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.


Teacher: Florence Feldman-Wood

In the course of eighteen Hand Looms Supplements a
large number of contributors wrote about the wide variety
of looms that fascinated them. Some will be presented
here. They include: early 19th-century barn-frame looms
reconstructed in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts
and England; looms of immigrant groups from Scandinavia
and Slovakia; the unlikely origins of Structo looms and the
histories of the Eureka, Union, and Deen loom companies.
Looms that belonged to famous weavers will be shown,
along with early 20th-century looms designed by and for
women, and looms from the Depression. Collections of
looms in schools and studios in Ohio, Rhode Island,
California, Latvia and Cambodia, and small band looms
from Norway, England and the United States will be
presented. Some of the related tools will be included.

No materials fee           1 Session
Florence Feldman-Wood has been publishing the
quarterly newsletter, The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, A
Newsletter about Spinning Wheels and Related Tools, since
1993 and the annual Hand Loom Supplement since 1998.
Her favorite area of research is patented movingspindle
wheels. Her articles have appeared in other publications
such as SpinOff and Early American Life. She has lectured 
at many conferences, as well as to many spinning and 
weaving guilds.

Teacher: Jayne Flanagan

Love it or hate it, Crackle is covered in every ratings
program so let’s tackle it head on. We will cover Crackle
Weaves 15-20 using different treadling variations such as
"as drawn in," twill, polychrome, on opposites, Italian,
summer and winter, honeycomb, swivel, lacey, rosepath
manner, no tabby method and pick-up. Jamtlandsvav, as it
is known in Sweden, is a traditional "float weave" with
similarities to overshot, summer and winter, and advancing
twll. Variations range from "mystery lace" and small scale
twill-based patterns to large patterns including polychrome
blocks. With two blocks working in tandem, block designs
are large scale and simple. You might see these as either
"contemporary" or "chunky;" however, large and simple
designs invite the use ofmore color! Many of these same
treadling variations are also applicable to the ratings
requirements for overshot. The goal of the class is to learn
the basics of Crackle structure and be exposed to more
possibilities through samples and the workshop notes.
Suitable for all levels.
Handout fee $2         1 Session

Jayne has been weaving since the 1970's and is the
NHWG Treasurer. She completed the NHWG Journeyman
One rating a while ago, but is easily distracted so is still
studying and sampling for Journeyman Two.

Teacher: Marjie Thompson

It seems like everyone makes towels because they don’t
have to fit and they are practical. Let's have some fun with
the genre! Class will begin by talking about dimensions
and yarn suggestions and picking a few categories—think
"Weavers' Poker"—but you do the picking of parameters
from a predetermined list. That will be followed by a field
trip to the Guild Library to look at older Guild sample
books (and a few others) from which you will pick your

One woven towel (or more) is expected at the
November meeting for display in the April Guild exhibit in
the Kimball-Jenkins house. Woven samples for all in the
class will be appreciated.

Join in a fun challenge and make something useful at
the same time! And yes, you can have the towels woven in
time for holiday gifts.

Handout fee: none         2 Sessions: Sept. & Nov.

Marjie, jack-of-all trades and constant inventor of
classes, likes to weave "old stuff" and that now extends to
the not-so-old but still antique mid-20th century weaving.


Moderator: Nancy Mulqueen

We’ ll discuss what makes a successful blanket; think
soft, cuddly blankies, which can help children through
stressful times in their young lives. Please bring along
blankets you've made or sample sheets from ones you've
given as gifts, also any books or other resources on
children's blankets. We'll go over the Project Linus
specifications and hear from fellow weavers what works
and doesn’t work for a child’s blanket.
OCTOBER 18, 2017


Teacher: Susan Targove
Messy spaces are the sign of a creative mind, right? If
your weaving space is more depressing than inspiring,
maybe a little organizing would help. Learn about studio
organizing from the perspective of a former Professional
Organizer and member of the National Association of
Professional Organizers (NAPO). Come to class with a list
of your problem areas and take home some ideas for
making your space work for you. For all levels. The
instructor will provide handouts of concepts covered in

Materials Fee: $3         1 Session

Susan 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 ofBoston 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.

Teacher: Jayne Flanagan
What is the Theo Moorman Technique? Tapestry was
"too slow" for this inventive weaver, who wrote Weaving as
an Art Form in the 1970s. More "on-lay" than inlay,
supplemental wefts are tied down with thin threads to the
surface of a base fabric. Since freeform shapes are possible,
this technique has often been used for wall hangings,
clothing fabrics and clerical vestments. It is also a fun way
to embellish with novelty yarns and non-traditional
materials. A threaded loom will be available to try. Suitable
for all levels. Bring note taking materials.

Handout fee: $2         1 Session

Jayne has been weaving since the 1970s and is the
NHWG Treasurer. She completed the NHWG Journeyman
One rating a while ago, but is easily distracted so is still
studying and sampling for Journeyman Two.

