Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Diamond Anniversary

Going backward in time now from that last post... In 2006, my Guild (SCHG) celebrated its 60th anniversary. As we discovered, a lot of guilds seem to have been founded in the late 40s, so a lot of them were having retrospective events. It was decided that the 60th could be a diamond anniversary as well as the 50th, so the Guild Challenge due that October 2006 was to make something that incorporated the number 60 and a diamond somehow. Particpants were provided with some tiny diamond-shaped glass beads to use as well.

I decided to do a little bag in sprang. I had learned from reading Peter Collingwood's The Techniques of Sprang that if you use a striped warp and a double-twist, the stripes move diagonally as you work, converging and diverging, forming a diamond pattern reminiscent of argyle socks. This bag is in cotton and has 60 warp ends. The loops at the top and bottom of the sprang became the casing for the drawstring. I bead-crocheted some diamond-shaped decoration around the top, too.

The pieces that everyone made for this challenge were not only shown at our November 2006 show, but were als featured in our "guild booth" at the ASCH conference in Visalia in the spring of 2007.

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