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Meeting Reminder! 25 Sept, 7pm!

Meeting Reminder! 25 Sept, 7pm!
We will be meeting at The Fiber Loft on September 25th, to kick off our fall programs.  Fellow member Leslie Ardison will lead our discussion this month:
“I love the colors and feel of that postcard, I’d really like to translate that to a woven item, but how?”  This year’s guild challenge is to use a postcard as inspiration for a woven item.  We’ll look at how we begin to think about doing the translation from picture to woven item.  We’ll look at color, feel, texture, etc.”
Please join us at 7pm for refreshments, library and social time.  Our business meeting will begin promptly at 7:30.
If you haven’t already paid your dues for this coming year, they remain at $25.  Please make checks payable to NVWG.
Also, if you took a yarn kit for last year’s challenge, please bring any empty cones back to Kathy, who generously loaned them out to us all.
Finally, this Sunday, 23Sept, is our next Iron Work Farm Open House.  We are looking for members to volunteer weaving, spinning, etc, at the Faulkner House in Acton, from 3-5pm.  The “house” loom is set up already to weave on, so if you can’t bring in a project, there’s one already waiting for you.  They would also welcome any other fiber arts, if you can carry in a project.  Please let us know if you can make it by sending a note to
Hope to see everyone next Tues!

Faulkner Open House and Annual Potluck, save the dates!

Faulkner Open House and Annual Potluck, save the dates!

Hi Everyone,

We have two important dates in the next week or so.  The first is a demo/open house at The Faulkner House in Acton.  I plan to be there from 3-5pm on Sunday, 24June.  Can anyone join me?  I know, this slipped thru the cracks, and is last minute.  If anyone can be there, please email me at  It’s at 5 High St, Acton Ma.  Note, they are having a “Frolic in Fairyland” kids event from 1-3, before the open house.  I will bring a spinning wheel, but also be prepared to weave on the Faulkner House Loom.  Please join me if you can.  Sorry we didn’t get this announcement out sooner!

We also have Faulkner Open Houses on 22July, 23 Sept, and 14 Oct.  Please also let us know if you can do any of those.  We will be putting out reminders (hopefully with more notice than this Sunday!).

The second, very important date is for our annual potluck meeting, 26June, at Reba’s, starting at 6:30pm.  Specific details will follow via direct email.  Plan to bring a dish to share, a place setting (plate, silverware, cup, napkin), your guild challenge, and your wallet….Reba will be having a yarn sale, with 25% going to the guild.  Cash, checks and credit cards welcome.  Also bring any other show and tell you might have.  I think we’ll have a lot of fun seeing what everyone’s done this year.  And seeing what everyone did differently for the challenge!

This will be a great finish to our guild year, and an opportunity to do some outreach at Faulkner over the summer!

Hope to see some of you Sunday, and most of you next Tues!!!




Stone Cow Brewery Fiber Festival, Sunday, 10June!

Stone Cow Brewery Fiber Festival, Sunday, 10June!

New fiber festival at Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre, MA.  Fiber vendors, demos, food, beer, music and animals!  You will likely see some familiar faces.  More details below.

Meeting Reminder, 22May2018 at 1pm (note time and location change!)

Meeting Reminder, 22May2018 at 1pm (note time and location change!)

Dimensional Double Cloth Presented by Anastasia Azure!

Note: This is an afternoon meeting, held at 1pm, at the Harvard Cultural Collaborative at 7 Fairbank St, Harvard MA

This presentation will highlight the sculptural possibilities of the double-cloth technique. Anastasia Azure weaves extensively with the double-cloth technique, transforming metals and plastics into dimensional weave forms and jewelry. Short videos will reveal her tips and tricks to working with fine wire and slippery fishing line on a loom. Weavers will leave inspired to create unusual shapes with unconventional materials.

24 April 2018 Meeting, Prototyping New Fabrics for Electronic and Industrial Use

24 April 2018 Meeting, Prototyping New Fabrics for Electronic and Industrial Use

Our next meeting will be held at The Fiber Loft on 24April.  Come by for social and library time at 7pm.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:30.

Chriztine Foltz – “Fibers are the building blocks for my creating. These fibers form my textiles, my thoughts, my community, and my home; intertwining and interlacing everything into that which I am”.

