NYGH Meetings

Overview | 2016-2017 Calendar | Newsletter Info

Most Guild meetings begin at noon with a social hour. Show and tell is at 12:30pm. The program begins at 1:00pm. For exceptions to this schedule see the listing below. For more, see About the Guild. The swatch analysis project meets MOST meeting at 10am, check meeting notices and our Facebook page.

The Guild, starting Sept. 2016 meets at: The School of Visual Arts
Room 602C, 133 West 21st St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave)
New York, NY

Non-members are welcome for $8.00 per lecture.

2016 – 2017 Calendar

We have a wonderful lineup of lectures, workshops and events for the 2016–2017 season. Check it out!!

DATE PROGRAM Presenter
September 24, 2016 Boost Your Weaving Skills: All About Shuttles Sally Orgren
October 29, 2016 Weaving with Color That Moves Betty Vera
December 3, 2016 Party  
January 28, 2017 Weaving Software: 12 Benefits Beyond the Basics Carol Steuer
February 25, 2017 Saori Weaving and Satire Juliet Martin
March 25, 2017 How to Design Your Warp Colors by Making Simple Yarn Wrappings Nell Znamierowski
April 29, 2017 Exploring the Art of Basket Weaving Camille Meade

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Newsletter Closing Dates

Members are invited to submit items of interest for consideration to be published in our newsletter, New York Threads. Items can be sent to editor@nyhandweavers.org. Below are the closing dates for next season’s newsletters.

Sept. 9, 2016 Newsletter closes For September issue
Oct. 7, 2016 Newsletter closes For October issue
Nov. 18, 2016 Newsletter closes For November/December issue
Jan. 13, 2017 Newsletter closes For January issue
Feb. 10, 2017 Newsletter closes For February issue
Mar. 3, 2017 Newsletter closes For March issue
Apr. 7, 2017 Newsletter closes For April issue


2016–2017 Programs in detail

September 24, 2016—Sally Orgren, Boost Your Weaving Skills: All About Shuttles

image of shuttlesNot all shuttles are created the same. Depending on the weaver, their loom, and what they are weaving, a particular shuttle may clearly be the better choice for their project. Shuttle type, proper bobbin and pirn winding, and shuttle handling are all things that can improve a weaver’s experience AND their selvedges. Sally Orgren will bring in an assortment of shuttles so we can examine and delve into the specific considerations of shuttles including shape, height, length, fiber feed, and special-purpose shuttles designed for bulky warps, double bobbins, and end feed (EFS). A fun and informative one page handout will be included with the presentation.


October 29, 2016—Betty Vera, Weaving with Color That Moves

Betty VeraWarp painting, ikat, and variegated yarns offer opportunities to take advantage of color variations, both planned and serendipitous, in weaving. Using slides and woven examples, Betty Vera will present some strategies for working with these kinds of moving color in both warp and weft.

Bio: Betty Vera’s work is in corporate and private collections and has been exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and art centers around the country. It has been featured in American Craft, Fiberarts, Surface Design, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, and Interiors magazines, as well as several editions of the Fiberarts Design Book; Marypaul Yates’ Fabrics: A Guide for Interior Designers and Architects; and Fiber Art Today by Carol K. Russell.

Vera worked as a weaver in the Michelle Lester Studio in New York and for nearly twenty years maintained her own studio on Union Square. She has taught at Montclair State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as intensive workshops at the Society for Contemporary Craft, in Pittsburgh; Penland School of Crafts; Peters Valley School of Craft; and Harrisville Designs.

She has led workshops for fiber guilds nationwide, and at conferences including HGA Convergence, the Mid Atlantic Fiber Association, Intermountain Weavers, New England Weavers’ Seminar, Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, and the Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference. The Empire State Crafts Alliance twice recognized her work through its New York State Craft Artist grant program. She has won project and exhibition grants from Artists Space, and in 1997 she received a Ruth Chenven Foundation Award. She was granted two Special Opportunity Stipends from the New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts (2009 and 2010); and in 2010 she was awarded the Silvio and Eugenia Petrini Grant by the Handweavers Guild of America. In 2012 the New York Foundation for the Arts selected her for its NYFA MARK 12 artist career development program. Artist residencies include the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Betty Vera currently lives and maintains her studio in the northern Berkshires of Massachusetts.


December 3, 2016—Party


January 28, 2017—Carol Steuer, Weaving Software: 12 Benefits Beyond the Basics

Carol Steuer with weaving software draftWeaving software is for a lot more than just planning out your design. From block substitutions to yardage estimations, we will explore the additional benefits of moving from graph paper to a computer. For those of you not familiar with weaving software, we’ll start with a short introduction on how most programs work. Then we’ll go on to 12 features that could make your weaving life easier.

