Visit Harmony in Fiber at the Biggs Museum

Harmony Weavers Guild: Harmony in Fiber
March 4 – April 24, 2016

Exhibition featuring masterworks of fiber art from the members of Harmony Weavers Guild

Opening Reception | March 4th | 5-7 p.m.
Free with admission

Hands-on Lecture: An Introduction to Weaving
April 9th | 1-3 p.m. | Free with admission | Ages 12+

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Harmony in Fiber

Biennial noticeHarmony Weavers Guild: Harmony in Fiber
March 4 – April 24, 2016

Exhibition featuring masterworks of fiber art from the members of Harmony Weavers Guild

Opening Reception | March 4th | 5-7 p.m.
Free with admission

Hands-on Lecture: An Introduction to Weaving
April 9th | 1-3 p.m. | Free with admission | Ages 12+

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Deborah Holcomb on Technology and Weaving

Debrorah Holcomb at Harmony Weavers Guild February 2016February 11, 2016 at Greenbank Mill
Deborah Holcomb from New Hope, PA, will give a general program on technology and weaving covering a range of techniques that would include design generation and ‘computer games’ played with the weaving programs, handy tips for using Photoshop Elements for color and pattern ideas and useful iPad/iPhone aps.
Deborah’s passion for weaving began almost inadvertently many years ago when she stumbled across a book on off-loom weaving techniques. She moved from frame looms and rigid heddle weaving to fancy twills and block weaves on a small 8-shaft floor loom. The restriction imposed by 10 treadles led her to an 8-shaft table loom, which is certainly slower, but much more flexible. But, this flexibility also induced that affliction known to weavers as “shaft envy”. This is a terminal condition which was partially alleviated by the acquisition of a 24-shaft Louet Magic Dobby. Of course, doing drawdowns by hand for 24 shaft designs is tedious, time-consuming, and error prone, (not to mention the task of putting all those little pegs in the dobby chain), so she bought the electronic interface and began an ongoing quest for software to support her design process.
She realized that she was officially out of control when she went so far as to buy a new house because the old one was simply too small to hold the 48 inch, 24 shaft, computer controlled loom that she wanted. (She loves all her looms, so there was never any consideration of replacing any of them in order to make room for the new one.)
Deborah lives in New Hope, PA with her husband, their two dogs, and their slightly scary collection of looms, spinning wheels, hand tools and various electronic devices.

Sakiori and Zanshi with Tom Knisely

For those of you who have taken classes from Tom Knisely, you’ll enjoy seeing him at our Gulid meeting instead of The Mannings. For those who haven’t had an opportunity to meet Tom, you’re in for a treat!

This is a sakiori hanhaba obi. Sakiori is a traditional Japanese technique of rag weaving.The fabric strips are cut finely and woven into a tweed-like fabric.

Photo by Ichiro Wada.

Tom will provide some background to Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics, discuss the techniques for creating them, and show many examples that he has collected or woven himself. Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics represent some of the finest examples of recycling. Sakiori is a fabric that is woven with very narrow strips of fabric such as silk, much like a rag rug but with a subtle hand that makes it possible to wear as clothing. Zanshi cloth is woven with the left oveFr threads of previously woven fabrics. The broken warp threads, left over bobbins and thrums are tied together to make a continuous length that could then be woven to make a new fabric.
Tom Knisely has been the general manager and resident weaving instructor at The Mannings Handweaving Studio and Supply Center, with his career there spanning four decades. Along with teaching many different aspects of weaving, Tom enjoys teaching spinning and dyeing as well. Tom was voted weaving Teacher of the Year by Handwoven. Tom has done several instructional videos on weaving through Interweave Press and has recently released his book on weaving rag rugs through Stackpole Press. He has just finished a new book Handwoven Baby Blankets that includes more than 40 different baby blanket designs with lots of ideas on what yarns and threads work best for baby blankets.
Tom lives in rural York County, PA. When he is not weaving, spinning or collecting antique textiles for study, Tom loves to work in his garden.

Weaving with Handpainted Yarn

Just Our YarnOctober program
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
November 12, 2015
Introduction to Weaving with Variegated yarns

Cathi Chung and Diane Smith from Just our Yarn will help us explore how the choice of weave structure combined with hand painted yarns can create extraordinarily magical results. Study the effects of hue, value, structure and thread size.

Back to Guild

Summer is drawing to a close and we’re gearing up for a great year of guild meetings, workshops, programs, craft fairs, and exhibits.

A few things you’ll want to add to your calendar

Send news, pictures and reminders to the Newsletter editor for our September issue

  • September Guild Meeting on September 10 is show and tell

October has lots on the calendar

  • Hagley Craft Fair October 17 and 18
    Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.