Chriztine Foltz is an interdisciplinary artist who initially started as a textile designer. Textiles created the foundation upon which she built her artistic practice which commenced in Denmark at the Danish Design School (now part of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture School), where she studied techniques for woven and surface designed fabrics.

Upon return to the United States, she settled in NYC, designing woven fabrics for interiors and wearable accessories such as raincoats, umbrellas, hats, handbags and scarves as an independent contractor.Working on the “SWATCH” Accessory Design Team in the mid 1980s, her designs were being stolen/reworked in the orient and reproduced before the samples were returned to her in NYC. This lack of control sent Chriztine back to school to learn computer graphics and she worked in the graphic arts arena for the next 15 years, before returning to her roots in textiles and weaving.

Weaving again, teaching at the Worcester Center for Crafts and at local colleges, Chriztine found her ‘over/under’ rhythms again. Discovering that engineering companies needed designers of fabrics and clothes, she started working on projects for military and medical use. This collision of artistic, industrial, and scientific worlds has encouraged her to work on diverse projects as well as work with teams of engineers and scientists to create innovative new forms of textiles including the spinning of CNTs (carbon nano tubes) into yarn, weaving fabrics for the International Space Station, and creating fabrics for medical devices. The interlacing of these worlds, art and design, ignites and re-ignites her desire to create solutions aimed at enhancing our quality of life.

Chriztine has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. The tapestries she created for her Master’s were jacquard woven in black and white and then hand painted, merging her original studies of woven and surface design, closing the circle of her education.

Weaving History Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Weaving History Conference Scholarship Opportunity

This came from Marina Loew, at the Thousand Islands Arts Center:

One of our generous previous WHC attendees has offered to sponsor a qualified person for the conference on May 17-18.
Interested applicants should contact me at for details.

Thousand Islands Arts Weaving History Conference, May 17-18

Meeting on Tuesday, 27Feb!

Meeting on Tuesday, 27Feb!
The next NVWG regular meeting will be next Tuesday, 2/27 at the Fiber Loft. Social time, snacks and library browsing start at 7, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:30. We’ll have time for introductions and show-and-tell, so if you’ve been working on something, bring it along to share.
The program will be a hands-on, interactive investigation of twist. What really happens to our yarns as we wind them into skeins, off of cones, onto bobbins and finally weave with them?
Everyone is asked to bring a roll of toilet paper (with the TP on it) and a paper towel tube (empty.) Intrigued? Think there might be some learning amidst the laughter? Probably. 😉

23 Jan Meeting Reminder and other fiber dates…

23 Jan Meeting Reminder and other fiber dates…

Happy New Year!  Our next meeting will be held on 23Jan2018, at the Fiber Loft.  Social/library time starts at 7pm.  Our program will be on warping a rigid heddle loom, presented by Reba Maisel.  Reba will demonstrate the direct warping method, which is a means to warp the loom without the need of a warping board.  


We also have a number of fiber related dates to share:

Epic Yarn Sale-
Saturday January 27, 10 am to 2 pm
75 Bascom Road in Gill, MA 01354.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAGS. Strict time frame. Feel free to bring your weaving friends too! I’d love RSVP’s if you think of it, but if not, please come anyway!

The stash includes 20/2 cotton, some Vav linen, 10/2 cotton, some wools, some tapestry yarns still in their “salad boxes,” lovely thick chenille, 3/2 cotton, novelty sparkly yarns, some knitting yarn that I’ve used on the loom with success, bits of cottolin, much more. Like I said, 7 big boxes are spilling over right now with smaller bags on top.

Also, 2 raddles, a temple, and one 40″, 4H Harrisville loom, very sturdy and in good condition that I’m just not going to use. Make me an offer!

Hope to see you on the 27th!
all the best,
“Kathy Litchfield” <>

Diversified Fiber Art Traditions
Sidell Gallery
Essex Art Center
56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

January 12 – March 16, 2018
Hours: Monday through Friday 10AM-6PM

This group exhibit brings together fiber artists who exploit the
properties of materials to create a variety of works that represent
their particular specialty, from traditional textiles to contemporary
mixed media artwork. It will include clothing, costume, functional,
and decorative works created and enhanced through dying, spinning,
weaving, felting, knitting and other techniques.

