NOBO Handweavers

Author Archives: Betsym

Weaver, knitter, seamstress, teacher, traveler, fisher-woman, book lover, wife, mother, grandmother, NOBO guild member, and retired yarn shop owner.

National Musuem of the American Coverlet

Our new co-Lady NOBO, Karen Harmin, came across this interesting site and I thought it worth sharing with all of you. Not really that far away. Thanks, Karen.



Wanted: Warping Help

Is anyone interested in warping a table loom for a nice lady who is happy to pay for the service? She wants to weave but has always had someone else dress her loom for her, and she can’t take a class until next fall. Please get in touch with her directly if you’re interested.
Anne McCambridge
7 Manning St., #3
Ipswich, MA 01938

Help wanted to warp a loom

I have received a request for someone to warp a loom as a birthday present. I believe the person is willing to pay for the service. Below is the email I received which contains as much detail as I have. If you are interested please contact Grant Mackay directly at


Hi ty4 writing!
What I’ve found out is it is a Norwood 8 harness loom with bench no castle with warping board not reel. Which is all “Greek” to me !
In Exeter. Trying to keep it a surprise. Her birthday is tomorrow so if I could present a gift cert of my own creation based on certain knowledge that would be too good to hope for.
So it will likely be a belated present
Loom is in Exeter.
TY again

Sent from my iPhone

On May 31, 2014, at 11:25 AM, “Betsy Martin” <> wrote:

Hi Grant,
That sounds like a very thoughtful birthday present. If you can send me more information I will see if anyone in our weaving guild is interested. Please send:
  • photos of the loom
  • location
  • contact information
  • is this intended as a surprise?
  • time frame


Sent: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:25 AM
Subject: loom needs setup
Hi Betsy,

My SO Christine is an avid knitter and volunteers to put sweaters on trees for charity in Exeter NH. 

She has a serious looking weaving loom on her sun porch with no yarn on the spindles and she said she’d like to use it but she doesn’t know how nor is interested in setting it up for herself. I think its just that she is so busy and setup is just too much for her to take on right now.

She has a birthday coming up soon and if I can discover the services of somebody that can set her loom up for use then that might make a nice birthday gift. Ideally it is someone who would come to her house as her loom is a bit unwieldy for transport.

Please let me know if you know somebody who is interested. 

Thank you.

Grant MacKay

NOBO Panel Discussion

The next NOBO meeting is Thursday, January 23rd, 7:00 pm, (6:30 social hour and refreshments) at the Byfield library. Our Ladies of the Draft have planned to present an informal panel discussion on the topic of Starting a Business. The hope is to generate a lively discussion about what it takes to successfully market and sell your handwoven textiles or other handmade items. If you have experiences you would be willing to share with the group, please contact Olivia Sanderson ( or Peg Plummer (

Loom for Sale

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Posting this for a customer who has a loom for sale. This is actually a table loom with a floor stand, not a floor loom, no treadles.

“I have a beautiful Iris floor model loom…..made in Canada….excellent condition. It has hand treadles on the top of the loom for table-top use or legs and bench for floor set-up.
Comes with: 4 harness, 2 wooden lease sticks, extra heddles, 2 reeds (12 and 15), cord for tying, extra webbing, 1 raddle and instructions for easy assembly and use.
Open end bench is 23″x 38″14” with center seat that lifts for added storage.

Please contact Kim with any questions. More pictures can be sent if needed.

Thank you for the interest!
Kim 603 785-9387 “

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the August 22, 2013 meeting have been posted on the Minutes page.

Topsfield Fair Entry Deadlines

Monday, Sept 9, is the deadline for entries in the Topsfield Fair. You can enter your articles online but the process is a little confusing, so here is the path I followed to enter my piece. Hope this makes it a little simpler for you.

Go to Topsfield Fair Home Page
Click on Exhibitors Handbook
Click on Crafts Division
Click on Login to log in or register as a new user.
Click on Crafts Division again.
From the list on the left side of the page click on Crafts.
Scroll down the list to the Weaving category, Class AF.
Choose the article you wish to enter and click Add Entry.
Verify the information and click Submit.
That’s all there is to it. Your article is now entered in the fair. All you have to do is deliver it.

Entry forms received by Monday, September 9th, 2013
Articles received on Saturday, September 21st from 12:00P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and Sunday, September 22nd from 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
You may enter up to 3 entries per category.