Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary
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our Featured member artIST - judy GAYfORD
Lowland Twill Suit
In the early 80s, I used Doug Mottar's Weaving Studio on 11 Ave SW to complete a few weaving projects. He was selling his stock of weaving materials so I bought several cones of singles worsted yarns. At the time, I was interested in weaving textile yardages for clothing. The yarn lent itself to hardy tweed fabrics which would be warm and wearable for many years. The Scottish lowland check and twill woven fabric I envisioned was perfect suiting material. Two yardages were woven: a plain twill fabric of singles worsted in brown and the same yarn used in combination with a cream singles worsted of the same weight made a 6-thread check. These yardages were fulled and made into a tailored jacket, two vests and a skirt. I used the remnants of the check material to make a crushable hat to complete the ensemble. The hat pattern was adapted from the popular men's style. All the clothing could definitely withstand the test of time!My mother was a doll maker. She turned some of the plain brown twill remnants into pants for an Acadian doll. The doll's shirt was made from remnants of woven silk yardage I had made into a blouse. The yarn used for weft was handspun from silk bricks.
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