Our March meeting will focus on “Organizing your Weaving Studio”. Fellow member Susan Targove (yes, that’s a picture of her wonderfully organized studio) will share her secrets! Susan is an accomplished weaver who, among many other things, designed and created the Caitriot tartan for the lead actress in the Outlander series. Susan also brings her background as a Professional Organizer to this discussion!
Join us at The Fiber Loft at 7pm for social and library time. Our business meeting will start promptly at 7:30, followed by Susan’s presentation.
Please remember that our next meeting is Tues, 22Jan at The Fiber Loft. Refreshments and social time will begin at 7pm. Our meeting will start promptly at 7:30. Amy Stevens will present “Blended Drafts”. See below for details!
Blended drafts are a wonderful way to utilize an 8-shaft loom. Two 4-shaft drafts are combined to make a single 8-shaft draft that allows weaving either of the original 4-shaft drafts. It’s a technique that is particularly effective with overshot drafts, but there are lots of other possibilities for its use. Don’t have an 8-shaft loom? You’ll still walk away with a new perspective on drafting, and a couple examples of “blended” drafts using only 4 shafts.
Handouts, including a bibliography from Kathy Tappan, will be provided. You are encouraged to bring along colored pencils or a computer drafting program on a pad or laptop (if you have one).
Amy Stevens got started weaving in Boulder, Colorado, where she lived from 1980-1984. She has no problem with drafts and warping, but is working hard to develop fluency in weaving—the years since Boulder have included many years with no time to weave. Amy joined NVWG in 2014, and has been treasurer since 2016. She weaves on an 8-harness, 45-inch loom that she bought in Boulder in 1983—a Schacht, of course!
Our combined Nov/Dec meeting is set for next Tuesday, 04Dec. This will be an afternoon meeting, starting at 1pm with refreshments, library and shopping (an advantage to the afternoon meeting!). At 1:30, we’ll have some brief announcements and time for show and tell. Our program this month will be hands on, making star ornaments made out of woven paper strips for holiday decorations. Member Joan Paul will lead this project. Joan would like a headcount, so she knows how many supplies to bring. Please email her if you plan to attend.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday afternoon!
We announced this loom for sale at our October meeting. It belongs to a former student of one of our members. The loom is in Groton, MA. Please contact Lynn Ferrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Harrisville floor loom with adjustable bench, 4 shafts, 6 treadles, 22 weaving inch, plus other equipment. Make an offer!
October 1-7, 2018 is “Spinning and Weaving Week”! The Wayland Summer Farmers’ Market will host a spin-in on Wed, Oct 3rd. Bring your wheel, spindle, loom, knitting or crochet (all are welcome!) and join the fun. The market is held at Russell’s Garden Center, from noon to 5pm.
We will be meeting at The Fiber Loft on September 25th, to kick off our fall programs. Fellow member Leslie Ardison will lead our discussion this month:
“I love the colors and feel of that postcard, I’d really like to translate that to a woven item, but how?” This year’s guild challenge is to use a postcard as inspiration for a woven item. We’ll look at how we begin to think about doing the translation from picture to woven item. We’ll look at color, feel, texture, etc.”
Please join us at 7pm for refreshments, library and social time. Our business meeting will begin promptly at 7:30.
If you haven’t already paid your dues for this coming year, they remain at $25. Please make checks payable to NVWG.
Also, if you took a yarn kit for last year’s challenge, please bring any empty cones back to Kathy, who generously loaned them out to us all.
Finally, this Sunday, 23Sept, is our next Iron Work Farm Open House. We are looking for members to volunteer weaving, spinning, etc, at the Faulkner House in Acton, from 3-5pm. The “house” loom is set up already to weave on, so if you can’t bring in a project, there’s one already waiting for you. They would also welcome any other fiber arts, if you can carry in a project. Please let us know if you can make it by sending a note to email@example.com.