Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Ply Yarn

A plied yarn is stronger, more consistent, and more stable than the singles from which it is made. Also, in the ply structure, more of the individual fibers are covered and protected from abrasive wear, light and chemical damage. Whether you’re learning for the first time, want to weigh the benefits of single- vs. multiple-ply yarn, or want tips for plying on a drop spindle, Interweave's free eBook is packed with helpful tips for spinners of all skill levels.

The book contains tips from Maggie Casey, Judith MacKenzie, Rita Buchanan and other spinning masters. The free eBook contains a wealth of information for the beginning spinner and experienced spinner.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Guild Library Display

Cinde P., Rachel B., and Cheryl O. prepare
 the Guild display in the Riverton Library
March 2017
Rachel B. adds name tags to the display items
The display preparation crew
Cheryl O., Rachel B., Nancy S. and Cinde P.
Forty-eight items were carefully arranged in the display case and labeled. Items include: weaving, knit, crochet, hand-spun, dyed fibers, sewing, quilting, basketry, needle-felting, wet felting. The variety of projects reflects the impressive talent of our members.

The Guild's display will remain in the Riverton Library 
for the next two months (April and May)

Tell your friends to go check it out.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Working With Silk Yarn

Silk is a luscious fiber; however, it does have some unique characteristics. YarnSub's post on silk fiber and yarn explains those characteristics, some tips for using it for knitting, crochet, and also stitches and techniques that require caution when working with silk.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sewing with Knits

Recently, Guild member, Brenda H. presented two programs on working with knit fabrics to a Lander sewing group.

To build on the information Brenda provided, use the website Sewing with Knits. That site has numerous tips, techniques, patterns, and tutorials available.

To get the most out of the site, use the pull-down tabs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Shibori Scarf Tutorial

Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of indigo dyeing. Utilizing resists on fabric, and the richest of indigo vats, Shibori is one of the best ways to highlight the subtlety of natural indigo dye.

Wearing Woad shares a simple tutorial on creating a loom-controlled Shibori scarf, or wrap. 

The difference between loom-controlled Shibori and regular Shibori: in regular Shibori you stitch and tie an already fully-woven piece of fabric, and in loom-controlled Shibori you insert the resist threads while you are in the process of weaving the item. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Screen Cleaner

We all love our tablets and phones, but face it the screens can become nasty pretty quickly.

Wild Olive's Turtle Screen Cleaner tutorial is a quick and fun project for yourself or as a gift.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interfacing Tips

Many sewing patterns only name interfacing in generic terms: light-midweight interfacing, heavyweight interfacing, etc. That can make it sort of difficult to navigate.

Sew Sweetness offers a comprehensive post on selecting the type of interfacing (fusible and sew-in) for making bags.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Reclaiming Wool - March Program

Nancy S. introduced the concept of reclaiming wool from old or thrift
shop sweaters at the March meeting. Members were encouraged to look
for non-serged seams. She also explained how to make a simple niddy noddy
out of PVC pipe. Nancy uses the reclaimed wool to knit items for charities.
Directions for making and using the Niddy Noddy can be found on this previous post.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Natural Dyeing

Natural dyeing can be as simple as collecting tansy leaves from your garden or old tea from your cupboard, placing it and a skein of yarn in a canning jar filled with water out on your porch on a sunny day. Of course, it can be more involved as well—it depends on what colors you’re looking for, the fibers you are dyeing, and the pH levels in your water supply.

There are basic rules to dyeing: know your dye, know your fiber, and know your water.

Interweave offers a free Guide to Dyeing Yarn eBook - an essential guide whether you’re a beginner or are experienced in dyeing. 

This book will help you dive into the basics of hand dyeing yarn and understand the different approaches depending on the fiber, from cotton to wool.

