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Newsletter of the Syracuse Weavers Guild President's Message Dear SWG Members, Several members showed their samples and It’s hard to believe that at this time we discussed how this technique allows one last year we were just beginning to lift our to do tapestry without the usual slowness of heads out of the snow. How nice to be able typical tapestry. to weave in the morning instead of shoveling In February we watched the Madelyn snow - not that I am weaving every morning. van der Hoogt video about warping. The I am, however, working on the Huck Lace video is full of great tips for smooth warping gamp on the traveling guild loom and enjoying and takes the viewer through the process seeing the various patterns evolve. If you front to back. This video belongs to the have not signed up for this project but guild library so if you missed the meeting or would like to try it, you certainly can have a wish to study Madelyn's demonstrations chance. It’s a great opportunity to do some more closely, just ask Elyse Meltz about sampling without having to warp up and borrowing the DVD from the library. thread your own loom - it is all done for you. My thoughts for this winter have This sampler is set up with different focused on how valuable it is to practice. combinations of two colors on a 5 end huck For Christmas presents I wove two scarves, pattern and you weave with the various but one had a treadling error. So after the treadlings and color order. Everything is holidays I wound another warp and wove two written out clearly so the weaving is very more of the same scarves, this time one for easy and the Kyra table loom is very me. Since the two dressings of the loom portable and smooth to use. Consider giving came so close to one another and the weave it a try. was the same, I could focus on efficiency. At the January meeting Lois Koenig In her video, Madelyn van der Hoogt stated nicely led us through the history and basics that warping, threading and sleying can be of the Theo Moorman technique, which was very soothing if you to take your time, the topic of last year's Study Group. forget trying to hurry (cont. on next page.) ______________________________________________________________________________ The mission of the Syracuse Weavers’ Guild is to stimulate an interest in the art and craft of weaving, achieve a high standard of excellence and help and encourage all persons interested in weaving. 1 President s Message continued. through the process and enjoy yourself. So reinventing the wheel each time. Perhaps a by efficiency I mean feeling like I really warp a week would help. know what I am doing rather than Nancy ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Guild Officers 2011 - 2012 President Nancy Smothergill 474-4508 Secretary Dianne Leach 339-2023 1st Vice President Kathleen Sokolovic 682-9882 Treasurer 2nd Vice President Donna Johnson-Brown 696-6041 Joyce Lock 446-8655 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Committees Booklets: Publicity: Lois Koenig 627-0451 Nancy Smothergill 474-4508 Special Projects: Calling Committee Joyce Lock 446-8655 Carolyn Wolfson 449-1707 Library: Meg Welch 638-4230 Elyse Meltz 478-1592 Membership: Thrums Newsletter and June Exhibit: Donna Johnson-Brown 696-6041 Karen Smith 673-3250 Refreshments Coordinator: Historian: Butch Walters 637-9513 Sue Belloma 673-1087 Sandy Hayes 437-0179 Yarn (order information): Program: Clara Rose Thomas 635-3478 Kathleen Sokolovic 682-9882 Sue Belloma 673-1087 Sarah Saulson 449-9423 Sarah Saulson 449-9423 Lois Koenig 627-0451 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ New Member! White Elephant Table We welcome our newest member to the Syracuse Weavers’ Guild and ask that This is a pain free fundraiser for our you add her information to your membership guild! Simply bring an unwanted item from booklet. home to sell at any of our guild meetings. It Jennifer Weisenthal can be weaving related, but it certainly 720 Maple Dr Fayetteville, NY 13066 doesn’t have to be! The price/donation (315)446-3942 amount will be up to the buyer. If your item email@example.com doesn’t sell, you must take it back, but thanks for trying! Proceeds are used to Contact Nancy Smothergill if you have not support guild programs. received a booklet. 