The Methow Valley Spinners & Weavers guild, founded in 1972, aims to
encourage those wishing to improve their skills in the areas of spinning
and weaving by providing opportunities to learn together and share with
one another. We meet weekly between Twisp and Winthrop in the beautiful
Methow Valley. There are currently over 30 members, providing a
wonderful variety of skills and experiences to share. Spinners and
weavers of all levels are welcome.
If you have an interest in spinning or weaving and would like to learn
more about the guild, please feel free to contact us, or check the calendar and drop in on one of our weekly meetings.
Even if you are not interested in learning to spin or weave yourself, but would still like an opportunity to see the work done by the guild, please join us for our
annual show and sale held each November.
Methow Valley Spinners and Weavers 2012-13 Challenge
PLACEMATS INSPIRED BY MUGS
-- Each participant places a favorite mug in an opaque container (a paper sack is fine), WITHOUT HER NAME ON THE CONTAINER, and brings it to the guild meeting October 11, 2012.
-- These containers will go on the table and each weaver will select one (by a system which will be announced at the meeting), WITHOUT PEEKING INSIDE.
-- Each weaver will then use the colors and style of the mug she selects to design and weave a place mat 12"x17" (or four mug-rugs, each 4 1/2" square) which will be presented to the owner of that particular mug at the culmination of the Challenge, April 11th,2013.
Here is a chance to:
++ work with colors you might not otherwise choose
++ select a weave structure you want to learn about or one you already enjoy.
++ choose yarns (washable) appropriate to make a mat compatible (color, scale, texture) with the cup you chose.
++ keep records on a standard form which will be used by all participants.
++ practice working toward a prescribed finished size.
++ make a warp long enough to go on and produced other wondrous objects, similar or totally different.
$$$ Unless you WANT to purchase special yarns for this project, it seems likely that these mats can be made by using materials from our own stashes along with begging, borrowing, negotiating or whatever other means seem appropriate to
obtain what is necessary from others in the guild.
This sounds like fun...let's give it a try. Since Lillie has volunteered to be our "coordinator" and Jackie has already said she would, single-handedly, design and assemble the Challenge Display for the fair NEXT fall, we're all set.
Please keep records, provide everyone with a proper record sheet and, if possible, a sample OR color photo of the finished product.
Save The Date:
October 11th (2012) - Mug Exchange
April 11th (2013) - Challenge meeting