Saturday, November 2, 2019
Weaving with an Ondulé Reed
Margaret Arafat of the Fort Worth Weaving Guild will give our program about ondulé reeds. An ondulé or fan reed is no longer a total mystery to the weaving community; knowing how to use one, however, is another thing. If you’ve never seen one (or really don’t know what one is), you can learn a bit about this unique weaving tool during the program at the November 2nd Guild Meeting. She will explain some of the challenges a weaver faces with an ondulé reed from designing to finishing a woven piece, challenges that move beyond weaving with a conventional reed. She will also bring samples and finished pieces, some of which you may have seen, some new. In addition, Margaret will demonstrate how to use the reed on her table loom, and then give you the chance to try weaving with it. Come take a quick ride down the slippery slope that she finds so rewarding.
We always have a "clothesline" show and tell segment in our meeting! Bring your latest creation and strut your stuff!
Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
2019 - November President's Message
Finally! The weather has shifted into cooler temperatures and I know everyone feels relief from the non-stop warm days. It’s so fun to get those sweaters, jackets, and handwoven scarves out! Our December holiday party, “Off the Shelf” will be here before you know it! It will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Rebecca Shanks’ house in Grapevine. We will have more detailed info about this event, but it’s time to get busy and create something hand woven, hand spun, hand knitted, or hand crocheted to exchange with the party participants! It’s always a fun night, in spite of stealing coveted gifts away from each other! So get those looms, wheels, and hands humming with new creations!
We just wrapped up a great weaving workshop with Elisabeth Hill, “Off the Grid”, and the participants came away with samples and knowledge galore! Always fun learning something new and exploring magical ways our warp and weft yarns can interlace to create exciting fabric. There’s another learning opportunity coming up…the registration will be opening in mid-November to sign up for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Art Camp which is in March of 2020! This is so much fun! Attendees hang out at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX enjoying the fellowship of their fiber friends. You can also register for a 2 day class to take to learn a new technique or process, and continue your learning in the evenings at the informal classes that take place. Check the CHT website for more details.
Lastly, Mr. Miller and I invite you to visit our collaborative art exhibit, “Beneath the Surface”, a coral reef installation which opens 11/2/2019 and runs through 1/5/2020. More info about the exhibit here. Lots of fiber techniques are used for the fiber sculptures including my favorite, woven metal fabric. Keep those creative juices flowing!
Happy Fiber Trails!