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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

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.

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.
This should be a very fun afternoon of weaving, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!