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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.

Potluck Supper

Potluck Supper

The Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild Potluck Supper and Annual Meeting is coming up. It will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 pm. (Please note the change in time from our regular meetings.)  The location will be sent by email.

Please bring:

· Dish to share (beverages will be provided by the guild)

· Place setting

· Your guild challenge project

· Dues of $25 for 2016-2017 (checks can be made out to Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild)

· Grab bag item (something (nice) from your stash OR a fiber related purchase not more than $10

This will be our last meeting before our summer break.

 

 

Unusual Materials: From the Almost Familiar to the Odd

Unusual Materials: From the Almost Familiar to the Odd

The next meeting of the guild will be held on May 24th at the Fiber Loft. The program will be presented by Deb Kaplan and will be on Unusual Materials. Here is her description:

Unusual materials are both ancient and modern. Some will seem similar to yarns you have used before, others will be quite different. Horsehair, paper, straw, stems, unusual silks, plant and animal fiber yarns, and over-twisted yarns have been used for centuries. Elastics, plastics and stainless steel, copper, brass and synthetic metallic yarns are all newer. We’ll look at them all. Why use some of the more unusual materials available? How do you go about evaluating them? We will look at the properties of some more common and not so common materials and compare and contrast.

Come for refreshments, socializing and a selection of library materials at 7 pm. The program will begin at 7:30 pm. A representative of the Fiber Loft will be at the meeting if members wish to make purchases at the store.

April 26th Meeting – Presented by Christine Wyman

April 26th Meeting – Presented by Christine Wyman

Social Catalysts

Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation Presented by Christine Wyman

Tuesday, April 26, 2015 at the Fiber Loft, Harvard, MA.  Come at 7pm for refreshments, to peruse library selections and to socialize.  The program begins at 7:30pm.

Christine Wyman will talk about the founding and current status of Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation, www.socialcatalysts.org, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that creates weaving programs in order to help employ individuals with significant disabilities.  Products similar to the bags pictured above will be available for sale at the meeting.

Christine Wyman, Co-Founder, Social Catalysts – B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University,  MBA, Dartmouth College,  Past Chair and Current Member, Central Massachusetts Advisory Board, Center for Women & Enterprise

After a career in high tech R&D and marketing, Christine founded Social Catalysts, having seen first-hand the difficulties that individuals with disabilities face and the need for solutions. Christine and her co-founder, Ashwin Mehta, learned to weave at the Fiber Loft and those skills laid the foundation for their work at Social Catalysts.

 

Circle Weaving Techniques

Circle Weaving Techniques

Circle Weaving with Jacquie Chalmers

Please Note – the program will begin at 7 pm

The March 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, March 22nd, 7 pm at the Fiber Loft in Harvard, MA.  Please note that the actual meeting will start at 7 pm.  Join us for socializing, refreshments and to peruse library selections at 6:30 pm.  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 buttons.

*** 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.

Mary Merrill: Fields of Interest (March 19 – April 17, 2016) – Fuller Craft Museum

Mary Merrill: Fields of Interest (March 19 – April 17, 2016) – Fuller Craft Museum

Mary Merrill Fiber Weekend with 1:00 pm John Colony Lecture

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fuller Craft is delighted to present Mary Merrill: Fields of Interest (March 19 – April 17, 2016). This legacy exhibition will celebrate the life and creative practie of Merrill, a renowned weaver whose creative practice gained its greatest momentum in her later years. Retrospective in scope, the exhibition will offer a holistic view into the life of this masterful weaver, spotlighting the myriad influences that inspired her work: lush color pallettes, international travel, domestic life, and a fervent love of weaving. On Sunday, March 20, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm members of the Weaver’s Guild of Boston will hold demos and drop-in workshops (at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 – 3:00 pm) for tapestry weaving and drop spinning in our studios for children and adults. At 1:00 pm, don’t miss featured guest speaker John Colony, owner of Harrisville Designs, Harrisville, New Hampshire. This exhibit is sponsored by the Weaver’s Guild of Boston. Reception included with admission. Lecture $7 ($15 Nonmembers)

Unusual Materials: from the almost familiar to the odd

Unusual Materials: from the almost familiar to the odd

The next meeting of the guild will be held on February 23rd at the Fiber Loft. The program will be presented by Deb Kaplan and will be on Unusual Materials. Here is her description:

Unusual materials are both ancient and modern. Some will seem similar to yarns you have used before, others will be quite different. Horsehair, paper, straw, stems, unusual silks, plant and animal fiber yarns, and over-twisted yarns have been used for centuries. Elastics, plastics and stainless steel, copper, brass and synthetic metallic yarns are all newer. We’ll look at them all. Why use some of the more unusual materials available? How do you go about evaluating them? We will look at the properties of some more common and not so common materials and compare and contrast.

