I would like to weave some fabric for a jacket so it has to be somewhat stiff (like denim-ish stiff) and have some body and weight. So my question is has anyone woven with fabric strips as both warp and weft?
My plan is to do something with strips much more narrow than what you would use on a rag rug and have a balanced plain weave on my rigid heddle loom.
Shaft Switching! Doesn’t that term sound complicated and scary? Yet over and over we hear that it’s a very simple way to diversify your designs. Members Leslie Ardison and Amy Stevens will explain the mystery of this technique, invented by the legendary Peter Collingwood. Social and library time at 7pm, meeting to start promptly at 7:30. Meeting to be held at The Fiber Loft.
Our March meeting will focus on “Organizing your Weaving Studio”. Fellow member Susan Targove (yes, that’s a picture of her wonderfully organized studio) will share her secrets! Susan is an accomplished weaver who, among many other things, designed and created the Caitriot tartan for the lead actress in the Outlander series. Susan also brings her background as a Professional Organizer to this discussion!
Join us at The Fiber Loft at 7pm for social and library time. Our business meeting will start promptly at 7:30, followed by Susan’s presentation.
New England Weavers’ Seminars Registration opens this Sunday. Some classes fill up quickly, so it’s best to visit the NEWS site in advance to make sure your account is ready to go. More details:
Please mark on your calendars this year’s dates for NEWS (New England Weavers’ Seminar) that will be held at Smith College in Northampton, MA from July 11-14, 2019. The website is: www.newenglandweavers.org. Please open the website and click on the 2019 Conference link, then scroll down and you will see the various workshops, events, and registration. ONLINE REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MARCH 10th AT 2:00 PM. Happy Weaving!
There is a warping mill (~40 inches in length – horizontal) for sale in Harvard – appears to be in fine shape, 50$. I am thinking this is a good idea and hassome good advantages over a warping board. Your thoughts please?
Friday February 22nd at 7 pm at the Memorial Congregational Church at 26 Concord Road in Sudbury. Evelyn Vanderhoop will be arriving at 6:30 to set up and have some chat time before the program starts promptly at 7.
Evelyn Vanderhoop with a handwoven tunic
The Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild and the Boston Area Spinners and Dyers are jointly hosting an evening presentation by Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida weaver.
Evelyn and her family carry on the long textile traditions of the Haida, a Northwest Coast people, with a particular interest in Raven’s Tail Robes. She has spent several years researching this almost lost technique of weaving. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Evelyn to weave a traditional Raven’s Tail Blanket for their collections, and she will be presenting the robe to the museum in February. Evelyn is going to dance the robe at the MFA at 11 am Wednesday, February 20 (probably gallery 168). She will give two programs at the Museum that will include materials and demonstrations of technique on Thursday, February 21 (one hour each; one in late morning and one in early afternoon).
We have invited Evelyn to speak to our two Guilds (and other invited guests) about the history of these robes and the processes involved in making them. While the MFA’s Raven’s Tail Robe will not be part of her presentation (it will already be a accessioned into the museum’s collection), she will include some materials in her talk.
This is a very special program and speaker, and we’re very excited about being able to host this event! Note that this is in place of our regular 4th Tuesday meeting. There will be no meeting on 2/26 at the Fiber Loft.
For more information about Evelyn, please visit her website: http://evelynvanderhoopart.blogspot.com
In addition, a video is being made. There may be some filming at our event, and we may get to see some previews of the work in progress!
Please remember that our next meeting is Tues, 22Jan at The Fiber Loft. Refreshments and social time will begin at 7pm. Our meeting will start promptly at 7:30. Amy Stevens will present “Blended Drafts”. See below for details!
Blended drafts are a wonderful way to utilize an 8-shaft loom. Two 4-shaft drafts are combined to make a single 8-shaft draft that allows weaving either of the original 4-shaft drafts. It’s a technique that is particularly effective with overshot drafts, but there are lots of other possibilities for its use. Don’t have an 8-shaft loom? You’ll still walk away with a new perspective on drafting, and a couple examples of “blended” drafts using only 4 shafts.
Handouts, including a bibliography from Kathy Tappan, will be provided. You are encouraged to bring along colored pencils or a computer drafting program on a pad or laptop (if you have one).
Amy Stevens got started weaving in Boulder, Colorado, where she lived from 1980-1984. She has no problem with drafts and warping, but is working hard to develop fluency in weaving—the years since Boulder have included many years with no time to weave. Amy joined NVWG in 2014, and has been treasurer since 2016. She weaves on an 8-harness, 45-inch loom that she bought in Boulder in 1983—a Schacht, of course!