Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Guild Meeting tomorrow evening!  May 21, 2014 7 p.m. at the Sutter Creek Methodist Church, corner of Main and Church in downtown Sutter Creek.  Topic:  Fair planning and elections.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Calaveras Ag Day March 20, 2014

Several members of our guild (Lee, Kathy M, Greta, and Joanne) participated in fiber arts demonstrations at the Calaveras Ag Day on March 20.  Here is a great article from the Calaveras Enterprise:

And some fun pictures:

 Hands-on display of Navajo weaving

 Joanne has captivated her crowd!

Kathy surrounded by her fans!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Market Basket Weaving Class with Joanne

Joanne and Monty hosted our Cheap Sheep Saturday at their lovely home overlooking the Mokelumne River.  Here is their spectacular view:

Joanne's mission for the day was to teach us how to weave a market basket.  In past years under Joanne's tutelage, we have made a wool drying basket, a berry basket, and an egg basket.  Here we are with works-in-progress:

 Janice's completed basket

 Jeannie - almost done!


 Rose O and Janelle hard at work

 Rose and Joanne strategizing

 Wendy, Lee and Janice.  Wendy is working in the handle.  Lee is showing us the basket bottom.  Janice has her D handle in place and used a handy template for positioning the botom weavers.

 Jeannie selecting flat weavers

 Joanne's antler basket

My basket -- I finished it!

me, enjoying the sun

More from Del Oro's February Meeting

Janice demonstrating Navajo ply:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February Del Oro Meeting

We had a grand time at the February Del Oro meeting with lots of sharing followed by a presentation on novelty yarn by Laura and Navajo plying by Janice.

Some of the shared projects:
 Joanne's cotton dish towels

 Kathy Mc's woven band

 Kathy Mc's hand felted cowboy hat and woven hat band

 Lee's lap robe woven with yarn from Marie's stash

 Stephenie's knitted Wild Things

Wendy's bow loom project in-progress

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Del Oro Activities

Our next guild meeting will be Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m.  We meet at the Sutter Creek United Methodist Church on Main and Church Streets in Sutter Creek, California.  Please enter through the side door on Church Street.

Our program for February will be hosted by Janice and Laura, who will be demonstrating and teaching novelty yarn and Navajo spinning.  Bring your wheel and fibers, if you wish to spin along.

Below is my finished band from the January bow loom weaving program presented by Pat.  The loom itself is an ancient design. Ours were fabricated with a 48" dowel approx 3/8" diameter (nice and flexy).  At each end an opened paperclip (opened to look like a skinny "S") was duct-taped.  5 strands of 8/2 or 10/2 perle cotton formed the warp.  Warp threads were spaced with a kitchen sponge.  The weft was shot through using a tapestry needle for the shuttle.  Number 6 beads form the warp edge.  Band length is driven by the size of the dowel.

Uses:  hat bands, belts, garment edging, bag straps.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Del Oro Spinners and Weavers!  Last evening, we had an excellent presentation by Janice and Madlene on felting techniques:  making a seamless pouch to carry your camera or phone by Madlene, and felting flowers by Janice. 

Madlene's pouches:

Janice's flowers: