Saturday, February 23, 2013

Online SWSG Groups

Here is some more links for SWSG groups

Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild Yahoogroup

Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild Facebook page

Have a good day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SWSG Open House Part 2

 More pictures from Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild Open House 2013
(click pictures for bigger image)

Lots of wheels on display at the Open House

Results from dyeing demonstrations

Results drying after dyeing demonstrations

Close up of reversal jacket detail reveals weaving pieces quilted together with other cloth

One side of a reversible jacket

This scarf was woven, then pulled in bunches with extra threads woven into it. Then it was dyed shibori style and the pull threads were removed so scarf could flatten.

Spinolution Hopper

Spinolution Hopper because it looks a little like a frog.

Lisette with Spinolution Mach III plying machine

Plying art yarn is easy with this wheel, Lisette can add pods, cloth strips, artificial flowers and more.
More pictures later.
Have a good day!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rigid Heddle Online Tutorials

Recent discussions on Braids and Bands on yahoogroups

Recent discussions have focused on rigid heddle band weaving, including two hole rigid heddles and an on-line tutorial by Susan Foulkes.

If you are not a member of the Braids and Bands yahoogroup, you'll need to join the group (free) by going to the link above and requesting to join.

When signing up I recommend you select the "Daily Digest" mode to receive messages. The messages will be gathered in one group of messages each day or each 25 messages what ever happens first, and sent to your email. Or you can elect to read online only.

When you are approved for group you can then access the files area to get to the online tutorial files
From the group homepage,
Go to Files
Go to Online Tutorials folder
Go to Swedish Woven Bands

There are the files created by Susan Foulkes which are free for downloading.

When printing these PDF be sure the "Scaling" option of printing is set for "Fit to Printable Area" so that each page will print without top or bottom being cutoff. The PDF are formatted for UK sized paper so this adjustment makes it work on USA sized paper.(ignore if you use UK size paper)

Braids and Bands on yahoogroups is a service of The Braid Society UK (

This group is one finest and most informative on all of the yahoogroups I am subscribed to and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Open House Pic part 1

Some pictures from Open House
Sharon Mitchell's Angora rabbit wool hat & sweater made from handspun yarn.

We don't know what this is. It's like a wooden nut cracker? Very detailed embellishment carvings.

I take pictures of bags that I like the pattern of. Owner says this was bought in Santa Clara Calif.

Bag hunt. Owner says this was bought in Ecuador

Here I am demonstrating my cardboard spinning wheel.

Shawls, scarves, and doll clothes

Shawl, hat and dye color wheel

display of hand dyed yarns

Project Linus - Woven blankets donated to charity.

Raffle - Pakistan bag detail

Hands on paper weaving table

Pedal power plying flyer

Visitor with poncho bought in Peru at a second hand booth

Snacks for the volunteers

Sharon Mitchell demonstrates stick weaving

Structo Artcraft Loom
Raffle - Navajo Tapestry

Sunday, February 10, 2013

SWSG Open House

Sacramento Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild Open House

“WEAVERS GONE WILD!” is the theme for the Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Open House which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2013, from 10am to 4pm each day at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA. The show is free to the public.

A couple of pictures from the Open House:
This lizard looks so good I want to feed it a bug. Made from woven wire and beads.

In the raffle at Open House - Document inside bag says:
Article: Woman's handbag

Technique(name and description if possible): Skip plain weave in pattern area (see p.122-124 in Peter Collingwood, The Techniques of Rugweaving), plain weave in white area at bottom

Location Article Comes From:
Country:West Pakistan (name in 1965)
Republic or area: desert area north of Karachi
Region: Sind
City or village: Ali Mohammed Maheris Village, 35 miles from town of Hyderabad

Pertinent information: Ali M. Maheris village has about 50 families. This bag was made by the women of the village and was purchased by an American woman in Karachi. She was a short woman and cut the handle and tied the ends together in order to make the bag easier to carry. Even with the change she didn't want the bag and sold it to Jeannette Lund on 25 May 1965 in Karachi for Pak Rupees 15.-- (approx US $3.15)

The women of this village make rugs in the skip plain weave technique on a simple upright loom in their straw huts; no shuttles are used. The white yarn in the bag both warp & weft is 6-ply cotton yarn; other yarns are apparently wool. Yarn for the side seam stitching appears to have goat hair in it; camel hair would be brownish and softer.

Some rugs have white cotton for warp; others have warp of camel hair and weft bands of the camel hair or both. Is is said that 2 women will work on one rug for 6 months in their spare time after work in the fields.

Demonstrating my cardboard spinning wheel at Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild. I built this spinning wheel for under $5. I made a web page so you can see pictures and build your own.

 I dug this out of storage. I forgot how much fun it is to play with this thing. In this picture the front pin is the spindle and I'm spinning romney wool roving on it. The back pin is the "bobbin" for storing yarn. When the spindle gets too full to spin efficiently, I will splice the yarn from the bobbin to the yarn on the spindle, then I wind off the spindle to the bobbin. One of the Guild's spinning instructors was showing me how to improve my drafting to do the one handed long draw. I *almost* can do it. Some more practice and I'll have it mastered.

More later - Have a good day!