Please remember that our next meeting is Tues, 22Jan at The Fiber Loft. Refreshments and social time will begin at 7pm. Our meeting will start promptly at 7:30. Amy Stevens will present “Blended Drafts”. See below for details!
Blended drafts are a wonderful way to utilize an 8-shaft loom. Two 4-shaft drafts are combined to make a single 8-shaft draft that allows weaving either of the original 4-shaft drafts. It’s a technique that is particularly effective with overshot drafts, but there are lots of other possibilities for its use. Don’t have an 8-shaft loom? You’ll still walk away with a new perspective on drafting, and a couple examples of “blended” drafts using only 4 shafts.
Handouts, including a bibliography from Kathy Tappan, will be provided. You are encouraged to bring along colored pencils or a computer drafting program on a pad or laptop (if you have one).
Amy Stevens got started weaving in Boulder, Colorado, where she lived from 1980-1984. She has no problem with drafts and warping, but is working hard to develop fluency in weaving—the years since Boulder have included many years with no time to weave. Amy joined NVWG in 2014, and has been treasurer since 2016. She weaves on an 8-harness, 45-inch loom that she bought in Boulder in 1983—a Schacht, of course!
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!
Our combined Nov/Dec meeting is set for next Tuesday, 04Dec. This will be an afternoon meeting, starting at 1pm with refreshments, library and shopping (an advantage to the afternoon meeting!). At 1:30, we’ll have some brief announcements and time for show and tell. Our program this month will be hands on, making star ornaments made out of woven paper strips for holiday decorations. Member Joan Paul will lead this project. Joan would like a headcount, so she knows how many supplies to bring. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday afternoon!
We announced this loom for sale at our October meeting. It belongs to a former student of one of our members. The loom is in Groton, MA. Please contact Lynn Ferrillo at email@example.com if interested.
Harrisville floor loom with adjustable bench, 4 shafts, 6 treadles, 22 weaving inch, plus other equipment. Make an offer!
Several of our members will have pieces in this sale!
October 1-7, 2018 is “Spinning and Weaving Week”! The Wayland Summer Farmers’ Market will host a spin-in on Wed, Oct 3rd. Bring your wheel, spindle, loom, knitting or crochet (all are welcome!) and join the fun. The market is held at Russell’s Garden Center, from noon to 5pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see everyone next Tues!
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 email@example.com. 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!!!
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.
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.