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Spring 2020 Morning Workshops, 

Weavers Helping Weavers and 

Afternoon Programs

by Month

Workshops are open to NHWG Members only, so Join us!

Please print out the Workshop REGISTRATION form below

and mail with your check as soon as possible.

Some classes fill quickly!

Afternoon Programs

Afternoon programs start at approximately 1:30pm and

are open to members of the public at no charge.


March 18, 2020


Instructor: Marjie Thompson

The rosepath threading is among the most versatile of

simple threadings on any shaft loom. We will take a look at

how it can be used to create a number of different designs

just by changing colors, tie up or treadling. We will start

with four shafts then take a look at more than four. Bring

note taking supplies to class.

Materials Fee: $2.00

Marjie Thompson is a past president of the NHWG as

well as several other guilds and Complex Weavers. She is a

self-identified "structure junkie" as well as a devotee of old



Instructor: Sherry Cochran

This hands-on class will be creating one of a kind

warps of wool yarns. We are going to dye three different

chains using different methods. 

Bring to class three wool warp chains each two yards long.

The chains should be sufficient to warp 12 inches wide in 

your preferred sett for your loom. 

Also bring an overshirt or apron, rubber gloves,

three containers to take home wet warps, and general note

taking supplies.

Materials Fee: $5.00

Sherry Cochran is NSD or "never a scientific dyer" who

recently earned her Apprentice rating through the New

Hampshire Weavers Guild. She lives on a small farm

where she weaves, spins, knits and has numerous other

fiber interests. She raises a flock of Finnsheep and a herd

of horses. Sherry's grandmother taught her to crochet when

she was eight and she found out a couple of years ago that

her grandfather was a weaver at a mill in Maine. She

continues to study structure and the technical aspects of all

things woven.


Instructor: Linda Lincoln

Towels are wonderful tools for weavers. We can explore color

combinations, try out a weave structure new to us, and share

our knowledge with friends and relatives. In this two-part

class, participants will exchange a partial cone of 8/2 cotton,

and their exchange partner will add yarns to weave two towels,

one for their partner and one for themselves.

The first session will focus on weave structures, sett,

yarns and common sizes for towels. The second session

will be a roundup of weaving, exchange of draft sheets,

discussion of problems and triumphs, and an exchange of


Students should bring a partial cone of 8/2 cotton, note

taking supplies, and a commitment to weave.

Linda is a past president of the NHWG and has been

weaving for more than 30 years. She is active in the

Weavers' Guild of Boston, New Hampshire Weavers'

Guild, and Mainely Weavers. Linda shares her favorite

weaving structures by teaching, creating functional fabrics,

participating in craft shows and weaving exhibits.





Moderator: Nancy Mulqueen

After a short travelogue of the three classes Nancy took

in 2018, she will open up the discussion to the pros and

cons of taking a class. What do you learn about weaving

and yourself. Please bring your stories of classes taken and

lessons learned. Any samples from those classes are most




Presented by: Melissa Hankens

Throughout the course of history, linen and hemp—two strikingly similar fibers—have led strikingly different lives. We will follow the timeline of each of these fibers, including the vilification of industrial hemp by wealthy industrialists in

the early 20th century. We will examine cultivation and processing, including how each impacts the environment, and discuss tips on weaving successfully with bast fibers. 

Finally, there will be lots of samples to examine and a list of Melissa's

favorite resources.

Melissa Hankens is a handweaver based in

Cumberland, Maine. She has been weaving professionally

for over a decade, and works primarily with hemp and

linen to create beautiful, functional linens and garments.

When she isn't weaving, you can find her tending to her

gardens or spending time with her family.


April 15, 2020



Instructor: Sherry Cochran

What is that extra space on the heddle block for

anyway? This hands-on class will show you how to warp

your loom with two heddles to get a finer sett! Please bring

your loom and two heddles of the same dent to class,

sufficient yarn for a 24 inch warp (plus loom waste), 12

inches wide. You will also a need weaving sword or stick

shuttle the width of your loom and general warping

supplies and a weft yarn of your choice.


Important: Since we will be warping for twice the EPI

of your single heddle, your fiber also needs to be smaller.

For example, if you are using 10 dent heddles, the yarn

should be appropriate for a sett of 20 EPI. Eight dent

heddles need yarn appropriate for a sett of 16 EPI.


Suitable for rigid heddle weavers with a general

knowledge of warping their loom with the direct method.


Materials Fee: $2.00


Sherry Cochran recently earned her Apprentice rating

through the New Hampshire Weavers Guild. She continues

to study structure and the technical aspects of all things




Instructor: Connie Gray

These great little looms are portable and fun! Learn

how to set up an inkle loom in this very hands-on

class. You will need an inkle loom (an open-sided

loom is best) with 20 premade string heddles.


Note: Connie has a few looms to loan for a fee of $20.

