Happy New Year! Meeting reminder

Happy New Year! Meeting reminder

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Tues, 24 Jan 2017 is our first meeting of the new year!  We will meet at The Fiber Loft.  Social/Library time will begin at 7pm, and our meeting and program will start promptly at 7:30.

This month’s program will be a very social one.  We ask everyone to bring a sample of your “other art” projects.  Most weavers dabble in other forms of art, be it knitting, spinning, crochet, quilting…or even some non-fiber artistic expressions.  This is the time to share these crafts!  It’ll be a great way to get to know your fellow guild members.  Don’t have an “other art”?  Come anyway!  We hope that this meeting will be very inspirational.

HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibit

HGA’s Small Expressions Exhibit

CALL FOR ENTRY
The Handweavers Guild of America is Accepting Entries for the Small Expressions Exhibit
Deadline: February 10, 2017

 

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) to showcase contemporary small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices. Juried byMary Ruth Smith, a Professor at Art at Baylor University, the exhibit will be held May 26 – July 29, 2017 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, USA.

Entry fees are $32 for HGA Members (Join Now) and $47 for Non-Members. Students attending an accredited educational institution may enter with no fee.
For more information visit our website or email Linda Campbell, HGA Exhibit and Editorial Assistant.
The Handweavers Guild of America’s mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community.

Dec 6th AFTERNOON meeting….Wee Looms!

Dec 6th AFTERNOON meeting….Wee Looms!
Embellishments woven on Jacquies WeeLoom

Embellishments woven on Jacquies WeeLoom

Circle Weaving with Jacquie Chalmers

Please note THIS IS AN AFTERNOON MEETING 

The December meeting of the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild will be presented by Jacquie Chalmers on Circle Weaving Techniques and an example application – covered buttons.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, at 1 pm at the Fiber Loft in Harvard, MA.  The class will include how to warp the circular loom, weave a design and how to finish the project. We will then take it off the loom and use it to cover a button. After making a button using the basic weave we will learn one or two additional weaving techniques to achieve different visual effects in the finished work.

*** Kit/materials : $5 for members, $10 for non-members.  The guild is subsidizing this workshop by paying half of the materials fee for members. Includes circle loom, threads, buttons; material to make 4 button covers.

*** Students should bring a size 18 tapestry needle and scissors.

Instructor Bio: Jacquie Chalmers   –  Jacquie splits her time between the calm of her studio in upstate New York and the frenzy of busy Boston Massachusetts. She has taught many classes at Fiber College, shows and guilds. A long time knitter, spinner, dyer, felter and needle tatter, she has recently focused on circle weaving. She loves nothing more than mastering a new skill, applying it in a new way and sharing it with others.

Items from Mayan Hands and UPAVIM Crafts will also be available at this meeting!  Bring your checkbooks!!!  Mayan Hands and UPAVIM Crafts are fair trade organizations that offer a variety of beautifully handwoven and beaded products.  They make fantastic gifts, and the proceeds go directly back to the weavers.  You can find more information on these organizations at www.mayanhands.org and www.upavimcrafts.org.

Free loom and weaving equipment

Free loom and weaving equipment

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Our friends at the Boston Area Spinners and Dyers have rescued an old barn frame loom, some smaller looms and other weaving equipment from a house who’s new owners didn’t want it.  They have asked NVWG to help them re-home the pieces.  Everything is free to anyone who can use it.  First come first served.  You can see pictures of the items by following the link below.  We are trying to make arrangements to have the smaller pieces available to take home at our 06Dec meeting.  If you have interest in any of the pieces, please contact laura@northbrookalpacas.com.

Rescued loom and weaving equipment

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So, I’m not sure why this photo turned sideways, but I’ve got my loom up to snuff and I’ve started working on one of many overshot panels that will eventually become a blanket. Stay tuned!

Yarn: The Movie – coming soon!

Yarn: The Movie – coming soon!

Your board is making plans to host a screening of Yarn: the Movie. The hope is to have it on the night of our regular April 2017 guild meeting at a public venue in Harvard. Details will be forthcoming. In the mean time, here’s a link to the trailer, to get you excited about the screening. Although the movie is knitting-oriented, it addresses fiber arts and women’s expression. Enjoy!

http://www.yarnfilm.com/movietrailer/

October 25 Meeting Program 7pm

October 25 Meeting Program 7pm

ORIGAMI BAGS with Judith Shangold

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Start with a rectangle of fabric, fold it this way and that, sew 2 seams – voila, you have a bag. Or a pillow. We will play with the concept using graph paper models and color pencils to explore design possibilities.

Please bring color pencils and paper scissors.

Judith is a weaver and designer who mostly weaves on a rigid-heddle loom. Her book Weave • Knit • Wear explores clothing ideas that require little cutting and sewing. Always looking for new ideas of what to weave, she discovered a knitted origami bag – also called a bento bag – online and proceeded to try weaving one. She will bring her samples to the workshop.