New Hampshire Weavers Guild
MARCH 15, 2017

Morning Workshops
Weavers Helping Weavers
Afternoon Program

MORNING WORKSHOPS

EVERY LOOM HAS A STORY
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 Looms Supplement since 1998.
Her favorite area of research is patented moving-spindle
wheels. She had the unique opportunity to photograph and
study the patent models of spinning wheels at the
Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
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.

CRACKLE FOR RATINGS
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.
Jämtlandsväv, as it is known in Sweden, is a
traditional “float weave” with similarities to
Overshot, Summer andWinter, and Advancing
Twill. 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 of more
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 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.
DYEING WOOL
Teacher: Lisa Davy

This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn to dye
wool with nontoxic but permanent dyes, in the colors of
your choice. We will use one or two methods, but will also
discuss other ways of dyeing that will allow you to go
home and experiment in your own kitchen! Now you can
dye the yarn or fiber you love in the colors you want. No
more having to use whatever colors your yarn comes in.
For these dyes we will be dying wool or silk or other
protein (animal) fibers. You are welcome to bring your
own but some will be provided. No previous knowledge is
required. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained,
just in case.
The teacher will provide some unspun wool. If you want
to dye weaving yarn, you should bring it. The fiber the
teacher provides will be great for spinning in my spinning
class next month!

Materials/Handout Fee: $5.00*       1 Session

I have been spinning for over 20 years. It was a
necessity as my addiction to wool caused me to learn any
art that uses wool. They all build on each other. I have
taken many classes at various fiber fairs and shops and have
taught many classes at schools and to private groups. I am
always looking to learn something new and spread my love
of the wool arts to anyone who is willing to learn. I have
learned that my husband's aversion to owning sheep can be
an asset as I can buy wool from all different breeds of
sheep.
*If you want me to bring weaving yarn, I could buy some for the
class, but then there would be an additional materials fee.

WEAVERS HELPING WEAVERS

FROM THE MIND OF A JUROR
Moderator: Sarah Fortin
There are many different methods to jury an exhibit, as
I have found as a juror for several exhibits and for the
League of NH Craftsmen. Most jury instructions ask that
one be as objective as possible, using numbers to calculate
awards. However, I have found as an exhibitor, there is
always an element of subjectivity, the likes and dislikes of
the jurist. 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 our Guild
Exhibit, NEWS exhibits and others as well. 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 with you acting as a jurist. This is just
to show you how each opinion will be different. It should
be informative and fun to explore different styles of
weaving through the eyes of you, the jurist.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM


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.