I’m on my way to a textile history forum in Vermont and am catching up on reading some old magazines. (Don’t worry, my husband is driving!) I ran across this article about twist that is a good follow up to the program we had at a guild meeting this past year. Just sharing. It’s from Weaver’s magazine, issue 15.
We finished warping the Faulkner House Loom today, just in time for the Hidden Treasures open house this coming Sunday. Hours are 3-5.
The people at Iron Works Farm in Acton and the Faulkner Homestead have invited us to demonstrate again at their open houses this year. Members of the Guild have spent time over the past couple years getting their barn frame loom up and running. When there, we interact with the public while weaving or spinning. We’re looking for people to sign up for the following events:
Patriot’s Day, Sunday 4/15/18, 1-4 pm – This is a busy day at the House, with lots of visitors. They feed volunteers an early supper, and then watch the Acton Minutemen’s Robbins Ride re-enactment at 5:30. So far, we have 3 people signed up (Leslie spinning, Andrew and Penny weaving.)
Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures at the Faulkner House, Sunday 5/27/18, 3-5 pm – This event is specifically to highlight the barn frame loom at the Faulkner House. Being set up with Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures, this will get lot of visitors from around the region. (Leslie, Krista and Penny are signed up so far.)
Other open house dates:
- Sunday 6/24/18, 3-5 pm
- Sunday 7/22/18, 3-5 pm
- Sunday 9/23/18, 3-5 pm
- Acton Open Studios, Saturday/Sunday 10/14 & 15, hours TBD
We’d like for many Guild members to become involved with this over the coming months. If you’re interested, please email Penny.
Bow loom weaving is an ancient weaving technique. Traditionally, the loom would have been a flexible tree branch with warp thread attached to both ends, flexing the bow to create tension on warp threads. Threads were separated by a piece of hide or a piece of wood.
Today, items from hardware/craft store and household items can produce a bow loom. At our meeting on Tuesday 27 March, NVWG member Carol Vales will lead us through warping a bow loom and weaving a narrow band.
Items created on bow loom are usually 4” or less in width. These include: headbands, hatbands, trim for clothing or bags, and lanyards.
Materials will be provided, but if you have a strong warp yarn you’d like to use, 5/2 or 3/2 cotton is recommended. Generally the same yarn is used in the warp and weft. Beads may be added for decoration. Participants will be able to take their looms home with them.
Participants should bring scissors, a tapestry needle for weaving and a sharp needle for weaving in the ends. Optional: 3/2 or 5/2 cotton and size 6 beads in your color choice.
This program is made possible through the Guild’s Pauline Duke Education Fund.
Social time, snacks and library browsing start at 7 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30.
Reminder: We’ll be at the Fiber Loft today from 10 to 12 to distribute yarn for the workshop, help with winding warps and answer any questions. If you can’t come this morning, email email@example.com to arrange for transfer of your yarn.
Save the date! May 23, 2017, 7pm
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
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
Iron Work Farm in Acton has offered us an opportunity to participate in their Patriots’ Day activities. The event runs 1-4 pm on Monday 4/17/17. Would anyone like to join Laura to weave on the old loom there? Everything is set up and ready to go. You can read about the event on their website.
If you’re interested, please reply here or email us.
This is where we are hoping to hold a Guild workshop in the fall, so it would be nice to support their activities!
For our regular meeting this Tuesday, please bring along a tip to share with others. It may be a tool or a book or an idea. If you can’t think of anything, come anyway and take an idea home! Questions are encouraged. We’ll also have a Show & Tell time.
Gathering time is 7 pm at the Fiber Loft for snacks and library browsing. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30.
Your board is making plans to host a screening of Yarn: the Movie. The hope is to have it on the night of our regular April 2017 guild meeting at a public venue in Harvard. Details will be forthcoming. In the mean time, here’s a link to the trailer, to get you excited about the screening. Although the movie is knitting-oriented, it addresses fiber arts and women’s expression. Enjoy!