Terry was a member of Fiber Guild and is now with the Arts Alliance and Director of Retail at The Delaware Contemporary. The program will be about what to make and what will sell as well as give advice on how to price a woven item for sale. Feel free to bring one of your fiber/woven items and Terry will give advice on pricing.
Our September Guild Meeting will take place at
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 South Madison Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801
On Thursday morning, March 10, 2016, Linda Hartshorn will give a presentation to the guild titled “Indigo: the Natural Way to Get the Blues”. The program will be held at the Brown Horticultural Education Building at the Winterthur Estate (directions are on page 4 of the guild newsletter, Looming Items). Continue reading “Linda Hartshorn program at Winterthur”
February 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.
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!
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.
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.