NOBO Handweavers

February Workshop Supplies to Bring

Hopefully you have all found a place for the snow to go by now. Digging out when you live on a narrow old street presents the problem of a lack of storage space for the snow. We’re still chipping away at the >5′ bank that is covering the sidewalk in front of our house.

Though this information is outlined in the posted minutes, I wanted to call attention to the details of the February workshop. We will be sewing an azuma bukuro bag using a basic running stitch. Please come to the workshop with a piece of lightweight fabric – cotton is typical. It should measure approximately 13″ x 36″. If your fabric is too sturdy, it will be difficult to knot the closure. I would also avoid loosely woven material. You will also need a sewing needle and several yards of sewing thread (6 or 7 should be more than sufficient). I will provide pins and scissors as well as a handout with detailed instructions. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Meeting minutes January 2015

Meeting minutes – January 2015

This month’s presentation was given by textile conservationist Camille Myers Breeze. Camille spoke and showed slides about her teaching and conservation work in Peru and about her career in textile preservation.
Camille spent a month each year for seven years, organizing and teaching in a Peruvian-American conservation collaborative. The students and leaders, which included both Peruvians and people from afar, worked on Pre-Columbian textiles dating from between 1000 to 1400 AD. Because the climate is so dry in Peru there are many artifacts that have survived – including cloths wrapped around mummies. Several amazing Pre-Columbian textiles were brought for us to see!
Camille also spike to us about her business and her career leading up to it. She is the Director and Chief Conservationist of Museum Textile Services: Conservation and Collections Care located in Andover, Ma. If you go to her website you can learn all about the work she and others in the textile conservation field are doing. We were encouraged to use the website, follow the blogs, and download any files we want. Camille highlighted a recent exhibit of the Farnsworth Museum and suggested we located the book that resulted – “The Shakers: from Mount Lebanon to the world.
At the end of the program the speaker encouraged any of us who have a passion for a subject to share it with others by offering courses. Suggestions on how to plan, organize and run a course were given.

There is now $1142.06 in the treasury.
The next two meetings need to be held at a different location – watch your e-mails for where.
There will be a workshop for our February meeting. Melissa will show us how to make Azuma Bukuro bags (Japanese totes). Participants should bring the following items:
1 piece of 35cm x 90cm (13” x 36”) of lightweight fabric …cotton is typically used
Several yards of sewing thread
Sewing needle
Our March meeting will include a refresher presentation by Ted on our NOBO website. We are asked to think about what we want from a website and by prepared to participate in a discussion.
For April we are reminded to bring our “Weaving a Memory” project.
NEWS The New England Weavers Seminar is this July! Booklets are out and online enrollment begins February 15. Melissa highly recommends that people apply for tuition reimbursements that are available for several of the programs. You can get back 50% on completing the course and another 50% after writing about it. The help is given without income restrictions. See the website for more details –


Monthly minutes

This months minutes have been posted. Just a reminder to check them each month.

NEWS Teachers and Class Descriptions

What a fabulous presentation and conversation we had with Barbara Parry last night. My wallet is slightly lighter today, but my rigid heddle loom will soon be cozied up with some Foxfire cormo/alpaca.

The list of teachers who will be at NEWS this coming summer has been posted, and hopefully you’ll be as excited as I am. Click here to see the amazing roster and class descriptions.

I am excited to plan a project for entry into the gallery or fashion show. Will anyone join me this year?

And if you are on Facebook, please consider liking the NEWS page.


Barbara Parry to Present to NOBO on Thursday October 23rd at 7 pm – Open to the Public

From Terry Anderson:

Hi everyone,

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a farm dedicated to raising sheep and producing heavenly yarns? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out. NOBO is pleased to present Barbara Parry as she shares her experiences living and working on Springdelle Farm, which she’s captured in a the wonderful book Adventures In Yarn Farming. This should be an interesting talk and will be open to the public. 

Foxfire Fiber and Designs at Springdelle Farm



Another Loom for Sale (and a Warping Board too)!


Harrisville A/6-22″ 4 harness, 6 treadle Folding Floor Loom -


Used, $600 or best offer.  This loom currently sells new, assembled from Harrisville Designs ( for $1,175.00.  This is a great compact loom. Perfect as a first loom or as a second loom for smaller projects and sampling. The Model A/6-22″ weaves a full 22 inches and comes with 4 harnesses and 6 treadles. It can be folded with the warp in place without disengaging the tie-up. It is made of hardwood and has an adjustable beater to accommodate reeds of different lengths and widths. Both the warp beam and front beam have ratchet brakes. Please Note: This loom is in very good condition. The (4) harness cables do need to be replaced, but they are available from Harrisville for only about $10.00 each.


SPECIFICATIONS: Weaving width: 22″, Weight Approx. 60 lbs., 4 harnesses, 6 treadles, Castle height: 42″, Floor space: unfolded: 28″ x 32″, folded: 28″ x 13″


Loom Includes: (1) 12 dent reed, (400) wire heddles (approximately), (1) 12″ boat shuttle,(2) bobbins for boat shuttles (1 plastic, one wooden). (2) reed hooks


Harrisville Warping Board


Used, but excellent condition $90. Currently sells new for $130. The Harrisville Designs 12 Yard Warping Board, made of solid hardwood, holds a full 12 yard warp and can accommodate two crosses. Each hardwood 3/4″ peg is counter plugged and glued to insure maximum stability and the corners are fitted together with double overlapping dado joints. Assembled size is 40″ x 28″. It is easily disassembled, with the use of corner wing nuts, for more convenient storage when not in use.


Located in Sudbury, MA.

If interested, please contact Margaret and I will provide you with the owner’s contact info.




Loom for Sale!

A past student of mine is selling a 36″ 4 shaft Nilus LeClerc for $400 ( includes a 12 dent reed).

What an opportunity to purchase a great loom!

For more information, contact me and I will provide you with her contact info.