Carol has loved textiles since her grandmother taught her to sew when she was 8 years old. After spending years making her own clothes, her sister-in-law gave her a quilting starter kit and it was an eye-opener. Carol became an avid art quilter and has had quilts accepted to juried shows in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Des Moines, Iowa. Two of her quilts won an honorable mention award and she was a third place winner in the 2011 American Batik Design Competition sponsored by the Republic of Indonesia. Over the past five years, Carol has taken various fashion and textile design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but when her neighbor suggested a weaving class, she was hooked! Carol is currently the president of the NY Guild of Handweavers.


February 25, 2017—Juliet Martin, Saori Weaving and Satire

Artist Statement: You can’t take this seriously.

Juliet Martin modeling fiber artwork dressJuliet Martin makes her viewers see the message beyond the joke. She illustrates personal stories with satirical forms, painful punchlines, and caustic visual one-liners. She is not always funny, but she is always sincere. She courts the viewer with humor, laughing till it hurts. By creating perilously funny images, she shows you emotive depth. She wants you to laugh at what you see and then cry a little.

Why fiber? Weaving fabric physically and mentally attaches her to her canvas. her process is surprisingly improvised. Decisions are made as the shuttle moves across the threads. When stuck between projects -- fiber purgatory -- she weaves bolts and bolts of fabric, a form of calisthenics getting ready for the big game. Making her own materials strengthens and personalizes her relationship to her projects.

In her work, she applies the Japanese philosophy of SAORI. With its Zen mindset, SAORI encourages freeform work—no patterns, no rules, no mistakes. Every sculpture is an improvisation in awkward beauty: clumpy fabric, fighting colors, rough and smooth textures, ragged edges. By approaching weaving as both craft and fine art, she shows that questioning the intention can bring you solutions that are unique to the medium.

Juliet has a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, and is a member of the Saori Leadership Committee based in Osaka, Japan. Juliet has been a part of the fiber community for 6 years having solo shows including the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, NJ; Creative Arts Workshop, CT; Garrison Art Center, NY; Artworks Gallery, NJ; and Saori Kaisak Gallery, Osaka, Japan


March 25, 2017—Nell Znamierowski, How to Design Your Warp Colors by Making Simple Yarn Wrappings

  1. For inspiration, bring visual aids—photos, magazine pages, pieces of print fabrics or whatever grabs your fancy—not another woven fabric—Jacquard is ok.
  2. Bring yarn in colors that pertain to your inspiration. Bring at least 5 colors in small amounts—2–3 yard lengths. Yarn can be textured, thick or thin—whatever you are comfortable with in your weaving.
  3. Scissors
  4. Tape
  5. Paper/pencil for note taking
  6. Matt board will be provided

We will put up the wrappings to see the results as time permits.

Nell Znamierowski

Nell Znamierowski is an artist, writer, weaver, designer, color consultant and educator. She has a BFA in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her Fulbright Fellowship to Finland’s School of Industrial Design left her with a love of Rya rug design because she could “paint with wool”. Nell’s rug designs, both hand knotted and commercially produced, earned her many awards. Her Rya rugs, tapestries, and fiber art works are in the Smithsonian, the Cooper Hewitt, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Craft Museum, among others. She has had many exhibits of her work and been the subject of numerous articles.

Nell worked in the textile industry as a print designer, color consultant and woven fabric designer, among other jobs. She was an instructor and the coordinator of the fiber program at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and a professor at FIT. She has given lectures and workshops for guilds and other textile groups and taught at several craft schools. Nell has written for textile publications such as Craft Horizons, American Craft, Handwoven, Fiberarts and published two books. She still occasionally writes articles for Interweave’s Piecework.


April 29, 2017—Camille Meade, Exploring the Art of Basket Weaving

Camille Meade with basketsCamille Meade will provide a brief history of basket weaving as well as share several examples of her work using a variety of basket weaving materials. This will range from the more traditional Nantucket Style Baskets using cane, to Reed baskets as well as those made with more unique materials like willow, pine needles, sea grass and painted paper. The lecture will conclude with a hands on experience to allow members to work with a specific medium and try their hand at basket weaving.

Bio: Camille has always had a creative aspect to her personality and turned to basket weaving as a way to relieve stress. She began her basket weaving journey with an adult education class at a local high school in 2004. That class lead to many others working with materials ranging from reed, cane, willow, painted paper, sea grass and pine needles. She especially enjoys working on Nantucket style baskets or those incorporating twill patterns Over the years through various festivals and gatherings she has had the good fortune of working with many basket instructors from around the United States to not only expand her skills but also experiment with new and different weaving techniques.

Camille has been a member of the Long Island Basketmakers Guild since 2005, where she served as President from 2012-2015 and currently serves as the Guild's Treasurer. Working with the board, she assists with developing their annual calendar and including the list of monthly weaving projects and programs. She is also a member of the National Basketry Organization and Northeast Basketmakers Guild, where she has participated in various sponsored gatherings and retreats.

She lives on Long Island with her husband.


