NOBO Handweavers

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.



Members in the Spotlight

Thank-you Margaret for setting this up. From the comments this was rated as one of the best meetings we have had. I especially appreciate the gift, no longer will I be abusing my best needle nosed pliers to undo stubborn wing nuts and Sandra was very enthusiastic over the needle.

For any members interested I created a link presentation spotlight, to the presentation I created.

Thank-you again Margaret and the members for making this a special evening. AC!

Fiber Revival

What a perfect summer day for the Fiber Revival last Saturday! The event was a huge success, and kudos to all of the organizers and helpers especially Kelly Rota. Our NOBO table was visited by many friends and curious passersby. Hopefully, we will see some new faces at the next guild meeting on September 25th at the Newbury Public Library in Byfield. Many thanks to Kathie and Martha for their demos pictured here. Also thanks to Diane, Ellen, Fran and Peg for representing our group.image

Back to Weaving School Time




The next beginner’s session starts

September 15, 2014

Registration is now open for


Travel to the fascinating land of weaving!  Learn its language, discuss project planning and weaving drafts (directions for constructing woven fabrics), measure fibers on a warping board, dress a loom (ready it for weaving), and WEAVE.  Two gamps* will be woven, one plain weave and one twill weave. Discover color interaction, investigate pattern structures, and interact with texture.

 No experience necessary.

 If you have never woven or need a full refresher, this ever-popular, tried and true outing is for you.

Monday evenings


 September 15, 22, 29

 October 6, 20, 27

Six student maximum and two instructors!

Betsy Martin

Margaret B. Russell

  Class cost – $290

 Along with instruction, everything you need is included in the class cost – use of a 4 shaft Schacht table loom, weaving equipment/tools, fibers, and a folder filled with weaving information (yarns for this class are certified 100% organic Merino wool spun at a historic mill in Springvale, Maine!).

Registration requires payment in full. If you are unable to attend “A Woven Journey” after registering, payment will be refunded only if another student can fill your spot. Otherwise payment is nonrefundable, unless Antrim Handweaving cancels the session.

 Classes are held at -


 Byfield, MA

For more information or to reserve your place in front of a loom, contact:

  Margaret – Antrim Handweaving, Studio & Study





The Big E

The Big E in West Springfield is from September 12 through the 28th.

Here is a link to the requirements and dates and times for dropping off anything you wish to enter at the Big E:
Big E Creative Arts Catalog

As you can see, they have a rather large hand weaving category. There are extra awards from HGA and Webs among others. There can be cash prizes at times. The Big E is a much bigger operation than the Topsfield Fair.  I think it would be great if at least one member of NOBO entered an item at the Big E.