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Tapestry Workshop Announced

Tapestry Workshop Announced

Tapestry Weaving Workshop with Janet Austin

Work in progress: Janet’s 2015 calendar tapestry

Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October 2015
9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30

Class description: Tapestries can be woven on any loom, but frame looms have the advantage of being inexpensive and portable.  In this 2-day class, participants will learn basic tapestry techniques for creating shapes, a mini tapestry design lesson and information about tapestry tools and materials. No previous experience is required.

Cost: $175 for the 2-day workshop. Checks should be made payable to the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild.

Materials fee: $35 per student materials fee is payable to Janet on the first day of class. The fee includes yarn and a frame loom.  You get to keep the loom but if you prefer you can return it for a $25 refund.

Supplies: Notebook, pencil and scissors. Bringing your own yarn is optional.

There are a maximum of 8 students in this class.  We will take checks to reserve your spot on a first come, first served basis beginning at the Guild pot luck on Tuesday 23 June.  If you want to sign up for the class but are not coming to the pot luck, please contact Penny before 6 pm on Tuesday 23 June.  If there are more than 8, we will have a random drawing of all those signed up on the first day.

There is a possibility that we will schedule a second session of the same class if there is enough demand.  So if you are interested in the class but cannot go the weekend we have scheduled, please let us know.

Janet Austen, Tapestry Weaver

Floral Fragments #6 by Janet Austen

BFA, Fibers, Massachusetts College of Art
MFA, Painting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Coordinator and Secretary, 1993-2009, Tapestry Weavers in New
Board of Directors, 2001-2009, American Tapestry Alliance
Member: Weavers Guild of RI, Art League of RI.

Janet Austin has been weaving since 1972. She has taught weaving and spinning classes at the Durham (NC) Arts Council, Slater Mill, Court House Center for the Arts, various elementary schools, at the New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS), and in her studio. Her tapestries are exhibited nationally, most recently in Small Expressions 2014,  The Art is the Cloth, and the upcoming Small Tapestry International 4. Janet lectures about tapestry, writes articles for Tapestry Topics, the newsletter of the American Tapestry Alliance, and is author of the blog: Tangled Web

Basket Making highlights

Basket Making highlights


Guild members had a great time making baskets at our 2 December meeting.  Finished basketEveryone was surprised at how difficult it was to make them! Krista found the kits online, and they were paid for through an education grant that the guild received from a past member.  Carol made a prototype and prepared all the materials for the evening. Mine is a little lop-sided, but recognizable as a basket none-the-less.


Judith Shangold at our 28 October Meeting & Program

Judith Shangold at our 28 October Meeting & Program

weaveknitwearJudith Shangold presents her new book


at the Fiber Loft, Harvard, MA

Join us as our own Judith Shangold presents her new book Weave-Knit-Wear, and talks about weaving clothing on a rigid heddle loom.  You don’t need a large loom to make garments!  Judith will be bringing along some of the items featured in the book.

Social time, refreshments and time to view guild library items begins at 7 pm.  A brief business meeting, followed by the evening’s program will begin at 7:30pm.

September Meeting – Field Trip!

September Meeting – Field Trip!

SATURDAY, September 27, 2014 is our first meeting of Fall

Please join us for a tour of della Luxa Studio and meet artist Lyn Christiansen! A tour will begin at 10am.
144 Moody St, Bldg 4, Fl2
Waltham, MA 02453


A sample of Lyn’s work


Lyn uses many materials but most of her work involves fiber, stone, or glass. She uses ancient interlacing techniques such as cord twisting and kumihimo braiding. With these complexly patterned braids of hand dyed silk, she forms exquisite wall hangings . She positions, cuts, and shapes stones and glass to make symbolic mosaic patterns on walls, floors, and free hanging  panels. She textures marble and forms sculptural substrates to add shape and depth to her mosaic murals. She incorporates water, light, turned wood, wire or found objects to create special effects or add an element of surprise.

Lyn’s art works have been shown in juried shows nationally at venues including: H&R Block Art Space, Kansas, City; Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX; Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas; Acadianna Center for the Arts, Louisiana; The Goldstein Museum of Design, St. Paul, MN; Hansen Memorial Museum, Kansas; Art Windows, Waltham, MA; and the Hoffman Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Her work also was shown at the Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. She has taught workshops Finding Your Voice Through Braids, Manchester, England and Mosaic, Small Things Add Up, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Lyn will talk about her journey, and about the history of kumihimo and other forms of braiding. She
will have a range of samples, finished and on-going work of various types, books, etc. She has a range
of kumihimo stands and will demo on the big taka-dai which doesn’t travel and is a type of loom many people haven’t seen.

Headcount is required. Carpooling and lunch in Waltham can be arranged if there is enough interest.
We also have the option to tour “A Place to Weave”, Beth Guertin’s studio in Waltham, in the afternoon.

Please let Penny know if you plan to attend, would like to carpool and/or join us for lunch and the
additional tour of A Place to Weave.

We’ll get back to our regular meeting schedule next month, with a meeting 7 p.m. on Tuesday 28 October at the Fiber Loft.