Kansas Alliance of Spinners and Weavers (KAWS) 2014
KAWS ALERT: 2 changes
#1 KAWS will meet Friday afternoon/evening June 6 to noon Sunday, June 8, followed by the post-conference weaving workshop that starts at 1pm on Sunday, June 8 and continues until 5pm on June 9. Susan Bateman will be the keynote speaker and, also, the leader of the post- conference workshop.
#2. The KAWS conference and post-conference workshop will take place in historic downtown Parkville, MO, a stone’s throw from Kansas just across the wide Missouri. All meeting places for the conference and post-conference workshop will be centered among the art and fiber shops in the downtown district of Parkville.
Thank you for your patience while co-chairs, Leslie McLaughlin, and Carol Ann Parker, have worked through a couple of glitches in the original plan. The new date and location is written in stone now and will not be changed!
Surface Design Study Group Dec. 11th
Loose Park Rose room
****10:30 AM - 2:30 PM****
Two Color Gradation
using PRO MX Reactive Dyes
For solid shade gradation dyeing on Cotton, Linen, Rayon & Silk. This easy recipe dyes six fat quarters. Each fat quarter is a different hue, moving from one color to another.
Wear rubber gloves, apron or old clothes.
All utensils used for dyeing should not be used for food preparation.
6 x 1 gallon (4 liter) plastic dye buckets
2 x 1 cup (250 ml) or more container with tight lid - you could use a glass jar and mark 1 cup line with a sharpie, make sure your container has a tight lid as you'll be traveling with the dye in your car.
1 set of measuring spoons
1½ yards (1½ meters) bleached or unbleached cotton fabric
2 colors of PRO MX Reactive Dye - you'll need one teaspoon of each color. A one ounce container will be plenty. Dye is available at the Yarn Barn, Artist Craftsman, Dick Blick, Creative Coldsnow's.
1. Scour the fabric by machine washing in HOT 140EF (60EC) water, or by hand in a pot on the stove with ½ tsp (2 gm) Soda Ash and 1/8 tsp (2.5 ml) Synthrapol or 1 tablespoon of Dawn. Rinse thoroughly. This step does not add the dye fixative to the fabric; it prepares your fabric for dyeing by removing any dirt, oil or sizing. Dry fabric, either in dryer or on a line.
2. Cut the fabric. Cut the 1 ½ yard into "Fat Quarters" (18" x 22")
3. On the morning of the Surface Design Study Group meeting mix up your dye:
Put your rubber gloves on and your dust mask. Do not mix dye in the kitchen, mix in the garage or outside.
Make the dye concentrate by dissolving 1 tsp (2.5 g) PRO MX Reactive Dye powder in 1 cup (250ml) of room temperature 75F to 95F water. Do this for each color. Put a lid on each of your dye containers and head to the meeting.
Bring your fabric, dye, and all equipment listed with you. We will complete the project at the meeting.
Nilda Callañaupa Backstrap Weaving Workshop
The Backstrap Weaving Workshop is now full. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list please email Becky.
Peruvian Textiles at Mattie Rhodes Gallery
Handmade textiles from highland Peru will be exhibited at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, December 6, 2013, through February 21, 2014. Weaving Lives: Engaging History, offers a wide variety of high quality textiles, in addition a trunk show and the annual Holiday Mercado of smaller gift items. Related workshops and lectures are scheduled for January 9-12.
Nilda Callañaupa, founder/director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, and a well-known teacher and speaker, will present a joint lecture with event organizer Cathie Joslyn, on January 9 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Callañaupa will teach workshops in traditional weaving and knitting techniques January 10-12.
CTTC’s mission is to preserve, improve, and continue textile traditions of the highest quality, as well as to benefit the lives of the weavers and their families through fair trade sales.
Mattie Rhodes Gallery will hold an opening reception during its Holiday Mercado, on Friday, December 6, 6-9 PM, as part of the First Fridays program in the metro area. A trunk show of CTTC designs will run concurrently with the exhibit. There will be a closing reception on February 7. The center is closed for the holidays, Dec. 17-Jan. 4. The gallery is located at 915 W. 17th Street, Kansas City.* A Peruvian Fiesta is planned at the gallery for Friday night, December 10, 5-7 PM.
*December gallery hours: Tues-Fri., 10-5, Sat. 10-4
Dec. 17-Jan 4 closed for Holiday Break
New 2014 gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat. noon-6 PM
For gallery information contact Jessica Manco, 815-581-5631, firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information: MattieRhodes.org
Andean Hat Knitting Worshop hosted by the KC Fiber Guild
The handknit hat (chullo) from highland Peru has a unique scalloped-style edging. Knit with five fine knitting needles, these unusual, colorful and textural Andean designs are intricate to master. Participants taking this class will learn how to manage three colors of yarn to knit a few of the techniques of the hat border with the primary focus on the scalloped edging (puntas). Traditional hand spun and dyed yarns will be provided.
Nilda Callañaupa is the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cuzco, Peru. http://www.incas.org/center-for-traditional-textiles-of-cusco and http://www.textilescusco.org/eng/
6 hours; 15 students
Workshop Fee: $100 (includes traditional handspun yarns of natural colors and knitting needles)
Skill Level: Need basic knitting knowledge
Several places are still open in a class of 15. The spaces are to be filled in the order contacted (via email). Email Terry Kuehn and she'll send an application for you to fill out and remit it with your check.
Tip of the Month
Two shuttle weaving – When weaving with two weft shuttles (such as eight harness hounds tooth), where you only use one shuttle for eight shots, place a small stool on both sides of your loom. Place one shuttle on each stool. One shuttle becomes your working shuttle and one your stationary shuttle. As you are weaving with your working shuttle, rather than having to pick-up your stationary shuttle just slip your working shuttle under the thread of your stationary shuttle and continuing weaving with your working shuttle. The thread in your stationary shuttle will travel up your selvage edge without having to pick-up the shuttle. When you have completed your designated number of shots with your working shuttle reverse your operation and the stationary shuttle becomes your working shuttle. You will be surprised how much faster it is weaving this way rather than picking up your shuttle after every other throw.
Guild theme for the year: Shadow Weave
Betty shared a project she completed using one of the patterns in the 1000+ Shadow Weave Pattern book. With one threading she was able to obtain 11 different designs. I'll post a different design each month.
Photos, Photos, Photos!
Check here for photos from last month's meeting.