24 October meeting reminder and Guild Challenge!

24 October meeting reminder and Guild Challenge!

Almost half of our members have had a fantastic week at the weave structure workshop!  Our meeting on Tues will be a workshop wrap-up session, where all members (even those who couldn’t join the workshop) can share what we’ve been doing and where workshop participants can share their experiences.  Please come see the weave structures and how different everyone’s samples are!

Most of the yarn used for the workshop is 6/2 unmercerized cotton in 5 colors, donated to us by the American Textile History Museum.  We have a lot of this yarn left over, and we want to share!  Our Guild Challenge this year will be to make something handwoven with this yarn.  You can draw inspiration from the various structures in the workshop, or come up with something all on your own.  The Guild will provide yarn kits to all challenge participants.  Weave something with the yarn to present at our annual potluck meeting next June.  It will be fun to see how different things are made from the same yarn!  You can pick up your kit at the meeting on Tues.  Kits will also be available at subsequent meetings.

Also, if you haven’t yet paid your 2017-2018 dues, Tuesday is the deadline.  Please bring a check for $25 made out to NVWG to be sure that your membership doesn’t lapse.

We hope to see everyone Tuesday evening at The Fiber Loft!  Social and libary time will begin at 7pm.  Meeting and program will begin at 7:30.

 

Meeting on September 26th

Meeting on September 26th

Join us on Tuesday evening, September 26 for our first meeting after our summer hiatus. We will be meeting at the Fiber Loft in Harvard – come to socialize and look over some selections from our library at 7 pm, the meeting starts at 7:30.

We will review NEWS and have a show and tell evening. Guild members who attended NEWS – please bring along your projects from the NEWS classes. Bring along any other show and tell too – from classes taken or weaving you have completed over the summer.

Dues:  If you haven’t yet paid your dues of $25 please bring them to the September meeting.

Reminder:  There is a list of library holdings on this website page – click on the library tab at the top of the page to view them.  If you would like to borrow a specific book please let the librarian know and she will bring it to the meeting for you.

45″ Tissart Tapestry loom and assorted tools for sale

45″ Tissart Tapestry loom and assorted tools for sale

LeClerc 45” Tissart tapestry loom.  1970s upright loom with 2 shafts, rotating warp and cloth beams controlled by ratchets, and a movable beater with up/down action.  The Tissart was called the “loom for artists” because the weaver can stand or sit in front of it and view the vertical weaving as s/he works.  LeClerc no longer makes this loom, but their vertical Gobelin tapestry loom costs upward of $3000.  This Tissart could use a new canvas apron, but other than that it’s intact.  It comes with two reeds, one 8 per inch and one 12.  $900.   (H=69 ¼”, W=52 ¾”, D at base=26”)

Warping board.  This frame, measuring 20 ½ “ by 37 ¼ “, with movable pegs, can be yours for $40.

Assorted weaving supplies: cards, lease sticks, belt loom, 2 rigid heddles.  If you teach weaving classes or simply wish to do some 2-harness weaving yourself, you may want to consider adding these items to your stash of supplies.  $75 for the lot.

Contact Susan directly at  srashidhorn@gmail.com

Loomapalooza Workshop Sign-up is Open!

Loomapalooza Workshop Sign-up is Open!

We are planning a guild workshop for the fall. Many of you have expressed an interest. Now is the time to commit. This is open to all NVWG members, regardless of experience level, as long as you can warp your loom on your own.

Location:
The Faulkner House, 5 High Street, Acton

Dates:
Opening session (mandatory for all participants) Saturday 14 October 12-4 p.m.
Various flexible day and evening times during the week of 15-22 Oct (Anticipated time you will need to devote is dependent on the number of participants, but probably about 12 hours total. A typical round robin workshop is 3 full days, or about 18 hours. Think of this as a spread out weekend of weaving!)
Guild meeting Tuesday 24 Oct, 7 p.m.

Who:
This is open to all NVWG members, regardless of skill level or experience. If you do not have a portable loom, but would like to participate, we can help you locate a loom to use for the workshop.

