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Schacht floor loom in need of new home

Schacht floor loom in need of new home

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4 harness Schacht standard wolf floor loom.  Solid maple.  30 years old but in great condition with original bench.  Room to expand to 6 harness.  Complete with 2 reeds and all the heddles you will ever use.  Fold up for storage as in the photo attached.  Initial asking price is $1500 but will negotiate. I don’t have a truck to transport so you must come an get it.  If you are interested or know of someone else who is looking for a floor loom, please call me as soon as you can.

Jill Rutherford

Indigo Dyeing in China

Indigo Dyeing in China

Yes, this is a repost (from this past fall). A fun article that may have gotten lost in the shuffle of our website relocation. This post should come to you via email, and should be the only duplicate message you get via the site. We hope you enjoyed it the first time, and wanted to repost it for the site archives.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/world/asia/china-indigo-dyeing.html

Meeting Reminder, 05Dec at 1PM

Meeting Reminder, 05Dec at 1PM
Our next meeting will be held on Tues, 05December at 1pm.  Note: This is an afternoon meeting, and on the 1st Tues of the month rather than the 4th!
 
Our program for this special afternoon meeting will be “Pin Looms”.  In this hands on meeting, we will review how to weave on a pin loom and discuss various things to do with those little squares once they come off the loom.
What to bring:
-Any pin looms you have (we have a handful that we can loan out, if you don’t own one)
-Small amounts of yarn in any weight or color you’d like.  Pin looms typically use less than 17 yards to make each square, so leftover balls of yarn are perfect to use.
-Scissors
This should be a very fun afternoon of weaving, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Another ATHM Auction, Tomorrow!

Another ATHM Auction, Tomorrow!

New England Textile Industry Museum Items at Auction

Part III of property from a New England museum of textiles and the textile industry in America featured at Bill Ekleberry’s Estate Auction, Spencer, MA, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Approximately 75 museum lots of wide ranging items are included. Country and parlor wheels and winders, Americana, books, ephemera, tools, items unique and typical of the textile mill industry, industrial design, etc.  As always a broad selection of antiques, collectibles, silver, coins, jewelry, Asian, vintage, and decorative items from a variety other estates and consignors are included in this same auction.  Part IV is scheduled for Tuesday, December 26.  Subsequent to this auction, an additional 10-15 winders and spinning wheels, tabletop to great wheels from the museum will be offered 1-2 times per month going forward.  Photographs of items being offered can be viewed at;

http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=3004423&category=0&zip=&kwd

Early Auction 3:00 pm, Estate Auction 6:00 pm, at the Spencer Country Inn, 500 Main St., Spencer, MA 01562, preview the afternoon of the auction, 508-579-6615, email billekl@charter.net.

08 Nov Auction of ATHM items

08 Nov Auction of ATHM items

New England Textile Industry Museum Items at Auction

Part II of Property from a New England museum of textiles and the textile industry in America featured at Bill Ekleberry’s Estate Auction, Spencer, MA, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  Approximately 100 museum lots of wide ranging items are included. Country and parlor spinning wheels and winders, Americana, industry-related advertising and displays, prints, books, ephemera, tools, items unique and typical of the textile mill industry from origin to final product, woven and machine-made rugs, industrial design, etc. As always a broad selection of antiques, collectibles, silver, coins, jewelry, vintage, and decorative items from a variety other estates and consignors are included in this same auction.  Subsequent to this auction, an additional 10-15 winders and spinning wheels, tabletop to great wheels from the museum will be offered 1-2 times per month going forward.  Part III is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29.  Photographs of items being offered can be viewed at;

http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=2995400&category=0&zip=&kwd

Early Auction 3:00 pm, Estate Auction 6:00 pm, at the Spencer Country Inn, 500 Main St. Spencer, MA 01562, preview the afternoon of the auction, 508-579-6615, email billekl@charter.net.

