Wednesday, 28 November 2012

First Friday Weaver's Sale

Stop by the Bowman Arts Centre at 811-5th Ave South, Lethbridge on DECEMBER 7 for a great selection of woven items for sale. Numerous items available such as scarfs, blankets, tea towels and MORE!

Great items for the holiday season.

Weavers will be available from 2pm-9pm to answer any questions you may have about our beautiful items. Come out and celebrate First Friday with the Weaver's.





Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas Sale at the Bowman Arts Centre

Lethbridge Artist Societies and Guilds

Christmas Sale at the Bowman Arts Centre

Friday, November 30, 10 am - 9 pm,

Saturday, December 1, 10 am - 4 pm

Bowman Arts Centre, 811-5 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta

FREE admission


Looking for Great Gifts in Lethbridge?
Don’t miss the 2012 Lethbridge Artist Societies and Guilds Christmas Sale, Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Bowman Arts Centre, (811 - 5 Ave. South) across from the Public Library. It’s FREE to come and browse!
Local non-profit groups have been presenting the Lethbridge Artist Societies and Guilds Christmas Sale experience for over 25 years. Come and see the wide variety of giftware being created by over 200 local artists. Don’t miss this chance to find that perfect gift or one of a kind treat for yourself. Featured products include paintings, pottery, fibre art, weaving, stained glass, woodturning and much more.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Blog & Website Reviews

A great blog for weavers to follow is:

http://weave-away.blogspot.ca

The current blog post features a use for scrap woven items, fabrics and such! It is a great way to create something to keep your samples.

http://weave-away.blogspot.ca/2012/11/book-of-scraps.html

Monday, 10 September 2012

Choosing Colours


Inspiration often appears in the most unexpected of places. In fact, one of my favourite places to explore new colour pallets is at the grocery store; rows of produce and provisions that offer a range of colours that otherwise may not be found together.

Gathering artistic inspiration from every day places and things takes practice. In this blog post I will walk you through a quick and dirty way to appropriate an existing colour pallet.

Step one:  Choose a source.

This can be anything- a magazine cover, wallpaper, shampoo bottles, jewellery or, in this case, a painting. Don’t feel the need to limit yourself to an object you find aesthetically pleasing. Some of my favourite pallets have come from paintings that I wasn’t originally drawn to.


Step two: Isolate your colours.

This is the part that many people find to be the most challenging. It can be scary to step outside of your comfort zone, but thanks to digital imaging (and the good old fashioned photocopier) this process need not be difficult. Look at your source and find the dominant hue. This can easily be done by squinting. By squinting, the figures in this painting are replaced by areas of colour. Go with your gut instinct…just because you isolate a colour does not mean it has to be used in your final product.



Once you have distinguished the dominant colour, move on to others in the paintings. This can be done digitally by using the selection tool in your image editing program of choice, or by physically cutting out areas of colour of a photocopied image.



Step 3: Create a colour pallet

Arrange the colours in a way that you find visually pleasing. These pallets have been digitally created, but the effect can also be achieved by thread wrapping.

Experiment with your pallet by adding or omitting colours and changing the placement and width of colour blocks. The possibilities are endless!







Here is an example where I have used a photograph of spices as my inspiration.



Happy weaving! Jena

Monday, 30 July 2012

New Afghan Warp

A new afghan warp was completed today and is ready for the loom to be free. The new warp features dark blue & purple, medium blue & purple and light blue and purple.

Weaving on this warp should be great!

Has anyone woven on the afghan warps with a wool & acrylic mix? How did this go??

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Annual Weft Over Sale - March 20, 2012

The Lethbridge Weavers will be holding the Annual Weft Over Sale on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 after the regular guild meeting. The meeting will begin at 6pm. If you have items to donate, please have them into the guild before Monday morning.

If your stash is in need of a few items, this is the perfect opportunity to get fibre treasures at a good price!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Display at the Bowman Art Centre

The artists of the Lethbridge Weavers are currently featured at the display cases Bowman Art Centre.


The display cases are title "Rainbow Kaleidoscope Colour Conspiracy" and celebrates colours! The cases are filled with beautiful items. Some of these items will be available at the upcoming Spring Sale at the Bowman on April 28, 2012.


Come by the Bowman and check out the great display!


Sunday, 19 February 2012

Robyn Spady Workshop!!

The Lethbridge Weavers will be hosting a Robyn Spady Workshop on April 6 & 7, 2012. The workshop is titled "Tbe Fab Four" and is a round robin of 12 different weave structures that can be woven on a 4-shaft loom. For more information regarding "The Fab Four" or Robyn Spady - check out her website at : http://spadystudios.com/

The direct link to "The Fab Four" is located here: http://spadystudios.com/multiday.html

This workshop will be located at the Bowman Art Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta and is open to members and non-members of the Lethbridge Weaving Guild.

The approximate cost of the workshop is $175, and a $100 deposit is required to hold your seat. If you are interested in attending, email lhguild@yahoo.com or come to our upcoming meetings on February 21 or March 20 at 7pm at the Bowman Art Centre located at 811-5th Ave South, Lethbridge, Alberta. 

This workshop should be a great experience to meet up with other weavers and learn different weaver structures!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Felting Workshop with Jena

Guild member Jena will be leading a felting workshop on January
28 for guild members. Being a guild member has many benefits including having the opportunity to explore different workshops for a nominal fee. 

Some of the techniques for felting that can be explored on January 28 include:

  • Wet Felting
  • Nuno Felting
  • Needle felting
For supplies, the following is recommended:
Wool Rovings
Dish soap
Bubble wrap (Enough to cover your project)
Sushi mat or bamboo placemat
Tulle (enough to cover your project)
Old towels (to catch flying bubbles)
Fabric (if doing nuno)
Resist (If needed…I’ve used cut up linoleum, seat cushion insert covered
in plastic, cardboard, cheap plastic placemat from Walmart, etc)
Masking tape
Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet.

This should be an exciting day of exploration.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

New Warp & Rag Rug Project

The Busy Bee Weaving Working Day was quite successful. Many new projects are ready for weaving. Once is the sage green rag rug warp. One weaver began to weave this weekend and it is looking great.















A new warp was started for the rep weave. It has some bright and rich colours.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Busy Bee Weaving Working Day

Saturday January 7 9am to Noon is a work day at the guild. The public can come and watch how the guild works. Members come if you can and help out. The following is what is planned.
  • finish threading the rug warp and get it rolled on.
  • finish threading the furoshiki bags and roll on.
  • make new warp for tea towels
  • make new warp for rep weave.