For the foreseeable future, we have decided to close our studio to the public.
Individual Guild members may be seen working on projects in the studio.
Guild members are requested to register their intention to attend Thursday Open Studio before travelling to the Tett
We look forward to welcoming visitors in the future.
Guild Meeting (virtual) - May 12, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
Members will be provided with a link for the virtual meeting
Programme: Natural Dyeing - Anna Lukai
What is happening inside our studio?
In our studio
The 100 inch loom is easily seen through our studio window. Two people are required to work together to weave on this loom, and a team ususally plans a project together.
A French-Canadian blanket called a “catalogne” is made with strips of old clothes and sheets. Catalognes were brought over as a carpet from France to the area around Quebec City where
they were turned into a blanket for warmth around the 1780’s. Women would gather in winter afternoons to cut strips and wind the fabric into balls.
Putting the cotton or Orlec warp threads(2000 of them) on the 100” loom (known as dressing the loom) requires many hands – and eyes to ensure there are no broken threads or knots.
The ‘weft’ refers to the yarns that are woven across and through the warp threads. In a catalogne, the weft is strips of fabric 1 cm wide, sometimes with picks (throws) of thread
between the fabric strips to make a lighter blanket.
It takes 2.75kg (6lbs) of cut or torn rag to weave a queen size rag catalogne.
The process of weaving requires 2 people working in tandem to send the shuttle carrying the weft rags/ thread across the entire width of the loom.
Currently there are 31 yards of warp set up. It takes approximately 100 hours to prepare the loom ready to weave. The warp weighs about 40 pounds.
The team is expecting to have 8 finished Queen-size catalognes. Each one takes at least 16 hours to weave.