NOBO Handweavers

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.


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.