“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.”
From Jayne Flanagan, Past President NEWS 2003:
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.
Or contact one of your NEWS representatives for Jayne’s mailing address.
Check out skirt design in second photo
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.
Hope to see you all there!
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
Need something interesting to watch while you wait for the new season of House of Cards? Contact the guild librarian to borrow any of these DVDs:
- Laura Fry: The efficient weaver (2014) (new!)
- Tom Knisely: The loom owner’s companion (2011)
- Woven wearables and accessories: an exhibit featuring members of the Nashoba Valley Weaver’s Guild (2008)
- Peggy Osterkamp: Warping the loom from back to front (2005 and 2002, two copies)
- Mollie Freeman and Sara Lamb: Warp painting plus: garment design and construction tips (2005)
- Candace Crockett: Fabric painting with dyes on silk and cotton (2005)
- Tracy Penfield: Bodywork for weavers and fiber artists (1995)
- Patsy Zawistoski: Spinning cotton, silk & flax (1992)
- Donna Sullivan: Color interaction for handweavers (1991)
- Nancy Harvey: Tapestry weaving level I (1985)
- Nancy Arthur Hoskins: Boundweaving Level 1 and 2 (two disks)
- Sandra Betzina Webster: Handwoven and quilted garments
If you still own a cassette player, something nice to listen to while you weave is
- Carla Sciaky’s Spin the weaver’s song (1992)
Due to the storm, our 27Jan2015 meeting has been cancelled. We hope to try to reschedule this program for another time.
Stay safe and warm!
Yes, we’re watching the weather forecast! Snow Cancellation Policy
If the weather outside is frightful how do you know if a meeting is cancelled? If the schools are closed in Harvard, MA then the meeting is cancelled. In addition the board will send out an email announcement by noon of the meeting day if the meeting will be cancelled. Finally, you can always call the Fiber Loftat (978) 456-8669 and inquire – if they are closed there will be no meeting!
BUT…..if the weather isn’t as awful as they are predicting, we will have a Guild meeting on Tuesday evening at 7pm. We’ll have a half hour of social/library time, a brief business meeting at 7:30, then move on to our program. We’re excited to present:
Textile Illusions in Film
Meghan Boemer will discuss techniques used in film costuming that create the illusion of various materials. This includes aging and distressing, sculptural textiles, armor and repurposing materials.
So let’s hope that the weather holds and we can all get together for some inspiration!