Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild
September, 2017 Volume 34, Issue 6
This months featured artist is Ruth Asawa. In the 1950s, Asawa experimented with crocheted wire sculptures of abstract forms that appear as three-dimensional line drawings. She learned the basic technique while in Toluca, Mexico, where villagers used a similar technique to make baskets from galvanized wire.
NOWG’S MISSION IS THE EDUCATION OF FIBER ENTHUSIASTS THROUGH WORKSHOPS, THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AMONG MEMBERS AND THE EDUCATION OF OUR COMMUNITY IN HANDWEAVING AND SPINNING.
OPPORTUNITIES TO WEAVE AND SPIN
The Tuesday Weavers' focus is to support wayward weavers and get them back to their looms. We meet every Tuesday from 10:30am - 2:30pm usually at Bev Madere's but have been known to do "house calls" for neglected looms and frustrated weavers. In Terrytown. contact 504 436 4691 for more info.
N.B. Beginning in October the Tuesday Weavers will meet on the following days:
* Tuesday, October 10th, November 14th and December 12th *
THE GATHERING…. 1st Thursday of every month ,10am-4pm. This is an open day (free of charge) for those wishing to come to weave or spin. Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage , a folding chairand a pair of “inside “shoes.. Those who are new to these crafts are welcome to visit and learn more about appropriate types of equipment necessaryand to see weavers and spinners in action.
3rd WEDNESDAY-Small Looms Day, 10am-4pm. All loom types are welcome,,, potholder looms, zoom looms, inkle and card looms, rigid heddle and tapestry looms. This is an open day (free of charge)
4th WEDNESDAY SPINNERS… 10am-4pm All types of wheels and spindles are welcome as well as carding equipment and blending boards. This is an open day (free of charge). Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage, folding chair, and a pair of “inside “ shoes. Those new to spinning are welcome to visit and learn about various wheels and assorted types of spinning equipment used by others at the event.
These events are held monthly ,unlessthe studio is closedfor fiber shows or events,
INSIDE SHOES… since most spinners and weavers do not wear shoes when practicing their crafts, we request that attendees leave their outside shoes at the door and wear only inside shoes while visitingwithin the studio.
Recorded at Sagnlandet Lejre, Historical Archaeological Research and Communication Center, Denmark, August 2012
Upcoming Calendar Events :
Tuesday Weavers: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 10:30-2:30 at Bev Madere's house.
September 16th NOWG Meeting Latter Library 10:30-12. This is world wide Spin in public Day. Bring wheels and spindles to spin on the porch outside the library.
October 21st NOWG Meeting Dying workshop - Bring yarn projects to dye, cotton, linen, tencel... all cellulose fibers Bev Madere's house 10:30-3 bring a lunch
Soari Style studio will be closed for the month of October.
DON'T FORGET - MINI-WORKSHOP: MAKING CLOTHES FROM WOVEN YARDAGE.
So you have woven up something beautiful but you have no idea what to do with it, and you
are scared witless of having to cut it or worse, sew and tailor it to fit. In this little mini-
workshop, we’re going to make a really wearable, even elegant, vest. It will take a few inches
of sewing but NO cutting.
You will need some yardage you have woven. 96 – 103” long, 20-24” inches wide. This is a one-
size fits most. If you weave in weft stripes, they will become vertical at the end, so go a little
wild. Add ribbons, fancy yarns, or other whimsical materials. Finish the ends in whatever way
you like so they don’t unravel when you take the cloth off the loom. maybe add a couple of
inches enough to make hems. Or bind the ends. The ends of your yardage will be the visible
front of the vest. The real work, the creative work, is already in the weaving when you bring
your yardage to the workshop.
If you have finished the ends of your yardage, then the rest of the vest can be sewn by hand. So
bring needle, thread, pins, scissors to the workshop. Or sit next to a friend. There will be acouple of sewing machines at the meeting.
This workshop will be scheduled for one of our NOWG meetings. Get ready by weaving some yardage from the instructions above.
NEW ORLEANS WEAVERS GUILD
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP STATEMENT
General meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of the month at the Latter Library unless Flip-In is scheduled. Meetings are held September through May.
Guild benefits to members include discounts on workshops and supplies, access to the Guild library and equipment, attendance at monthly and special group meetings, subscription to Patterns newsletter, opportunities to demonstrate, and display fiber related items collectively and receive the help, advice and camaraderie of other weavers, spinners and fiber artists.
Guild membership runs from September to August.
Annual dues are $25.00 and due at the September meeting. Dues are to be payable to:
New Orleans Weavers Guild, P.O. Box58726, New Orleans, LA 70158.
Board Members 2017-2019
President: Michelle Andre
Vice-President: Katherine Williams
Treasurer: Maureen Preau
Secretary: Phoebe Vlassis
Webmaster: Jane Sullivan
Newsletter Editor: Lena Kolb
Contribute to our Newsletter
Please send in contributions to our newsletter to MidnightHandwoven@gmail.com
I would love to include information about textile exhibits, inspiration from textile artists, stories of weaving, images of interesting textile equipment, and pictures of work by NOWG members or anything YOU would like to share with the guild. I would love other members to be involved so if you have ideas of things you would like to see in the NOWG newsletter please feel free to contact me.
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