New Hampshire Weavers Guild
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Please note: The Guild Business Meeting will
follow the hour long afternoon program which
will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.


NEW ENGLAND QUILTS AND THE STORIES
THEY TELL
PAMELA WEEKS
Quilts tell stories and quilt history is full of myths and
misinformation as well as tales of service and tradition.
Nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses
quilted textiles. Quilting is NOT just an American art!
Prompted by quilts brought by the audience, the presenter
may speak about fashion fads, the Colonial Revival, and
quilt making for Civil War soldiers.

Attendees may bring up to two quilts to share.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Pamela Weeks is the Binney Family Curator of the New
England Quilt Museum. Author of the book "Civil War
Quilts" and articles on quilt history, she lectures nationally
on quilt-making and quilt history. Pamela is a presenter for
New Hampshire Humanities and the guild thanks them for
the grant that makes this program possible.
October 18, 2017
Beneath the Kilt: The History,
Design, and Weaving of Tartan
SUSAN TARGOVE

The first part of this presentation covers the myth and
the reality of clan tartans and kilts. Have they been
associated with clans for hundreds of years? Are you
allowed to wear a tartan if you don’t belong to the clan?
Do the colors used have a meaning? From there, I will
explain how I came to design a tartan for the lead actress
in the Outlander TV series on Starz and found myself with
15 months of scarf orders, trying to learn how to weave
tartan efficiently. I will share a simple method for
designing tartans and techniques for weaving them.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Susan Targove started weaving in 1998 as an escape
from her office cubicle and eventually left the cubicle for
a fiber studio. Completely unable to say no, she is a
former Dean of the Weavers' Guild of Boston and
currently serves on the boards for the Boston guild and the
New EnglandWeavers' Seminar. She lives in Lunenburg
with her engineer husband and two cats.
NOVEMBER 15, 2017
The New England Woolen Industry
and the Crompton and Knowles
Loom Works
PEGGY CHURCH
New England was the birthplace of textile
manufacturing because of its abundant resources in both
water power and skilled immigrant mill workers. Whole
cities were built around cotton mills in Lowell, Lawrence,
and Manchester. Woolen mill technology developed later, and
woolen mills became the backbone of life in hundreds of
smaller towns. Unlike the cotton mills, woolen mills spun
and wove fiber grown here, using machinery made here.
Dozens of specialized businesses supported the industry,
from reed makers to dyers and finishers. The Crompton and
Knowles Loom Works of Worcester, MA had the corner on
loom building, outfitting mills from Connecticut to Canada.
The W-3 loom was the workhorse of the industry. It had
much more patterning capability than the standard cotton
loom, with up to 32 shafts and an easily programmable
dobby head. Up until the last loom was manufactured in the
1950s, it was constantly being improved by independently
patented innovations. Why and how did these marvelous
machines get sold for scrap metal and the mills close all over
New England?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Peggy is a textile designer, production weaver, and
teacher with experience in designing, producing, and
marketing hundreds of blankets annually including custom
blankets for sheep and alpaca farmers using their own yarn.
Since 1990 she has also collaborated with spinning mills and
small-scale wool producers to weave custom designed throws
and blankets.
Peggy weaves on powered Crompton and Knowles looms
and is the owner of Bedfellows Blankets.