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Totally Warped Weavers Guild gets blue ribbon
Recently the Totally Warped Weavers Guild competed in the
annual Sheep to Shawl competition at Friday Harbor on
San Juan Island. They came home with spirits soaring, a blue
ribbon and a perfect score.
The team consisted of Tamar White, Bellevue, team
captain/spinner; Kimberly Affleck, Auburn, weaver; Cindy
Douglass, Kirkland, plyer; Shelly Vollstedt, Redmond, steward;
Kitty Pearson, Issaquah, spinner; Kristy Herrick, Issaquah,
spinner; Adele Byrd, Mercer Island, spinner; Sue Atkielski,
Issaquah, spinner; Evelyn McGuirk, Maple Valley, spinner; Kathy
Nitsche, Seattle, spinner; and Jill Carrier, Kent, spinner.
The Totally Warped Weavers Guild was founded in 1998. Being
such a new guild, they had never competed in a "Sheep to
Shawl" competition. "For the first time out of the
chute, I think we did pretty well," said White. What makes
the perfect score especially sweet for Kimberly Affleck, however,
is that she has only been weaving for six months.
The shawl was woven on an eight-shaft Loomcraft, floor loom.
The pattern selected was an undulating herringbone twill. Three
natural-colored fleeces were used in preparing a shaded warp _ a
dark, a medium and a light. Greater shade gradations were
achieved by blending a dark with a medium, and a medium with a
light. Competition guidelines stipulated that the shawl could be
no less than 20 inches wide by 72 inches long, exclusive of
fringe. The team's finished shawl measured 23" x 72",
exclusive of fringe.
The Totally Warped Weavers Guild meets at Yarns Galore Inc.,
660 N.W. Gilman Blvd., #C4, Issaquah, WA 98027 on the third
Tuesday of every month from 6 until 9 p.m. For membership
information, call Sabina Jantz or Kate Jantz-Koprivnik at (425)