04December AFTERNOON meeting reminder

04December AFTERNOON meeting reminder

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!

Our combined Nov/Dec meeting is set for next Tuesday, 04Dec.  This will be an afternoon meeting, starting at 1pm with refreshments, library and shopping (an advantage to the afternoon meeting!).  At 1:30, we’ll have some brief announcements and time for show and tell.  Our program this month will be hands on, making star ornaments made out of woven paper strips for holiday decorations.  Member Joan Paul will lead this project.  Joan would like a headcount, so she knows how many supplies to bring.  Please email her if you plan to attend.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday afternoon!

Loom For Sale

Loom For Sale

We announced this loom for sale at our October meeting.  It belongs to a former student of one of our members.  The loom is in Groton, MA.  Please contact Lynn Ferrillo at lynnferrillo@charter.net if interested.

Harrisville floor loom with adjustable bench, 4 shafts, 6 treadles, 22 weaving inch, plus other equipment.  Make an offer!

Aspects of Double Weave at October Meeting

Aspects of Double Weave at October Meeting

Our next Guild meeting is Tuesday, 23 October. Our guest speaker, Susan Rockwell from Braintree Vermont, will share her doubleweave experience.

This presentation will explore the many aspects of double weave on four shafts including: weaving two separate layers simultaneously, weaving double width cloth, tubular weaving and variations, as well as double weave pick-up for creative woven-in designs. We will discuss a brief history, drafting, finishing, setting up the loom and helpful tips. There will be numerous samples to examine. There will be a loom set up for demonstrating and if you would like to try weaving double weave.

This presentation will be valuable to ALL LEVELS of weavers!

Social time begins at 7, and the meeting will begin at 7:30 at The Fiber Loft.

8-shaft loom for sale

8-shaft loom for sale






This is a 40″ weaving width Harrisville Design with 8 shafts. Lots of heddles. Just what you need to go to the next level. Also includes a raddle, 2 reeds, lease sticks, a spool rack, a warping board and a warping wheel. It has a tension brake and new wires. It comes with lots of chains for tie-ups. I can add some stick shuttles if you’re interested. The back beam folds but not the front. This makes for a solid loom. Blankets and rugs can be woven on this as well as fine items. It works great. I just need the room.

Historic Textile Day Invitation

Historic Textile Day Invitation

This is a special invitation from Diane Howes, a fellow weaver. The event is happening this coming Wednesday, and all are welcome! They still have space.

At The James House, Hampton NH

Wednesday September  26th, 2018   11am until 3pm

Come see our Collection of Early Handwoven Textiles!

Last year, with the closing of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, the James House was the fortunate recipient of three boxes of early handwoven blankets and two boxes of early handwoven linens as well as many antique textile tools from their artifact collection.

The addition of this new collection complements the display of the James House’s period barn frame loom on which the weaving of a re-production early 19th century blanket is demonstrated to visitors.

The James House is a First Period home built in 1723 by Benjamin James. Benjamin,  his son, Jabez, and grandson, Joshua, were professional weavers in this house for three generations.

Please join us for a day of examining these special textiles and equipment. This will be a hands-on experience and includes a tour of the house.

The fee for this event is a suggested donation of $15, made to The James House Association

Bring a bag lunch if desired.

Other dates are available upon request for groups of 3 or more.

Directions can be found on the museum website.

To sign up or for more information, please call or email:

Diane Howes

603-382-2270 or howesfarm@comcast.net

For more information on the James House:   http://www.jameshousemuseum.org/

Meeting Reminder! 25 Sept, 7pm!

Meeting Reminder! 25 Sept, 7pm!
We will be meeting at The Fiber Loft on September 25th, to kick off our fall programs.  Fellow member Leslie Ardison will lead our discussion this month:
“I love the colors and feel of that postcard, I’d really like to translate that to a woven item, but how?”  This year’s guild challenge is to use a postcard as inspiration for a woven item.  We’ll look at how we begin to think about doing the translation from picture to woven item.  We’ll look at color, feel, texture, etc.”
Please join us at 7pm for refreshments, library and social time.  Our business meeting will begin promptly at 7:30.
If you haven’t already paid your dues for this coming year, they remain at $25.  Please make checks payable to NVWG.
Also, if you took a yarn kit for last year’s challenge, please bring any empty cones back to Kathy, who generously loaned them out to us all.
Finally, this Sunday, 23Sept, is our next Iron Work Farm Open House.  We are looking for members to volunteer weaving, spinning, etc, at the Faulkner House in Acton, from 3-5pm.  The “house” loom is set up already to weave on, so if you can’t bring in a project, there’s one already waiting for you.  They would also welcome any other fiber arts, if you can carry in a project.  Please let us know if you can make it by sending a note to laura@northbrookalpacas.com.
Hope to see everyone next Tues!

More about twist

More about twist

I’m on my way to a textile history forum in Vermont and am catching up on reading some old magazines. (Don’t worry, my husband is driving!) I ran across this article about twist that is a good follow up to the program we had at a guild meeting this past year. Just sharing. It’s from Weaver’s magazine, issue 15.