This year’s theme: Out of the darkness, into the white!
As we begin to re-emerge into a new Pandemic-induced normal, we reflect on things we’ve learned during quarantine. We learned that inclement weather meetings don’t need to be canceled when they are held online. We also learned that some speakers are willing to “Zoom in” from different locales, giving us affordable access to presentations that are out of our geographical area. Finally, we learned that many of us appreciate “in person” meetings when it’s safe to do so, especially when Show and Tell is involved! This year’s program calendar tries to balance all of these lessons. Check out our upcoming programs here.
This year’s Challenge: Weave something using just one color (color of your choice) and white. Get as inventive as you like! What effects can you create? Which tints of your chosen color do you like best? Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone, or stay right within it. Have your piece(s) ready to showcase and talk about at the Annual/Potluck meeting in June!
Mark your calendars for the first meeting Guild meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, starting at 7:00 PM via Zoom. After a brief business meeting, Carol James will join us for a presentation on fingerweaving. What exactly is fingerweaving, and why would a person want to learn the technique? This presentation shows you the basics of creating cloth without using a loom. Carol James re-traces her path of discovery of this low-tech textile method. We begin with the Quebecois tradition that Carol learned because of her husband’s roots. Carol shows us a manner to create the dense warp-faced cloth known as “ceinture fleche” or arrow belt. We then follow Carol’s path of discovery of this branch of fingerweaving and then some of its many variations. She shares images from around the world reaching back to prehistoric times. Evidence for this low-tech textile method includes bags, belts, shawls, and skirts. Take inspiration from the past, and never again will you have to say, “too bad I can’t take my handweaving with me”.
Nashoba Valley Weavers Guild December 6, 2022, Meeting & Workshop RSVP Required 1:00 PM–3:00 PM (in-person only) Congregational Church of Harvard, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA
Fran Levi will present Hemstitching & Friends
On-loom techniques for stabilizing first and last weft rows and really dressing up a piece of weaving. This is a fast paced, hands on review of some of the neglected tools in your weaving toolbox. You will go home with a sampler of techniques for future reference.
Things to bring: Sewing scissors Sewing glasses Selection of tapestry needles Tie on tags for labeling (I’ll bring some if you don’t have them handy) Tatting hook or tiny crochet hook (optional) Knitting needle 12” or shorter any size between 0 & 5 (optional) Magnification (optional) Personal work light (optional)
Come explore handweaving.net with us on Tuesday 25Oct at 7pm on Zoom!
Handweaving.net has multiple useful design and exploration tools to offer weavers of all levels. In addition to drafts, there is a draft editor, a color editor, a digital archive, and more. The base website is available for free. A low cost subscription gives you access to all the tools. Co-Chair Penny Lacroix will lead this Zoom presentation.
The link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out to all members prior to next Tues. Not a member and want to join the meeting? Guests are welcome. Email email@example.com to request the login credentials.
Reminder: Dues for the 2022/23 year are due by this meeting! If you haven’t paid, please send cash or check for $25 to PO Box 50, Harvard MA 01451.
We plan to gather in person at the Congregational Church of Harvard (5 Still River Road) at 7:00pm on September 27th. While we do have some business to address, this will primarily be an organized social meeting to catch up on what we did over the summer.
–Dues are due! If you have not already paid your 2022-2023 dues, you may pay them at the meeting. Please make your $25 check payable to NVWG. Dues must be paid by the October meeting to remain a member for this year.
–Vote on Bylaws amendments. The proposed Bylaws changes were sent to all members on June 29th for your review. There are some important changes to consider before the vote. We will send the document again as a reminder to review it before the meeting. Please watch your email for this reminder.
–Please bring your 2021-2022 Guild Challenge with you to this meeting. We will take pictures for use in the Annual Report!
-Fellow member Chris Zook will Emcee the social activities. Please be prepared to spend 2 or 3 minutes to “show and tell” what you did over the summer!
-There will be door prizes to give out! These are little gifts that were provided by the HGA.
-Mingling, as time allows. We have the church hall until 9pm.
New members are always welcome!
In accordance with current local, State and Federal guidelines, masks will be optional.
An opportunity to demonstrate weaving and sell finished goods at the Bolton-Harvard Open Studios weekend of October 1-2, 2022. The hours are 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM Sunday, with the option to stay till 5:00 PM.
The Fiber Loft is giving us use of the upstairs space. The Guild will have to take payments for our goods with 10% of sales to be paid to the Fiber Loft for commission.
The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is the same weekend and higher than average numbers of people are anticipated to be visiting the store. It is an excellent opportunity for a weaving demonstrations to the public, selling our finished items, along with some of Pauline Duke’s finished goods, and publicity for the Guild.
There will be plenty of company! Several guild members (Leslie, Chris, Reba, and Penny) plan to attend. You can come for just one day or part of the day. Who else wants to join us?
Hi all! Did this work? I have attempted to upload a photo of samples from the ATA workshop “Tapestry Three Ways” in Knoxville in July…
The two tapestry workshops started right at the end of Convergence – I attended the one led by Fiona Hutchinson (fabulous tapestry artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland) and had a blast! It was really lovely to catch up with weavers from around the country that I haven’t seen in years, and to make new friends. Makes me that much more excited for NEWS next summer (I sure hope there will be tapestry offerings there as well).
The NVWG is currently on Summer Break, but things are on track for the fall on the fourth Thursday of the month! Check the Program tab for dates and details as they become available. In the meantime, members are invited to post comments and photos about your own summer fiber fun! Here are some of mine.