New Hampshire Weavers Guild
September 21, 2017
Meeting Recap
Workshops, Weaving Helping Weavers and
Afternoon Program
 
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Morning Workshops

CRACKLE FOR RATINGS

Jayne Flanagan brought many samples to introduce her class to the Crackle weave structure.  She also discussed weaving crackle with many treadling variations as is required by many ratings programs including NHWG's program.
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EVERY LOOOM HAS A STORY

Florence Feldman-Wood presented the interesting history of many American and internationally made looms that have been featured in her "Hand Weaving Supplements."  She included looms of various kinds, like tape looms above, and looms designed by and for women.
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LET'S THROW IN THE TOWEL

A class of true poker faces played Weaver's Poker to help them learn about making towels.  Marjie Thompson brought a number of handwoven samples to illustrate the size, fiber and design questions that all go into making a good product.

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Weavers Helping Weavers
PROJECT LINUS: LET'S ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD'S LIFE

Project Linus has been collecting hand made baby blankets to give to children who have ended up in stressful situations.  Nancy Mulqueen who is chairing the NHWG effort to make and donate blankets this year (see more info HERE to help), led the group in a discussion and show and tell on what makes a good blanket.
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Afternoon Program
New England Quilts and the
Stories They Tell
Pamela Weeks
Binney Family Curator of the
New England Quilt Museum
In a fascinating afternoon program, Pamela Weeks introduced the Guild to quilts throughout the years.  She used samples from her collection to show how quilts and the fabrics they were made from changed and how those changes can illustrate our changing history.  

Many Guild members brought quilts and described how they acquired them, whether through family or auction.  Then Pamela discussed what she could glean from the quilts and where they fit in the progress of quilt development.

Most touching was the wonderful patchwork quilt brought in by an audience member which had been purchased at a sale.  Each major square had words describing which dress the fabric had come from.  Some searching through historical records had revealed that the dresses had been from a young girl that had passed away.  This quilt, a memorial quilt, really told a story through the colors and scraps of a too short life.


Pamela is a presenter for the New Hampshire Humanities and the Guild thanks them for the grant that made this program possible.
Pamela Weeks, afternoon speaker, and NHWG President, Marjie Thompson