Thursday, September 10, 2015

...And Last But Not Least....

We finally get to the last two members to submit entries at the Nevada County Fair this year.  We have so many talented Not2S members.  Eileen is a newer member but has been a talented fiber artist for many years.  

The first shawl was entered into the Nevada County Inspiration.  The painted warp and plain weave structure really bring out the lovely colors of our county. 

The next two shawls also really show some beautiful color.  The multicolored shawl was woven with one skein of Vice yarn, a 80/20 merino/nylon blend.  The second is a beautiful plaid, slightly fulled.

Eileen's Shawl

Eileen's Plaid Shawl

Eileen also entered a plaid towel, a bag and a table covering.
Eileen's Towel

Eileen's Woven Bag
Eileen's Table Covering


Eileen entered a skein of hand spun wool.

This colorful sweater was knit with handspun yarn.


Eileen's Sweater

Eileen's Sweater - Back

Our last weaver is Ingrid.  She and Marcy have a friendly rivalry each year to see who can do better in the baby blanket category. Here's Ingrid's entry for this year as well as a lap robe.  Both were woven with a mixed cotton warp using plain weave.
Ingrid's Baby Blanket

Ingrid's Lap Robe

Ingrid submitted several scarves.  This one was for the Nevada County Inspiration category.  Her inspiration was our friend and mentor Dee.  Most of the yarn and ribbon Ingrid used were Dee's and she wove the scarf using one of Dee's designs - plain weave edges with a ribbon supplementary warp and twill center. 

Dee Inspired Scarf
Dee Inspired scarf - Detail

The other two towels - one using a turned twill on 8 shafts (in pink) and the other plain weave using sock yarn. 
Ingrid's Pink Scarf

Ingrid's Red Scarf

Ingrid also entered two towels.  These are 100% cotton woven in a twill pattern.

Ingrid's Towel

Ingrid's Other Towel

Finally, Ingrid submitted a shawl woven from local alpaca yarn, woven in a point twill design. 

So that's it for another Fair year, but there will be more updates on the Not 2 Squares before then.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Another Two Sets of Entries

Igor and Mardi are the next Not2S members to be showcased for their Nevada County Fair entries. 

Igor entered two scarves in the Nevada County Inspiration Division.  The blue scarf, inspired by a local lizard was described on a previous blog post: 

The second was woven with our friend Dee as inspiration.  This reporter doesn't have all of the details, but I think it is woven in a false damask pattern that we saw last year as lap robes and towels:

Igor's Lizard Inspired Scarf 

Scarf with Inspiration Picture

Igor's Dee Inspired Scarf
Mardi entered several woven items, one with handspun and three skeins of handspun yarn. 

The table runner was started as part of a class with Rosalie Neilson at CNCH this year.  Mardi's first scarf was woven with a Log Cabin color and weave effect using a wool/metallic yarn. 

Mardi's Rep Weave Runner

Mardi's Log Cabin Scarf
Mardi won best of Division for a scarf made from handspun yarn.  This scarf was woven with yarn that was spun from an art bat prepared by local artist Sierra Mohr.  It was woven in plain weave with a beaded fringe.

Mardi's Scarf made with handspun yarn

Mardi's scarf - detail

Mardi has been experimenting with towels - different structures and colors.  This vibrant towel beings all of these elements together.  I think it is an M & O pattern.

Mardi's Towel

Mardi's Towel - detail

Mardi also entered three skeins of handspun yarn. 

Mardi's Yarn - Gray Singles - Medium Wool

Mardi's Yarn - Wool & Silk

Mardi's Yarn - Polwarth Top


It is great to see all of the different things that our members have created - all very different.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Additional Fair Results

Here are more Nevada County fair entries.  The previous post had information about Wendy-Marie's Ferris Wheel scarf.  In addition she entered a bag and Mobius shawl and contributed to two collaboration bags made from bands.  She also submitted a rug. 
The bag was made from a tapestry piece by Wendy-Marie.  She used yardage from Beryl - both handwoven and commercially made (the lining is recycled from a kimono) and a kumihimo band. 
Bag with materials from various sources
Collaboration Bag I
Collaboration Bag II
Wendy-Marie was the guiding force behind three bags made mostly from back-strap or other woven bands.  She sewed the blue/green one on the right.
Ferris Wheel Scarf
Mobius Shawl
The Mobius shawl was woven using rayon chenille for warp and weft and ribbon in a plain weave pattern.  Once woven, it a seam was sewn to attach the ends. 

Wendy-Marie's last piece is a rug.  She wove this as part of a class with Jason Collingwood.  It's a first place winner.

Wendy-Marie's Rug
Marcy added several piece in the Fair as well. She had a baby blanket, two towels and a scarf.
The blanket was a mix warp.  There was a little boucle sparkle that gives it a little shine.  She also entered a scarf that is woven in a twill design in wool.

Marcy's Baby Blanket

Marcy's Scarf
Marcy's Towel I

Marcy's Towel II

Marcy's Towel II - detail  
The two towels were woven on the same warp, just using different weft colors. 
There are more entries that we will be posting, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weaving Wheels

 Wendy-Marie had a great idea for her Nevada County Inspired entry into this year's fair.  Wheels of many sorts and sizes.  Engine Wheels - Wagon Wheels - Pelton Wheels and Ferris Wheels. 

She also had the perfect draft - an 8 shaft combination of steep and point twills. Shown below are two variations.  This is an easy draft to make larger if you have more than 8 shafts on your loom. 

And, ta da, the finished scarf.  Wendy-Marie didn't get a prize for her scarf, but her idea was sure a prize winner and I bet it won't be the last time she weaves wheels!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Results

Diana is the next weaver to be highlighted. She has enough entries for her own post.  


Collaboration lap robe

Diana and a quilting friend, Lani, collaborated on a lovely quilted lap robe that was made up of woven squares sewn together with commercial fabric.  Diana wove nine different squares, inspired by an article in the January/February 2004 issue of Handwoven magazine.  These squares are all woven in Spot Bronson.  She used 10/2 cotton sett at 24 epi for the warp.  She used 3/2, 5/2 cotton and sewing thread for the weft.  This lap robe was created for the Holiday Cheer project for this coming December.  

Read more details at the blog post from last year:

Nevada County Inspired Scarf

Color Inspiration

Diana entered a scarf in the Nevada County Inspiration Division.  The yarn was from the scarf challenge and were contributed by Dee.  (See blog post: )  The warp yarns were 8/2 green rayon, 4 ply variegated rayon, 5/2 light green cotton and ribbon also in greens.  The warp was sett as follows:  8/2 rayon – 18 epi; 4 ply rayon – 12 epi; 5/2 cotton & ribbon – 12 epi.  The warp was threaded in a straight draw on 4 shafts.

The weft yarns were the 8/2 green rayon alternating with a 10/2 pale green cotton for the majority of the scarf, woven in plain weave.  Diana used orange, white, fuchsia, blue and purple similar weight yarns for the accent areas of the weft. The accent weft patterns were mostly twills found in Anne Dixon’s book:  The Handweaver's Pattern Directory.

Diana wove a cotton table runner using an Echo pattern on 8-shafts.  

Table Runner


There were two additional scarves.  One using chenille as weft and the second woven with rayon.  

Scarf with Chenille

Rayon scarf


She entered a napkin woven with cotton with a nice decorative design.

There were also three towels - both tea towels and bath hand towels.

Tea Towel in Overshot


Cotton Bath Hand Towel

Detail of Hemstitching

Cotton Tea Towel Detail

Cotton Tea Towel

Congratulations to Diana for all of her well deserved awards this year!