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
There are two exhibits of Tapestry Weaving in Deerfield MA right now.
I was out that way today and stopped in at the DeerfieldArtsBank exhibit and talked to a few of the weavers. They said the one at Deerfield Acadamy is well worth seeing. Links for both exhibits are below.
I am definitely going to head out there and wondered if anyone was interested in going out there with me?
I live west of the FiberLoft, so we would meet in the Fitchburg area and head out from there. It’s about one hour from Fitchburg to Deerfield. There is a large shopping center right off rte 2 in Fitchburg that allows commuter parking –
If we go next week on Thursday or Friday, we could see both exhibits. If we did not go until a day during the two weeks following that, we would only see the one at Deerfield Acadamy. The “Weaving up & Down” is the one I saw today and the one that ends April 12. Beautiful pieces by local weavers – 2 or 3 pieces from each of the 13 weavers.
If your interested, let me know when would be good. We could even manage to get in a visit to a local fiber shop and Webs if you wanted. They are all within a few minutes of each other out there.
“Weaving Up & Down:
13 Tapestry Weavers”
March 12 – April 12, 2015
Wed Thur Fri and Sunday. Not open Mon,Tues, or Sat.
“The Art is the Cloth: A Series of Reflections” until April 30, 2015
Mon thru Fri 8:30 am – 4 pm not open weekends.
“Three hopefuls who want to learn how to weave are put through their paces by the country’s leading practitioners. The trainees are immersed in the world of weaving, attempting to sell their woven wares to the general public. Their final test is to both design and weave three-metre lengths of fabric — to be judged by Michelle Bowen from the Arts Council and Angela Swan from the Worshipful Company of Weavers.”
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.
So far the weather for Tuesday evening doesn’t look too bad. Let’s hope we can all get together and break the cabin fever that seems to be setting in across the region!
We’ll plan to meet for social & library time at 7pm at The Fiber Loft. At 7:30, we’ll have a brief business meeting, followed by our evening program. This month, Guild member Susan Targove will present a talk on the designing and history of tartans. Susan is an accomplished tartan weaver and big fan of the popular Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, which I’m certain will be mentioned in her presentation.
Another Farm Fiber Day will be held this Saturday, 21Feb2015, at the Wayland Winter Farmers’ Market. The market is held at Russell’s Garden Center, on Rt 20, from 10am-2pm. Full details can be found here http://conta.cc/1807D2e