NOBO Handweavers

Author Archives: Margaret B. Russell

Focus - natural fibers, naturally colored and naturally hand-dyed. Specialty - researching and weaving with the wools of primitive, rare, and threatened British sheep breeds.

15 Minutes of Inspiration

Everyone has creativity within.  A TEDx talk on “Climbing your Hidden Ladder”.

– Submitted by request from NOBO’s Most Royal Scribe 

A Woven Journey Weekend Workshop

Explore the traditional art of handweaving and use the wool of a primitive sheep breed as your fiber. This workshop offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience the entire weaving process in one weekend! Measure your fibers on a warping board, dress (prepare) a 4 shaft table loom, and weave a collection of heirloom quality coasters of pure Shetland wool.

Saturday, September 26, 10am-5pm

Sunday, September 27, 10am-4pm

Workshop location –


Studio & Study

Byfield, MA 01922

No experience necessary.

For more information, contact:


New Exhibit at the American Textile History Museum

Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel

May 20-Dec 31, 2015

“Wool is one of the most commonly used fibers in the world and easily the most misunderstood. Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel takes a fascinating look at the significance of sheep and wool in our culture and our everyday lives, shattering myths and giving visitors a new understanding and appreciation of this fabulous fiber.

Wonder of Wool explores the unique characteristics of the fabric that have made it so useful both historically and today, with a broad range of uses. The exhibit shatters many of the misconceptions of wool: that it is itchy, only for cold weather, hard to wash, can’t get wet, and has a bad odor.”

See more at:

I can’t wait to see this!

Looking to purchase a reed

Does anyone have a 24-25″ 10 dent reed they would like to sell?  If so, please let me know.


Wanted! A Loom!

I am helping a friend find the loom of her dreams.  She is searching for a used Macomber, 40″, 8 shaft with 10 plus treadles.  Please let me know if you come across one.

Thank you!


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


Another Loom for Sale (and a Warping Board too)!


Harrisville A/6-22″ 4 harness, 6 treadle Folding Floor Loom


Used, $600 or best offer.  This loom currently sells new, assembled from Harrisville Designs ( for $1,175.00.  This is a great compact loom. Perfect as a first loom or as a second loom for smaller projects and sampling. The Model A/6-22″ weaves a full 22 inches and comes with 4 harnesses and 6 treadles. It can be folded with the warp in place without disengaging the tie-up. It is made of hardwood and has an adjustable beater to accommodate reeds of different lengths and widths. Both the warp beam and front beam have ratchet brakes. Please Note: This loom is in very good condition. The (4) harness cables do need to be replaced, but they are available from Harrisville for only about $10.00 each.


SPECIFICATIONS: Weaving width: 22″, Weight Approx. 60 lbs., 4 harnesses, 6 treadles, Castle height: 42″, Floor space: unfolded: 28″ x 32″, folded: 28″ x 13″


Loom Includes: (1) 12 dent reed, (400) wire heddles (approximately), (1) 12″ boat shuttle,(2) bobbins for boat shuttles (1 plastic, one wooden). (2) reed hooks


Harrisville Warping Board


Used, but excellent condition $90. Currently sells new for $130. The Harrisville Designs 12 Yard Warping Board, made of solid hardwood, holds a full 12 yard warp and can accommodate two crosses. Each hardwood 3/4″ peg is counter plugged and glued to insure maximum stability and the corners are fitted together with double overlapping dado joints. Assembled size is 40″ x 28″. It is easily disassembled, with the use of corner wing nuts, for more convenient storage when not in use.


Located in Sudbury, MA.

If interested, please contact Margaret and I will provide you with the owner’s contact info.