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Rocking-Knit: a rocking chair that knits you a hat as you read the paper

Rocking-Knit: a rocking chair that knits you a hat as you read the paper

(Forwarded to us by Reba)

Follow the link below for images and video

Two longtime porch activities are now combined into one simple contraption thanks to designers Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex, creators of the Rocking Knit. The wooden rocking chair is rigged to knit as you sway back and forth, producing a cap from minimal energy output. The invention was produced as a part of Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne‘s Low-Tech Factory, a workshop that encourages students from the industrial design program to invent simple machines that at once create an experience and a material good. Ludi and Peillex premiered their contraption at Designer’s Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland and produced a video that demonstrates their invention below. 

Bolton Artisans Guild 12th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

Bolton Artisans Guild 12th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

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.”

Bolton Artisans Guild holiday show and sale December 12, 2015 1:00 - 4:00PM

Library update: new titles

Library update: new titles

New and new-ish titles in the Guild library. Contact the Guild librarian to reserve any of these.

DVD: The Efficient Weaver by Laura Fry
Book donated by Joan Paul:
Title Author
The weaving, spinning, and dyeing book (second edition) Rachel Brown
Books donated by Judith Shangold:
Title Author
Adventures in yarn farming: four seasons on a New England fiber farm Barbara Parry with photos by Ben Barnhart
Weave * knit * wear: simply fabulous clothing for rigid-heddle (and other) weavers Judith Shangold
Books donated by Pat MacAlpine:
Weaves and pattern drafting, John Tovey
The rosepath motif: an approach to weaving design, Margaret B. Windeknecht
Ikat: an introduction; Japanese ikat: warp,weft,figure Diane Ritch and Yoshiko Wada
Quilts to wear Virginia Avery
The handweaver’s pattern book: over 120 designs for upholstery, curtains, place mats, etc. Iona Plath
Handspinning: art and technique Allen Fannin
Handloom weaving technology Allen Fannin
Spin span spun: fact and folklore for spinners and weavers Bette Hochberg
Dyeing the natural way Frances E. Mustard
Dyeplants and dyeing: a handbook
A twill of your choice Paul R. O’Connor
Brocade Harriet Tidball
Ancient dyes for modern weavers Palmy Weigle
Step by step spinning and dyeing Eunice Svinicki
The double weave, plain and patterned Harriet Tidball
Hands on dyeing Betsy Blumenthal and Kathryn Kreider
Weave structures used in North American coverlets +ACI-Clarita Anderson, Judith Gordon, and Naomi Whiting Towner
Knitting on the loom: techniques for producing knit stitches within the woven structure Birgit Olson Barron


Magazines donated by Dorothy Solbrig:

1994: January/February, March/April, May/June, September/October and November/December
1995: January/February

Newsletters donated by Penny Lacroix:

The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, issues 86 and 87 (October 2014 and January 2015)

Newsletters purchased by the Guild:

The Spinning Wheel Sleuth Loom Supplement, issues 6, 7 and 9-16, inclusive; Index to Issues 1 – 15


Art to Wear Workshop with Sarah Fortin
Compiled by Linda Snook. A record of our March, 2014 garment construction workshop with Sarah Fortin, including about 20 pages of background information from Sarah, as well as swatches and project notes from 12 participants.

Pat’s books could become your books

Pat’s books could become your books

Longtime Guild member Pat McAlpine has donated a large number of books to our library.  A few titles we already owned, and Pat requested that any duplicates be passed on to Guild members.  The books in the list below will be distributed at the June potluck, possibly by silent auction or random drawing.  Details to be determined;  we’ll do our best to include everyone who can’t attend the potluck, too.

Many thanks to Pat for this generous donation.

Title Author
The complete illustrated book of dyes from natural sources Arnold and Connie Krochmal
Double weave: theory & practice Laya Brostoff
Early American weaving and dyeing J. and R. Bronson
Natural dyes and home dyeing Rita J. Adrosko
Step-by-step spinning and dyeing Eunice Svinicki
The techniques of rug weaving Peter Collingwood
Textile art from southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women Kathleen Curtis Wilson
Weaving: a creative approach for beginners Clara Creager
Workshop notes for winding multi-colored warps with a warping paddle Leslie Voiers

Samples for new weavers at NEWS

Samples for new weavers at NEWS

From Jayne Flanagan, Past President NEWS 2003:

The NEWS Beginners Class is a good “new home” for draft sheets with samples that your members may be de-stashing or “spring cleaning” (if spring ever gets here). Once again I will be collecting them, sorting and bundling, so that each beginning student will leave the conference with a stack of inspiration to go with their new knowledge. Shipping them to me prior to NEWS is an option, but I will be there on Wednesday, so I will try to arrange a drop off location as well. Their teacher, Carol Birtwistle, always says that the students are thrilled with this extra gift from all of us. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE from Jayne:

The drop off location at NEWS will be a box in the Registration Desk area.

Or contact one of your NEWS representatives for Jayne’s mailing address.

Library update: Part I, we have videos! (and one audiocassette)

Library update: Part I, we have videos! (and one audiocassette)

Need something interesting to watch while you wait for the new season of House of Cards?  Contact the guild librarian to borrow any of these DVDs:

  • Laura Fry: The efficient weaver (2014) (new!)
  • Tom Knisely: The loom owner’s companion (2011)
  • Woven wearables and accessories: an exhibit featuring members of the Nashoba Valley Weaver’s Guild (2008)
  • Peggy Osterkamp: Warping the loom from back to front (2005 and 2002, two copies)
  • Mollie Freeman and Sara Lamb: Warp painting plus: garment design and construction tips (2005)
  • Candace Crockett: Fabric painting with dyes on silk and cotton (2005)
  • Tracy Penfield: Bodywork for weavers and fiber artists (1995)
  • Patsy Zawistoski: Spinning cotton, silk & flax (1992)
  • Donna Sullivan: Color interaction for handweavers (1991)
  • Nancy Harvey: Tapestry weaving level I (1985)
  • Nancy Arthur Hoskins: Boundweaving Level 1 and 2 (two disks)
  • Sandra Betzina Webster: Handwoven and quilted garments


If you still own a cassette player, something nice to listen to while you weave is

  • Carla Sciaky’s Spin the weaver’s song (1992)