are available via any internet search engine from our home computer, tablet or even smart phone.
So, as students and teachers go back to school this fall, I hope you can join us as we begin another year of learning about our art and craft. But in addition to education, please come along for fellowship, sharing our love of fiber arts with the public, and having FUN!
Summer Recap: Speaking of “Education, Fellowship, Sharing and FUN” (which I lifted from Ed’s summation of our guild Mission Statement), our summer activities at the Ohio State Fair covered all of the above. A BIG thank you to Cheryl K for once again organizing the fabulous Guild Demonstration booth at the Fair. Thanks to those of you who volunteered your time in the guild booth and shared your skills with the public and with each other. Thanks also to everyone who participated in our 4th Sheep to Shawl demonstration. We hear every year from the folks in charge of the Sheep Barn how much our presence during the Fair means to them, to the shepherds, and to the public. Oh, and the Creative Arts exhibit at the Fair! The exhibit was wonderful! Thank you ALL for heeding Ed’s call to increase the entries in the fiber categories. And it’s not too early to start planning for next year, as I think we can submit even more in 2017!
The summer ended with a great August Spin-In. Thanks to all who came and made it an enjoyable day. A special thanks to the folks at Knit Knacks Entwined for inviting us. Unfortunately, they are closing their doors as of August 27. We wish them well and thank them for their support of the local fiber community.
What’s coming this Fall?
- Our program chair, Scott H, has a terrific line-up of workshops and programs planned as we approach our 80th anniversary year in 2017. Scott has plans in place but can use some help on workshop and program days. If you’d like to join his team, please contact Scott.
- Don’t know what you don’t know? We understand many folks come to the guild not knowing how to weave. We’d like to start a Beginning Weavers Interest Group that would meet before lunch on guild meeting days. The concept is that this would be an open forum with 1 or 2 experienced weavers who could host Q&A sessions. This would NOT be a weaving class, but a weavers-helping-weavers session. Specific topics and schedules would be determined by the group. We’ll survey the guild (at the September meeting and via our Yahoo Groups email). The goal is to have our first session the morning of the October meeting.
- We heard you! We’re returning to having retreats separate from the meeting days. Watch for more information as we look for new places to gather.
- New Member Friend Program – We want to hook up each new member with a Friend when they join the guild! The Friend would contact the new member when they join, answer questions about the guild and make sure the new member is included at meetings. Let Julie S (our membership chair) know that you are willing to be a Friend!
- Greeter – We’re a friendly group and we want to put our best smiling face forward at the front door! Please let Jann O (Hospitality chair) know you can help as a greeter.
- Sharing with the public – Work on the Anniversary Book continues! Watch formore information from Amy and the Anniversary Book committee. Also, work continues on the Tax Status committee as we research our tax implications of selling a book.
- Sharing with the public – Our first big event is The Wool Gathering at Yellow Springs on September 17 & 18. It’s a great event to attend, and while you’re there, please spend a few hours demonstrating in the guild booth. Please let Ed M, (Outreach coordinator) know you can help!
- Sharing with the public – WinterFair will be here shortly and we need one or two people to coordinate. Please talk to Ed if you’d like to help.
- Sharing among ourselves – The ever popular “Show and Tell” will continue as part of our monthly meetings.
Lace Weave Draft
Submitted by Scott H from the COWG archives
The Central Ohio Weavers Guild was founded on woven samples. As we are approaching the 80th Anniversary of the Guild, we are taking every opportunity to “Celebrate the Guild” this year. In our guild archives, we have volumes and volumes of inspiring weaving samples and drafts. The drafts and samples are part of the history of what has made our guild what it is today. I wanted to share a woven sample that has recently inspired me. I gravitate towards finely woven or lace weave structures. The more complex the better forme. And, as a self-professed “chromophobe,” I also gravitate toward anything in neutral colors. When I found this sample, it checked all of those boxes for me.
This is a sample woven by our very own, Jery Oles as part of a “multi-harness” group, woven in the spring of 1985. Feel free to click the photo and print off for your records. I could see this interpreted as a beautiful guest towel woven in Cottolin or Linen. This is a 4 shaft draft, and a nice way to be introduced to Lace Weave structures if you haven’t tried one yet. I hope you enjoy this draft as much as I, and weave on my friends!
Join COWG for 2 great workshops in 2016!
March 20: Let’s keep it simple: Drafting with paper and pencil by Susan Conover
COWG welcomes back Susan Conover, this time for a workshop on paper and pencil drafting. An exciting opportunity to understand and create weaving drafts–Swedish and US style. Find more information here: Drafting Workshop
April 23-24: Spinning: Explore the world of goat fibers with Robin Russo
A Fiber enthusiast for over 40 years, Robin Russo is renown in her contributions to the spinning, weaving, fiber community. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from her! Find more information here: Spinning Workshop