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Over 75 scarves to the Partnership for the Homeless

The New York Guild of Handweavers just donated over 75 scarves, all handwoven by our members in honor of our 75th anniversary, to The Partnership for the Homeless! Thank you to Soraya, Ria and Carol and all the weavers who participated in this. #partnershipforthehomeless #nyguildofhandweavers #handwoven #handmadeeverything

Donation of scarves to the PArtnership for the Homeless

Daryl Lancaster is Awesome!

Daryl Lancaster wearing her handwoven  garment

The October program for the NYGH featured fiber artist (and much more--including funny, and delightful) Daryl Lancaster, shown wearing a creation sewn from handwoven fabric. The topic was "Photographing Your Work".

She featured an overview of:

  • using your camera
  • setting up lights
  • image editing software
  • tips for submitting to publications
  • useful references for more information

After the meeting she offered her Monograph "Photographing Your Work" for sale to the members. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Link to her blog
Link to her website
Find her weaving/sewing handwoven videos on Interweave

Monograph Photographing Your Work
Daryl Lancaster Monographs

NYGH 2015 Swatch Project

Guild swatch samples

The Guild has a large Swatch Library that is about to get larger.

Sample donations have out paced the ability to catalog them and make them available to Guild members. There is a backlog of about 100 beautiful swatches from 2 to 16+ shafts, of many fibers, patterns and colors. These swatches come from Guild members, other guilds, and conferences such as MAFA and NEWS. There are also some duplicate samples from Pandora’s Box. These photos show just a few of these wonderful swatches.

We will be identifying the swatches by structure, number of shafts used, yarns used, and weaver, or as much of this information as we have. The swatches will be attached to a record sheet with their information and assigned a Binder Letter and sample number. An index card with this information will be the check-out card.

—Carie Kramer

An example of the surface textures of samples

Pandora’s Box

Pandors's box of swatches

Nell Znamierowski, retired weaver, artist, designer, colorist, author, and professor at FIT, donated a Pandora’s box of goodies from her years of teaching at FIT for the Guild to study. This gift from Nell offers many possibilities for learning such as study groups, workshops and lectures.

In the box are beautiful color studies, samples inspired by commercial fabrics, and surface texture samples. Often these samples have accompanying draw-downs and resources. There is a packet marked “pick outs” with samples and instructions for fabric analysis. These samples are too large for the Swatch Library so they will form a different collection for members to study.

Thank you Nell for this wonderful gift!

—Carie Kramer

Immerse Yourself in Color!

Pure Alchemy --- color color color

...this fall at the Newark Museum!

Sign up for D.I.Y Newark Museum ‘Making’ Workshops led by master artists and be inspired by three exciting exhibitions that will excite and inspire you to be creative and innovative in new ways. Nourish the artist in you.


NewarkAll workshop participants will enjoy a ‘maker’s tour’ of The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe and related exhibitions.

Pre-registration is required. Call 973.596.6690 or register on-line at newarkmuseum.org.

Dyeing to Learn Color Theory with Ellen Hess

October 24, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee:$ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials fee: $10

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of color theory by dye-painting skeins of yarn in variegated color schemes. They will learn color mixing and how to create color harmonies, as well as the properties and uses of fiber reactive (cold water) dyes. Read more

Give a Quilt Classic a Fresh Spin! with Eleanor Levie

Saturday, November 14, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: $ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials fee: $10

The Nine Patch block—one of the oldest forms of patchwork—goes wild and whimsical. Start with just two fabric squares and quickly dash off two completely unique blocks, simultaneously! Play with line and color and pattern, then feature your blocks on funky potholders, a modern table runner, or a quilt of any size. Beginners welcome. If you know how to machine-sew a straight line, you are eligible for this class. See her website: eleanorlevie.com

drop spindle samples

Spin a Yarn: Weave a Tapestry, with Daryl Lancaster

December 5, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee:$ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials included

No experience necessary. Learn to create yarn on a drop spindle and then use that yarn on a small tapestry loom, combining it with wool roving and pile/tapestry weaving techniques.
Take home a finished miniature tapestry. Read more

Lancaster speed tapestry

Fall 2015 Featured Exhibitions

The exhibition, The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe features two large scale installations constructed from thousands of feet of colored thread, part of Dawe’s Plexus series. Designed to be encountered from multiple vantage points, Dawe’s finely layered planes of color appear to shift and change under the viewer’s gaze.