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Previous Calendar for 2015-2016

September 26, 2015—Deborah Irmiter, Blended Drafts

Deborah Irmiter at Complex weavers Sept. 2014 fashion showblended draft example

Deborah Irmiter will demonstrate a method of combining, or blending, two weave structure drafts into one threading. Since the loom is threaded for both weave structures, they can be woven separately. By changing the treadling, the original drafts can be morphed into a number of totally new patterns, sometimes quite surprisingly. Deborah is a MAFA scholarship recipient and that her program is the result of her MAFA study. She is also president of the Frances Irwin Handweavers.

Blended drafts are two 4-harness drafts that have been mixed into an 8-harness draft so that in the same piece of fabric you can weave both drafts individually or the blend of the two.

Deborah found a creative outlet with fibers and cloth when she learned to knit at age seven and began sewing a few years later. A fascination with an abandoned loom in her elementary school’s art room led to a desire to learn to weave, a goal which was not achieved until much later in life. Willing to explore all aspects of weaving, Deborah’s current focus is on weaving cloth for garments, as well as textiles for the home. Photo: Deborah Irmiter at Complex weavers Sept. 2014 fashion show.


October 31, 2015—Daryl Lancaster, Photographing Your Work

Daryl Lancaster

Using PowerPoint, the basics of photography, both film and digital will be discussed, as well as composition and lighting, and basic digital image manipulation using Photoshop Elements®. Lots of images illustrating what NOT to do! Daryl Lancaster is a fiber artist living in New Jersey. She is an artist; a teacher; a contributor to Handwoven Magazine, a columnist for Weavezine Magazine. For more information, download her resume. Photo courtesy of http://www.daryllancaster.com/


December 5, 2015—Party


January 30, 2016—Peggy Hart, Designing Blankets—Half-day workshop

Peggy Hart

In this workshop, weavers will consider materials and patterns, and plan a blanket. They will also prepare to weave a sample swatch to test the chosen yarn with the pattern. Wool yarns can both celebrate and confound even the best pattern. Peggy Hart owns Bedfellows Blankets, Shelburne Falls, MA...The woolen mills of New England are gone, but inside a barn in rural Massachusetts there lurks a complete 1940's weave shop. Old industrial looms live their second life weaving cotton and wool blankets. Each loom is a ton and a half of greasy gears, wheels, and pulleys; mechanical innovation that made complex patterns possible. The patterns Peggy weaves are all original designs, but reflect inspiration from textile traditions around the world. Photo by John Burke. http://blanketweave.com/


February 27, 2016—Show and Tell

NYGH members showcase their personal weaving projects. You will see all levels of weaving from work done by professional weavers and casual, but passionate hobbyists

March 19, 2016—Doubleweave DVD Half-day workshop

By popular demand... Doubleweave (also doublecloth, double-cloth) is a kind of woven textile in which two or more sets of warps and one or more sets of weft or filling yarns are interconnected to form a two-layered cloth. Using Jennifer Moore’s Doubleweave DVD and pre-warped looms, members will explore basic doubleweave techniques. Several members will be on hand to answer questions, help out and share their doubleweave samples and projects. Thank you to Interweave Press for permission to use Jennifer Moore's DVD. The DVD is available from Interweave and we encourage participants to purchase the DVD and practice in advance. Jennifer is the author of book, The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave. She has produced two DVDs, Doubleweave Basics and Doubleweave Pickup.


April 30, 2016—Becky Ashenden, A Nordic Journey

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. Photo courtesy of http://www.vavstuga.com/

Previous Calendar for 2014 – 2015

September 27, 2014

Loomapalooza NYGH 75th Anniversary Celebration

We will celebrate our 75th Anniversary with a day of experimentation, learning, remembering and fellowship. There will be hands-on opportunities to weave on a wide variety of looms. A production paddle tape loom, rigid heddle loom, inkle loom, tinkle loom, card weaving loom, 8 harness table loom with overhead beater, kumihimo stand, and a rare Hand Skill loom that uses a steering wheel mechanism to change the sheds will be warped for members to try. We will have archive materials on display and a catered buffet to add to the fun.

October 25, 2014

Show and Tell Guild members bring in and share their work with each other.

December 6, 2014

Holiday Party

January 31, 2015

Tom Knisely Rep weave & rug making
Tom is a teacher at the Mannings, author of the DVD Weave a Good Rug and the book The Loom Owner's Companion, and a frequent contributor to HANDWOVEN magazine, and was voted 2011 Teacher of the Year by a poll of its readers.

February 28, 2015

Alison Castaneda Textile Conservator
The Conservation Workshop

March 28, 2015

Laverne Waddington Laverne is an Australian backstrap weaver who lives and works in Bolivia and travels throughout South America, weaving with native people and documenting her learning and travels on her blog Backstrap Weaving. She is the author of Andean Pebble Weave and More Adventures with Warp-Faced Pick-up Patterns.

April 25, 2015

Editor Ria Koopmans—The Frugal Weaver Through a combination of lecture, demo, and hands-on opportunities, Ria will present a number of small portable weaving techniques through which loom waste from larger projects can be used up in a creative and fun way.

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