New England Textile Industry Museum Items at Auction
Part II of Property from a New England museum of textiles and the textile industry in America featured at Bill Ekleberry’s Estate Auction, Spencer, MA, Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Approximately 100 museum lots of wide ranging items are included. Country and parlor spinning wheels and winders, Americana, industry-related advertising and displays, prints, books, ephemera, tools, items unique and typical of the textile mill industry from origin to final product, woven and machine-made rugs, industrial design, etc. As always a broad selection of antiques, collectibles, silver, coins, jewelry, vintage, and decorative items from a variety other estates and consignors are included in this same auction. Subsequent to this auction, an additional 10-15 winders and spinning wheels, tabletop to great wheels from the museum will be offered 1-2 times per month going forward. Part III is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29. Photographs of items being offered can be viewed at;
Early Auction 3:00 pm, Estate Auction 6:00 pm, at the Spencer Country Inn, 500 Main St. Spencer, MA 01562, preview the afternoon of the auction, 508-579-6615, email email@example.com.
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.
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
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 email@example.com for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In place of our regular May meeting, The Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild Presents
“Yarn: The Movie”
A screening at the Harvard Public Library, Volunteers Room
4 Pond Road, Harvard MA
Doors open at 6:30, screening starts promptly at 7pm.
The film follows several artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house into the world.
Watch a trailer.
The screening is free and open to public. Advance registration is recommended. If you haven’t already, please email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Our April meeting will be a discussion over “tips and tricks” that make weaving easier and more fun! Please bring along any tools, books or ideas to share. Or just come with questions and take home inspiration.
We’ll also have a Show & Tell time.
Gathering time is 7 pm at the Fiber Loft for snacks and library browsing. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30.
Sharing this on behalf or Pleasant Mountain:
Our 10th annual, three-day fiber arts program will be held June 23 – 25 at the Denmark Municipal Building, Denmark, Maine.
The website is now updated with this year’s schedule of exciting fiber workshops. There are over 30 workshops to choose from. Many of your favorite instructors are returning with some interesting workshop offerings, as well as, several new instructors.
Full details about the workshops and registration information can be found on our website www.pleasantmtfiber.com.
Hope to see you in June!
Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Workshops Committee:
Sue Connolly and Linda Whiting
Complete schedule and up to date information can be found here: https://tiartscenter.org/whc.php
Our March meeting will be on Tuesday, 28 March. The program will be “Photographing your Handwovens”, presented by Paul Sarapas. Paul is a teacher and department coordinator at Lincoln Sudbury high school. He is also the entrepreneur behind “Every Picture is a Story”, selling prints and greeting cards from his adventures, both locally and around the world. His website is http://www.sarapasdesign.com
Paul will demonstrate and give tips on the best ways to photograph your hand made pieces. This is a great opportunity to spruce up your photography skills to capture great pictures to accompany your NEWS fashion and gallery show entries!
This meeting will be held at The Fiber Loft. Social and library time will begin at 7pm. Business meeting will start promptly at 7:30, followed by the presentation. Hope to see everyone there!