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Circle Weaving Techniques

Circle Weaving Techniques

Circle Weaving with Jacquie Chalmers

Please Note – the program will begin at 7 pm

The March meeting of the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild will be presented by Jacquie Chalmers on Circle Weaving Techniques and an example application – covered buttons.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 pm at the Fiber Loft in Harvard, MA.  Please note that the actual meeting will start at 7 pm.  Join us for socializing, refreshments and to peruse library selections at 6:30 pm.  Class will include how to warp the circular loom, weave a design and how to finish the project. We will then take it off the loom and use it to cover a button. After making a button using the basic weave we will learn one or two additional weaving techniques to achieve different visual effects in the finished work.

*** Kit/materials : $5 for members, $10 for non-members.  The guild is subsidizing this workshop by paying half of the materials fee for members. Includes circle loom, threads, buttons; material to make 4 buttons.

*** Students should bring a size 18 tapestry needle and scissors.

Instructor Bio: Jacquie Chalmers   –  Jacquie splits her time between the calm of her studio in upstate New York and the frenzy of busy Boston Massachusetts. She has taught many classes at Fiber College, shows and guilds. A long time knitter, spinner, dyer, felter and needle tatter, she has recently focused on circle weaving. She loves nothing more than mastering a new skill, applying it in a new way and sharing it with others.

December Kumihimo Registration Reminder

December Kumihimo Registration Reminder
Kumihimo presented by Judith Shangold
Judith Shangold will teach us to make a Half-Round Braid Kumihimo necklace or bracelet at our combined November/December meeting. Please note:  This meeting  is a daytime program and will start at 1pm on December 1st at the Fiber Loft. This will be a hands on project and we need members to register in advance so that Judith will be able to bring the necessary supplies for the class.  At the bottom of this announcement is a registration form indicating the supplies needed. There is no charge for the class except the cost of the supplies you choose to purchase from Judith.  Please fill out the form and return it to Judith Shangold by email at by November 13th. 



Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild

I will be teaching half round/flat braid which requires 8 cords and a kumihimo disk. We will be making a wrap around bracelet or necklace. Please indicate if you are planning on coming to the December 1 meeting and class and which supplies you are in need of.
Yes, I am coming. Name ______________________________.
  1. Kumihimo disk. I have one ___. I would like to borrow one ___. I would like to buy one for $2.50 ___.
  1. 8 plastic bobbins.  I have them ___. I would like to borrow them ___. I would like to buy them for $2.00 (total for 8) ___.
  1. I use size 0, 1mm satin cord/rattail. I have many colors to choose from. A set of 8 cords is $3.00
            I will bring my own cord ____. I would like to purchase a set of cords ____.
  1. I can supply a flat magnetic clasp, pewter, silver color for $7. Yes, I would like one ____.
  1. The braid can be made with or without beads. The teardrop beads shown in the attached picture are from Regular price is $15 a string of 25 beads (you use all of them). They often have sales and I receive e-mail alerts. On sale, they are $7.50 – $10 a strand. I will have a collection of them for you to choose from or you can look at the site and tell me which colors you like.  Yes, I would like a strand of beads_____. Please alert me when there is a sale and I will choose a color _____. I will pick from your selection ______.
  1. Other supplies needed: Small sharp scissors, sewing needle with large-ish eye, bead thread (for finishing ends), E-6000 glue. I will supply these, but please bring them if you have them.



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 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

Basket Making highlights

Basket Making highlights


Guild members had a great time making baskets at our 2 December meeting.  Finished basketEveryone was surprised at how difficult it was to make them! Krista found the kits online, and they were paid for through an education grant that the guild received from a past member.  Carol made a prototype and prepared all the materials for the evening. Mine is a little lop-sided, but recognizable as a basket none-the-less.


Judith Shangold at our 28 October Meeting & Program

Judith Shangold at our 28 October Meeting & Program

weaveknitwearJudith Shangold presents her new book


at the Fiber Loft, Harvard, MA

Join us as our own Judith Shangold presents her new book Weave-Knit-Wear, and talks about weaving clothing on a rigid heddle loom.  You don’t need a large loom to make garments!  Judith will be bringing along some of the items featured in the book.

Social time, refreshments and time to view guild library items begins at 7 pm.  A brief business meeting, followed by the evening’s program will begin at 7:30pm.

September Meeting – Field Trip!

September Meeting – Field Trip!

SATURDAY, September 27, 2014 is our first meeting of Fall

Please join us for a tour of della Luxa Studio and meet artist Lyn Christiansen! A tour will begin at 10am.
144 Moody St, Bldg 4, Fl2
Waltham, MA 02453


A sample of Lyn’s work


Lyn uses many materials but most of her work involves fiber, stone, or glass. She uses ancient interlacing techniques such as cord twisting and kumihimo braiding. With these complexly patterned braids of hand dyed silk, she forms exquisite wall hangings . She positions, cuts, and shapes stones and glass to make symbolic mosaic patterns on walls, floors, and free hanging  panels. She textures marble and forms sculptural substrates to add shape and depth to her mosaic murals. She incorporates water, light, turned wood, wire or found objects to create special effects or add an element of surprise.

Lyn’s art works have been shown in juried shows nationally at venues including: H&R Block Art Space, Kansas, City; Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX; Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas; Acadianna Center for the Arts, Louisiana; The Goldstein Museum of Design, St. Paul, MN; Hansen Memorial Museum, Kansas; Art Windows, Waltham, MA; and the Hoffman Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Her work also was shown at the Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. She has taught workshops Finding Your Voice Through Braids, Manchester, England and Mosaic, Small Things Add Up, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Lyn will talk about her journey, and about the history of kumihimo and other forms of braiding. She
will have a range of samples, finished and on-going work of various types, books, etc. She has a range
of kumihimo stands and will demo on the big taka-dai which doesn’t travel and is a type of loom many people haven’t seen.

Headcount is required. Carpooling and lunch in Waltham can be arranged if there is enough interest.
We also have the option to tour “A Place to Weave”, Beth Guertin’s studio in Waltham, in the afternoon.

Please let Penny know if you plan to attend, would like to carpool and/or join us for lunch and the
additional tour of A Place to Weave.

We’ll get back to our regular meeting schedule next month, with a meeting 7 p.m. on Tuesday 28 October at the Fiber Loft.