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!
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!
I’m planning to bring some handwovens, baskets, and other handcrafts to sell at our guild meeting next Tuesday. They are Fair Trade items from Mayan Hands and UPAVIM, two women’s cooperatives in Guatemala (mayanhands.org and upavim.org). Bring your checkbooks and plan to shop!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Harrisville floor loom with adjustable bench, 4 shafts, 6 treadles, 22 weaving inch, plus other equipment. Make an offer!
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.
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.