CPGH for years has sponsored two collective, voluntary Guild projects: "Sample Exchange" and "Weavers' Poker" (see below). The 2020-2021 year will see initiation of a new activity to challenge and showcase members' talents. Watch this space!
Weavers’ Roundtable Sample Exchange 2019 - 2020
Deflected Double Weave
The 2019-2020 Weavers’ Roundtable Sample Exchange requires the creative use of “Deflected Double Weave” on 4 or more shafts. This promises to be one of the very most creative and colorful sample sets yet. You are encouraged to consider color harmonies such as, but not limited to, complimentary or monochromatic to make this a colorful and playful presentation. High color contrast is vital for the success of this sample. This is where the creativity comes into play. Good news! This challenge uses plain weave which we all understand. I believe we will all meet the “learning something new” element. This is a study project. What you learn, you will be teaching someone else. Build on the information presented at the September Roundtable meeting. Be sure to insist on using your creative spirit. Search your books and magazines and Pinterest and other internet sources for ideas. This is one of the HOT Topics on blogs recently. Don’t be left out on this one.
Sett or ends per inch – This year you will use a closer sett than usual, maybe not quite double what would be normal for the threads you use but remember you are creating 2 layers of cloth.
Yarns- Use yarn fiber content, texture and colors suitable for the intended use of the fabric you plan. Please try not to use yarns larger than 8/2 cotton.
Sample Edges – secure the edges of each sample to prevent raveling. It is suggested that a mixture of equal parts of white glue and water be brushed onto the fabric where it is to be cut, allowed to dry and then cut into neat samples. Sample size is 4” square or larger if needed to include one full repeat of the pattern.
Documentation – use only the sheets supplied. This form will be supplied to those members who register for the exchange. Samples will be attached to the official form and exchanged at the meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers on May 1, 2019. Please be sure to inform Barbara Diefenderfer well before the exchange date if you find that you will be unable to keep this commitment. Other weavers look at this as your promise to them. Please try not to let them down at the last moment. Register early.
Your CREATIVITY will make the entire exchange set richer and more enjoyable, not to mention interesting, beautiful and educational. This is a very creative way of using small amounts of stash yarns to their best advantage. This exchange could just give your weaving the happy spark you have been hoping to see. Your sample will be a gift to guild members.
A 14” wide warp would work well and not require a great amount of weaving to get many completed samples. Plan your work so that at least one full repeat of the pattern is included in your 4” sample. This exchange will be limited to the first 25 people who register. We need one sample for each weaver and 1 for the CPGH library. We will have a better idea of the exact number after registration is complete in January. The number of samples will be announced in February. If you have any questions, contact Barbara Diefenderfer by phone at
301-797-4282, 301-667-0456 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy weaving!