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: www.newenglandweavers.org. 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!
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.
Does anyone want this very wide rigid heddle loom? It has a 44″ weaving width, 8, 10, and 12-dent heddles, and a folding stand. The heddles are stamped “Beka” but I suspect this is some sort of homemade Frankstein dealie. Free to new home. Contact Kathy Tappan or comment here.
NEWS Registration has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 19, at 2:00 pm.
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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.
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.”
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:
|The weaving, spinning, and dyeing book (second edition)
Books donated by Judith Shangold:
|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
Books donated by Pat MacAlpine:
|Weaves and pattern drafting,
|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
|The handweaver’s pattern book: over 120 designs for upholstery, curtains, place mats, etc.
|Handspinning: art and technique
|Handloom weaving technology
|Spin span spun: fact and folklore for spinners and weavers
|Dyeing the natural way
||Frances E. Mustard
|Dyeplants and dyeing: a handbook
|A twill of your choice
||Paul R. O’Connor
|Ancient dyes for modern weavers
|Step by step spinning and dyeing
|The double weave, plain and patterned
|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
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.
Longtime Guild member Pat McAlpine has donated a large number of books to our library. A few titles we already owned, and Pat requested that any duplicates be passed on to Guild members. The books in the list below will be distributed at the June potluck, possibly by silent auction or random drawing. Details to be determined; we’ll do our best to include everyone who can’t attend the potluck, too.
Many thanks to Pat for this generous donation.
|The complete illustrated book of dyes from natural sources
||Arnold and Connie Krochmal
|Double weave: theory & practice
|Early American weaving and dyeing
||J. and R. Bronson
|Natural dyes and home dyeing
||Rita J. Adrosko
|Step-by-step spinning and dyeing
|The techniques of rug weaving
|Textile art from southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women
||Kathleen Curtis Wilson
|Weaving: a creative approach for beginners
|Workshop notes for winding multi-colored warps with a warping paddle
From Jayne Flanagan, Past President NEWS 2003:
The NEWS Beginners Class is a good “new home” for draft sheets with samples that your members may be de-stashing or “spring cleaning” (if spring ever gets here). Once again I will be collecting them, sorting and bundling, so that each beginning student will leave the conference with a stack of inspiration to go with their new knowledge. Shipping them to me prior to NEWS is an option, but I will be there on Wednesday, so I will try to arrange a drop off location as well. Their teacher, Carol Birtwistle, always says that the students are thrilled with this extra gift from all of us. Thanks in advance!
UPDATE from Jayne:
The drop off location at NEWS will be a box in the Registration Desk area.
Or contact one of your NEWS representatives for Jayne’s mailing address.
Need something interesting to watch while you wait for the new season of House of Cards? Contact the guild librarian to borrow any of these DVDs:
- Laura Fry: The efficient weaver (2014) (new!)
- Tom Knisely: The loom owner’s companion (2011)
- Woven wearables and accessories: an exhibit featuring members of the Nashoba Valley Weaver’s Guild (2008)
- Peggy Osterkamp: Warping the loom from back to front (2005 and 2002, two copies)
- Mollie Freeman and Sara Lamb: Warp painting plus: garment design and construction tips (2005)
- Candace Crockett: Fabric painting with dyes on silk and cotton (2005)
- Tracy Penfield: Bodywork for weavers and fiber artists (1995)
- Patsy Zawistoski: Spinning cotton, silk & flax (1992)
- Donna Sullivan: Color interaction for handweavers (1991)
- Nancy Harvey: Tapestry weaving level I (1985)
- Nancy Arthur Hoskins: Boundweaving Level 1 and 2 (two disks)
- Sandra Betzina Webster: Handwoven and quilted garments
If you still own a cassette player, something nice to listen to while you weave is
- Carla Sciaky’s Spin the weaver’s song (1992)