24 October meeting reminder and Guild Challenge!

24 October meeting reminder and Guild Challenge!

Almost half of our members have had a fantastic week at the weave structure workshop!  Our meeting on Tues will be a workshop wrap-up session, where all members (even those who couldn’t join the workshop) can share what we’ve been doing and where workshop participants can share their experiences.  Please come see the weave structures and how different everyone’s samples are!

Most of the yarn used for the workshop is 6/2 unmercerized cotton in 5 colors, donated to us by the American Textile History Museum.  We have a lot of this yarn left over, and we want to share!  Our Guild Challenge this year will be to make something handwoven with this yarn.  You can draw inspiration from the various structures in the workshop, or come up with something all on your own.  The Guild will provide yarn kits to all challenge participants.  Weave something with the yarn to present at our annual potluck meeting next June.  It will be fun to see how different things are made from the same yarn!  You can pick up your kit at the meeting on Tues.  Kits will also be available at subsequent meetings.

Also, if you haven’t yet paid your 2017-2018 dues, Tuesday is the deadline.  Please bring a check for $25 made out to NVWG to be sure that your membership doesn’t lapse.

We hope to see everyone Tuesday evening at The Fiber Loft!  Social and libary time will begin at 7pm.  Meeting and program will begin at 7:30.

 

45″ Tissart Tapestry loom and assorted tools for sale

45″ Tissart Tapestry loom and assorted tools for sale

LeClerc 45” Tissart tapestry loom.  1970s upright loom with 2 shafts, rotating warp and cloth beams controlled by ratchets, and a movable beater with up/down action.  The Tissart was called the “loom for artists” because the weaver can stand or sit in front of it and view the vertical weaving as s/he works.  LeClerc no longer makes this loom, but their vertical Gobelin tapestry loom costs upward of $3000.  This Tissart could use a new canvas apron, but other than that it’s intact.  It comes with two reeds, one 8 per inch and one 12.  $900.   (H=69 ¼”, W=52 ¾”, D at base=26”)

Warping board.  This frame, measuring 20 ½ “ by 37 ¼ “, with movable pegs, can be yours for $40.

Assorted weaving supplies: cards, lease sticks, belt loom, 2 rigid heddles.  If you teach weaving classes or simply wish to do some 2-harness weaving yourself, you may want to consider adding these items to your stash of supplies.  $75 for the lot.

Contact Susan directly at  srashidhorn@gmail.com

Volunteers needed! Faulkner House Demo, 25Jun3, 3-5pm

Volunteers needed! Faulkner House Demo, 25Jun3, 3-5pm

Hi Everyone,

The next Museum opening at the Faulkner House in Acton is set for 25June, from 3-5pm.  I will not be able to make it to this demo, but am hoping that one or more of you might be able to get there.  We’ve had a lot of fun doing these, they are low-key and relaxing.  The “big loom” is in a state of transition, so whoever comes should plan to bring their own demo items.  Small looms, spinning wheels, and drop spindles are all welcome, as are any other types of fiber demo.  If interested, please email me at laura@northbrookalpacas.com for details.

Thanks!

Laura

Faulkner Open House Demo, 28 May 2017

Faulkner Open House Demo, 28 May 2017

Hi Everyone,

This weekend is Memorial Day, and the Faulkner House in Acton will be open on Sunday, 28May, from 3-5pm.  I am planning to bring over some more weft for the big loom, and probably finish weaving the warp off.  It’d be great to have one or more other people join me, either with small looms, spinning wheels or drop spindles.  Anyone up for it?  Let me know by commenting to this message, or by emailing me directly at laura@northbrookalpacas.com.

Thanks!

Laura

 

23May2017 Meeting Reminder – “Yarn: The Movie”!

23May2017 Meeting Reminder – “Yarn: The Movie”!

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

Doors open at 6:30, screening starts promptly at 7pm.

The film follows several artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house into the world.

Watch a trailer.

The screening is free and open to public. Advance registration is recommended. If you haven’t already, please email yarn@nvwg.org to reserve your seat.