Monday, August 20, 2018

The Last of the County Fair Entries

Diana and Ingrid are the two remaining Not 2 Square members with Fair entries this year.  

Diana entered six pieces:  Three towels, a table runner, a blanket and a wall hanging using Theo Moorman technique for the Nevada County Inspired category.

Diana's Towel

Diana's Blanket

Diana's Wall Hanging
Diana's Table Runner
Diana's Towel
Diana's Towel


Ingrid entered eight items:  Two scarves, two shawls, two towels, a scarf made using a friend's handspun yarn as the weft and a scarf for the Nevada County Inspired category.

Ingrid's Towel

Ingrid's Towel

Ingri'd Scarf

Ingrid's Scarf

Ingrid's Shawl

Ingrid's Shawl

Ingrid's scarf made with hand-spun weft
Ingrid's Nevada County Inspired Scarf

Congratulations to all of our members who entered - ribbons are not, they are all winners.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

More from the County Fair

Jeanne, Eileen and Betsy are our next three entrants to be showcased here.  Jeanne entered two scarves.  One was made starting with a painted warp.  The second used Theo Moorman techniques she learned in a workshop this spring.  

Jeanne's Painted Warp Scarf

Jeanne's Theo Moorman Scarf



Eileen had an indigo-ikat dyed warp that she used for her Nevada County Inspiration entry.  She also entered another shawl, a scarf and yardage this year.

Eileen's Nevada County Inspiration Shawl

Eileen's Scarf

Eileen's Shawl

Eileen's yardage

Betsy entered two rugs a towel and an interesting wall hanging using wheat as weft material.  The wall hanging was also inspired by the Theo Moorman technique.

Betsy's Rug

Betsy's Rug

Betsy's Towel

Betsy's Wheat Wall Hanging


There are few more people we will show off in the next post.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

County Fair Part 2

The next two members' entries we would like to highlight are from Mardi and Marcy.

Mardi entered a baby blanket, napkins, table runner, a shawl, two towels and a caplet knit using hand-spun yarn.

Mardi Baby blanket

Mardi Caplet knitted with hand-spun

Mardi Napkins
Mardi Table runner

Mardi Shawl

Mardi Towel
Mardi Towel

Marcy also entered two items: a scarf and a towel.

Marcy Scarf

Marcy's towel

There will be more members entries later. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

If it's August, it Must be Time for the County Fair

The second week in August is a busy time here in Nevada County.  The local fiber guild is responsible for setting up and managing the woven, spun, felted and handspun made entries.  Members of Not 2 Square did their part and entered their fiber exhibits.  Wendy-Marie entered two scarves and a shawl.  

The top scarf was woven and then enhanced with fabric paint and a stencil to create the leaf pattern.

Wendy-Marie's shawl was designed using a musical score and assigning colors and widths of stripes based on the music.

Sue V entered a number of items.  There were two sets of napkins (top pictures) and two towels (bottom pictures).

Her Nevada County Inspiration piece was designed with local river salmon in mind.

Sue also wove a scarf using the "snake skin" pattern featured in Handwoven magazine.  

This is just the beginning of the entries.  More to come in later posts.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Design Process Story

Mardi showed some beautiful scarves at the last meeting.  She shares her process in the narrative below.
The Process:

First I wanted to make a scarf using some knitting yarn left from an abandoned knitting project and used Cascade Sock yarn as the weft. The draft was something that I put together by taking some of the twill threading I liked from another project.  Unfortunately, the weft yarn ran out before planned and the scarf is a little shorter than planned, but still acceptable.  I decided to experiment with the remaining warp.

#1 - I used some homespun singles from some gray CVM that I had spun.  It compressed the twill but it was a little scratchy. (Igor liked that one.)
#2 - I used some alpaca knitting yarn that I had around, similar color but it had a larger grist.  It was very satisfactory in terms of softness.
#3 - I wanted to see what would happen if I used a color in the weft.  I didn't have anything that matched the magenta in the warp, but I had some wine colored yarn sitting on a bobbin and decided to use it.  The result was softer than the other 2 samples and I liked the color the best.  I might add that I never liked the warp yarn very much, so almost anything improved it.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Last of the Weaver's Poker Challenge

We are looking back for a couple of years now, when Not 2 Square Weavers decided to do the Weaver's Poker Challenge.  Sue R. drew the following cards for her challenge.  Double Weave, Variegated Space Dyed yarn, Fibonacci Sequence, Random Stripes & Blue. 

 Sue decided to dig into learning all she could about Double Weave before she attempted to work on her challenge. At one of our meetings, someone was giving away their extra copies of Handwoven magazines and Sue picked up the issue from Summer 1983 with a couple of articles about weaving double weave on a rising shed loom. 
Sue studied this issue for a while before she embarked on her double weave sampler which contains all the elements in the cards she chose. The photo below looks like the Fibonacci series to me. and naturally the color blue.
Then variegated weft for this sample, which I think is probably double width weaving with the opening in the center of the warp.
Then random stripes - this time a pouch stuffed with poly fill and then woven closed.
And more double weave fun that wasn't in the "cards".  A lace weave on one layer of the double weave.
A pouch which is open on one end with a bit of fanciful fringe - and hemstitched (how did she do that?)
 Some color and weave effects.
And finally, a bit of pick up.

This project was very much in the spirit of the challenge.  Learn something new and have fun with all the experimenting.