Teacher: Linda Lincoln
How fun to have a set of placemats woven
by your friends? More simple than the
friendship coverlets of the past, but a great way
to explore small overshot patterns and fit a
pattern into a defined warp. Bring to the first
class seven balls of 3/2 cotton in the pattern
weft color of your choice, each ball containing
150 yards, and marked with your name. Class
time will be spent on project planning, fitting
an overshot pattern into a required number of
warp ends, and tips and tricks to ensure
successful completion of the project. You will leave the
March session with eight placemats in your weft color,
each woven in a different overshot pattern, seven from your
friends in the class, and one that you have woven. The warp
for all placemats is 5/2 natural cotton, and the tabby weft is
10/2 natural cotton.
Students must commit to weaving
eight placemats for the exchange.

Handout fee: $1         2 Sessions: Oct and March

Linda has been weaving since 1976, taught workshops
for both NHWG and Boston Weavers' Guild, and tries to
weave, research weaving, play with weaving programs, or
sort yarn every day. Immediate Past President ofNHWG,
she now has more time to devote to working on her
Journeyman One rating.


Moderator: Sarah Fortin
There are many different methods to jury an exhibit!
Most jury instructions ask that one be as objective as
possible, using numbers to calculate awards. However, as
an exhibitor and a jurist, there is always an element of
subjectivity, the likes and dislikes of any one person. In
this Weavers Helping Weavers, we will explore several
different jury forms, discussing the trials and tribulations of
being a jurist, as well as an entrant. We are hoping to
encourage each of you to enter future Guild, NEWS and
other exhibits. The key is anonymity! Bring a piece that
you would not mind having "juried", no label, no name.
We will mix them up, then take a look at each piece, with
you acting as a jurist, showing how each person has a
different opinion. It should be an informative and fun
experience to explore styles ofweaving through the eyes of
you, the jurist.

Sarah currently sits on the weaving jury for the League
of New Hamphsire Craftsmen and has juried several
exhibits throughout the country. She has also entered many
exhibits, including Convergence, so is familiar with the
entry process.
NOVEMBER 15, 2017


Teacher: Peggy Hart
Narrow fabric looms are used in many West African
countries to weave strips, which are then sewn together
lengthwise to make large rectangles. Alternating warp
stripes, weft face sections, and elaborate weft brocade in
the strips results in spectacular graphic block patterning
when sewn together.
Peggy will discuss the history of West African strip
cloth, and show images of both the weaving process and
finished pieces. She will also bring examples from her
collection of Ewe and Ashanti kente (Ghana) and Dogon
and Futani pieces (Mali), and the working parts of a loom.
The mechanics of strip weaving may be employed by any
weaver wishing to design a wide fabric, without a
correspondingly wide loom. For example, participants
may look to strip weaving as inspiration to weave a
blanket. If participants have examples they should bring
them to share.
Materials Fee: None         Session: 1

In 1976 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, Peggy
started and managed the Nanyuki Spinners andWeavers,
and later lived in Ghana with her family. She received an
M.A.E. from RISD in 1981 , then worked as a weaver in
one of the last New England woolen mills. Since 1982 she
has worked as a production weaver and teacher, designing,
producing, and marketing hundreds of blankets annually
including custom blankets for sheep and alpaca farmers
using their own yarn.

Teacher: Maureen Hoffman
Now that you've jumped into using PCW's Fiberworks
Weaving Software, let's learn how to use the tools available
for more than just plain weave. We’ ll look at more of the
menu options as well as turning drafts, block substitution
including editing blocks, skeleton tieups and multipedal
treadlings and shaft shuffler, and play with the sketchpad
and make a cartoon. Bring a tip to share with the class
about your favorite use of PCW.
Note: We will not cover lift plans or computer assisted weaving.
Handout fee: $1 Session: 1

Learning to weave and learning to use a personal
computer happened about the same time in the early 80’s
for Maureen who loves to weave all kinds of things as long
as they are colorful. Maureen is currently the Webmaster
for the New Hampshire Weavers' Guild website.

Teacher: Marjie Thompson
A woven towel (or more) is expected at the November
meeting for display in the April, 2018 Guild exhibit in the
Kimball-Jenkins house. Woven samples for all in the class
will be appreciated. This is Part 2 of the Towel workshop
held in September.

Materials fee: None       Session 2 of 2

Marjie, jack-of-all trades and constant inventor of
classes, likes to weave "old stuff" and that now extends to
the not-so-old but still antique mid-20th century weaving.


Moderator: Jayne Flanagan
The planning is done, the yarn is ready, and it is time to
weave! "What could possibly go wrong???" As the saying
goes (modified for handweavers), "Shed happens". Let's
share those tragic tales and miraculous saves, from warping
to finishing.