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.
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.
The Faulkner House, 5 High Street, Acton
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Save the date! May 23, 2017, 7pm
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
The film follows several artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house into the world.
The screening is free and open to public. Advance registration is recommended. Email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Iron Work Farm in Acton has offered us an opportunity to participate in their Patriots’ Day activities. The event runs 1-4 pm on Monday 4/17/17. Would anyone like to join Laura to weave on the old loom there? Everything is set up and ready to go. You can read about the event on their website.
If you’re interested, please reply here or email us.
This is where we are hoping to hold a Guild workshop in the fall, so it would be nice to support their activities!
At Weavers of Western Mass on Feb 15, 2017, please join us!
Using Marian Stubenitsky’s Weaving With Echo and Iris book as a springboard, the Echo Weave Study Group has been busy exploring this diverse weaving system. At the February meeting, the members will show their samples and finished pieces, and share what they learned. Echo weave can be intimidating, but with a computer weaving program the study group found that it’s not difficult to create beautiful work. Come and see the diverse shapes, including diamonds, circles, waves, and flowers that can be formed when treadlings have been networked and colors applied to design lines that have been “echoed” in the threading. Although echo can be woven with 4 shafts, the group achieved spectacular results using 8 or 16 shafts.
Several current and former EiAW class members participated in this study.
Meeting at the Hill Institute, Florence, MA
12:30PM-1:00PM Refreshments / Socializing
1:00 PM-1:40PM Guild Business Meeting concludes with Show & Tell
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!
There is an exhibit of ikat textiles at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester through December 14. http://www.holycross.edu/iris-and-b-gerald-cantor-art-gallery/current-exhbition
ORIGAMI BAGS with Judith Shangold
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.
Posted on behalf of Chris Sterling:
“I am a charter member of the Bolton Artisans Guild. We will be having our 12th annual holiday exhibition and sale this Saturday from 1 to 4 at The First Parish Church on Route 117 in Bolton. Please come by and see the wonderful and diverse articles created by my fellow guild members.”
I plan to bring some Fair Trade Mayan woven and other goods to sell at the guild meeting on Dec. 1. The items are from Mayan Hands and UPAVIM, two cooperatives of women weavers in Guatemala. I have brought them to the December meeting for the last few years, and they have been popular. Bring your checkbooks!