Send your request as soon as possible to


Materials needed for this class: a small stick or belt

shuttle, scissors, tape measure, two large eye needles to fit

your yarn size. Smooth strong cotton (NOT fuzzy) 5/2 or

carpet warp 8/4, or perle or crochet cotton, in two or three

contrasting colors, about 50gram per ball. One other

smooth, strong 5/2 cotton or crochet cotton, for contrasting

color border stripes, approximately eight yards long. If you

choose, you may also bring beads for embellishment with a

hole size to fit your yarn. If you have questions email



Materials Fee: $1.00


Having learned many crafts at her mother's knee,

Connie has enjoyed many fiber arts/crafts most of her life.

Currently her favorites are teaching, weaving on little and

big looms, and polymer clay. She also enjoys

taking workshops and may be known as a

"workshop junkie!"



Instructor: Suzanne Pretty

In this two session hands on workshop

Suzanne will explain how to create a tapestry

piece from design to finishing. In the first

session, participants will make a simple design

and begin to weave on their own loom. Suzanne

will demonstrate several tapestry techniques,

discuss weft yarns, and coach participants as

they weave. In the second session, participants

will share their work, challenges, solutions, and

successes during the weaving process. Suzanne

will demonstrate and discuss options for

finishing a tapestry, lead a question and answer

session, and discuss looms and equipment.


Weaving experience is necessary, but previous

knowledge of tapestry weaving, although

helpful, is not required.


Students will provide their own small tapestry loom

(frame, Mirrix, Ashford, or Harrisville) warped at

six to eight epi with your choice of cotton Seine

twine 12/6 or 12/9, or 8/2 linen yarn.

The second session will be announced at a

later date.


A complete materials list and warping

information will be provided to students after



Materials Fee: $2.00


As an active member of The American

Tapestry Alliance (ATA), Tapestry Weavers in

New England (TWiNE), and The League of

New Hampshire Craftsmen, Suzanne Pretty has

shown her work extensively across the United

States and in Australia. Her recent exhibitions

include: Impact: Climate Change (Belmont,

MA and San Francisco, CA), Possessed (New

Hampton, NH), and Fractured Landscapes

(American Tapestry Alliance, online

exhibit), Now and Then Exhibit (League of NH


Visit her website at for links

to her work and current exhibitions.




Bring your tips and tricks for keeping your loom clean

and in good working order.



Presented by: Elaine Isaak

Wearable art designer and fantasy author Elaine Isaak often

allows those two disciplines to crosspollinate, creating fun and

colorful professional outfits for speaking gigs, as well as

striking fantasy costumes for masquerades.

Her design process may begin with a description in a book,

or with a color palate or a great fiber find —and take off from

there into flights of fancy! Looking at things from a different

perspective, especially after a project takes an unexpected

turn, is key to her work.

This presentation will include a fashion display and slide show

hopefully to inspire fellow fiber artists to take up the scissors

and spark their imagination to create something extraordinary.


Elaine Isaak's work has been shown at the International

Quilt Festival, the Eastern States Expo fiber show and on

the runway at Convergence, as well as at the World

Science Fiction Convention. Elaine's current work

combines nuno felting with handwoven and commercial

fabrics to create a unique style expression.


For ten years,she ran Curious Characters soft sculpture,

selling through the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

and other regional fairs. While at her loom, she dreams up

plots for her novels (12 published books so far and counting!).


MAY 20, 2020  



Instructor: Jayne Flanagan

Learn the pros and cons of designing and weaving with

the pattern threads in the warp instead of the weft. Learn

about "turning" a draft, thread and sett considerations, and

two different methods of warping with two warps. Many

turned structures require more than four shafts, but the

principles can be illustrated on four shafts with Monks

Belt patterns. 

Suitable for students comfortable with

drafting, knowledge of common structures always helpful.


Material Fee: $2.00


Jayne Flanagan is the Guild's Treasurer and has taught

many classes for NHWG and other local guilds. She

started weaving and spinning in the early 1970s, and has

recently taken over the leadership of the Complex Weavers

"Structures" Study Group.



Instructor: Linda Lincoln

In the second part of Friendship Towels we will discuss

problems and triumphs, exchange draft sheets, and

exchange our towels.

Linda's bio is listed under Friendship Towels–Part 1.



Instructor: Karen Bicknell

This class will explore the potential of Krokbragd, a

traditional weft-faced weave from Norway. The heavy

fabric was used for bedcovers, pillow covers, and rugs, but

the simple three or four shaft structure has a great deal of

potential when you bring color and design into the mix.

We will look at a wide range of examples, some, samples,

drafts, and try some color and design on graph paper.

There will be a chance to weave some Krokbragd on a

portable Macomber loom.


Bring graph paper to class, as well as colored pencils,

and general note taking supplies.


Materials Fee: $2.00


Karen Bicknell has been a weaver and a weaving

teacher for many years. She taught weaving at the Sant

Bani School in Sanbornton, NH and has also sold her

weaving at the League of NH Craftsmen. Her focus moved

to academics from the late 1980s through 2015. Since

retiring she has returned to weaving in her home. One

loom had an old linen warp on it which she rethreaded and

wove as Krokbragd. She is pleased to share her knowledge

of weaving and Krokbragd with us at NHWG.




Bring your weaving wishes and be inspired. Perhaps

you will start early on those Christmas towels!




Bring a potluck lunch item, your plate, cup and silverware and 

of course a handwoven napkin!