Come for refreshments, socializing and a selection of library materials at 7 pm. The program will begin at 7:30 pm.

Free Heddles

Free Heddles

Free Heddles – I think they’re just the standard wire heddles from Leclerc. They are 10.5″ long tip to tip and were given to me but I can’t use them on either of my looms. My best guess without counting, is there are about 100 or so wrapped in the paper bundle and the way they are wrapped leads me to believe they’ve never been used.

If anyone in the guild can use them, email me (weavingonmain@gmail.com) and I’ll bring them to the meeting next week.

Thanks much,
Diane

Wayland Winter Market Farm Fiber Days – January 23 and March 5

Wayland Winter Market Farm Fiber Days – January 23 and March 5

     Sick of your fiber stash? Feel the need for something new? Want to support local farms and businesses?  Check out the Farm Fiber Days at Russell’s in Wayland. The market runs weekly on Saturday from January 9 – March 12 in the plant-filled greenhouses at Russell’s Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA.

Farm Fiber Days will be held on January 23 & March 5, 2016, 10 AM to 2 PM.

     Vendors are local and include products from NVWG member Laura Busky’s North Brook Farm Alpacas, as well as from : A Hundred Ravens, Baaaystate Blanket, Dirty Water DyeWorks, Dorchester Farms, Fancifelt, Foxfire Fiber & Design, Foxhill Farm, Good Karma Farm, Greenwood Hill Farm, Hampden Hills Alpacas, Iron Horse Farm, The Kangaroo Dyer, Journey Wheel, Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm, Rag Hill Farm, Raja Farm, River Valley Farm, Romney Ridge Farm, SAORI Worcester, Stone Harvest Farm, Subito Farm, Tidal Yarns, Windy Hamlet Farm, Windy Hill Farm, Winterberry Farm, and Woolies of Shirkshire Farm.

     There will be a Fingerless Mitts workshop on January 23. The yarn will be from Romney Ridge Farm and the workshop led by Maryly Mathewmen. Check for workshop updates and see which vendors are attending on each date by subscribing to the Market email (mallettpeg@gmail.com) or follow their Facebook page ‘Wayland Winter Farmers’ Market’.

 

December Kumihimo Registration Reminder

December Kumihimo Registration Reminder
Kumihimo presented by Judith Shangold
Judith Shangold will teach us to make a Half-Round Braid Kumihimo necklace or bracelet at our combined November/December meeting. Please note:  This meeting  is a daytime program and will start at 1pm on December 1st at the Fiber Loft. This will be a hands on project and we need members to register in advance so that Judith will be able to bring the necessary supplies for the class.  At the bottom of this announcement is a registration form indicating the supplies needed. There is no charge for the class except the cost of the supplies you choose to purchase from Judith.  Please fill out the form and return it to Judith Shangold by email at shangold@aol.com by November 13th. 

 

 

Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild

DECEMBER 1, 2015 MEETING KUMIHIMO WORKSHOP WITH JUDITH
I will be teaching half round/flat braid which requires 8 cords and a kumihimo disk. We will be making a wrap around bracelet or necklace. Please indicate if you are planning on coming to the December 1 meeting and class and which supplies you are in need of.
Yes, I am coming. Name ______________________________.
e-mail__________________________
  1. Kumihimo disk. I have one ___. I would like to borrow one ___. I would like to buy one for $2.50 ___.
  1. 8 plastic bobbins.  I have them ___. I would like to borrow them ___. I would like to buy them for $2.00 (total for 8) ___.
  1. I use size 0, 1mm satin cord/rattail. I have many colors to choose from. A set of 8 cords is $3.00
            I will bring my own cord ____. I would like to purchase a set of cords ____.
  1. I can supply a flat magnetic clasp, pewter, silver color for $7. Yes, I would like one ____.
  1. The braid can be made with or without beads. The teardrop beads shown in the attached picture are from www.unicornebeads.com. Regular price is $15 a string of 25 beads (you use all of them). They often have sales and I receive e-mail alerts. On sale, they are $7.50 – $10 a strand. I will have a collection of them for you to choose from or you can look at the site and tell me which colors you like.  Yes, I would like a strand of beads_____. Please alert me when there is a sale and I will choose a color _____. I will pick from your selection ______.
  1. Other supplies needed: Small sharp scissors, sewing needle with large-ish eye, bead thread (for finishing ends), E-6000 glue. I will supply these, but please bring them if you have them.
Thanks!
Judith

 

JUDITH SHANGOLD www.judithshangold.com