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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:

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 10 – October 5
  • Set-up will happen on Sunday, September 8, 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.  Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday Noon-4pm.
More information coming soon! 


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.

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.

NEWS Registration opens this Sunday at 2pm!

NEWS Registration opens this Sunday at 2pm!

New England Weavers’ Seminars Registration opens this Sunday. Some classes fill up quickly, so it’s best to visit the NEWS site in advance to make sure your account is ready to go. More details:

Please mark on your calendars this year’s dates for NEWS (New England Weavers’ Seminar) that will be held at Smith College in Northampton, MA from July 11-14, 2019. The website is: Please open the website and click on the 2019 Conference link, then scroll down and you will see the various workshops, events, and registration. ONLINE REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MARCH 10th AT 2:00 PM. Happy Weaving!


New in the library: Threads magazine

New in the library: Threads magazine

Someone has donated a complete set of Threads magazine to our library.  It’s going to be a while before they’re completely processed and catalogued, but contact the librarian if you want to borrow specific issues. According to the online index, there are twelve articles by Daryl Lancaster, including “Sewing with Handwoven Fabrics” in issue #163.

Rocking-Knit: a rocking chair that knits you a hat as you read the paper

Rocking-Knit: a rocking chair that knits you a hat as you read the paper

(Forwarded to us by Reba)

Follow the link below for images and video

Two longtime porch activities are now combined into one simple contraption thanks to designers Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex, creators of the Rocking Knit. The wooden rocking chair is rigged to knit as you sway back and forth, producing a cap from minimal energy output. The invention was produced as a part of Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne‘s Low-Tech Factory, a workshop that encourages students from the industrial design program to invent simple machines that at once create an experience and a material good. Ludi and Peillex premiered their contraption at Designer’s Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland and produced a video that demonstrates their invention below. 

Bolton Artisans Guild 12th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

Bolton Artisans Guild 12th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

Posted on behalf of Chris Sterling:

“I am a charter member of the Bolton Artisans Guild. We will be having our 12th annual holiday exhibition and sale this Saturday from 1 to 4 at The First Parish Church on Route 117 in Bolton. Please come by and see the wonderful and diverse articles created by my fellow guild members.”

Bolton Artisans Guild holiday show and sale December 12, 2015 1:00 - 4:00PM

Library update: new titles

Library update: new titles

New and new-ish titles in the Guild library. Contact the Guild librarian to reserve any of these.

DVD: The Efficient Weaver by Laura Fry
Book donated by Joan Paul:
Title Author
The weaving, spinning, and dyeing book (second edition) Rachel Brown
Books donated by Judith Shangold:
Title Author
Adventures in yarn farming: four seasons on a New England fiber farm Barbara Parry with photos by Ben Barnhart
Weave * knit * wear: simply fabulous clothing for rigid-heddle (and other) weavers Judith Shangold
Books donated by Pat MacAlpine:
Weaves and pattern drafting, John Tovey
The rosepath motif: an approach to weaving design, Margaret B. Windeknecht
Ikat: an introduction; Japanese ikat: warp,weft,figure Diane Ritch and Yoshiko Wada
Quilts to wear Virginia Avery
The handweaver’s pattern book: over 120 designs for upholstery, curtains, place mats, etc. Iona Plath
Handspinning: art and technique Allen Fannin
Handloom weaving technology Allen Fannin
Spin span spun: fact and folklore for spinners and weavers Bette Hochberg
Dyeing the natural way Frances E. Mustard
Dyeplants and dyeing: a handbook
A twill of your choice Paul R. O’Connor
Brocade Harriet Tidball
Ancient dyes for modern weavers Palmy Weigle
Step by step spinning and dyeing Eunice Svinicki
The double weave, plain and patterned Harriet Tidball
Hands on dyeing Betsy Blumenthal and Kathryn Kreider
Weave structures used in North American coverlets +ACI-Clarita Anderson, Judith Gordon, and Naomi Whiting Towner
Knitting on the loom: techniques for producing knit stitches within the woven structure Birgit Olson Barron


Magazines donated by Dorothy Solbrig:

1994: January/February, March/April, May/June, September/October and November/December
1995: January/February

Newsletters donated by Penny Lacroix:

The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, issues 86 and 87 (October 2014 and January 2015)

Newsletters purchased by the Guild:

The Spinning Wheel Sleuth Loom Supplement, issues 6, 7 and 9-16, inclusive; Index to Issues 1 – 15


Art to Wear Workshop with Sarah Fortin
Compiled by Linda Snook. A record of our March, 2014 garment construction workshop with Sarah Fortin, including about 20 pages of background information from Sarah, as well as swatches and project notes from 12 participants.