Wearing Woad complied a list of Natural Dyeing Resources that may also be helpful.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Show and Tell - March

Jeni V. is nearly finished with the toe-up socks she started with a friend,
Laura B. brought two gorgeous scarves that she spent countless hours
weaving, Nancy S. displayed her embroidery project started at the
January Guild meeting program, lead by Vicky B. 
Dana H. has been busy knitting slippers with liners as well as wool
moccasins. All the slippers have been felted.
Sandy W. has been experimenting with a drum carder with Briana F.
Sandy showed the group bag after bag of the soft, blended fiber.
Sandy also spun some of the batts into colorful yarn. The green skein
in the bottom left corner was plied from her wrist with the Andean
plying technique.
Linda W. admires the items that Dawn H. brought for the Guild display
at the Riverton Library. Many of the items were made from past Guild
classes - basketry, tatting, embroidery with mirrors to name a few.
Cinde P. brought two sweaters to show the members. She spun the wool
into yarn, dyed the red wool at the October 2016 Fiber Fest, and knit the
two garments. Cinde also had scarves and cowls, but she was too quick
for the photographer to capture them.
Colleen J. brought a crochet sampler scarf she's making and a pair
of knit socks. 
Mary H. has been busy making dresses for her granddaughter. The Easter
dress has a matching hat and under pants. The little sundresses are reversible.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Repairing Damaged Quilts

Repairing a damaged quilt is possible, and these two sources give tips to follow.

Abracadabra Quilting - repairing a hole in a quilt

Right Sides Together - Holey Quilts, Batman!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Meeting

Items of note:

    •  Bring a friend to the meeting - Saturday, March 18th
        Lander Library at 10AM

    •  Bring items for the Guild display at the Riverton Library
           (details can be found here)  

    •  Program on reclaiming wool from old sweaters



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Felt Crochet

Why should knitters have all the fun felting items? Crochet items can also be felted. Interweave has a free ebook that explains the process and includes four free patterns for experimenting with felting crochet.

The link to the free ebook can be found on this Interweave post.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weaving & Cell Phones

Interweave explains how cell phone cameras can be helpful to weavers.

Check out the post here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Supported Spinning Tips

Sandy W. has given supported spinning demonstrations several times at Guild meetings.

Interweave recently published some tips on supported spinning for those who would like more information or need a refresher on the process.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Scissor Charm Tutorial

AQS OnPoint shared a tutorial on making scissor charms - a quick little gift all quilters and their friends will love. The charms are a great way to identify scissors at a group sewing session. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How to Use a Color Wheel

Learning how to use the color wheel will help in a lot of crafts - quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, weaving, and spinning. Once mastered, color selection will become easier and projects will be visually pleasing.

We All Sew published a tutorial to show the effects of color choices and offers a free set of printable and portable cards on using color harmony.

Color Wheel Tutorial

Free Printable Color Harmony cards

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Upcycle Vintage Linens

Did you inherit a box of dresser scarves, napkins, or handkerchiefs and have no idea what to do with them? Those vintage linens can be turned into useable items for your home.

We All Sew presents step by step directions on upcycling the linens in the blog post - 5 Ways to Upcycle Vintage Linens.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gather Display Items

Please take some time this week to gather one or more items of your best work for the Guild display at the Riverton Public Library. 

Bring the items to the Guild meeting next Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Lander Library. If you're unable to attend, send your items with a friend. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wearing an Asymmetrical Shawl

If you've made a lot of asymmetrical shawls but don't have any idea how to wear them, Interweave's recent post More than 10 Ways to Style an Asymmetrical Shawl will give you some ideas.

The Interweave article actually shows 16 ways to style and wear the shawl.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Put Down the Phone

Interweave published an article: Put Down Your Phone and Pick Up Your Knitting

The article explains the risks of too much phone time as well as the health benefits from knitting (or any other craft).

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Embroidery Stitch Booklet

Embroidery is making a comeback, especially with the Year of Stitches projects. Vicky B. and Sandy W. introduced that challenge to Guild members in January.

Muse of the Morning has a handy stitch booklet that can be printed and placed on a ring for easy reference of embroidery stitches.

Three sets of free templates are offered.

    Section 1

    Section 2

    Section 3

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crochet Flowers

Moogly's blog complied a list of free crochet flower patterns.

Posy Blossoms (shown at right)
Easter Lilies
Rose bouquet
Lily variation
Cherry Blossoms
Mountain Laurel

More flower patterns on this post.

The flowers can be used as embellishments on knit, crochet, or sewing projects.