Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Iowa State Fair has the "Butter Cow" and anything fried on a stick as its claim to fame, BUT, folks from the Craft Guild of Iowa City's claim to fame is our whomping 62% of the ribbons awarded in Fabric and Threads.Terry, Vicki, Betty S, Betty H, Jill, Linda, Bev, Cathy, and Deb entered items this year in towels, household linens, apparel, scarves for a total of 29 weaving, 11 knitting, and 2 basketry entries.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
"There is a revival going on. Almost on the tipping point of a revolution. The populous is questioning the place and importance of mass consumerism by relearning ancient arts or consciously purchasing those hand-crafted gems from artisans. In this episode of frame, we learn about the ancient art of spinning and weaving and the tools used to create hand-crafted wares. Learn what modern day equipment is based upon the design and operation of a Jacquard Loom. You will also discover how quilts are actually made plus examples of contemporary and historical quilts. Learn about the role that quilts have played and continue to play in our communities and families. Oh yeah, we have a surprise celebrity special guest. Tune in." This is quoted from the online version of Frame, a production of PATV18. http://framefolio.com/the-rivival-an-inside-look-at-the-fiber-arts/. Great job, Kudos to Jeanette, and your assistant Jill. I didn't succeed when I first tried to learn to spin...UNTIL a friend suggested Janette Ryan-Busch. She is a soft-spoken, knowledgable and incredibly patient teacher who brought me full circle, from hating my wheel to loving it. It is the most relaxing thing I do. Anyone with an interest in fiber arts should check out this link.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MarySue Fenner conducted am incredible workshop over the weekend with members of the weaving group. It began with handwoven fabric each weaver had produced, in some case, "commercial", and finished into a jacket. < It began with the typical..."oh my, how do I want to lay this out..." Next is the pinning the fabric appropriately and cutting it out. Handwovens act differently than commercial fabric because they are usually lessly closed sett. Careful attention must be paid to grainline, plan for finishing and any curves within the pattern. After the cutting and the sewing, the most crucial step...THE FITTING. Anyone who sews, knows this is also the hardest part. This is what differentiates homemade from coutier crafted. Diane used commercial silk, after completing her jacket took it home to dye it. This is the results! Rather remarkable, I'd said. Here are some of the other almost finished products...(l to r) Margaret, Betty; Bev, Linda; Deb, Stephanie; Well Done, Ladies. Our thanks to Mary Sue Fenner for the excellent program.