Image from Outside the linesOutside the Lines: Color Across the Collections, brings together textiles, paintings, ceramics and collages from all four permanent collections (Americas, Asia, Africa, and Decorative Arts). This exhibition brings together textiles, paintings, ceramics and collages from around the world.

Image: Anne Ryan, Untitled, 1952. Paper and textile collage on paper, 3 ¾ x 6 7/8 in. Newark Museum, Gift of Elizabeth McFadden, 1956, 56.163. © Washburn Gallery

Adding to the color theme: the second floor American Contemporary Gallery recently opened a long-term exhibition called Chromatic: Minimalism and Color Field Experiments, devoted to explorations in pure color from the 1950s-'70s by artists like Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, and Donald Judd.

The Shape of LIght

Buachaille – coming soon!

Aug. 25, 2105... this from http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2015/08/22/buachaille-coming-soon/ flock of sheep, for Buachaille yarn

I am a great advocate for using local materials, and nowhere more so than where wool is concerned. Sheep, and the human work around them, are an incredibly important part of the structure and character of the British landscape and I find it very sad that so many yarns made and sold in Britain in general, – and Scotland in particular – are not raised here, from our native sheep. With some notable exceptions, much of the wool described as “Scottish” has little or nothing at all to do with the many sheep raised in this landscape by hard-working farmers and crofters. Read more

2012 Crafternoon

Here is a blog post about an event that our members participated in at the New York Public Library in 2012... on domaphile.com

weaving lease sticks

Structo Love Affair

I met my first Structo at Fashion Institute of Technology Intro to Weaving course (a life changer!) in 2012. I now own 2 of them. They are terrific for workshops and demonstrations and are a testament to well-made products! See my blogpost: http://blissdesign.blogspot.com/2013/06/structo-heaven.html

If you are a Structo Addict, you need to belong to All Things Structo Yahoo group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/all_things_structo/info

Today I got a message that there are now crank handles available for Structo 600 and 750: http://www.heartsdesirefiber.com/product/structo-loom-crank-handle

structo 600 and 750 crank Handles

Photo: © heartsdesirefiber.com

On the height of a bench....

This from the Glimakra website, and a tip I learned from taking Jason Collingwood's 2/2 Twill Rugweaving workshop at 2015 MAFA.

Peter Collingwood’s Comments on Bench Height and How to Beat a Rug Tightly

“I only learnt about these some years ago when I found I could no longer raise my arms sideways sufficiently to throw a ski-shuttle. The chiropractor, who cured me practically in a single acupuncture session, emphasized that the strain on the muscles of shoulders and neck is greatly reduced if the loom seat is as high as possible, so that your arms go DOWNWARDS to the batten, (hence Jason’s advice that your thighs should be jammed up against the underside of the breast beam) Obviously the more horizontal your arms are, the more muscle power is needed to hold them up.” “That was the main thing… the other is the oft-repeated maxim of stopping every half hour or so, and stretching your arms in the reverse way to how they are in weaving. The moment of turning the warp on is the obvious time to do this.” “Another help is not to beat by pulling the batten towards you, as you sit upright, but to lean backwards as far as you can with your arms straight out in front of you, gripping the batten. I used to tell students, “Hold the batten and fall off the seat backwards”! This adds some of your weight to the power of the beat; this plus a weighted batten gives you a well-compacted weft.” “Another help is to have the treadles slung as low as is convenient. It requires much less muscle power to push them down, if your leg is almost extended, than if it is bent at the knee.” Peter Collingwood

James Koehler's Distinct Style

Barb Brophy and Rebecca Mezoff talk about our experiences working with James Koehler.


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