Programs & Workshops

February 14, 2018 | "Unearthing the World of Fibers” with Linda Cortright

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Linda Cortright

Cortright will present a stunning look at natural fibers and their sources from around the globe – from the High Himalayas to the rim of the Arctic Circle. She is editor of Wild Fibers magazine, which began in 2007 as is often called “the National Geographic for the fiber world.” Among her many endeavors, she is founder of the Cashmere Craft Center in Pangong, India, in the High Himalayas, a 501(c)3 organization where some 80 nomadic women spin and knit cashmere yarns for sale around the world. Visit her website at www.wildfibersmagazine.com.

Wild Fibers

  

 

February 19, 2018 | Threads

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Craft in America: Threads

Winter weather brings us together to watch a DVD named "Craft in America: Threads".

 

March 14, 2018 | "The Jacquard Loom” with Nancy Smothergill

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Nancy Smothergill

Around 1800, when Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism to make use of punch cards, he revolutionized the weaving industry. His mechanism made it possible to weave intricate images and patterns by mechanically selecting individual threads. Most people have heard the term Jacquard weaving but don’t know how it works. Step by step we will see how this amazing invention works. In addition, we will look at some very cool looms!

Nancy writes, “I learned to weave in 1972 but the most complex of my looms is an 8 shaft Baby Wolf. My favorite kind of weaving is tablet weaving, a far cry from automation. However, I am fascinated by looms of all sorts and whenever I travel, I hunt for looms, especially old looms. Curious about how Jacquard weaving actually works, I set out to deconstruct the mechanism and understand the process.”

Nancy currently is the membership chair and treasurer for TWIST, Tablet Weavers International Studies and Techniques. For the past two years she has taught a class in tablet-woven calligraphy at WAFAC.

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Jacquard Loom Cards

 

 

March 19, 2018 | Portable Tapestry 

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

With summer travel approaching portable weaving can be quite handy to take along.  Tapestry can reflect our summer inspirations.

 

April 11, 2018 | “Nordic Journeys” with Becky Ashenden of Vav Stuga

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Becky Ashenden

Becky's 1981 introduction to the wealth of the Swedish textile world at Sätergläntan Institutet för Slöjd och Hantverk, a school renowned for weaving and other traditional crafts since 1922, gave her the motivation to pursue weaving as a life passion as well as a career. The following 13 years of production and sales added experience to her initial training to build  skills in both the theory and practice of weaving. Her use of equipment and techniques that have withstood the test of time adds to the value of what she has been offering her students at Vävstuga since 1991.


 

 

April 11, 2018 | “The Logic of Drafting in the Scandinavian Tradition” with Becky Ashenden of Vav Stuga

Guild Mini Workshop

1-4 p.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Becky Ashenden's rep rug

An introduction to drafting in the Swedish tradition. Known to be one of the easiest and most logical methods of drafting, this method directly matches the physical aspects of the loom with its color drafts showing how the tie-up pattern correlates to the weave structure. The session will also include ergonomics of a tie-up and information on profile drafts. At the end, an exploration of Jämtlandsdräll will be a special treat.

April 16, 2018 | "Rug Conservation" with Leslie Mendelson

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

In addition to hearing about Leslie's work on rugs, we'll also discuss some of our own project blunders and share ideas for repair techniques. 

 

May 14, 2018 | “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Laverne Waddington

From the coastal plains to highland valleys, up to the heights of the Andes and down to the tropical lowland jungles, indigenous and mestizo weavers create intricately patterned cloth on a variety of simple looms. We will explore these regions and the people who inhabit them, seeing how the different environments affect the choices of materials, looms, techniques, colors, and motifs that are used. Along the way she will share stories of the weavers with whom she has studied and her love of the basic yet surprisingly complex backstrap loom.

 

Author of two books, Andean Pebble Weave and More Adventures in Warp-Faced Pick-Up Patterns, Waddington has been weaving on simple looms since 1996, learning from indigenous teachers in South and Central America. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic designs from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using various techniques and structures she has studied.

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May 9-11, 2018 | “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

Guild Workshop 

May 9, 2018 1–4 p.m. and May 10–11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. First Baptist Church, Pittsford

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Andean Pebble Weave is perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in Peru and Bolivia. It enables weavers to create a variety of traditional and contemporary figures posed on a dotted or “pebbled” background. Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up-weaving techniques.

 

Students will first learn, on narrow body-tensioned warp, how to create sheds by hand in order to weave plain pebble weave as well as the basic sharpes that are the building blocks of all pebble-weave motifs. They will then work on developing the ability to combine these basic shapes in different ways to create more complex patterns using a faster partly loom-controlled method.


 

 

May 14, 2018 | Potluck Dinner

Guild Evening Meeting

6-8 p.m., Bolcko Barn

 

June 13, 2018 | Guild Potluck Picnic and Tailgate Sale

Guild Meeting

10 a.m., Buckland Lodge, Brighton Town Park

 

June 18, 2018 | Market and Sell Your Work Discussion

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

 

Coming Up 2018-2019 TBA