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Bobbie Irwin “Weaving A Transparency” Workshop April 4th, 5th, 6th, 2014

Bobbie Irwin has been weaving for 40 years. She’s been teaching for conferences, guilds, and shops since 1985, including numerous Midwest and Convergence conferences. She has contributed to Interweave Press publications for many years as a columnist, editorial assistant, and contributing editor, and is the author of three textile books. When not traveling, she enjoys playing “what if?” games on her looms in her Montrose, Colorado studio.

Using a variety of inlay techniques, you can create pictorial patterns on an open-weave background. Transparencies have the pattern diversity of tapestry, but are easier, faster, and more economical, and curves and circles are easy! A transparency’s interaction with light gives added dimension. Learn a wide range of inlays for interesting textures as you create samplers suitable for hanging, including at least one of your own designs. You will gain good experience weaving with linen as well as having the opportunity to experiment with unorthodox materials and inlays: overshot inlay, fishing-line warp, or a wool scarf are exciting possibilities to try after you master the basics.

Work at your own pace on your own 4-shaft loom. Enjoy this class in a relaxed atmosphere as you learn to weave The Emperor’s New Clothes! For weavers of all levels; beginners with a basic knowledge and familiarity with looms are welcome. Be prepared to try something new and have fun in the process!

If you want to participate in this fun workshop, please fill out the following application with your check made to OWSG and bring to the meeting or mail to Marcia Little, 1848
Buff Rd., Thurman, Iowa 51654. Reservations must be made by Feb. 14, 2014.


OWSG Workshop: “Weaving A Transparency” by Bobbie Irwin
The workshop is to be held April 4th, 5th, and 6th from 9-4. The workshop needs at least 13 participants with a first come, first served basis.

OWSG member fee for the workshop is $130 to be paid by February 2014. (Non-Members Fee is $155.) If the Guild cancels the workshop, a full refund will be made. If a participant finds it necessary to withdraw, the fee will be refunded only if the participant notifies the Workshop Chairman by the cancellation date of March 14, 2014 and the position can be filled from a waiting list. If there is not a waiting list, the participant must find a replacement. If the participant does not show up and does not notify the Workshop Chairman, no refund will be given. Please sign this contract and keep a copy for your records.

Participant Signature_____________________________ Phone: __________________

E-Mail _________________________Date ____________ Fee Paid ______________

Workshop Chairman: Marcia Little, 712-628-2481, marlittle@iowatelecom.net

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The OWSG end of summer get-together was held Saturday, Aug. 17 at Mary’s lake side cabin.


Mary and June were the hostesses.

Jay and Cindy were there.

The food was delicious!

Agneta, Mary and Layna enjoyed the sun on the deck.

Elizabeth brought her wheel for plying.

And she started the Show and Tell portion of the get-together.

She told of shopping for yarn in the UK.

Tara showed off her scrap blanket. In the end, it will  be King sized!

This is Karen’s hand spun and hand knitted 50/50 wool/soy silk.

Here is Kelly A.’s 8-shaft woven twill scarf.

Jay’s carved wood/clamp resist dyed piece.

And one of Jay’s layered transparencies.  Can you see the faces?

Cindy was knitting a reverse-cable scarf…..the cables showing on both sides!

Janine wove a QR code into her phone case.  When scanned, it actually does take you to her website!

This is Kellie H.’s shawl.  First she spun the silk/bamboo yarn.  The she knitted it.

This shows Mary’s current weaving with cotton on her loom.

Everyone had a good time.





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satori weave

Weaving Sample

By Kitt Hamersky

For the Hot Shop open house I wanted something fun, fast and uncomplicated to demonstrate.

Two years ago I wove a point twill and had the viewers help design by telling me when to change direction;this worked great but I wanted a change. Last year I was not so smart and the patterns were too complex on all the looms that were threaded and I could not weave and talk without making mistakes.

This year I set out to try something completely different -SAORI weaving and I can  definitely say it was a success!

SAORI is a style of weaving that does not involve complicated threading or fancy treadling and requires only 1 technique, 2 shafts and 4 slogans. This style of weaving encourages creativity, originality and allows the weaver to simply explore and create.

The 4 slogans of SAORI: Weaving the Beauty with Lack of Intentions.

1. Consider the difference between machines and people.

2. Be bold, adventurous, experiment, and be free!

3. Look through eyes that shine.

4. Learn from others, inspire others.

A traditional SAORI loom is only 2 shafts and if you desire you can purchase a pre-wound warp beam. Each loom has a built in bobbin winder. Warp generally solid in color, and set more open than you would for a balanced plain weave. Weft is easiest to work with if it is smooth.

The technique used is called “Clasped Weft”; a weft thread is passed through the warp, wraps around a second weft and is passed back through in the same shed. This allows weaver to place the join anywhere across the loom, allowing the creation of waves,angles, bars, mountains and other possibilities. It allows weaver to work with two and only two colors meeting and separating making the weft shot double thick.

To see more I hit the Internet and watched a video on Clasped Weft weaving, I sat with boxes on paper and came up with possibilities to weave -I wove a lot of mountains. One goal was to rescue and empty bobbins , but primarily I wanted to share the pleasure I find in weaving cloth, both goals were easily met and in two afternoons I had woven 5 yards of cloth and introduced many to the Joy of Weaving.

Warp: 8/2 cotton

Color: Black

Sett: 24 epi

Length: 5.5 yds.

Weft: 8/2 cotton

Color: every

PPI: 12

Very relaxing therapy!

“Because everything has the same life, life cannot be measured by a yardstick. It is this individuality that makes everything meaningful and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life.”

Misao Jo founder of SAORI SA (individual dignity) ORI (weaving)

Bonus Fun! The most recent issue of Vav had some fun towels. Weft was knotted “thrums”, woven with knots and fringe poking out of cloth. I wove this with bamboo 7 thrums on a 10/2 cotton warp. I did note when completed my the knots formed diamonds.

Next time I will cut some shorter bits to randomize the knots.

What ever happened to Syne Mitchell of Weavecast fame? While surfing the web I read her blog and found Syne had to get a job to help pay for her beautiful new home. She is happily working for Amazon, weaving when she wants, taking care of family and playing roller derby. Wow!

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Spinning Sample
By Karen McAndrew
Colonial roving (Corriedale) dyed at the 2012 Dye Workshop with Tara Neese.
Dyeing was done in a gradient blend.
Spun and plyed in a 4 ply cable at 14 wpi.
spinning sample
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