Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild
September, 2018 Volume 34, Issue 15
New Orleans Weavers Guild has a Facebook page!! Please like, follow and share our page with your weaving friends!
This can be a place for us to easily and quickly share information. You can post if you have items for sale, if there is a weaving event or anything you think the New Orleans Weaving Community would like to know about. If you would like to be added as a team member on the page let Lena know and she will add you.
Feel free to post and share your fiber related events!
The opening is this Thursday 6-9 PM, it's up until the end of September and on September 1st there is a panel discussion with the artists 7-8:30pm.
Work by Abdoulaye Konaté (b. 1953 Diré, Mali) primarily takes the form of textile-based installations that explore socio-political and environmental issues, as well as showcasing his aesthetic concerns and formal language. Konaté questions the way in which societies and individuals, both in Mali and beyond, have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalisation, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. Employing material native to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths, the artist creates large-scale abstract and figurative compositions. Konaté refers to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication, balancing global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.
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.
Upcoming Calendar Events
9.1.2018 Artist talk at Brand Art Gallery with NOWG member Lena Kolb 646 Tchoupitoulas Street 7-8:30 PM
9.15.2018 Warping and Weaving Rigid Heddle Looms Latter Library 10:30-2:30 bring a bagged lunch.
10.20.2018 all day Dying Workshop at Beverly Madere's house
11.10. 2018 Gallery Sale at Nunance’s Louisiana Artisan Gallery, 728 Dublin Street
11.17 .2018 Business Meeting 10:30-12:30 Latter Library
TBA Holiday Party
OPPORTUNITIES TO WEAVE AND SPIN
The Tuesday Weavers' focus is to support wayward weavers and get them back to their looms. We meet 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 4691 for 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.
Weavers Start Your Engines and Looms!
Members of the New Orleans Weavers Guild have been invited to participate in a Show and Gallery Sale of their fiber work on November 10th at Nunance’s Louisiana Artisan Gallery, 728 Dublin Street as part of their new Art In the Bend series. We will be showing along with other local and regional artists on that day from 10am – 3pm. More details will be discussed at the September meeting but in the meantime start weaving and building up your personal inventory of items to sell at the event. If you think you might be interested in participating or would like more information contact MIchele Andre
Tapestry Weaving Interest Group starting January 2019
Several NOWG members have been exploring tapestry as a weaving style lately. And a few have been following, (one even attended, a workshop with) renowned tapestry weaver Rebecca Mezoff. Rebecca is a very popular instructor as well as commissioned weaver who has a complete course of tapestry weaving videos available on the internet. You can read all about her, see samples of her work and read through her course descriptions at
Rebecca has recently begun offering special pricing of her instructional videos for Guilds who sign up as a group to take the classes. Several NOWG members have expressed a desire to take this online workshop, so our target start date is January 2019. The individual pricing is based on a sliding scale depending on how many members sign up for the course. Once a member has registered for the class, that member will have unlimited and forever access to the course materials.
It is the consensuses of everyone, that we will begin at the beginning with, Warp and Weft:
Learning the Structure of Tapestry. So if you know nothing about this type of weaving ,then you will be learning just like the rest of us - at the beginning. We will meet once monthly and besides that, everyone will move at their own pace, so this is a “no pressure” study group.
Pricing runs as follows:
5-9 people $120 each
10-14 people $110 each
15+ people $100 each
Fees are paid directly to Rebecca Mezoff but we need to provide her with a list of individuals who will be participating. Our projected deadline to sign up for this group is by the annual business meeting, November 17 th .Please contact Bev Madere to sign up.
***Special note: Rebecca dyes all the yarn for her commissions and workshop classes. In
preparation, for doing tapestry weaving, if you want to try your hand at dying your own yarn at our annual Dying Day in October, Rebecca published a blog post on the subject at -
We have a few Spots to fill on the Board of the New Orleans Weavers Guild for the 2018-2019 group. We will be excepting nominations and volunteers for new officers. Please bring your ideas and thoughts to the September meeting.
We need a new:
Vice President -conducts the business of the Guild in the absence of the president.
Secretary- shall keep minutes of the Guild and the executive committee; shall
conduct the correspondence of the organization using appropriate forms of
communication including e mail.
Treasurer- she be the custodian of all funds as needed: shall give an up to date
financial report at each meeting of the Guild and the Executive Committee.
20" Schacht rigid heddle loom including:
-12 dent reed
- 1-5 dent reed, 1-10 dent reed, 2-8 dent reeds, 1 varident reed
$650.00 for all pieces
20" Schacht rigid heddle loom including:
-12 dent reed
5, 8, 10 20" dent reeds $40each
varident reed $80
If interested, please contact:
504 782 6622
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.
or use PayPal following the link on the membership page.
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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