2 SWG Program Remember to bring your mug and lunch. Hostesses provide dessert! Meetings begin at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 10:00 unless indicated otherwise. Please plan on arriving by 9:45 so we can begin on time. ________________________________________________________ March 3 April 14 "Two Block Design Weave-Along" Facilitator: Joyce Lock Inspired by Handwoven magazine, the Syracuse Weavers Guild is sponsoring a weave-along where everyone starts with the same profile draft, but chooses their own weave structure for their sample. While you can view the results of Handwoven's weave-along in the November/December 2011 issue, our Challenge culminates at the April “Weaving Up Your Stash” meeting where the discussion will be centered around your samples. Presenter: Jan Hewitt Towsley Handwoven's discussion of their Do you seem to have too many yarns Weave-Along as well as the profile draft can that you would like to use in a worthwhile, be found at the following site: but efficient, way? Or do you have yarns and http://www.weavingtoday.com/media/p/3081.a colors that you have not found a purpose spx for? Guild elections will be held at the April Join us to learn about many tips & meeting. ______________________ techniques for weaving those favorite yarns, into scarves, shawls, clothing, rugs and wall May 5 hangings. As you learn about a variety of Annual Pot Luck Luncheon simple weaving techniques, inspirations and goals may be the result. Participants are And Towel Exchange invited to bring a few samples of those At the home of Nancy Smothergill yarns for problem solving examples. Included Noon are hands-on demonstrations of time saving Annual business meeting, installment of new tips. officers, show and tell, collection of work for guild exhibit ________________________________________________ Program Hostesses Please arrange for your own substitute if you are unable to hostess your assigned meeting. March: Donna Johnson Brown, Kathleen Sokolovic April: Judith Lockwood, Linda Wollowitz Guild Two Block Design Mentors Weave-Along Need help? Contact: Sue Belloma - 673-1087 - overshot, general Have you started your Weave-Along information on weaving sample yet? It's not too late! Members of Joyce Lock - 446-8655 - handwoven laces, the Two Block Design group are enjoying household woven items weaving samples, viewing the samples of Sarah Saulson - 449-9423 - weave others and comparing different weave structures, project planning structures all woven from the same two- Nancy Smothergill - 474-4508 - rag rugs, block profile draft. Similar to the guild handwoven laces, warping color studies we've done in previous years, Clara Rose Thomas - 635-3478 - double the April program will be a guild discussion weave pickup, overshot, Bronson lace centered around your samples, so the more Dianne Leach - 339-2023- tassels and input from guild members, the more cord, temari balls successful and interesting the program. Elyse Meltz - 478-1592 - overshot If you need some motivation or assistance in getting started contact Joyce ________________________________________ Lock or Karen Smith. Guild Looms ________________________________________ Our guild has a variety of looms that may be borrowed for a donation of $2 per Special Projects month. These include floor looms, table top Traveling Loom: looms, tapestry and inkle looms. Widths and The Huck Lace and Color gamp manufacturers vary. Contact Dianne Leach, our traveling loom is making the rounds. guild secretary, if you are interested in trying The materials fee is $8 for members. one of them out. ________________________________________ Contact Joyce Lock if you are interested in weaving on this loom.. 2-Block Design Weave-Along Study Towel Exchange Group: This is an enjoyable and rewarding The Two-Block Design Weave-Along experience and you are invited to Study Group met Thursday January 26th. participate! Weave a towel or two or three Members presented the samples they had or. . . well, you get the idea! Bring them to woven and their frustrations (sometimes) in the May meeting and exchange towels with getting there. We played find the mistake in your fellow weavers. For every towel you the completed samples. trade, you receive one in return. The final study group meeting will be In addition, a “wall of towels” is held on Thursday March 8th at 7:00 pm at planned for our guild show in June. Don’t let Joyce's home. You need not have come to this opportunity pass you by! study group before to participate. 