Structure of the workshop:
Round Robin
Each member will be given a weaving draft that is appropriate for their loom and their skill level. Yarn will also be provided. Members will need to wind the appropriate warp (with help if needed) and warp their loom. They will arrive at the workshop with their loom completely threaded and a small sample woven at the beginning of the warp.
On the first day (mandatory for all participants), each person will share information about their warp, the weave structure and their loom operation.
Over the next week, the space will be open at various times during the day and in the evening. A mentor from the guild will be on location during all of the open hours. Participants will come and go as they are able and weave on each of the looms, marking their own weaving with supplied tags.
At the end of the final day (22 Oct), designated people will cut the pieces off the looms and take them home to wash, dry and cut up.
At our regular guild meeting on 24 Oct (which will be held at the Faulkner House), the results will be shared with the whole guild. Notebooks will be given to each participant, including the drafts and the samples they wove during the week.
To sign up:
Send an email to Penny chair@nvwg.org with your name and what loom you intend to use for the workshop. (Also indicate if you have another portable loom you’re willing to lend to a fellow guild member for the workshop.) If you are interested in exploring a particular weave structure, please indicate that in your email.  Send a check for $75 to 96 South St., Berlin MA 01503 to complete your registration. Financial aid is available. Please contact Penny or Laura for information.

So that we can plan and everyone has time to warp their looms, the registration deadline is Wednesday 9 August.

Let us know if you have any questions!

New tool for finding a skeleton tieup…from Handweaving.net

New tool for finding a skeleton tieup…from Handweaving.net

New Skeleton Tieup Search

We have added a new page to help find skeleton tieups for weaving on rising shed looms.

Please see: http://reducer.handweaving.net

Skeleton tieups are useful if you have enough shafts to weave a draft but not enough treadles, and don’t mind using more than one treadle at once.

You can either enter the original tieup directly, or upload a WIF file containing it and we will try to find a skeleton tieup for it which can be woven on your loom.

The page uses some special custom parallel programming which runs using processing power provided by Amazon’s cloud services.

This was inspired by another similar page named Tim’s Rudimentary Treadle Reducer, but likely works very differently underneath.

Below is a sample showing a skeleton tieup for Handweaving.net pattern #59161, found here: https://handweaving.net/draft-detail/59161/page-xi-figure-208-posselts-textile-journal-june-1913-united-states-1907-1915
If this is popular we will probably expand it to have more features and to work with looms that are not rising shed too.

This skeleton tieup search was a learning project for me. It offered chance to use some brand new technologies while creating something that is hopefully useful to weavers, especially those with 4 and 8 shaft looms. This was actually surprisingly difficult yet fun to create…there is a lot of set theory math involved in treadle reduction and careful technical design and programming needed to find and present skeleton tieups. Of all the things I’ve programmed for Handweaving.net it’s one of the more complicated underneath even though it looks simple on the surface.

Enjoy, and please share or forward this to help others find it! –Kris Bruland

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Volunteers needed! Faulkner House Demo, 25Jun3, 3-5pm

Volunteers needed! Faulkner House Demo, 25Jun3, 3-5pm

Hi Everyone,

The next Museum opening at the Faulkner House in Acton is set for 25June, from 3-5pm.  I will not be able to make it to this demo, but am hoping that one or more of you might be able to get there.  We’ve had a lot of fun doing these, they are low-key and relaxing.  The “big loom” is in a state of transition, so whoever comes should plan to bring their own demo items.  Small looms, spinning wheels, and drop spindles are all welcome, as are any other types of fiber demo.  If interested, please email me at laura@northbrookalpacas.com for details.

Thanks!

Laura

Faulkner Open House Demo, 28 May 2017

Faulkner Open House Demo, 28 May 2017

Hi Everyone,

This weekend is Memorial Day, and the Faulkner House in Acton will be open on Sunday, 28May, from 3-5pm.  I am planning to bring over some more weft for the big loom, and probably finish weaving the warp off.  It’d be great to have one or more other people join me, either with small looms, spinning wheels or drop spindles.  Anyone up for it?  Let me know by commenting to this message, or by emailing me directly at laura@northbrookalpacas.com.

Thanks!

Laura