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Author Archives: Betsym

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

Luxury Fibers Scarf Workshop


Only two spots left in this beginner-level workshop at Antrim Handweaving Studio & Study. Sept. 13-14, 2013. Imagine learning to weave with merino, alpaca, silk or cashmere! Contact Margaret Russell at Antrim Handweaving,, or Betsy Martin at A Loom with a View,, for full details.

Mystery Dye for NOBO Dye Day

Have you heard that Margaret and Olivia have a mystery dye they will be bringing to our dye day? We MAY get a few clues but only those that show up on Saturday, the 24th will find out for sure. How much fun we’re going to have!!

NOBO Meeting July 25, 2013

Our July meeting is just a few days away so mark your calendar for Thursday, July 25th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Refreshments and socializing begin at 6:30.

The meeting will feature a discussion on the topic of fiber sourcing led by a panel of members with experience in sourcing a wide variety of fibers. Other topics on the agenda include plans for a dyeing day and NOBO’s participation in the Topsfield Fair.

Please bring your summer weaving for all to admire during the Show ‘n Share portion of the meeting. If you were lucky enough to attend NEWS, we would love to hear about the classes you may have taken or any other interesting experiences (funny stories?). Don’t forget pictures if you have any!

See you there!

Betsy, Town Crier

Important note re: June mtg.

Please be advised/reminded that the June meeting is NEXT THURSDAY, JUNE 27th……not tonight, which is the 20th. Hope to see you all there.

June Meeting at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace

Hello all NOBO Handweavers!

The June 2013 guild meeting will be held at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA. Please plan to be there by 6:00 PM so we can get an early start.  We’ll be meeting outdoors and sunset that day is 8:25 PM, so the meeting will also wrap up earlier than usual. We will tour the homestead in groups, as it is too small a space for everyone to go in at once.  So, bring a chair, your water, and bug repellant!  Snacks for the evening should be something easy that can be passed around and easily eaten.  Hope you will join us for a tour and a look at the wonderful work our team has done getting the resident loom ship shape and weaving again. Business meeting and show ‘n share as time allows.

Terry A. has kindly written out the directions for those of us who still prefer it that way:

Directions:  The homestead is on Whittier Street (go figure), right off of Rte. 110 (Amesbury Road) in Haverhill.  The address for those using GPS is 305 Whittier Rd. There is good signage so hopefully people won’t miss it.

Off of 495 S take exit 52 and keep to the left towards Merrimac.  The turn for the Whittier Birthplace (homestead) is about 1 mile from the exit.  Almost immediately after getting onto Rte. 110 you will pass a Mobil and a Dunkin Donuts on the right and a low cost gas station on the left (which is across the street from the Mobil). 1/3 of the way there you will pass an ice cream place, Biggart Ice Cream, on the left.  After that you will go up a hill and Whittier St. is on your left as you go down that hill.  At the top of the hill, to the left, there is a large green sign announcing the Whittier Homestead, next left.

The Directions from 495 N are the same, except that you will want to keep to the right as you go down the exit ramp. Immediately after getting off of the ramp you will go under 495.

Note:  Whittier Rd. is a loop that ends at the ice cream place and starts at the Whittier Homestead.

Here’s a link to Google map:

See you there.

Betsy,  NOBO Town Crier


Convergence 2014

Convergence comes to Providence, July 14-19, 2014. Whoopee!!!

Convergence announcement

Speaking opportunity

I have received a request for someone to speak about weaving at the April Meeting of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America. I am unable to do this myself due to a prior commitment. All the details are below. Anyone interested?

“Hi Betsy,
This is to confirm our phone conversation from a few minutes ago. I can be
reached by email at this address ( or by phone at 781-665-4118.
I am the Program Chairman for the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the
Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). We meet on the third Tuesday evening
of the month in Tewksbury.
I’d like to schedule some kind of lecture/demonstration of weaving for our
April meeting. The meeting will be held on April 20 at the Tewksbury
Congregational Church. Although weaving is not part of our usual
repertoire, our members enjoy hearing about other textile arts and I
thought weaving would be of interest.
Our meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and people start leaving about 9:00. We
have a short business meeting. Lectures usually last 45 minutes to an
hour, with time for questions at the end. In the past, our speakers have
brought samples of their work, which are always of great interest.
Compensation for the speaker will include his/her lecture fee, mileage
between home and our meeting location. Additionally, some of us regularly
meet for dinner before the meeting and we’d love to have the speaker join us.
For some more information:
chapter Web site: (has not been updated
for 2013 programs)
region (New England) Web site:
national Web site:
Thanks for your help with these arrangements.