Member’s Showcase

Welcome to a gallery of WIPs (Works in Progress) and FOs (Finished Objects)!

This gallery will change when new WIPs and FOs are submitted by members of the FFG. Stay tuned to see what inspiring fiber projects our members are creating!

December 21, 2020

From Donna Johnson: Completed Blue Note Combospin Sweater. Using eight hand dyed braids of fiber split evenly into two bags, the fiber is randomly spun and plied into a two-ply yarn. A top-down pull over was then knit.

September 17, 2020

From Ingrid Knox: Advancing Twill on 8 shafts. 20/2 Silk in warp and weft

August 26, 2020 From the Foothill Fibers Guild Virtual Fair!

Two items received three votes each:

Jeanne Doty wove an Ancient Rose top out of Tencel
Ingrid Knox wove a shawl for the Nevada County Inspired category

And with one additional vote, for a total of four votes, Donna Johnson won the People’s Choice Award

Mother of the Bride Shawl woven in Tencel

Enjoy browsing the entries receiving a vote for People’s Choice Award. Each entry received one vote. 

July 23, 2020

From Wendy Thompson:  The pattern is the Loraypo Complementary Wide Warp pattern from Laverne’s Book 2. I was struggling to clear sheds, the Fantasy Naturale thread was so sticky! Jane said, “Oh just put it on the back burner for now…”. So, I followed her advice and practiced the Three Sword Pick Up method on a nice narrow warp and loved it! So, in returning to the wide warp, it went much easier, and I’m happy to say, I finished it and am happy with how the pillow turned out! (See below May 10, 2020)

July 7, 2020

From Mary Prassinos: This woven scarf is a product of the online Stash-Busting Scarf Weave-Along with Tien Chiu and Janet Dawson. They had lots of great tips that I plan to incorporate into my weaving practice.

This is 650 yards of 2-ply, sport weight merino/silk/yak. The fiber was dyed while I was visiting the Western Sky Knits studio in Lennap, Montana.
















June 6, 2020

From Beth Leydon: This is a nuno felted cover for my piano bench. I used a bottom layer of some mystery wool that I scored at one of our raffle events, another layer of dark grey merino and twice recycled sari silk. These were scraps from a rag rug I found at Ross several years ago.

May 28, 2020

From Diana Abrell:

These photos show the bobbin rack that my husband made for me as a Christmas present. It actually took the coronavirus lockdown for him to get around to making it in April, but no problem. I have it now.

I designed the rack to fit on a shelf (shelf space very scarce due to an overabundant stash of yarn). It is made of 1” thick pine 11” x 12”. It holds 90 ¼” dowels 1 ¼” apart. The first photo shows the board drilled with 90 holes. In the is Joe inserting, gluing, and tapping the dowels in with a rubber mallet. Photo C shows the completed rack, and D is the rack loaded with bobbins.

I no longer have a basket of bobbins all tangled up, and I can easily see if I have a bobbin already loaded with a yarn I need.





May 10, 2020

From Wendy Thompson: We didn’t realize when we started Jane Milner’s Egg Basket class that we would be completing most of it on our own without her expert teaching as COVID 19 came into being. I like how the basket turned out, the most challenging part was shaving the ends of the ribs into points and inserting them with the correct spacing into the basket frame. Then the fun began, choosing colors and watching the weaving unfold. I even finished in time for Easter!

I wove this Viscacha pattern, a Peruvian Rodent, which looks more like a Rabbit to me, alternating with various patterns of a similar width.  This was woven in the Andean Pebble Weave Backstrap style with thread I bought at the Sunday Market in a village outside Oaxaca.

Complementary Pick Up Patterns in Wide and Narrow Warps

I love doing Andean Pebble Weave backstrap weaving, but for this project I decided to challenge myself with a new design technique from one of Laverne Waddington’s Adventures in Weaving books!  The first was a Loraypo Design that involved my first very wide warp of 8 1/2″ wide,  and uses 3 swords to have 3 sheds in process as you pick the pattern for every row.  I wanted to use up some of the Plymouth Fantasy Naturale yarn I had. However, it turned out to be quite a sticky yarn for this wide project as it was very challenging to open each shed. So, barely getting started with this wide warp, it seemed best to really learn this technique on a narrow band with smoother thread first.  So, I warped up a second narrow project, the red, black and white, pictured here. I got the hang of the three swords right away, so before finishing it, I moved back to the wide warp and am pleased to say that I have made great progress and am almost finished. It hasn’t been easy, I named it my ‘Patience Project’ and that has been the reality, double checking every row and a few rows of unweaving along the way.  After a few more rows,  I will make it into a pillow!  Then I will finish the narrow band, all in time for the fair!

