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June's Program: The Free Spirits

Coloring outside the lines...thinking outside the box

Never ones to follow the crowd (or the rules), the Free Spirits have been reviewing traditional use of colors; weave structures, sett and yarns. "We do not ask 'why'....we ask 'why not'...."

HOSTESSES: Paula B and Karen P

Spotlight on Fox Valley Study Group

by Roving Reporter, Kate W

Instead of studying a particular weaving subject, this year the Fox Valley Study Group members decided they would each weave a table runner using a picture, object or color as inspiration. Soon afterwards, some discovered that their inspirations would not translate well into table runners so the decision was made to weave whatever the yarn sang out to be.

As a result of that discovery, we had the joy of seeing beautiful woven projects and laughed at some of the inspirations. There were grey/blue towels inspired by the color of clouds and sky woven by Ellen. Billie found her inspiration on Pinterest with a colorful poncho. Maxine found an old grilled door and wove a table runner done in browns resembling the grill. The beautiful Black Saddlebag Dragonfly gave inspiration for a rep weave table runner woven by Valda. Jennifer took her cue from when she visited Paris' Georges Pompidou Museum using her 32 harness loom to weave geometric circles in double weave. Using the colors in one of her mother's painted canvases to inspire her, Paula wove a rag rug and crackle weave towels. Sheri had a not so great family outing inspiring her wall hanging--not sure of how to go about weaving crammed and spaced weave, she plowed through the weaving and finished it with crocheted or felted bananas, eggs and other food items. It may not be a best in show but it certainly was the best inspired project.

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