2013-14 Programs

Guild Challenge: This Year the guild is issuing a "UFO" challenge. Members are challenged to complete projects designated as "Un-Finished Objects." Results will be shared at the June potluck!

Instructions for the challenge: Finish your weaving-related UFOs!

Bring your finished piece(s) to the pot luck at the end of June. As usual there will be several fun judging categories and prizes!

Questions? Send an email to a board member. Chances are someone else has the same question!

 This Month's Program

Meeting Calendar

Upcoming Board Meetings

Coming Events

March Program

Tuesday 25 March 2014
at the Fiber Loft
7 p.m. for shopping, snacks & socializing
Meeting starts promptly at 7:30

"Spindles of the Whorld"

Turkish, Russian, support, top whorl, bottom whorl, bead, Jenkins, Bosworth, Golding. What's the difference? We'll look at several different spindle styles and discuss the pros and cons of each. Spindles will be available for people to try out.

Regular meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month
Shopping, Snacks, Socializing and Library Browsing start at 7:00
Guild meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.


Spring workshop on jacket construction with Sarah Fortin

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Meeting Calendar

Meetings take place at the Fiber Loft, Rt 111, Harvard , MA on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:00-9:00 (except in November/December, June and special meetings as may be publicized). 

From 7:00 - 7:30 is for socializing, shopping, snacking, and library viewing. Programs will start at 7:30 sharp, beginning with brief announcements and members' show and tell. 

Below is the preliminary program. Check back periodically for updates. 



24 September 2013


NEWS Debrief

Those who attended the New England Weavers' Seminar will share what they learned and what they created. Everyone will have and opportunity to share their inspriations.

22 October

Sarah Fortin

Weaving Fabric to Sew

Sarah will share various fabrics she has woven to use for garments. She'll instruct and inspire us to weave our own yardage in preparation for her March workshop.

3 December, 1:00 p.m.   

Dorothy Solbrig Edge Finishes Need fresh ideas on how to keep our woven fabric from coming undone when it's off the loom? We will try our hands at several finishes designed to keep the weft from raveling, though they leave a fringe. Hemstitching does this, but we instead will try several techniques involving knotting warp ends, such as the Philippine edge and the Damascus edge. Materials will be provided.

28 January 2014

Donnalisa Johnson Micrograph Inspiration: What COULD you be making? A Partial Answer: For about 40 years I have been developing a needlework style I call "Macroembroidery". This approach uses embroidery techniques including satin, fishbone, kensington, coral, outline and bokhara stitches plus french knots. The stitches, however, are magnified from the norm. The approach also uses techniques from needleweaving: dovetailed joining, meandering and eccentric wefts, wrapping; and from rug-making: rya knotting, latch and embroidery hook work. Using a multitude of colorful yarns and fibers from around the world, I have been creating 3-dimensional pieces based on my explorations into the fascinating world of photoelectron micrography. I will be sharing my newest work on images of amino acids and brain structures, re-imagined with needles and yarns.

25 February

Kristin Kelly An Exploration of Deflected Doubleweave Deflected doubleweave, cell weave, integrated cell weave, mystery weave - this weave structure goes by many different names, but, once the weaver understands the basic concept behind it, you can create bold, large-scale graphic patterns and play with texture and differential shrinkage concepts as well. We'll explore the basics of the structure, talk about the design possibilities, and Kristin will bring in some samples and finished pieces that she'smade using the structure, both on her own and during Elisabeth Hill's excellent NEWS workshop on the topic this past summer. There will also bring a table loom to demonstrate the one tricky part of weaving this structure - how to keep your selvedges neat.

25 March

Penny Lacroix Spindles of the Whorld Turkish, Russian, support, top whorl, bottom whorl, bead, Jenkins, Bosworth, Golding. What's the difference? We'll look at several different spindle styles and discuss the pros and cons of each. Spindles will be available for people to try out.

22 April

Dorothy Solbrig Button Holes

Many of us, even those who nerve themselves to sew their handwovens, are still afraid to puncture them to make buttonholes. We will examine what is involved in making the usual kind of buttonholes, but also check out many alternatives. You can make "supplementary holes" just for the button in many ways, such as by adding loops, frogs, bands, etc. We will look at many examples.

27 May, 1:00 p.m.

Margaret Russell The Tale of the Little Gray Sheep Because British sheep essentially cannot be imported to the USA, there are very few pure British breeds in the USA. The Herdwick is highly concentrated in one area of England. Therein lies the concern should something happen (such as the foot and mouth epidemic in the UK in 2001), the breed could easily be extinguished in one fell swoop. This story involves the connection of three woman - one in the UK, one on the west coast of the USA, and Erin, the woman I am working directly with, on the east coast. For the next several years, I am documenting, through woven wraps, the wools produced by her sheep as well as writing an article for the UK's publication - The Journal for Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, to tell the story of what these three women are doing to secure the future of this breed. With a farm visit scheduled for the spring (more info and photos of her second generation lambs), there is quite the story here, which involves how the Herdwick got to the USA.

24 June - 6:30 PM


Pot Luck Supper and Guild Challenge

Location TBD

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Upcoming Board Meetings:

24 Sept 2013, 22 Oct, 3 Dec, 28 Jan 2014, 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 27 May*

Meetings take place at the Fiber Loft, Rt 111, Harvard, MA on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 before the Guild meetings

* Some of these meetings may be cancelled if we determine that we don't need a meeting.

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