The exhibit features the work of weavers Sarah Fortin from Mason, NH,
and Deborah Watson from Georgetown, MA; felt artist, Barbara Poole
from Lowell, MA; textile designer, Nancy Evans from S. Sutton, NH;
shepherdess and fiber artist, Natalie Redding from Temecula, CA;
fiber artist, Karla Cook from Andover, MA and fiber and glass artist,
Sandy Dukeshire from Andover, MA.

Rushnyky: Ukrainian ritual textiles
The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton
Opening on February 15
6-8pm, free for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers

The exhibit will celebrate and explore Ukrainian culture through one of their most ancient and valued traditions and will feature over 80 rushnyky, Ukrainian icons, and related artifacts from the collection of Franklin Sciacca Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Hamilton College in NY.

The opening reception will take place on the 15th from 6-8pm and is free for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers. Frank Sciacca, owner of the collection and curator of the exhibition, will talk about the rushnyk as artifact—its construction, regional variations, and functions as a ritual talisman in life transitions. A reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow the presentation.

A Rushnyk is a long, rectangular, cloth that woven in one solid piece and is sometimes adorned with bright, intricate, patterns that are recognized and admired worldwide.They are are steeped in tradition and faith, the shape of the cloth represents life’s journey, the ornamentation captures the cultural ancestral memory of the region, and it is believed to be a median between the secular and the divine.  The material used is either linen or hemp and the act of spinning the thread and the process of weaving embodies spiritual power dating back to the ancient deity Mokosh who is often represented in embroidery. The needle has its own energy, an idea similar to acupuncture, and the color of the thread has sacred meaning. Red represents life and is the main color used.

Rushnyk have many uses with the very basic, colloquially called the utyralnyk or wiper, serving as a towel. In contrast, a nabozhnyk is a highly decorated Rushnyk composing of embroidery and of lace. Nabozhnyks, also called nabraznyks or nakutnyks are used to decorate icons and icon corners in homes. As ritual objects they are used in ceremonies from birth to death. Newborns are immediately laid on a rushnyk, the intricate wedding formalities utilize several rushnyky, they are displayed in the home, and are even sometimes used to lower coffins into the ground. The cloths are traditionally made by women who start at a very young age, today the cloths can be purchased and most are machine made using modern materials.

TC2 workshop in South Dartmouth, MA with Cathryn Amidei
March 22-24, 2018  /        Start time 9 am to 5 pm  /       3 day workshop fee $450 includes materials.
at Laurie Steger’s Studio (a.k.a. Camp Opalala), 2 Cranberry Lane, South Dartmouth, MA 02748
for information and registration, please contact:
or call/text to 508-272-9004cell,

Cathryn Amidei’s three day workshop is a comprehensive concentration that takes you through the woven design and drafting process, using photoshop, to create planned drafts for weaving jacquard fabrics.  You will weave on the TC2 /Thread Controller Jacquard loom using your design drafts.  The TC2 is a handloom that digitally controls every thread in the warp, independently.  This capability expands the range of options for explorations in imagery, color, texture and dimensions in the woven matrix.  The computer interface with photoshop allows for rapid adaptation to ideas and modifications of the woven structure diagram.  Participants will begin with an introduction to the loom and then have guided instruction through the basics of file development and multiple weaving techniques.  Participants will create a sample portfolio that includes single shuttle bit-map imagery through multiple colors/shuttles and structure explorations with approximately 6 hours of individual weaving time on the TC2 loom.  The last day , the 24th, includes a small dinner party with show and tell from 4-7pm.

Cathryn Amidei has been weaving for over 20 years. She is a generous educator devoted to sharing her love and knowledge of weaving.  As the principal of Digital Weaving, USA, in partnership with Digital Weaving Norway, the TC2 loom manufacturer, Cathryn travels extensively teaching and supporting weavers with the TC2 jacquard loom.


Weaving demonstration by Rabbit Goody
The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton
April 29
Here is a link to the exhibition on our website.

Wool & Whiskey Tour of Scotland
September 28th – October 7th