Newsletter of the Syracuse Weavers Guild
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.
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
Nancy Smothergill 474-4508 Secretary
Dianne Leach 339-2023
1st Vice President
Kathleen Sokolovic 682-9882
2nd Vice President Donna Johnson-Brown 696-6041
Joyce Lock 446-8655
Booklets: Publicity: Lois Koenig 627-0451
Nancy Smothergill 474-4508
Calling Committee Joyce Lock 446-8655
Carolyn Wolfson 449-1707
Meg Welch 638-4230
Elyse Meltz 478-1592
Thrums Newsletter and June Exhibit:
Donna Johnson-Brown 696-6041
Karen Smith 673-3250
Butch Walters 637-9513
Sue Belloma 673-1087
Sandy Hayes 437-0179
Yarn (order information):
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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.
Our guild has a variety of looms that
may be borrowed for a donation of $2 per
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.
Baldwinsville Public Library
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
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
39 Reed Street, Marcellus, NY 13108
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
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
be one of the speakers at Colorado Weavers
SWG Membership Form
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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
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.
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
The red piece of velvet hanging from the
corner of this bobbin holder appeared to
have been woven on the loom pictured at
Can you determine what this piece
of equipment might be?
Honestly, I cannot remember, but
it certainly looks impressive, don’t
Nancy suggested that it could be
a warping drum.
So the next question would be,
how does that work?
One time traveler to France
39 Reed Street
Marcellus, NY 13108
March 3 Weaving Up Your Stash
Presenter:Jan Hewitt Towsley
Hostesses: D Johnson Brown, K Sokolovic
Two Block Design Weave-Along
Facilitator: Joyce Lock
Hostesses: J Lockwood, L Wollowitz
May 5 Annual Pot Luck Luncheon