This is the Ponderosa Sheep for ANWG, isn’t he wonderful! Ruth Jarrett is the owner/creator of this colourful fellow. The large wooly sheep has been covered by hundreds of mini skeins of wool in rainbow colours each sewn on by hand. The skeins were in part provided and made by the Ponderosa Guild group.
My contribution to the guild booth is ongoing. I have cut out and top stitched veins on about 100 felted leaves so far and was given this bag on Saturday, more, more, and more! I just know our booth is going to rock!
We are extremely fortunate to have four, yes, four Master Weavers in my area! Gudrun Weisinger got her Master Weaver status in Germany and is - need I say it – an awesome weaver and teacher! Gudrun wove this overshot design using 2/20 mercerized cotton and recycled copper wire gathered by her husband from small home appliances, like toasters….amazing! My photograph really doesn’t do the wall hanging justice, it gleams and sparkles and is so very perfectly woven! Each square is mounted individually and has squiggles of wire in between.
My new mast head is what I’m putting on my loom today. It started out my new summer runner, but it looks very airy and lacy, so I'll weave it as a shawl with a fringe. The red 2/10 mercerized cotton will be woven as plain weave and the hand painted yellow 2/12 mercerized cotton areas will be Finnish Lace. I'll post the draft when I have it tied up and have woven a bit.
Well, back to painting - seems that spring and painting the interior of the house are synonomous.
Blankets are named after their inventor, Thomas Blanquette, a Flemish weaver who lived in Bristol England, during the 14th century.