Note the change of day, time and location!
Friday February 22nd at 7 pm at the Memorial Congregational Church at 26 Concord Road in Sudbury. Evelyn Vanderhoop will be arriving at 6:30 to set up and have some chat time before the program starts promptly at 7.
Evelyn Vanderhoop with a handwoven tunic
The Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild and the Boston Area Spinners and Dyers are jointly hosting an evening presentation by Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida weaver.
Evelyn and her family carry on the long textile traditions of the Haida, a Northwest Coast people, with a particular interest in Raven’s Tail Robes. She has spent several years researching this almost lost technique of weaving. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Evelyn to weave a traditional Raven’s Tail Blanket for their collections, and she will be presenting the robe to the museum in February. Evelyn is going to dance the robe at the MFA at 11 am Wednesday, February 20 (probably gallery 168). She will give two programs at the Museum that will include materials and demonstrations of technique on Thursday, February 21 (one hour each; one in late morning and one in early afternoon).
We have invited Evelyn to speak to our two Guilds (and other invited guests) about the history of these robes and the processes involved in making them. While the MFA’s Raven’s Tail Robe will not be part of her presentation (it will already be a accessioned into the museum’s collection), she will include some materials in her talk.
This is a very special program and speaker, and we’re very excited about being able to host this event! Note that this is in place of our regular 4th Tuesday meeting. There will be no meeting on 2/26 at the Fiber Loft.
For more information about Evelyn, please visit her website: http://evelynvanderhoopart.blogspot.com
In addition, a video is being made. There may be some filming at our event, and we may get to see some previews of the work in progress!
The people at Iron Works Farm in Acton and the Faulkner Homestead have invited us to demonstrate again at their open houses this year. Members of the Guild have spent time over the past couple years getting their barn frame loom up and running. When there, we interact with the public while weaving or spinning. We’re looking for people to sign up for the following events:
Patriot’s Day, Sunday 4/15/18, 1-4 pm – This is a busy day at the House, with lots of visitors. They feed volunteers an early supper, and then watch the Acton Minutemen’s Robbins Ride re-enactment at 5:30. So far, we have 3 people signed up (Leslie spinning, Andrew and Penny weaving.)
Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures at the Faulkner House, Sunday 5/27/18, 3-5 pm – This event is specifically to highlight the barn frame loom at the Faulkner House. Being set up with Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures, this will get lot of visitors from around the region. (Leslie, Krista and Penny are signed up so far.)
Other open house dates:
- Sunday 6/24/18, 3-5 pm
- Sunday 7/22/18, 3-5 pm
- Sunday 9/23/18, 3-5 pm
- Acton Open Studios, Saturday/Sunday 10/14 & 15, hours TBD
We’d like for many Guild members to become involved with this over the coming months. If you’re interested, please email Penny.
Reminder: We’ll be at the Fiber Loft today from 10 to 12 to distribute yarn for the workshop, help with winding warps and answer any questions. If you can’t come this morning, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for transfer of your yarn.
Save the date! May 23, 2017, 7pm
In place of our regular May meeting, The Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild Presents
“Yarn: The Movie”
A screening at the Harvard Public Library, Volunteers Room
4 Pond Road, Harvard MA
The film follows several artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house into the world.
Watch a trailer.
The screening is free and open to public. Advance registration is recommended. Email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Iron Work Farm in Acton has offered us an opportunity to participate in their Patriots’ Day activities. The event runs 1-4 pm on Monday 4/17/17. Would anyone like to join Laura to weave on the old loom there? Everything is set up and ready to go. You can read about the event on their website.
If you’re interested, please reply here or email us.
This is where we are hoping to hold a Guild workshop in the fall, so it would be nice to support their activities!
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
Your board is making plans to host a screening of Yarn: the Movie. The hope is to have it on the night of our regular April 2017 guild meeting at a public venue in Harvard. Details will be forthcoming. In the mean time, here’s a link to the trailer, to get you excited about the screening. Although the movie is knitting-oriented, it addresses fiber arts and women’s expression. Enjoy!
There is an exhibit of ikat textiles at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester through December 14. http://www.holycross.edu/iris-and-b-gerald-cantor-art-gallery/current-exhbition
ORIGAMI BAGS with Judith Shangold
Start with a rectangle of fabric, fold it this way and that, sew 2 seams – voila, you have a bag. Or a pillow. We will play with the concept using graph paper models and color pencils to explore design possibilities.
Please bring color pencils and paper scissors.
Judith is a weaver and designer who mostly weaves on a rigid-heddle loom. Her book Weave • Knit • Wear explores clothing ideas that require little cutting and sewing. Always looking for new ideas of what to weave, she discovered a knitted origami bag – also called a bento bag – online and proceeded to try weaving one. She will bring her samples to the workshop.