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October 25 Meeting Program 7pm

October 25 Meeting Program 7pm

ORIGAMI BAGS with Judith Shangold

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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.

 

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

Mayan Hands sale

Mayan Hands sale

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!

Fruitlands demos on 10/11

Fruitlands demos on 10/11

So far four of us have expressed interest in helping to demo at Fruitlands on 10/11: Judith, Penny, Leslie, and me. The demo is 12-4pm. We will have the guild loom with some of Reba’s softball cotton for lap blankets. Judith offered to bring her RH to demo; I think Leslie has one too that she used in Sept. I don’t want to treadle yet because of a sore foot, but I can bring my inkle loom. So my questions are:

Are you all still willing to help? Does anyone else want to join in?
Do you want to be there all four hours, or just part?
Laura, will you take the loom back after the demo?

WGB Weavers’ yard sale

WGB Weavers’ yard sale

WEAVERS’ YARD SALE – September 25 – 27, 2015 – Public Welcome
ALL are welcome at the Weavers Guild of Boston’s sale of yarn, equipment and books from estates. Members may bring their own to sell, on the same terms as the Member Sale Table at meetings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Guild. Books cover weaving, knitting, sewing, and other needlecrafts.
9/25: 10am – 9pm; 9/26: 10am – 5pm; 9/27 11am – 4pm. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. At: Beth Guertin’s studio: 49 Pleasant Street, Waltham, MA. 781-863-1449; email: yarnexp@aol.com.

Fruitlands update

Fruitlands update

We will be doing demonstrations at Fruitlands on Sept 14, 10AM-4PM, and Oct 11, 12-4. In September we have two people demonstrating on the guild loom. If anyone is interested in bringing a loom, a rigid heddle, inkle, or table loom, we could offer people a hand-on opportunity. We have 3 people on Oct 11, but more are always welcome. If you would like to help, let me know.

Do you want to try tapestry weaving?

Do you want to try tapestry weaving?

Janet’s submission to the Faculty Exhibit at NEWS, July 2015

There is still space in Janet Austen’s Tapestry Workshop the last weekend of October. All the details can be found at this post https://nvwg.org/?p=490. This class sold out at NEWS, to the disappointment of many.

To sign up, send an email to Laura to hold your spot, and send a check to Laura Busky, 96 South St, Berlin MA  01503.

This class is appropriate for all weaving levels.

Tapestry Workshop Announced

Tapestry Workshop Announced

Tapestry Weaving Workshop with Janet Austin

Work in progress: Janet’s 2015 calendar tapestry


Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October 2015
9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30

Class description: Tapestries can be woven on any loom, but frame looms have the advantage of being inexpensive and portable.  In this 2-day class, participants will learn basic tapestry techniques for creating shapes, a mini tapestry design lesson and information about tapestry tools and materials. No previous experience is required.

Cost: $175 for the 2-day workshop. Checks should be made payable to the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild.

Materials fee: $35 per student materials fee is payable to Janet on the first day of class. The fee includes yarn and a frame loom.  You get to keep the loom but if you prefer you can return it for a $25 refund.

Supplies: Notebook, pencil and scissors. Bringing your own yarn is optional.

There are a maximum of 8 students in this class.  We will take checks to reserve your spot on a first come, first served basis beginning at the Guild pot luck on Tuesday 23 June.  If you want to sign up for the class but are not coming to the pot luck, please contact Penny before 6 pm on Tuesday 23 June.  If there are more than 8, we will have a random drawing of all those signed up on the first day.

There is a possibility that we will schedule a second session of the same class if there is enough demand.  So if you are interested in the class but cannot go the weekend we have scheduled, please let us know.

Janet Austen, Tapestry Weaver

Floral Fragments #6 by Janet Austen

BFA, Fibers, Massachusetts College of Art
MFA, Painting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Coordinator and Secretary, 1993-2009, Tapestry Weavers in New
Board of Directors, 2001-2009, American Tapestry Alliance
Member: Weavers Guild of RI, Art League of RI.

Janet Austin has been weaving since 1972. She has taught weaving and spinning classes at the Durham (NC) Arts Council, Slater Mill, Court House Center for the Arts, various elementary schools, at the New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS), and in her studio. Her tapestries are exhibited nationally, most recently in Small Expressions 2014,  The Art is the Cloth, and the upcoming Small Tapestry International 4. Janet lectures about tapestry, writes articles for Tapestry Topics, the newsletter of the American Tapestry Alliance, and is author of the blog: Tangled Web  www.austintapestry.blogspot.com

Potluck Supper

Potluck Supper

June 23 Potluck Supper, Guild Meeting and Challenge Projects

This year Reba is graciously hosting the pot luck supper and Annual Meeting at her home.  The supper will begin at 6:30pm. Please park on Armstrong Road rather than on Reba’s road as her road is too busy.  Bring a dish to share and a place setting (plate, utensils and cup). Drinks will be provided.

Don’t forget your Guild Challenge projects which will be displayed.  There will also be a silent auction of weaving books donated by Pat McAlpine.  Reba will have some of her stash for sale and will give a percentage of the sales to the guild. We will also pick up our Softball Cotton Yarns for the blanket projects for nursing home donations.

Reminder – It is time to pay membership dues – please bring a check for $25 to the meeting and give it to Laura.

Details about the fall tapestry workshop with Janet Austin will be revealed at the meeting and deposits will be taken to reserve space in the workshop. The workshop will be held on October 24-25.