Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild
November, 2017 Volume 34, Issue 8

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THe Louisiana Art & Science Museum is celebrating "The Red That Colored The World" as its new exhibit!

It explores the history and use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source. Included are textiles, sculpture, manuscripts, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and more, plus a hands-on science area for all ages.

Dates are Sept. 16 through Jan. 14, 2018. Learn more at

For more information on the exhibit click HERE/


Cochineal insects live on prickly pear cacti , feeding on plant moisture and nutrients. This image depicts a cochineal farm.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
The Knights of Columbus Hall, 58715 Price St., Plaquemine, LA Iberville Parish

For more information or registration click HERE.


The Tuesday Weavers' focus is to support wayward weavers and get them back to their looms. We on the second Tuesday of each month 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 4691for more info.

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 chair  and a pair of “inside “shoes..  Those who are new to these crafts are welcome to visit and learn more about appropriate types of equipment necessary  and 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 ,unless  the studio is closed  for 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 visiting  within the studio.

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If you are interested in the history of color, I highly recommend this book. The author Victoria Finlay shares the origins of color by recounting stories of her travels in search of histories. This book is a page turner. She shares a very interesting history of Cochineal. I found it easily at a used book store and it is available at the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

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Upcoming Calendar Events


November 5th SWIC Inkle Loom workshop (more info below)

November 14th: uesday weavers 

November 18th: Latter Library 10:30- noon NOWG Annual business meeting


December 16:  NOWG Annual Christmas potluck TBA

December 12th: Tuesday weavers 


Yarn dyed at our October dying workshop!



SWIC Inkle Loom Workshop

When: Sunday, November 5th (Sorry for the short notice!!!-Lena)  from 2:30pm to 6 pm
Where:Sulphur Branch located at 1160 Cypress St, Sulphur, LA 70663
Beverly Laughlin will be teaching how to make strong, decorative woven bands for bag straps, belts and edging using an inkle loom.
You will be shown how to warp up an inkle loom using cards and then use it to weave on. We will examine examples of tablet or card weaving and the different methods of creating designs.
Participants will weave and manipulate the threads to make a variety of patterns. This workshop will give you the confidence and knowledge to tablet weave using an inkle loom independently at home.
There is room for 8 students, this workshop is free to SWIC Guild members. You are welcome to join the guild or pay a $10 non-member donation to show your support to SWIC and the education we are providing. Please contact us thru email or call to make arrangements and save your place.

Supplies Needed:
Emply Inkle Loom
1 Empty flat shuttles
Note taking materials
#10 Cotton Crochet Thread in 2 high contrasting colors
* cards will be provided
*Bring a bag lunch

Contact us thru email to attend:

Guild Dues are due!

Guild annual membership runs from September to August the cost is $25.

You can pay by clicking this link to use PAYPAL (this will take you to our website where you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "buy now" button to pay using paypal.

or you can mail a check to New Orleans Weavers Guild, P.O. Box 58726, New Orleans, LA 70158


Tapestry Weaving

At the September guild meeting we discussed the availability of taking an online tapestry course as a guild with Rebecca Mezoff. She offers courses for a discounted rate to guilds. Here is a link to information about her courses. It looks like she teaches a 3 part intro to tapestry weaving class that is about $120 for each part. Here is a link to her website.



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


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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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