||OUR GROUP CHALLENGES
Silk Purse from a Sows Ear
A word about this meeting is in order here. This being summer it was appropriate that we meet out of doors. Ronnie graciously offered her garden. It was a perfect day with a bright blue sky and warm breezes. The dark background for these pictures were from the plastic converings on the picnic tables there.
"Silk Purse out of a Sows Ear" was the challenge given to us by Darby. She starts off below.
Darby created this terrific rug from all the small ends (sows ear) that she had left over.
What wonderful colors and it all works so well.
Claudia created this charming piece. Beads woven in the plastic. It works as a pendant on a necklace.
Or it could be a rainbow catcher to hang in the sun. What a fun piece.
Carie had this yardage she had done earlier. Now she has worked it into this nifty over the shoulder top.
It really works very well. Love the crimped fringe.
Leave it to Leila to come up with a wonderful combination of texture and color.
And how did she work in those beads. Fascinating.
Ronnie is still working through the book on Bateman weaves. She found the draft for this one which included threads on shaft eight that never got lifted.
Her solution was to put in picks of plain weave to tie the warps down. Very clever of her.
Terry said the sows ear in this piece was the weft yarn. It was somewhat coarse and scratchy. Not something to go with the silk warp.
But he got it to soften up by rinsing the piece in hair conditoner. That worked.
The painted warp in Carol's piece did not show up very well after weaving.
So she very cleverly stencilled some designs on the finished scarf. Love the spirals.