NOBO Handweavers

Beginning Weaving Session – Two Spaces Left!



A Woven Journey



is offering


Travel to the fascinating land of weaving! Be introduced to its language, discuss project planning and weaving drafts (directions for constructing woven fabrics), learn how to measure fibers on a warping board and dress a loom (ready it for weaving), then WEAVE a gamp*.  Discover color interaction, pattern structures, and texture.

 No experience necessary.

If you have never woven or need a full refresher, this long-running, tried and true beginner’s weaving outing is for you.

 Monday evenings   6-8:30pm

May 4, 11, 18   June 1, 8, 15

Session cost – $315

Six student maximum

Along with instruction, everything you need is included in the cost – use of a 4 shaft Schacht table loom and weaving equipment/tools, fibers for your gamp, plus a folder filled with weaving information. Fibers for this spring session were sourced from New England sheep and Angora goats, small mill spun, and naturally hand-dyed.

Classes are held at -


Studio & Study

Byfield, MA 01922

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

Margaret – Antrim Handweaving, Studio & Study



 *Gamp – “Charles Dickens’ character Sairey Gamp (in Martin Chuzzlewit) was notable for carrying a large, multi-colored umbrella. From her name developed both an English slang word for a large, baggy umbrella and – among American handweavers – a term signifying a multi-colored and/or multi-patterned woven sampler.”

                                                                                                              Samplers You Can Use by Penelope B. Drooker


Site Update

I have just updated the site to the latest release which includes a fix for a security problem. There are some additional changes with the more noticeable ones being on the Dashboard and a new distraction free editing option.

One plugin has also been updated which improves site identification by seacrh engines eg Google

Minutes March 2015

The minutes have been posted under the Minutes link and for convenience may be read here. Included are the two handouts from Terry for the LibraryThing Demo and ted for the NoBo WebSite.

Georgia Cotton

We have purchased yarn from the Georgia Yarn Company and received this emailing today. Other members may be interested.

 I have a lot of natural Georgia cotton in 8/4 on a 7 pound + cone, 3 cones of 8/5, 5 pound + on  dye cones. Either size for $8 pound plus shipping. I can wind this on to tubes at $10 pound.
When I picked up my last order I also picked up 300 plus pound of 8/20 (yes that is 20) natural GA cotton  
 336 yards per pound on 2 pound + tubes 

And around 100 pounds of 8/24 natural cotton 280 yards per pound on 2 pound + cones. Both of these are production over runs, the yarn is find but it is stained from being stored in cardboard boxes. I washed a sample of the 8/20 by hand in warm water with dish washer soap and 90% of the stains came out. Price $2.50 pound plus shipping.

Michael’s email address is


Warping Aids Tip

To secure my lease sticks, I use two long piece of string between the front and the back beam in a loop one on each side. They should have enough tension not to sag under the weight of the warp. Don’t forget to pass the string between the shaft and the heddles!  I use a piece of stiff wire to hold the lease sticks apart. Form a cross in the string and place the lease sticks either side of the cross. This lets the lease sticks float freely so if the thread catches while winding on the lease sticks will move freely and not break. While I prefer back to front threading, especially for chinile to reduce the number of times the thread passes through the reed and heddles, this works equally well for front to back threading.

The pictures show the lease sticks and the wire a piece of  an old mudguard stay from a bicyle!

Arrangement of lease sticks in cross

Arrangement of lease sticks in cross

Do you want an easier way of handling log cabin or other non regular threading? Try using stacked lease sticks. If you make your bent wire long enough you can stack a second pair of lease sticks on top and use that for the second threading.


I use rubber bands to secure the lease sticks.



TED Talks

Thanks Ted, for educating us about our website last night at our NOBO meeting. It’s a great resource and everyone should know how to use it.
We’re very lucky to have such a talented tech guru!

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.