Monday, May 9, 2016

News from The Net Loft!

Dotty writes:

Attention Northwind Quilters!
Net Loft Fiber & Friends: FIsherFolk is coming.  A weeklong event celebrating the connections between fishing and the FiberArts.
There will be some workshops that quilters may be interested in attending.

1. Color Theory for Textiles     One Day Session    Friday, July 1

Instructor: Terri Stavig  (
Many of us find ourselves intimidated and confused by color.  We often lack the confidence to use color in our textile pursuits. This class is designed to give participants an academic and practical color experience that will build their confidence in using the principles of color in all areas of their textile filled lives. During this six-hour class, students will explore and create the following Color Theory concepts:
  The Color Wheel 

  Color Shades, Tints and Tones 

  The Science of Color Combinations 

  Neutrals and Their Affect on Color 

  Color Analysis 

Students should bring to class multiple samples of textiles and fibers that appeal to them for analysis during class.
Participants will spend the entire day immersed in color by creating their own color handbook. This handbook will serve as a reference for current and future textile experiences.
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Cost: $100.00 Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies 

2. Color of Cordova: Natural Dyes on Fabric and Wool   Two Day Session     Saturday & Sunday, Juily 2-3
This would be great for quilters both the fabric and for creating naturally dyed wool FABRIC for wool applique.
This class will journey outdoors to collect and dye with a variety of local plants in and around Cordova and discover what colors they produce. The options include windfall, common flowers, ferns and pine cones – the list goes on! Responsible gathering will be discussed and encouraged. In addition, we will experiment with the ancient traditional dyes such as cochineal insects, madder root, osage sawdust and walnut hulls to complete our color wheel.  On the second day, we will dip our dyed fabrics into indigo and experience over-dyeing to create even more beautiful colors.  Students will receive information about common dye plants plus recipes and procedures for naturally dyeing at home and setting up and using an indigo vat.  All fabric will be provided and are enough for a small project. As a bonus, Kathy will also be covering dyeing on yarn for those interested.
Please dress for outdoor activities and bring a gathering bag or bucket, garden gloves and a pair of clippers or scissors.
Length: 2 days (12 hours)
Cost: $250.00   Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies.

3. Natural Dyes - Indigo Blues: The Fisherman's Colorway   One Day Session - Tuesday June 28

Indigo refers both to the blue pigment used as a dye and to indigo plants of the genus Indigofera. Indigo dye has been used for thousands of years by civilizations all over the world to dye fabric blue. It has been the most famous and most widely used natural dye throughout history. This workshop will explore the basic principles of Indigo Dyeing. (build a vat, balance, dip)
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Cost: $125.00   Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies.

4. Tuesday Evening 7 pm.  
Kathy Hattori will be at the Cordova Center for a drop  in town indigo dye. We will have more information on this available as we get closer, but you would be able to bring a small piece of cotton fabric to dip in the indigo pot. I thought this would also be great to overdye a pice of grey or natural wool fabric for a unique indigo fabric swatch. First thing that cam to my mind was dyeing a swatch to wool applique blueberries!
This is a complimentary dip and follows an all day indigo class that day. 

There are still opportunities available for volunteering which can reduce the cost of your registration.
Please contact Dotty Widmann at The Net Loft for any further questions.

Thank you!!

Dotty Widmann

The Net Loft
Traditional Handcrafts
140 Adams Avenue
PO Box 880
Cordova, Alaska  99574 the beautiful shores of Prince William Sound
"Follow the fish, Follow the knitting."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Membership Meeting!

It is time to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!  We will have a membership meeting to discuss plans on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 pm in the Cordova Center's Education Room.

See you Thursday!

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Successful Spring Retreat!

Spring has arrived in Cordova!  Our days are longer ... more daylight hours to quilt by!  We celebrated the season this past weekend with our annual Spring Retreat!
Kathleen is our scrap happy Quilt Queen!  She inspires us all!
Her daughter, Kay was also very busy.
Three of our members have organized their own special interest group and are working on American Patchwork and Quilting's Row by Row Mystery Quilt.  Their first two installments are done!  Kay is doing hers in batiks.
Jackie is making hers with prints that have a sewing theme!
Denna is a part of the group as well.  Here she is working on the third installment that involves fusible applique'.  Her fabrics have a "vintage modern" appeal.
This is a picture of their units together!  What fun they are having and what inspiration they are providing for the rest of us!
Denna finished her floral applique' row!
She was busy working on two other projects as well.  Here is a sample of blocks she is piecing for a large quilt.
And she made great progress on a Cathedral Window table runner as well!
Chelsea attended her first retreat!  Such a joy to have her join us!
She was busy working on a strip pieced quilt.
And before long the top was done!
Borders were added!
By Sunday she had it basted and was machine quilting it!  What an accomplishment!
She also shared with us blocks that she has created from her 4 year old daughters drawings.
What a wonderful project!
Neva couldn't spend the entire weekend because of travel, but we are so grateful she spent her spare time with us!
Marcela came packed and ready to make every moment of retreat count!
Before long her first project was pieced and had borders on!
This project is stunning and will be a long term project!  Beautiful!
Here she is piecing her third project!
Deciding on a layout is always like working a puzzle.
Borders on and another top finished!  Great quilt Marcela!
Darlene was busy making blocks from oodles of strips!
She kept at it and by the end of the weekend had many blocks pieced!
She also brought in this completed baby quilt!  Adorable farm theme panel with bear paw blocks!  So stinkin' cute!
This beautiful top is going to be a wedding gift for her niece!
Maryanne had several fun projects to share!
She was busy layering this quilt!
She shared this recently finished sampler!
She spent much of the weekend working on this 1930's themed Double Wedding Ring quilt!  It is going to be gorgeous!
Susie made great progress over the weekend on her Trellis!
Many small pieces are necessary to create the scrappy backing this quilt requires.
Before long she had it pieced and spent time preparing all the tiny applique' pieces.  It is so fun to watch this quilt blossom while she works on it!
Sally is expecting a new baby this fall!
She has been busy making her two-year-old daughter a "big sister" quilt.
She finished the blocks and before long was applying the sashing!
A beautiful quilt for a sweet little girl!  Sally immediately began working on a "big brother" quilt for her four-year-old son!  Stay tuned!
Amber finished piecing her quilt and has planned a pieced border!  This entire quilt is her own design!
The first thing Shannon accomplished this weekend was to apply the binding on this quilt she recently long-arm quilted herself!
She spent the rest of the weekend busy fusing and sewing her Halloween raw-edge applique' quilt!
The detail on these blocks is amazing!
Shannon has mastered the raw-edge applique' technique!  Amazing workmanship!
Diane shared a recently finished quilt top!  It is filled with spring time cheer!
She was busy building scrappy pineapple blocks through out the weekend!
And made terrific progress!  It is beautiful!
Torie explored raw-edge applique' for the first time with terrific results!
Sam was busy piecing units for her Montana Cartwheel quilt.
Wow!  Such beautiful results!
Barb was chairperson for this event!
Even though she was busy with all of her hosting responsibilities, she still got a lot of sewing done!  Her bag turned out amazing!
Thanks a million Barb!  Spring retreat was a huge success!  We are all grateful!