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

Magic Happens…..on and off a loom!

Spaced and Crammed Scarf

Spaced and Crammed Scarf by Margaret B. Russell

The Magic Happens class offers a sleight of hand – the weaving of a scarf with differential shrinkage using alpaca/wool and bamboo. The method is known as Cram and Space. The result – a scarf with enchantingly framed felted squares throughout! The alpaca/wool is a fiber that will full in the wet finishing process. The bamboo will shrink minimally. The Magic Happens scarf is guaranteed to mesmerize you.

This is an advanced beginner’s level project/skills class offering new challenges in working with different fibers and setts in one warp. You must be comfortable with the overall weaving process. You may need to plan to do some weaving outside of class time, as scarves must be completely woven by the beginning of the fifth class. We will remove scarves from looms during this last class and then everyone will full their scarves at A Loom with a View. We will all be able to share in the mystery of the completed Magic Happens scarves!
Wednesdays, October 20, 27, November 3,10, 17
6:00 – 8:30 pm
10% student discount on materials purchased for a class.

Fiber Prep Workshop

Our very own Leah Reed is conducting a workshop on the techniques of fiber preparation for spinners  on Saturday, October 9th, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, at A Loom with a View. Leah will discuss how to make the transition from raw fleece to spinnable fiber, including hands-on practice with carding. Combing will be demonstrated. If you have your own hand cards, combs, or drum carder, please bring to class. One set of hand cards and a small drum carder will be available in class. Bring clean fiber or arrange in advance with the teacher to purchase a fiber sampler.
This is a great foundation class for all spinners, new and experienced. Not to be missed!

Fiber Art Comes to Haverhill Art Association Show

The Haverhill Art Association,, is holding its annual Spring Art Show, May 18th – 31st, at the Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill.  For the very first time this show will include a display of fiber art. Included are one of my handwoven pieces, a needle felted picture by Kim Sheehan and a student piece by Susan Duncan. The hope is to broaden the HAA’s rather traditional definition of what constitutes “fine art”.
Margaret Russell and I will be on hand to answer questions and promote the field of fiber arts in general during the opening reception (wine and cheese) on Friday, May 21st, 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The reception and the show are open to the public. So, if you’ve nothing better to do this Friday evening, stop by and say Hi. Be sure to ask “Which way to the fiber art?” when you get there. ;)

TINKUY de TEJEDORES, A Gathering of Weavers

This looks like a fascinating tour and workshop opportunity. Wish I could get away to attend.

A Gathering of Weavers

November 5-6, 2010 • Sacred Valley, Peru

The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) invites you to participate in a tinkuy, or coming together, of weavers and spinners in the Sacred Valley of the Peruvian Highlands near Cuscoon November 5-6. Two days of presentations will be followed by optional hands-on workshops on November 7-8. A tour that includes the tinkuy, the workshops, and visits to weaving villages and archaeological sites will also be available.

The purpose of the tinkuy is to broaden horizons, deepen understandings, and forge connections among people who are passionate about textiles. Weavers from nine communities associated with CTTC, and weavers from several other countries of the Americas, will share traditions and techniques, and with all those who value the art and craft of weaving and spinning. In addition to presentations by the local and visiting weaving communities, there will be illustrated talks by specialists on themes of common interest: fibers, natural dyes, historic textiles, and international projects that support weavers.

Workshops in traditional Andean techniques of backstrap weaving, tubular ribetes (edgings), chullo (hat) knitting, and natural dyeing will be offered for English- and Spanish-speaking guests on November 7th and 8th. The workshops will be taught by CTTC weavers and a bi-lingual person.

To receive more information on individual registration and on the tour package, send your e-mail address to . As soon as the information packet is complete, it will be sent to you.