Hey all, any suggestions? I am considering going smaller to a Wolf Pup or similar 8 shaft but would be selling my 8 shaft/10 treadle Mighty Wolf 36 inch with every bell and whistle known to man.
Due to the uncertain times we are living in with current COVID-19 restrictions, we are cancelling and postponing some of our Spring programs.
28April2020 afternoon meeting is cancelled. This was to be a presentation of “other looms”, where members would be able to try out different types of looms that they may not have had previous exposure to. We will keep this program on our list to be rescheduled, but there will be no meeting on the 28th.
23-25April2020 “The World isn’t Flat” workshop with Sally Eyring is being rescheduled. Participants will be contacted directly to find a timeline that works for everyone. There are still a couple of seats available if anyone is interested.
26May2020 “Polychrome Huck” presentation with Sue Hall Smith is being rescheduled. We are holding this date open to have a social “What I did on COVID break” meeting, in the hopes that things will re-open by then.
23June2020 Pot Luck meeting is scheduled to be at Marie’s lovely home in Bolton. Again, we are holding this date in the hopes that we will be allowed to gather by then. Details TBA.
We will post more as things evolve in these ever-changing times. Meanwhile, stay well and Weave On!
Our meeting scheduled for 24March2020, featuring a presentation on Shibori, has been cancelled. We will do our best to reschedule this topic for another time, once all COVID-19 directives have been lifted.
We are still planning to hold our meeting and our 3 day workshop in April, but will reassess as things evolve. Stay tuned for updates.
Meanwhile, everyone stay safe and well, and keep weaving!!
At the regular Guild meeting on 24 February, Penny Lacroix will be showing us how to create a symetrical V-shawl (or V-scarf) from a 4-shaft warp. Together we’ll look at how double weave works and then see the magic of the V-shawl!
Socializing, snacks and library time start at 7. The meeting starts at 7:30.
At The Fiber Loft, 9 Mass Ave., Harvard, MA
Registration for the 3D workshop opens to non-guild members on Wednesday 26 February. If you’re thinking about the workshop, now is the time to hand in your check!
Still missing from the guild library: Handwoven May/June 2010
Please check your things! This may have been left in the pile of donated magazines at the December meeting. Front cover pictured below. Our copy has a bright orange sticker in the upper left-hand corner (also pictured below,) a card pocket inside the cover, and is stamped in many places with the “Nashoba Valley Weavers Guild” stamp.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 28th, at 7 pm at The Fiber Loft.
We will socialize from 7 to 7:30.
At 7:30 we will have a quick business meeting.
We do not have a formal speaker planned, but will have show and tell, and talk about what NEWS classes we took and show what we did in the classes. We can also talk about what we are currently working on, and any challenges or questions we have about our weaving.
We are also going to have DOOR PRIZES this month. We have a good number of various kinds and styles of shuttles left to the Guild by Pauline Duke. Everyone will go home with at least one door prize!
So far, next Tuesday is forecast with good weather, so hope to see you at the meeting.
The World Isn’t Flat! – 3D Loom Weaving Workshop with Sally Eyring
Date: Spring 2021 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Time: All day (specific hours TBD)
Location: Harvard Congregational Church, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA
Cost: $175 for NVWG members/ $200 for non-members; includes $20 materials fee
Max participants: 12, taken as checks are received. Payment is required to reserve a spot.
The world isn’t flat, so why should you think of your weaving as always being flat? You have spent years learning the rules of two dimensional weaving; now learn how to break those rules to weave 3D sculptural forms. Basket weavers have been weaving three dimensional objects since antiquity, but this class will give you the thought processes and ideas for weaving 3D forms on your loom. See for examples of sculptural weaving, and start thinking about the shapes that you would like to weave!
This is a hands-on workshop of 3 days in length, approximately 6-8 hours per day.
Each student will need to bring a table or floor loom, with a minimum of 4 shafts, that has been previously warped per instructions that are sent out ahead of time. The warp will be tied to the front cloth beam, sleyed, and threaded through the shafts as instructed. However, the warp will not be entirely beamed onto the back beam prior to class. Each student will need between 2 and 4 clean, empty milk or juice jugs (the kind with a loop handle) that can be filled with water and hung off the back beam as weights to provide tension for certain sections of the warp. Each student will bring several extra bobbins that can be used (as they will be shown) to attach the chained warp sections to the water weights.
Students will need to bring their own shuttles (3 are recommended), weft yarn, a reed or threading hook, and scissors. Students may bring other tools as needed.
Sally will provide the students with certain design materials and some small specialized tools. Handouts will be provided.
Sally will prepare the materials and send out warping instructions ahead of time. She will also personally contact each student to make sure they understand the warping instructions.
Prerequisites: Registrants must be able to warp their own loom ahead of time following special instructions provided by Sally.
At our meeting/workshop on Tuesday, I will be selling fair trade handwoven and other handcrafted goods from two women’s cooperatives in Guatemala, Mayan Hands and UPAVIM. Please bring cash or checks and be prepared to buy!
This is the last year I will do this, because I’m needed more at home. If anyone is interested in doing it next year, I’d be happy to explain what is involved and to help next year. Basically, I get a consignment of goods, check the shipments against the inventory list, take the stuff to various places to sell, and send back the unsold items. Most sales are at the Harvard Unitarian Church’s Fair Trade Faire. It’s a very worthwhile cause, and seeing and handling all the goods is fun.
See you on Tuesday!
Due to the snowstorm, the workshop scheduled for today has been postponed one week, to 10 Dec 2019. We anticipate the details will all be the same, but need to confirm the location. Stay tuned for updates, and enjoy the bonus day, maybe with some weaving?