Weaving Lectures - Wednesday Afternoons

The meeting afternoon program features a guest speaker from the weaving world. The guest's presentation, which starts right after a brief guild business meeting, runs from approximately 1:00PM to 3:00PM.

Speakers Calendar

Sep 14, 2016 When a Bedsheet Could Be Worth More Than a Cow
Sandra Rux
Oct 5, 2016 My Journey as a Weaver
Phyllis Leck
Nov 9, 2016 Just Our Yarn Beloved Skein to Beloved Weaving
Cathie Chung and Diane Smith
Feb 8, 2017 WGB Library Treasures

Mar 8, 2017 Contemporary Interpretation of a Traditional Navajo Weaving Technique
Connie Lippert
Apr 13, 2017 Weaving the Past: The Weavers’ Guild and Plimoth Plantation Celebrate 40 Years of Historic Collaboration
Kayla McCumber
May 10, 2017 Annual Meeting

September 14, 2016

When a Bedsheet Could Be Worth More Than a Cow
Sandra Rux

Sometimes sudden death provides an interesting snapshot of people's belongings. This is the case in two instances of Indian attacks in Portsmouth NH, one in 1694 and the other in 1696. Probate inventories taken just after their deaths reveal facts about how each lived and details about textiles and textile tools. Ursula Cutt, widow of NH President John Cutt, was killed at her farm at Pulpit Rock, about two miles from downtown Portsmouth. Her clothing included gowns, petticoats, bodices and sleeves—most of imported silk and wool with trimming of lace and ribbon. She owned many table linens and towels. Clearly, Madame Cutt was more of a textile consumer than producer, but still owned a flax wheel and flax to be spun.

By contrast the home of Thomas Edmunds represents that of a middling family. He owned 40 acres, house and livestock. When attacked in June 1696, the family consisted of Thomas, his wife Mary, his father John and five children. All of the adults and probably one child were killed in the attack. Thomas was a weaver who possessed a spinning wheel, quilling wheel, and a flax wheel. He had two pair of looms and seven pair of slayes and harnesses for weaving. Fourteen sheep provided wool. The inventory included yards of new cloth, sheep's wool and tow, along with cotton yarn. Mary’s clothes are enumerated —these are a far cry from the multiple garments owned by Ursula Cutt.

October 5, 2016

My Journey as a Weaver
Phyllis Leck

What does the journey of a self-taught weaver look like? It begins in childhood with a pot holder loom and ends with a studio in Maine doing production weaving for stores and decorators. Along the way I have raised a family, traveled for shows and helped my husband with his wrought iron business. This lecture tells the story of my weaving journey.

November 9, 2016

Just Our Yarn Beloved Skein to Beloved Weaving
Cathie Chung and Diane Smith

How can we help a skein achieve its full potential? We will take a skein (or two) and explore its many possibilities – color combinations, value choices and structural options. We will have examples of what works, what doesn’t and why.

Cathie and Diane will also have a trunk show of their yarns for sale

woven basket

February 8, 2017

WGB Library Treasures

Description: In the morning we will have the chance to browse many of the sample notebooks from the library’s collection which will be displayed on tables in our meeting room. These sample books cannot be taken out of the library – so this is an excellent opportunity to view a good part of the collection.

In the afternoon we will view some of the newer DVDs that the library has acquired.

 

March 8, 2017

Contemporary Interpretation of a Traditional Navajo Weaving Technique
Connie Lippert

Join Connie for a description and images of the wedge weave process, the evolution of her work with the technique and the incorporation and use of natural dyes. http://connielippertart.com/statement.html

woven basket

April 12, 2017

Weaving the Past: The Weavers’ Guild and Plimoth Plantation Celebrate 40 Years of Historic Collaboration
Kayla McCumber

A presentation on how Plimoth Plantation uses textiles (many woven by WGB members) for interpretation on a daily basis.

Borden Bag

May 10, 2017

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting features Awards, the Guild Challenge, Fashion Show and a Pot Luck Lunch.

Guild Challenge - We will see how Guild members have met the challenge to weave an item using the Summer and Winter threading and any treadling they chose.

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