September is going to be a busy month for NVWG

September is going to be a busy month for NVWG

NVWG Exhibit at Fivesparks

  • The exhibit will be open from September 2 – September 29
  • Set-up will happen on Sunday, September 1, from noon to 4 PM.
  • The opening reception is on Friday, September 13, from 7pm–9pm.
  • Location: 7 Fairbank St, Harvard, MA 01451
  • For more information, contact one of the chairpersons.

September meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 7pm

“3D Weaving – Old Technology & New Inspirations,” a presentation by Sally Eyring.
More information below.

NVWG Sale at Fivesparks

 NVWG will host a sale of members’ work at Fivesparks on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29. 
More information coming soon! 

 

September 24, 2019: 3D Weaving – Old Technology and New Inspirations

September 24, 2019: 3D Weaving – Old Technology and New Inspirations

ruffled neck piece3D Weaving – Old Technology and New Inspirations

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Light refreshments at 7:00pm, program at 7:30pm
Location:  Fivesparks (7 Fairbank St, Harvard, MA)

Sally Eyring will be the guest speaker on Tuesday 9/24/19, sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild. The talk will start at 7:30, following a reception at 7:00. The talk is in conjunction with the NVWG exhibit, which will be on display at Five Sparks for the month of September. The talk is open to the public.

Three dimensional weaving has a long and varied history, starting with arachnids 400 million years ago to the space age fabrics of today. Despite this long history, the terminology is confused and inconsistent. Up to now, hand weaving has been limited to rectangles woven with interesting structures that create surface interest. 

In their book, Ideas in Weaving, Ann Sutton and Diane Sheehan muse on a tension device developed by Janice Lessman-Moss of Kent, Ohio. The device, they say, “broke one of the cardinal rules of even tension maintenance,” and note that “More work like this would bring the handweaving loom (which suffers from innovation deprivation) out of rustic technology and into the twentieth century.”

In trying to remedy the “innovation deprivation” of the hand loom, Sally has developed three different techniques and several loom modifications to allow the hand weaver to create 3D woven forms. She will describe her weaving techniques and tools, and show some of the results.

Sally Eyring has been weaving and building tools since childhood. She earned a BA in Mathematics Education from Arizona State University and a MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her MFA graduate project described the immigration experience through woven sculptural headdresses, using unique 3D weaving methods that she invented. Her work has been featured in the Complex Weavers Journal, WeaveZine, Best of America – Glass Artists & Artisans, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, ArtScope magazine, and other publications. Her book on 3D hand loom weaving will be published by Schiffer Publishing in 2020.

In addition to weaving, Sally both renovates and builds looms, and does glass casting. Her work can be seen at: www.sallyeyring.com

new owner for Handwoven

new owner for Handwoven

Interweave was bought by a new owner. However, Handwoven and SpinOff were bought from them by a new company formed by Linda Ligon, the original founder of both magazines, and longtime editor Anne Merrow. Press release:
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Looms, etc. for sale

Looms, etc. for sale

From the League of NH Craftsmen Newsletter:

HQ was contacted by a lovely woman who, with her husband, had worked for over 25 years doing production weaving for interior designers and architects throughout New England. She is located in Cabot, Vermont . Her husband passed away and she has the following available for sale:

4 harness LeClerc Quebec II Counterbalance Loom

Shuttlecraft Practice Loom 42″

36″ vertical loom

LeClerc Tissart Tapestry Loom

150 lbs roving – wool and mohair, cleaned and ready to use

200+ lbs of quality wool yarns in a variety of colors

Best way to reach her for more information is to call 802-563-2343 (Candace)

**Weavers – please share this information with anyone in your circle who might be interested. It would be a great help to this individual to sell these items for a fair price**

Pot Luck Dinner June 25

Pot Luck Dinner June 25

Hello Everyone!
536 Sugar Road – sage green antique colonial with pumpkin orange trim and my dark brown CRV in front on the right side of the road.

Parking – we have spaces for about 5 – 8 cars or so. Parking on the grass is ok. You can park on Coventry Wood – across/perpendicular to Sugar Rd or tuck in tight along the road.

We can roam around outside, sit on the screened in porch, and drink fancy drinks on the veranda – something like that. I believe the start time is 6:00 – everyone is welcome to come at 5:30 or so to relax.

Master Weavers at Hill Institute Annual Exhibition

Master Weavers at Hill Institute Annual Exhibition

Brenda Parella and Barbara Gordon completed the Hill Institute Master Weaver program this year and will be exhibiting their work at the annual exhibition.

http://www.hillinstitute.com/annual_exhibition.cfm

The Hill Institute (83 Pine Street, Florence, MA) will have its annual exhibition on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge. Everyone is invited, and there will be light refreshments and demonstrations under the tent.

Time Change/Meeting Reminder, Tues 28May2019!!!

Time Change/Meeting Reminder, Tues 28May2019!!!



Our meeting this coming Tuesday, 28May2019 will begin at 1pm, at the Fiber Loft.


By popular vote, our members have asked for assistance in learning to spin their own fiber.  Please come for this afternoon of playing with drop spindles!  Members Krista and Laura will guide you through the yarn spinning process, and get you started on making your own yarns.


If you have a drop spindle (or more than one), please bring them.  There will be drop spindles available to try/practice with…and for purchase if you catch the bug!  We will talk about various kinds of spindles, and there will be ample time to practice if you’re a complete novice. We think you will leave with a solid base knowledge of how to make yarn. Practice, practice, practice, beyond what is taught, is key to making you well-skilled in the art!


Please join us if you have any interest in yarn, making your own, or just how it’s made!

weaving with fabric strips warp and weft

weaving with fabric strips warp and weft

Hello Team NVWG,

I would like to weave some fabric for a jacket so it has to be somewhat stiff (like denim-ish stiff) and have some body and weight. So my question is has anyone woven with fabric strips as both warp and weft?

My plan is to do something with strips much more narrow than what you would use on a rag rug and have a balanced plain weave on my rigid heddle loom.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Marie

23April2019 Meeting Reminder

23April2019 Meeting Reminder

Shaft Switching! Doesn’t that term sound complicated and scary? Yet over and over we hear that it’s a very simple way to diversify your designs. Members Leslie Ardison and Amy Stevens will explain the mystery of this technique, invented by the legendary Peter Collingwood. Social and library time at 7pm, meeting to start promptly at 7:30. Meeting to be held at The Fiber Loft.