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!
I’m planning to bring some handwovens, baskets, and other handcrafts to sell at our guild meeting next Tuesday. They are Fair Trade items from Mayan Hands and UPAVIM, two women’s cooperatives in Guatemala (mayanhands.org and upavim.org). Bring your checkbooks and plan to shop!
New Skeleton Tieup Search
We have added a new page to help find skeleton tieups for weaving on rising shed looms.
Please see: http://reducer.handweaving.net
Skeleton tieups are useful if you have enough shafts to weave a draft but not enough treadles, and don’t mind using more than one treadle at once.
You can either enter the original tieup directly, or upload a WIF file containing it and we will try to find a skeleton tieup for it which can be woven on your loom.
The page uses some special custom parallel programming which runs using processing power provided by Amazon’s cloud services.
This was inspired by another similar page named Tim’s Rudimentary Treadle Reducer, but likely works very differently underneath.
Below is a sample showing a skeleton tieup for Handweaving.net pattern #59161, found here: https://handweaving.net/draft-detail/59161/page-xi-figure-208-posselts-textile-journal-june-1913-united-states-1907-1915
If this is popular we will probably expand it to have more features and to work with looms that are not rising shed too.
This skeleton tieup search was a learning project for me. It offered chance to use some brand new technologies while creating something that is hopefully useful to weavers, especially those with 4 and 8 shaft looms. This was actually surprisingly difficult yet fun to create…there is a lot of set theory math involved in treadle reduction and careful technical design and programming needed to find and present skeleton tieups. Of all the things I’ve programmed for Handweaving.net it’s one of the more complicated underneath even though it looks simple on the surface.
Enjoy, and please share or forward this to help others find it! –Kris Bruland
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The Handweavers Guild of Connecticut is having a show til the end of April in New Haven. Laurie Autio was one of the jurors and highly recommends it.
I’m thinking of going, maybe this Thursday. Is anyone else interested?
At Weavers of Western Mass on Feb 15, 2017, please join us!
Using Marian Stubenitsky’s Weaving With Echo and Iris book as a springboard, the Echo Weave Study Group has been busy exploring this diverse weaving system. At the February meeting, the members will show their samples and finished pieces, and share what they learned. Echo weave can be intimidating, but with a computer weaving program the study group found that it’s not difficult to create beautiful work. Come and see the diverse shapes, including diamonds, circles, waves, and flowers that can be formed when treadlings have been networked and colors applied to design lines that have been “echoed” in the threading. Although echo can be woven with 4 shafts, the group achieved spectacular results using 8 or 16 shafts.
Several current and former EiAW class members participated in this study.
Meeting at the Hill Institute, Florence, MA
12:30PM-1:00PM Refreshments / Socializing
1:00 PM-1:40PM Guild Business Meeting concludes with Show & Tell
Anybody remember what they use for warp? Cotton, I believe, but what weight? (I have a question from the weaving list.)
posted at the owner’s request:
I have a Nilus LeClerc table loom that I would like to donate. It is approximately 19″ (W) by 30″ (L) and has a weaving width of about 15-16″. It is a rising shed (I believe – not an expert) and has 2 sets of 4 shafts. The loom was purchased new by my late wife in the mid-70s and lightly used for only about 3-4 years. It is in good shape.
Reba asks that we bring our woven lap blankets to the Guild meeting on Dec. 1. If you can’t make it then, you can leave them at the Fiber Loft by Dec. 15.
Bring them in and let us all admire them!
I plan to bring some Fair Trade Mayan woven and other goods to sell at the guild meeting on Dec. 1. The items are from Mayan Hands and UPAVIM, two cooperatives of women weavers in Guatemala. I have brought them to the December meeting for the last few years, and they have been popular. Bring your checkbooks!