New Hampshire Weavers Guild
November 16, 2016
Meeting Recap
Workshops, Weaving Helping Weavers and
Afternoon Program
Afternoon Program
Jacquard Weaving: A Beginner's Perspective
Laurie Autio
Laurie Autio, (shown left with NHWG President Linda Lincoln, is a master weaver from the Hill School and former Dean of several of the regions' weaving guilds, who has recently acquired a new Jacquard loom.  She is fully involved in learning the ins and outs of a loom that controls each warp thread separately rather than groups of threads on particular shafts.
Laurie took the attendees on a trip through her learning experiences to date, including how a Jacquard relates to and builds from the shaft looms we are more familiar with.  Her detailed summaries and great graphics showed how she is learning to digitize and shade photographs such as the flower photo shown, using different twills to portray the lighter and darker shadings of the flower.

The process of choosing different twills for different shadings.
Morning Workshops


Barbara Herbster's class illustrated the various weaving techniques that can be used to weave circular as opposed to verticals, horizontals or diagonals we are more familiar with.  Her black and white scarf in deflected doubleweave is a great example  The class will meet again in April to discuss their attempts to tame the circle!

But for those of us who love those diagonals, Mary Ann Sanborn was there to help us learn how all of those wonderful twills are connected.  The class investigated the many types of twill under fanciful names like the birds-eye and dornik and their myriad uses.  


From simple ideas, complex fabrics can result!  Laurie Autio showed a packed room how many different types of fabric can be created using the straight draw, that is threading the loom in a straight numerical order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...).  The pile of wonderful examples below show the breadth of differences with one simple threading.
Weavers Helping Weavers

Jayne Flanagan led a group of Weavers Helping Weavers in a session meant to bring out ideas for interpreting the NHWG's Challenge for 2017, "Eight" representing the eight decades of NHWG's existence!  Many options were discussed (8 shafts, 8 thread repeat, 80 hours to finish this piece, etc., etc.) with the hope of encouraging every member to submit a piece for the non-juried display.  Entries must be submitted at the May 2017 meeting, so get weaving!