Random thoughts of a fiber enthusiast - mostly fiber related, sometimes coherent

Month: September 2011

CNCH 2012

Today was the annual CNCH Liaison Luncheon, one of the two CNCH meetings each year. On the agenda of the luncheon is to preview the venue for the 2012 conference, which is to be held at the Oakland Marriott and Convention Center.

The Area 3 guilds have put together a fabulous program. I’m really looking forward to taking some classes this conference. You can be sure that I will take Daryl Lancaster‘s Jury Tour of the Fashion Show Garments, if I can get in, that is. And my good friend, John Mullarkey, will be there to teach card weaving as well. So many fabulous teachers to choose from. There’s a little something for everyone.

And throughout the meeting, I was able to knit on my Circle of Life Shawl. I’ve made good progress during the luncheon and continued on once I got home. I was able to zip right through Chart 9. Granted, Chart 9 is the smallest chart in the entire shawl (only 4 pattern rounds). But 8 rounds is 8 rounds, right?

So, as of tonight, I’m at 80% completion of the main shawl pattern. My goal at this point is to finish the main shawl before I get on the plane on Saturday. And hopefully, during my long flights east, I’m be able to make significant progress on the border, and finish in time for the SOAR gallery.

Jacket Workshop

Yardage in daylight (Click to enlarge)

Here’s a picture of my yardage in daylight — just before I cut into it. I don’t have a picture of myself cutting into it. I procrastinated as long as possibly could. I love the way the fabric turned out. The color stripes remind me of a cascade of colored ashes from a fireworks display. Oh, and the actual fabric. It has absolutely gorgeous hand and drape.

After all that work on the yardage, I walked into the workshop and then dropped my jaw. It bounced a few times. I had forgotten to bring my yardage. Yes. After months and months of work, I forgot it.

I had packed the car with all the equipment, tools, and food for Daryl’s 3 day Jumpstart Jacket Workshop the night before. I left the yardage for the morning. I didn’t want to leave it in the car overnight. And the next morning? I drove away with the yardage still sitting by the front door. Sigh.

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Okay. Onto the class. We only had 8 people in the class (instead of the typical 15). This meant that Daryl had more time to work with us individually to alter the pattern, not only for fit, but style that we want — casual, fitted, buttoned or open front, length, ease, everything. It was fabulous. Daryl was fabulous.

After all that stress about mistakes in my treadling and whether I had enough usable fabric to cut my pieces from, I had. And I have plenty to spare.

Once we got to sewing, she taught us how to apply a Hong Kong finish to all the raw edges. The finished garment will have no exposed raw edges. How fabulous is that?

I chose a fuchsia raw silk fabric from Thai Silk to make the pocket lining and bias tape from. Look how well the fuchsia matched the accent yarn.

It was a very intense 3 day workshop. I was able to finish all the major sewing by 5 PM on Sunday, but just barely. I still need to apply the bias tape to my shoulder seams. The rest of the work is handwork. I need to remove all my basting and marking stitches, hem the sleeves, and tack down the jacket hem and front band. A nice pressing and it will be done. There’s probably about another 3 hours of work remaining.

This old thing? It's just something I whipped up over the weekend.

Here’s the jacket in its current unfinished state. There are things that I would do differently, but overall, I’m very happy with how it turned out. The colored wrap threads kept it from a boring man’s suiting fabric.

Jumpstart is right. This jacket presents a great jumping off point for a lot more ideas and jackets. I’m already planning my next yardage and jacket!

Anatolian Kilims

Photo from de Young Museum website. Click through for exhibit information.

Wish you could have seen those gorgeous Turkish Kilim rugs first hand? Well, you have a chance to see some fabulous examples of Anatolian Kilims at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exihibit opens this weekend! The exhibit runs from September 10, 2011 through June 10, 2012.

The Textile Arts Council will be hosting a corresponding lecture on Saturday, October 15, 2011, Discontinuing Wefts: The Brilliance and Beauty of Anatolian Kilims.

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