Change of plans, due to COVID! We are switching this meeting to Zoom only. The speaker will be announced shortly. We will have Sue Hall-Smith come another time.
Our April 26, 2022, meeting will start at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be conducted in the hybrid format so those that are interested in meeting in person will have the option to do so and those who would prefer to Zoom will have that option open to them. The meeting link will be provided by Kathy closer to the date of the meeting. Sue Hall-Smith will present via Zoom from her home in VT. The live in-person meeting will be held at the United Church of Christ, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA.
Sue Hall-Smith will present Color and Weave Using Huck: The Results of MY COE II Project. Sue will be showing some of the many samples she wove for this study for her COE II, as well as the finished pieces. After a quick refresher on Huck Lace’s structure, she will introduce the variations she discovered during this process. The placement of color (as the float or as the ground) within the Huck unit creates a whole new appearance in the cloth. Adding a third color to the design opens up more possibilities.
We will be having a HYBRID meeting. Those people interested in meeting in person will meet at the United Church of Christ, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA at 7:00 PMThe church is next to the General Store. The entire program will be live-streamed on Zoom. Please be patient with your production team, hybrid meetings are still very new to us all!
There will be two of the presenters in-person with samples, and two more will zoom in remotely.
Our February 22, 2022, meeting will start at 7:00 PM on Zoom. The meeting link will be provided by Kathy closer to the date of the meeting. Our guest speaker is Kathrin Weber who says this about the presentation she has prepared for us:
Creative Use of Materials, Color, and Technique “Do you have yarn in various colors, textures, weights, and yarn types that you are not sure what to do with? Perhaps you have a lovely yarn that may not be strong enough for that warp you want to wind. Or your yarn is too fine or too big or the colors are too bright and they don’t go together. Or, to be honest, the yarn you have been hoarding is just too dang expensive to use! How do you make a little go a long way?
This lecture with images will help you think of creative ways to plan and execute woven projects of mixed yarn types and colors that you might have thought would never go together technically or visually. Spend a little time with me thinking, “What if…?” And then dig through your yarn closet for hidden treasures waiting to be woven.”
A bit about Kathrin from her website – blazingshuttles.com
“Kathrin has been a full-time studio fiber artist since 1980. Her work revolves around dyeing, weaving, and teaching. She has a fearless enjoyment in using hand-dyed color in her teaching, shop sales, and weaving. She enthusiastically encourages students to dive into color. No matter what her classes are officially entitled, they are ultimately about color, technique, and weaving good fabric.
Kathrin is a member of the Southern Highland Handcraft Guild. She has a strong belief in encouraging technical proficiency and personal design. She served 6 years on the Standards Committee for Southern Highland Guild and as the chair of Standards for Piedmont Crafts Guild. Kathrin is currently serving as a member of the PCI Standards Committee. She teaches at Penland, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Peters Valley, Appalachian Crafts School, Fiber Guilds, and Fiber Conferences across the country.
Kathrin encourages fiber folks to join her on Blazing Shuttles Chatter Facebook page to meet and join several thousand weavers who are making beautiful woven items with her hand-dyed yarn.”
Guild member Penny Lacroix will present “The Abbot Worsted Company; The Business, the People and the Community”
In 1855, a partnership was established in Graniteville, Massachusetts “under the name of Abbot Worsted Company by John W. Abbot, John W. P. Abbot and Charles G. Sargent, special partners, to manufacture fine worsted yarn braid and upholstery yarn, employing 20 hands.” For the next 100 years, the company would operate multiple spinning mills in Westford, forever changing the character of the small farming community.
This presentation will report not only the evolution and growth of the company, but also how it drove the social and economic structure of the town. Becoming the largest manufacturer of carpet worsted yarns in the world by 1916, it provided low cost housing, medical care, and social and recreational opportunities for employees and their families.
This program was originally presented at the 2021 Weaving History Conference hosted by the Thousand Islands Art Center.
Mickey is a weaver, a spinner, and a dyer and is Zooming in to talk about how to have, and be a member of, a successful study group. She has a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian Institution/Parsons School of Design and the Certificate of Excellence Level I from the Handweavers Guild of America.
With many of our members still feeling more comfortable “Zooming” into meetings, the guild is looking for more ways to engage our membership. Some other local, and not so local, guilds are now sponsoring study groups as one way of doing this. What are they all about? How do they work? What is my commitment? Lots of questions. Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin has had many successful study groups over the years. One of the study groups Mickey led was a study group on Innovative Weaving. Then she wrote a guidebook for other study groups to do the same.
This should be a great way to learn about how we can all move our weaving forward, in person or on Zoom, with our fellow guild members and other weaving enthusiasts.
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Mary Underwood, Front Porch Textiles will be the featured speaker for the NVWG meeting. Oscar Beriau and his contributions to the revival of weaving in Canada during the 1930s and 1940s is the subject of Mary’s presentation. Mary is in the process of writing a book on Beriau and his contributions to the weaving community and no recording of this presentation is allowed per agreement with her publisher.
This meeting will be a hybrid of in-person and Zoom. The business meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and our speaker is scheduled to start via Zoom at about 7:30 PM. The in-person meeting will be at the Congregational Church of Harvard, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA. This is right next to the Harvard General Store, and right across from the Harvard Common. The meeting room is on the second floor. There is an elevator.
Masks are required in all hallways, entries, the elevator, bathrooms, etc. Masks in the meeting room if unvaccinated, or as comfort level dictates.
We are happy to announce that our annual potluck picnic will be happening on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Rain date Tuesday, June 29, 2021. It’s actually a BYOP (Bring Your OwnPicnic), not a potluck as you will need to bring whatever you want to eat and drink.
We will have the NVWG Annual Meeting during the event and a ” show and tell and touch” of our 2021 Guild Challenge pieces–something woven from stash yarns–that stuff that threatens to take over every square inch of floor space available and that will outlive us.
There will be a yarn and equipment sale from the Pauline Duke donation, for sale to members at the picnic. Small items will be available on-site and photos of the larger items will be provided for you to view. Cash or check only–NO credit or debit cards will be accepted.
For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to bring:
your own food, beverage, and utensils
your stash buster Guild Challenge piece
cash or check for the yarn/equipment sale
Note: Those who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask at all times except when eating. Vaccinated people may do as they wish when socially distancing.
Co-Sponsored with the Boston Area Spinners and Dyers
Presented by author Virginia Postrel, 7pm via Zoom
Textiles are one of humanity’s oldest and most influential technologies, but nowadays most people take them for granted. Drawing on her widely praised new book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, author Virginia Postrel will take us on a tour of some of the innovations–in fiber, spinning, weaving, and dyeing–that gave us today’s textile abundance and the ways textiles shaped civilization as we know it.
Virginia Postrel is a Los Angeles-based author, columnist, and independent researcher whose latest book is The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. Her previous books include The Power of Glamour, The Substance of Style, and The Future and Its Enemies. During her research for The Fabric of Civilization, she learned to weave and is now the program co-chair for the Southern California Handweavers’ Guild.