Two new lessons have arrived in my School of SweetGeorgia (SOS) series, Techniques in Tapestry! In them I show you how to weave and decrease in pick'n'pick, as well as how to create transparency where two woven shapes converge.
What is pick'n'pick you ask? Pick'n'pick is what weavers call vertical stripes which are one warp wide each. In practice it looks like weaving one pick of one colour and then one pick of another colour in opposite sheds. Alternating between two colours creates vertical lines. It sounds easy, but there are some key tips that you need to know going in. I also show you how to decrease in pick'n'pick, which isn't as intuitive as you might think either!
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Currently in Canada there is no data regarding the small to medium scale wool industry. The only national statistics in Canada reference the wool that is collected and purchased by the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers (CCWG) there are no statistics or data to date, that account for the wool grown, processed and sold by farmers and ranchers focusing on wool.
This research project aims to collect and analyze that data and produce information. This data can then be used regionally and nationally to promote and advocate for increased infrastructure, marketing, and support for rural communities and farmers/ranchers. This information can be used by fibreshed organizations and individuals, and will be available without charge in the form of reports and infographics.
The research will occur in two stages: the first will be an online survey, and for those participants who consent, a follow up phone call or zoom interview will be conducted. The primary survey asks financial questions regarding the income generated by the sale of raw wool or value added wool products. No personal details, information or financial information will be revealed in any of the reports. Participants can choose to remain anonymous. This data will develop an accurate picture of the fibre economy across the country, and will highlight the barriers to growth and resilience. This requires an accurate picture of the financial health of our existing small scale fibre economy. The research will also focus on the farms and farming practices that specifically work to sequester more carbon from the atmosphere through land and animal management.
A future goal of this research is to create an online database of fibre based farms and businesses across the country to be accessed by the public and consumers. Anonymous participants will have to request to be included in this database at a later date if name and contact information is not disclosed.
This research project is a joint effort between Anna Hunter (Long Way Homestead) and the Pembina Fibreshed. The lead researcher is Anna Hunter, with fibreshed members as the advisory committee. All questions can be directed towards email@example.com
The timeline for the project is as follows:
Primary research December 2020 – March 2021
Secondary research and interviews February 2021 – June 2021
Analyze and report data June 2021 – December 2021
I'm over the moon in love with my new Love Note sweater by Tin Can Knits. What an awesome design this was to knit. The pattern is flawless and so easy to follow and this was the fastest I've ever knit a sweater. I was very committed to getting it done ASAP, and even my kid was feeling a bit of knitting resentment this past week. 10 days is what it took me! I am THE queen of abandoning works-in-progress for long periods of time - I had a cardigan on the go for three-years once 🙁. So, I'm very proud of this knit. Truth be told I had been in a knitting slump for over a year, and thought a quick sweater could help get me out of it. It definitely did the trick. I'm raring to go on some gift knitting that's backed up and then I'm diving into my Melting Point Cardigan by Caitlin Shepherd of Pluck Pigeon Knits.
I knit this in my Naturally Dyed Organic Merino Fingering held double with a gorgeous fingering weight silk mohair yarn, both dyed in a medium Indigo. I have a couple kits available in these very yarns available by request. Just DM me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have seen my Love Note sweater progress videos on my Instagram Stories. If you're interested they're saved in my Highlights 👍
PS Excuse my wrinkly night shirt
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Submit the details of an event or new locally designed knitting/crochet pattern, or other local DIY news and I'll post about it here. Thank you! ~Janna Vallee
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the proprietor and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn, and the tapestry instructor at The School of SweetGeorgia. I am a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
I created Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a space to hold as much of the textile awesomeness that I could find in and around Vancouver. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events, pattern releases as well as share Community Highlights.
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