September is New York Textile Month

The New School: Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are pleased to announce the launch of NYTM – the inaugural New York Textiles Month this September; a month-long city-wide festival designed to celebrate textile creativity and promote textile awareness.

Initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort, trend forecaster and Dean of Hybrid Studies at The New School, this multiple-location event will gather all voices and expressions concerning textiles, bringing together museums, galleries, showrooms, retailers, design studios, students and the general public.

Soraya Shah at Studio Four NYC

NYGH member Soraya Shah of Studio Four NYC is one of the professional weavers featured on the "TEXTILE TRECKS".
Schedule will be available soon at

Sept 2016 Travel Opportunity for Textile Lovers

This just came to the attention of members of the Frances Irwin handweavers, and they asked us to share this with like-minded individuals. NYGH is not a sponsor of this event.

Highlights of this adventure

September 8th – 19th, 2016

  • Ten nights at Villa Gioianna, an extremely fabulous Villa in the Italian Countryside, including all breakfasts and all dinners; four at the Villa (wine included), four at charming local restaurants, and one as invited guests of the Panicale Textile Fair organizers and participants.
  • Tour and visit five inspiring weaving/textile workshops, including a private tour of the stupendous Antique Silk Weaving Workshop in Florence, with option for taking a private weaving or embroidery course at the Perugia weaving studio.
  • Visits and special events in Cortona, Deruta, Assisi, Florence and several “undiscovered gems” -- small villages and towns that retain their traditional character.
  • Meet fellow textile enthusiasts from around the world (and share your own handiwork if you wish) at the Panicale Lace and Textile Fair.
  • A pizza lesson with a wood-fired oven, and a cooking lesson and demonstration at Villa Gioianna.
  • Two wine tastings at family-run wineries, and the Festa dell’Uva, the annual harvest celebration in Panicale, with a parade, more winetasting, tasting of local foods, and folk dancing.
  • A free day to relax by the pool or to visit a town of your choice.
  • All transportation for the week in private vans/car.
  • Concierge services to help you coordinate your transportation to and from the Villa and for your Free Day.

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Open Studio at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn

Saturday, May 14, 2016

On Saturday I went to the Textile Arts Center's Studio open house. Summary: stimulating, inspiring, free, and fun. We all know or have heard about Brooklyn's energy and hipness: here's a place to experience it. The young artists were completely accessible and friendly, and were ready and willing to talk about their work -- and mine! What could be better for an amateur like me.

I was able to speak with three artists: Victoria Manganiello, Yunjung Kang, and Jamie Hart Israelow; I'm including photos of their work.

The Center schedules this every second Saturday, from 5 pm to 7 pm. I know the next one will be in June, 2016, but I'd check with them for dates after that.

Yunjung Kang

Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles

Presented by the Textile Museum of Canada, Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles is a landmark project showcasing a new generation of printed textiles by Toronto artists. Commissioned to produce new textile designs, ten contemporary artists extend their interdisciplinary explorations in the form of printed fabrics on view at TAC Manhattan from May 6-8, 2016 in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN, New York’s city-wide design fair. Printable on demand, these printed fabrics will be available to the public here for the first time.
Greater Toronto New Artist Textiles

Weaving the Threads of New England History

New England Heritage Conference: Weaving the Threads of New England History

August 27, 2016 to September 3, 2016

The New England Heritage Conference is held in partnership with the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

Discover how textiles and clothing both shaped and reflected civilization in New England over time. Through a variety of lectures and workshops, explore transitions from farm to factory, homespun to decorative art and handcrafts to mill manufacturing. Delve into the story of how society wove the fabric of both labor and leisure. Be entertained by glimpses into Victorian underpinnings and the exploits of mill girls. Hear from experts on weaving and costumes of various historical periods in New England. Investigate what state of the art textile technology might have meant in centuries past. Indulge in handicrafts of long ago and learn how fashions illuminated the values and trends of the times.

Although there is no separate children’s programming, the Heritage of New England conference welcomes children of all ages under the supervision of their parents/guardians.

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Download the New England Heritage 2016 Highlights Flyer

April 30, 2016 - Becky Ashenden, A Nordic Journey

NYGH April 2016 speaker Becky Ashenden

Becky Ashenden

Indulge in a mini trip to Sweden and beyond visiting their world of rich and varied textile traditions. Becky will present many examples and discuss the multitude of structures and materials used. These will include linens, rugs, bands, drawloom weaving, sheepskin backed coverlets and more. Becky Ashenden is the author of Dress Your Loom the Vävstuga Way: A Bench-Side Photo Guide, she has translated several weaving books from the Swedish. She has produced Dress Your Swedish Drawloom and Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way videos. She is the owner and master weaver at the Vävstuga Weaving School in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

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View photos from April 2016 meeting

Weaving Linen - British Pathé Video

Published on Apr 13, 2014 on British Pathé Youtube Channel

British Instructional Films presentation. M/S of large rotating wooden machinery which winds fibres. M/S of two women working at machine which prepares the weft yarn for the shuttle - both wear headscarfs. C/U of the rotating drums with large hanks wound around. C/U of the woman's hands as she changes a bobbin on the machine. C/U of the bobbin as the yarn is wound around it. C/U of full bobbins in a basket. M/S of the women at work. The warp is prepared. M/S of a woman in flowered overall linking thin threads to many bobbins. A winding machine draws the threads from the bobbins. C/U of a "reed." C/U of the loom beam with threads coming off it. C/U of woman drawing threads through with a small hook - "threading the heddles." M/S of a loom in operation. C/Us of various parts of the weaving process. Women at work. C/U of a "fern" being placed in the shuttle. C/Us of the machine in operation. M/S of the loom working. Animated diagram shows more clearly the processes involved in weaving. Animation shows how the warp goes over the weft with the aid of the heddles. The role of the shuttle and the reed are also shown.

New Online Weaving Publication - HEDDLECRAFT

Heddlecraft first edition

On January 25, 2016, a new weaving publication launched - Heddlecraft. This is a digital weaving magazine that is emailed as a PDF. Why is it digital? For a few reasons. First, it helps keep the cost down by eliminating printing and postage. Second, as more people use tablets and other portable digital devices, Heddlecraft can be downloaded and taken with them. Perhaps the most important reason is a digital format allows an article to be the length it needs to be to present a topic. Beginning with the March/April 2016 issue, .wif files will be distributed with the PDF for use by weavers with weaving software. Plus, the vision for Heddlecraft is to start incorporating links and video in the future.

One of the objectives of Heddlecraft is to provide an educational resource for weavers . . . from the adventure-seeking beginner to the most seasoned veteran. There will be six issues a year and each issue will present a weave or weaving technique in detail. An annual subscription is $19.99. The purchase of a single issue is $4.50.

The first issue of Heddlecraft, January/February 2016, presented advancing twills and included samples for four-, eight-, and 16-shaft looms. In addition, there were a couple of additional features, including Who's Your Tabby and an quick-and-easy method for weaving a header. The next issue will be March/April 2016 and will present corduroy and velveteen as the featured weave.

Heddlecraft is new for the weaving community. During the initial stages of development, the focus was on . . . and still is . . . educating weavers. The current focus of Heddlecraft is on weaves and weaving techniques for looms with shafts, specifically for four- and eight-shaft looms. Examples with more than eight shafts may appear in articles as time and space allow.

--Robin Spady


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