4 Guild Exhibit Baldwinsville Public Library June 2012 Weaving work, both old and new, and out of space, the first pieces to be of all levels, will be important to the eliminated will be from those weavers who success of this show, which will be a vehicle submitted the greatest number and those for educating others, promoting the art and that are repetitive of other work in the craft of weaving and promoting the exhibit. Syracuse Weavers Guild. Work that you Please be sure that your work is have done in the past is most welcome, as “show ready”, i.e. pressed and hemmed (if long as it has not been shown in Baldwinsville appropriate.) Also, attach a tag with: before. The exhibit space is challenging only Name because it is large, but will be rewarding as Title or purpose well, in that it is versatile and highly visible! Weave structure As for collecting the work, it has Materials already begun! You can bring work to any Price or Not for sale meeting, or give it to a friend to bring if you Narrative, comments, if any. can’t make it. When you share an item at Please feel free to contact me if you show and tell, you can leave it with me. have any questions or concerns. There is no limit to the number of Karen pieces that you may submit, but if we do run _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thrums Our next due date for articles, poems, photos, equipment for sale etc. will be April 5. This will be the last Thrums until August. Please send your contributions to Karen Smith 39 Reed Street, Marcellus, NY 13108 firstname.lastname@example.org __________________ Guild Attendance. . . SWG Website . . . is on the rise! After a four year slump, our Have you checked out the guild attendance has risen to its highest since 2007. website lately? Thanks to technology, we What could be the reasons? The economy? enjoyed a guest from eastern New York Programs? Promotion? Whatever it is, let’s who was interested in our Theo Moorman keep it up! program in January! Joyce Lock is our webmaster. The address is www.syracuseweaversguild.org 5 At the January meeting, guild Day, a separate event being held the members voted to renew our membership in following day. Weave a Real Peace, otherwise known as WARP. In so doing, we are supporting textile arts and artisans in many places around the globe. WARP is self described as “a catalyst for improving the quality of life of weavers and textile artisans in communities-in-need. We provide information and networking opportunities to individuals and organizations who value the social, cultural, historic and artistic importance of textiles around the world.” Sarah Saulson has been a member of WARP since 1999, and attended her first annual meeting in 2001. She then joined the board and served 2 terms for a total of 6 years. She is currently helping to coordinate the scholarship program for the annual meeting to be held in Boulder, For more information, visit Colorado in May of this year. Sarah will also www.weavearealpeace.org be one of the speakers at Colorado Weavers _____________________________________________________ SWG Membership Form Name__________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________ E-mail_______________________________ Address______________________________ City_________________________________ State____________ Zip Code__________ Memberships are for one year (May to May) Regular dues: $30 Senior dues: $25 Please make checks payable to: Syracuse Weavers Guild. Mail to: Donna Johnson-Brown, Membership Chair 137 Crooked Lake Road Tully , NY 13159 6 Soierie Saint Georges à Lyon, France (Saint Georges Silk Factory in Lyon, France) At one time, Lyon had been the center of the silk industry in France. Apparently this shop/museum had once been a place where silk cloth was manufactured. There was a wonderful collection of equipment and materials from days gone by. The gentleman in the shop demonstrated how weaving of silk fabric for velvet was once done, as well as the cutting of the fibers while still on the loom to create the velvet effect. The wooden rollers were used to apply chemicals to remove fibers and create patterns. 7 This is a 19th century Jacquard loom. Note the cards above the harnesses. Joseph-Marie Jacquard, inventor of the programmable loom, once worked in this part of Lyon. The red piece of velvet hanging from the corner of this bobbin holder appeared to have been woven on the loom pictured at left. Mystery Picture Can you determine what this piece of equipment might be? Honestly, I cannot remember, but it certainly looks impressive, don’t you think? Nancy suggested that it could be a warping drum. So the next question would be, how does that work? Karen Smith One time traveler to France 8 Thrums Karen Smith 39 Reed Street Marcellus, NY 13108 SWG Calendar March 3 Weaving Up Your Stash Presenter:Jan Hewitt Towsley Hostesses: D Johnson Brown, K Sokolovic April 14 Two Block Design Weave-Along Facilitator: Joyce Lock Hostesses: J Lockwood, L Wollowitz May 5 Annual Pot Luck Luncheon 9
"Newsletter of the Syracuse Weavers Guild"