Welcome to our blog about life with six alpaca "fiber boys" in the Colorado foothills! We post once a week, usually on the weekend, when life slows down to sweet, slow dance. ~ Gib & Lisa

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Northern Colorado Weavers Guild June Fashion Show

Finally, here are the long-awaited photos of the Northern Colorado Weavers' Guild annual fashion show held last Saturday, June 4!  Although our name says "weavers," this group is SO much more ~ knitters, tatters, felters, re-designers, and all-around talented people.  The descriptions of the items were provided by the artisans ~ enjoy!

Carol Joy Collins (left) modeled her 29-inch yellow/orange cowl in a silk and mohair combination, and her sister Harriet Tague (below) modeled a pastel-colored, long-sleeve lace top made of wool.

Janet Braden (below) modeled an apron that is "the third incornation of what was originally an ankle-length maternity dress. Then it became a long jumper, and now...it's an apron."

Becky Irons modeled the items she has created in preparation for her daughter's wedding trip to Cancun in mid-June.  Becky made a silk "shawl-ette" (below left) for her shoulders at her daughter's wedding: "Needing something light and having one skein of silk," she said, "I found this perfectly-sized pattern for free."  She also created a cotton/viscose mesh topper (below right) for her daughter to wear at the beach.

To join in on the beach fun, Becky made a cotton/linen shawl (below, left and right) for herself, "to cover my middle-aged, winter-white bottom on the way to the beach...and then to be used later as a shawl."

Throughout the show, Karen DeGeal modeled items (next eight photos below) she made throughout the year.  She saved them all up to show today, Karen explained, "because the lines at the monthly show-and-tell sessions are just too long!"  

Karen Hutchinson (below) modeled her "hot-off-the-needles" shawl she designed and knitted from her own handspun wool-silk yarn.  She also carried a rag rug she made from a sheet during the new Swedish Weavers' group.  "It makes a prettier rug than it ever was a sheet," Karen laughed.

Hazel Krantz (shown below with her daughter-in-law and fashion-show emcee Joyce Krantz) created a baby blanket for Joyce's niece's new baby.

The mother requested a lavender blanket, said Hazel, "so I trotted to Lambspun and bought lavender wool. Because my loom is 25 inches, I would need two panels.  After one was finished, I ran out of lavender, so I bought more and wove the second panel.  Oy! The lavender didn't match! So, the unmatched one became a shawl." Hazel is shown modeling the wrong-color-baby-blanket-turned-shawl.

Joanne Persichetti (right) modeled a vest she created from bulky knitting machine thread lace, and showed off the knife holder she created on an inkle loom (in her hand; I MISSED the great shot of Joanne pulling out a cardboard knife from the holder with a flourish!).  "That's what it said it wanted to be," Joanne said with a laugh, of the knife holder.

Gale Daniels (below) created a lace scrug (a scarf-shrug) in multicolor mohair from a pattern in Cast-On Magazine.

With some prompting, Ginny Ricard (below) modeled a felted hat called "Afternoon in Paris, circa 1920."  This hat was hand-felted over a balloon and a bowl, and is made of Wyoming and New Hampshire wool, with beads.

Wendi Kiss (below) modeled some of her tatting, including this dangling blue earring.  She also showed her versions of the "Annis" shawl from Knitty.com.

Gunnel Oresjo (below) modeled several of the "Melissa Bags" she has created as a fundraising project to help offset some of her daughter-in-law's medical bills.  The bags are handwoven, with cotton warp and plastic bags for the weft. 

Chris Switzer (left) modeled a large, handwoven shawl she made out of 60% alpaca and 40% mohair, with a handspun border.

Gwanetha Neff (below) created a mitered square shawl using Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarn, and said she "found the pattern to be fun to knit."

Barb Richards (below) modeled her pearl cotton scarf made with a crackle warp and mystery-lace weft.  She also showed her "School's Out!" tapestry made with wool, cotton, and some synthetics and silk.  The needle-felted fish have beaded eyes.  (I regret that I didn't get a better close-up shot!)

Char Todd (below) modeled two shrugs she created for the Hilltop Guild's annual Bazaar and Festival, which will be held on August 6 in Allenspark. She also showed the samplers she made during the recent New Weavers group classes.

Vivian Fausset (Viv the 3rd!) showed a color-study blanket created out of perle cotton by the Hilltop Guild weavers for the festival's raffle. The 32-inch x 65-inch blanket has a trellis fringe.

What a great show!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos. They are

    Gloria Ross