New Hampshire Weavers Guild
March 16, 2016
Workshops, Weaving Helping Weavers
and Afternoon Program
 
Afternoon Program
Forgotten Weaves - Marjie Thompson
After a long winter, it was lovely to meet up with our weaving friends and discuss the weather, politics, food and WEAVING!  Maine weaver and NHWG Vice President Marjie Thompson gave the afternoon program, "Forgotten Weaves."  With an extensive display of sample projects, Marjie introduced us to many weave structures that were popular at some time in the past but have now been forgotten.  Many used only 4 shafts or could be adapted to fewer shafts.  The lecture was a warm up for those lucky enough to be taking Marjie's extended workshop on the same topic.  Examples were shown and discussed, including gebrochen, hin und wieders, spot (English variety), dumb flowers and dimity.
Kathy Hutchins admiring a sample with presenter Marjie Thompson.
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Morning Workshops

KEEP CALM AND EAT CHOCOLATE:
LESSONS IN FINE SILK


Molly MacLaughlin, an award winner at last year's NEWS seminar, introduced her class to the fine silks she warps, dyes and weaves.  Her presentation showed her entire process including tips and techniques to make sure those fine silk threads stayed under control at all times.  And she even provided chocolate!
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UPHOLSTERY FABRIC?

While we often think of upholstery fabrics as woven in those amazing orange and greens of the 1970's, Marjie Thompson showed the class how samples of weaving from that period could be updated to today's colors and materials to great effect.  After an introduction to the design issues with upholstery fabrics, she brought out many books of samples, some from other guilds, for the class to peruse and copy. 
Weavers Helping Weavers
WHEN A SAMPLE WRAP IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Barbara Herbster lead a very interested crowd in the morning Weavers Helping Weavers session.  She talked about her techniques for designing multicolored warps which often include many different colors in varied stripes.  A sample wrap, yarn wrapped around a piece of cardboard, can help to decide on the colors and proportions that please the most.  Attendees then used the many yarns provided to make their own wraps to try out the process.