Chair’s Challenge

Every year the current chair sets a challenge to the Guild members. This year Hilary our current chair has set the challenge topic “Go Green”. This interesting title has sent the members off in various directions and we hope you enjoy the results.

Lindsey made this knitted this lovely cosy looking shawl from handspun merino and silk

Heather’s bag is woven with recycled cotton with a core of plastic bottles. The weave is an undulating twill pattern

Trudi’s piece is representative of hedgerows showing the diversity and importance of hedgerows for flora and fauna. It is woven on a Saori loom

Anna was inspired by the need to go green by replanting trees, the importance trees have as a carbon sink and the key role they will play in the fight to save the planet. The back ground was woven on a Saori loom and decorated with a hand stitched surface pattern of oak leaves. The tree and acorn detail were appliqued by hand and decorated with simple embroidery stitches.

Hilary has produced two pieces. The rag rug, of course, by definition using up lots of fabric that would otherwise have been wasted. The narrow hanging was made on a peg loom, using unspun fleece, including Wensleydale locks. The different colours were produced using natural dyes. These included indigo, madder, onion skins, rhubarb roots and daffodils which were harvested when they had started to fade or had been blown to the ground by strong winds.

Isabel recycled a pair of jeans into a gardening apron. The waistband was used for the neck strap, the seams for ties and the pockets reused as pockets!

Sal rolled and spun paper. She then wove it to create a pot for pens. It was not an easy exercise and she discovered that the paper should have been misted with water before spinning. The pot was finished with PVA glue.

Sandra decided to go green by making something using zero miles so the garden was the natural place to start. She experimented with weaving Phormium leaves. This basket and pen pot were actually woven a year ago when the leaves were fresh as an exercise to see how the leaves would dry and fade. The result was pleasing as the shrinkage has been minimal and the objects are really strong so the next project is a shopping basket! There are various instructional videos on You Tube for weaving Phormium and New Zealand Flax.

Christine wove this Christmas wrapping cloth from an unknown textured yarn with some sparkle. The cloth can be reused year after year. Perhaps a lesson we could all learn!

Clare dyed her hand spun Blue Faced Leicester with acid dyes in a gradient. This is the back of her jumper that she is knitting with the resulting yarn.

We hope you have enjoyed our efforts and been inspired to go a little greener this year.

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