Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Carols and Cookies

We have put down our tools and donned our Christmas sweaters for the holiday season.  You will find us in the kitchen baking, out and about shopping, or over eating as the season demands.

 While we do not like to admit it, some of us are madly trying to finish those hand made presents.  If only we had not sold all those scarves at the November sale we would be finished by now.

Earlier this month, we celebrated the past year of friendship and creative efforts with a pot luck lunch.  Great food and good companionship along with the cheques from the sale made it a very festive event indeed.

As we have been busy with other activities this month, I thought it might be fun to review some previous works that have a red and green theme.  So, the following is a collection of old photographs.  Some of the photos are from previous winter sales including the felted sheep on the wreath and the tree.  They went to good homes in 2012.

felted sheep on a vine wreath Nov 2012
Christmas ornaments

Rep weave place mats
set of towels
study group, block weaves
study group, undulating twill yardage

Some of the works were done as part of a study by the More Than Four study group as they worked their way through different subjects.  Twills and block design are two examples

denting and cramming scarf
wool scarf in twill

There are many different ways to interpret a scarf from light and airy,almost decorative, to dense, warm and functional.  Like tea towels, scarves are excellent projects for learning new techniques.  They are fun to weave or knit and a welcome gift.  The scarves pictured here are very different.

hand spun yarn in two distinct styles, a lacy scarf and a cozy hat

table runner diversified plain weave
pin loom snowman

tied weave runner
detail of wool scarf with diamonds in twill
Snowmen are a popular theme at this time of year.
a crowed of felted snow people
 Red and green can be a difficult combination to work with especially with weaving as crossing the two colours will create a muddy brown.  That probably accounts for the small number of pieces that have both colours as often a more advanced technique is required to keep the colours separated.  Hope you enjoyed our holiday retrospective.

We will either be taking in the sun on a warm beach or back in the studio in January.  In the meantime, enjoy the Christmas carols and the cookies.