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November's Program:

Heather Winslow -- New Millennia Fibers

Once again the wonderful and talented Heather Winslow will be speaking to us on the newest fibers out on the market and how to use them. Pineapples and soybeans are for eating and bamboo is used as a building material--so what are they doing in the fiber world? Seacell, Lyocell yarns... are marine aliens making our yarns now? Can Lycra be used in weaving and when and how? Heather will answer these questions at our November meeting.


Spotlight on October Programs

by Roving Reporter, Kate W

We were pleased to have two small programs presented after our meeting.

Weaving is a pain in the...

Pilates instructor Liz Powell gave a short talk on how we can help ourselves prevent/lesson pain we may feel when weaving. Our weaving benches should be high enough for elbows to clear the front beam and hips should be higher than knees. Also, we should always engage our abdominal muscles when weaving. Liz also demonstrated several exercises that can be done to help stabilize our core. A good tip which we have all heard many times in the past is to weave for short periods of times then get up walk around or do some exercises. Liz provided a handout with some specific exercises that she felt would be helpful to weavers and demonstrated each of them for us. We also had a chance to try a few of them out!

Heritage Project

Some members spoke about the person or textile piece that inspired them to weave. For Janet, it was a patchwork wrap skirt made in high school and her Aunt Lois who taught her to weave. Hands were never still in Phyllis' family--one grandmother made a granny square vest for her and a crazy quilt made out of old ties while her other grandmother did embroidery and cross-stitch. Gay, whose family in Sweden grew flax and then spun it for use) brought in three different linens tablecloths woven by her paternal grandmother. It was Sandy's grandfather who sparked her interest in weaving--in fact she is lucky enough to have a pair of his scissors that were used on pile carpet. Her grandmother did tatting and crochet edgings for linens. Nancy is the first in her family to be a weaver, but it was the three beaded purses that were knitted and silk lined by her grandmother and aunt that started her down the fiber path. It was great hearing the stories on how older family members taught, encouraged, and inspired younger members to start on the fiber path. And even though you personally may not have had a family member to inspire you to weave, I am sure there is someone or something that did. As weavers, we all should be grateful we are a part of a bigger community and continue to inspire, encourage and teach other the fiber arts.

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