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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: We’ll be at the Fiber Loft today from 10 to 12 to distribute yarn for the workshop, help with winding warps and answer any questions. If you can’t come this morning, email email@example.com to arrange for transfer of your yarn.
Does anyone want this very wide rigid heddle loom? It has a 44″ weaving width, 8, 10, and 12-dent heddles, and a folding stand. The heddles are stamped “Beka” but I suspect this is some sort of homemade Frankstein dealie. Free to new home. Contact Kathy Tappan or comment here.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
I’ve got a large lining pillow 32″ X 19″ stuffed with polyester fill. You could get at least 2 normal size pillows out of it. Too large to pack for AZ. I can bring it to the potluck if anyone is interested.
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 email@example.com.