May 1, 2020

From Donna Johnson: A shawl to wear with a navy dress for my daughter’s wedding, now delayed to next year. At least I won’t have to rush to finish! This is 8/2 tencel sett at 24 epi using a draft from Strickler (315.4). I’m pleased with the hand of the fabric. I added beads between the fringe.  


April 27, 2020

From Debbie Gibbs: My dishcloth project (on loom and one done) and the yarn I have spun to weave a rug at some future point.


April 25, 2020

From Diane Christ: I really enjoyed weaving these twill square hand towels. The entire process from winding the warp to the hand hemming was a comforting meditation. The neutral, subtle colors were a request.








In an attempt to use up various partial cones of 8/2 cotton, I choose to weave 7 large dishtowels using a plain weave structure called Bumberet. I chose a repeating striped warp with a single weft color per towel. I love these tiny  embedded squares.


















Spinning – it’s happening here! I finally finished a large quantity of Corriedale that i’ve had for awhile and it is now ready for the dye pot. The other skeins are a variety of hand-dyed merino/silk blends. Daily spinning is such an important activity for me during the “shut-down.” It is so centering, grounding, and meditative. Still, I sure miss spinning with and being inspired by fiber friends and look forward to resuming that when safe to do so


April 24, 2020

From Ingrid Knox: The first shawl is woven using a wool/mohair warp and silk/alpaca yarn from A Star Alpaca for weft. The structure is an 8-shaft extended twill.

The second shawl was woven using merino/nylon sock yarn for the warp and weft. The structure is an 8-shaft point twill.
















April 17, 2020

From Paulette Berquist: Finished baby jacket (see below).

April 10, 2020

From Paulette Berquist: First time, start to finish. Washing, drying, brushing, spinning, plying. Will dye another day. Menddenhall Romney ….a few ounces , a gift from Esther. Think I am definitely hooked on starting with raw fleece! What fun! Will wash this skein when I dye it. Will make a baby hat for my new grand baby that will come in June.  2-ply. 142 yards.






















































April 8, 2020

From Janie Heath: Started this tablecloth ten years ago. Finally have time to work on it. Even though I am new to the group and have missed several meetings because of weather and quarantine I have enjoyed the group very much.
Janie Heath


From Annie Gillespie: Hello Everyone. I am new to this group, having just joined the guild two weeks ago. I am looking forward to meeting you all in the near future. Below are a few photographs of my pine needle baskets that were on display at the Vigil Gallery in Nevada City last year.

Be safe,

Annie Gillespie










April 5, 2020

From Diane Christ: These Peruvian motif mittens are my latest practice in properly tensioning stranded knitting. I haven’t improved much. So, I lightly fulled/felted them by hand and I am so pleased with the results. Still, I didn’t expect to wear them until next year; however, I wore them today because wool is warm even when wet. I like them so much that I’ve started a second pair as a gift and will lightly full/felt them as well.










From Paulette Berquist: Just a peak at what I am working on for the fair. My friend, Elany, took the picture just a few days ago behind Rough and Ready. The body of the sweater is Polworth I got at our bingo game. The hood of the sweater, I chain plyed and dyed. Sleeves are a 2 ply that I made and dyed too.

April 4, 2020

From Donna Johnson: “Still stash busting with three new scarves”

March 24, 2020

From Sue Vogt: “Two unfinished twill tea towels from a recent handwoven magazine in 8/2 cotton. Thanks to Mardi Nathons and Paulette Berquist for tips on cutting off a warp without retying!”

From Donna Johnson: “Two scarves using knitting yarn stash (A Hundred Ravens – luscious!) and Strickler #151 ad 153. I’m actually having fun working from stash!”
















From Birdsong Sundstrom: “My most recent finish – the Sanditon Mystery Shawl Knitalong. You can watch all the episodes by streaming through PBS website. Stay well, all!”

March 19, 2020

Submitted by Diane Christ. Diane described wanting to use up two cones of yarn and experiment with Tom Knisely’s Huck Lace book to make a stack of towels for home.

