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December's Program:

Annual Potluck Luncheon and Challenge

The guild will be holding the annual potluck luncheon, hosted by member Maxine M. in her home. Along with plenty of delectable food we will also be sharing the results of our annual weaving challenge. This year the challenge is "65th Anniversary Celebration Projects". Weave anything, in any fiber, in any structure, using the anniversary color of sapphire blue, with accents of white, natural or pewter/silvery gray. Our usual Show & Tell will be done before the Challenge. Maxine's address is in the IPW directory.

Spotlight on New Millennia Fibers

by Roving Reporter, Kate W

Heather Winslow presented an informative program at our November meeting regarding yarns that are regenerated, recycled or from renewable sources for use in weaving. Many of us have heard of rayon, Lyocell (tencel), lenpur, bamboo, and Modal. These yarns are made from pulp from certain trees, such as white pine, beechwood, or bamboo. It is how these yarns are processed that puts them into the category known as regenerated yarns. Pineapple, hemp, tofu, banana, and seafood waste can all be turned into recycled yarn (because they are recycled from waste products). Like the regenerated yarns, this waste needs to processed and extruded to make it useful to weave with. Chemicals are used to de-gum hemp to make it soft. Waste from making tofu, banana stalks mixed with cotton, and shells from seafood are all being used to make yarns. Most yarns made of seafood shells are good for the environment and people with allergies. Yarns that fall into the category of renewable sources would be Ingeo (from corn) and Seacell (from seaweed). Both are antibacterial and good for sensitive skin. All of the yarns that Heather mentioned have been used in the textile industry for clothing, towels, etc. it is only recently that they are filtering into our weaving world to use.

More from the Heritage Project

Andrea A brought in a framed drawing done by her grandfather of the wash house where her grandmother did her weaving. She also brought in 3 rag rugs made by her grandmother. Evelyn J brought in a wall hanging, and Leslie N brought in a 1973 weaving from Mexico and a crocheted purse from Bocas del Toro Islands in Panama.

November Photos

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Past Show and Tell/Program Photos

Click here to view Show and Tell pictures and Program pictures from previous meetings.