Some of the items that guild members brought to our monthly meeting reflect the fall colours.
|Linda's pile rug|
The ruanna of mixed fibres brings to mind chestnuts and deep orange/brown hues. It has tucks at the shoulders
Several of the scarves used purple and darker blue yarns or a mix of both. The lace-like scarf was knitted from a luxurious yarn and is light as a feather. The scarf with a blend of colours has a subtle curving pattern that runs lengthwise while striped scarf is made of different textured threads.
|detail Sheila's scarf|
|Lynnette's advancing twill scarf|
|Sylvia's scarf of hand dyed yarns|
In our area lichens are very common and as leaves drop they become visible in the trees. This puffy scarf reminds me of an old maple tree with pale green and grey lichens.
|differential shrinkage scarf|
|pin loom shawl|
Two of the items demonstrate surface effects that we can generate with a little ingenuity and dye (whether natural or synthetic). The silk square was printed with leaves using indigo while the curved flower motif was created by dyeing the handwoven yardage after a resist had been applied.
|resist dyed shawl|
|printing with natural items|
Our guild has some expert spinners as illustrated by the skein of hand spun natural linen.
|Maggie's hand spun linen|
At our monthly guild meeting we were treated to a lecture on Mexican textiles. While the cloth is still hand woven on back strap looms the use of synthetic threads and automated sewing machines has changed the look of the traditional clothing. In spite of that, the colour mixes are characteristically bold and the colours themselves bright compared to our more subdued work.