March 17, 2020

Submitted by Mardi Naythons who said she was trying out Overshot. The second photo is with handspun singles made from roving from Guild member Sierra Mohr













March 16, 2020

Submitted by Ingrid Knox

Two crochet cowls recently completed


March 14, 2020

Submitted by Donna Johnson

I’m starting another combo spin, using blues this time.

February 25, 2020

Photo of Mary Prassinos at the Guild Meeting

Based on souvenir skeins and a cathedral window in Barcelona, Mary completed a shawl based on the Stephen West pattern Westfjords Wanderer

























February 17, 2020

Submitted by Mardi Naythons

Turned twill towels in cotton and a joy to weave now that Mardi’s Glimåkra has been tuned up by Jane Milner!

February 5, 2020

Submitted by Paulette Berquist

Rambouilett yarn died with Marigolds at a recent Guild workshop. This will be a baby blanket

February 2, 2020

Submitted by Paulette Berquist

Made for an anticipated grandchild using stash Merino/Alpaca 80/20, a 33 in x 33 in blanket with head pouch















January 11, 2020

Submitted by Ingrid Knox

Shawl made from alpaca/silk in an undulating twill on 8 shafts

and a baby blanket with cotton warp and synthetic weft in plain weave


January 3, 2020

Submitted by Sue Bratt

“Andean Pebble Weave in a first completed backstrap weaving project. A guitar strap. Thanks to Jane Milner!”

November 12, 2019

Submitted by Ingrid Knox

“Different warps with the same design, Turned Taquete in 10/2 cotton at 30 EPI”
























September 30, 2019

Submitted by Mardi Naythons

“Eight shaft straight draw twill structures with 6/2 cotton yarn for towels.”

September 27, 2019

Submitted by Paulette Berquist

“Handspun yarn dyed by Lindsey Cleveland and spun into a gradient. Lindsey helped me dye the colors in the color work section and may sister helped me pick the colors for that.”

August 29, 2019

Submitted by Mary Prassinos

“I finished weaving ten napkins and two tea towels with 8/2 cottolin.”

Submitted by Donna Johnson

“The handwoven gifts for our Swedish cousins were well received. They join a collection of handwovens dating from the last half of the nineteenth century in the family farm house. The towels are the Cinnamon Toast draft from Yarnbarn (16/2 Cotton from Lone Star Loom Room and Bockens Linen; a crackle draft) and the table runner is a draft from Gist (linen warp and linen/cotton weft; a huck lace).”
















August 28, 2019

Submitted by Diane Christ

“I’ve been weaving bands using the ancient technique of backstrap weaving taught to us by the remarkable Laverne Waddington. I designed this fish-themed hatband combining several patterns in one of Laverne’s published Andean Pebble weave pattern books. I wove it during a recent road trip to Alaska. it was initiated there, on the Chena River, when I finished it on my husband’s birthday.


“I began to weave this piece on a road trip when I realized that I did not have a pattern with me so I created a piece of graph paper and charted a simple design incorporating Andean Pebble Weave. It’s intended purpose is the top band on an Adirondack Backpack that i wove in Jane Milner’s class. No, I am not replacing the black bands on the pack with backstrap woven ones – I have a new project in mind for my next effort.”


August 27, 2019

Submitted by Ingrid Knox

“This is the shawl I wove for Nevada County Inspiration. I used Madeline Tosh yarn: Tosh Sock in Ginger for the warp and Twist Light in Stephen Love Tosh for the weft. It is threaded as an extended point twill on 8 shafts. The tie up is a 2-2-1-1-1-1 twill.”

June 29, 2019

Submitted by Esther Collins:

“Here is a shawl I just completed.  I over dyed a solid lavender colored 220 SuperWash. And had to finish with a purple colored SuperWash.  All from stash!!  The recipient is a 92 year old friend now in a convalescent home. I had worn my first handspun shawl on a visit, and she was loving on it, I didn’t want to give it away since it was my first. So I made this. I also made a name tag, should she forget it in the dining room, they will know whose it is.”

June 27, 2019

Submitted by Debbie Scott. Loom basket from a recent workshop


June 18, 2019

Submitted by Ingrid Knox. 10/2 cotton for a towel in Turned Taquete


Submitted by Stephanie Levings (top) and Donna Johnson (bottom). Baskets for loom benches from the class with Jane Milner