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June Meeting Minutes

NOBO Minutes June 22, 2018

Library News!

This is one of occasional reviews of books that we have in the NOBO library.  Please feel free to write a review of books from our library. We have close to 200 books, there is bound to be one you wish to read and review!

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Perry.

Over a year ago Barbara Perry came to NOBO to talk about her farm in western MA.  At that time NOBO purchased her book, which she signed for us.  In the meantime, we have received a second copy of this book.

I decided it was time I read it.  Not because we received a second copy, but because I had been wanting to read it ever since her talk.

What a delightful book!  It is filled with the most wonderful photographs of her farm, of sheep, of lambs, of the countryside where her farm is located.  If you do nothing else, it’s at least worth perusing the photos.

However, once I started to read the book it was hard to put it down.  The book is divided into four sections, one for each season of the year.  Within those sections she explains the tasks that she performs during that particular season (as the title implies).  Spring is primarily the shearing and lambing season, summer is the season where they harvest the hay, fall she dyes her yarns and has the sheep and rams mate, and in winter she makes sure the sheep are kept secure and fed.  However, it’s not a boring, detailed account of what goes on each season.  Instead, Barbara is able to convey the amount of work she does succinctly and clearly.  At the end you will probably not have enough knowledge to know whether or not to start your own fiber farm, but you will have a greater appreciation of the effort involved in having one.

Some of her chapter titles are delightful:

Good Fibrations
Lamb-pedes and a Llama
Hay-lelujah!
The Ram is Half the Sweater
Snowshoe Shepherd

She includes knitting  patterns, instructions, and recipes.  Below are a few of the projects included.

Jammies for Lambies
A Summer Meal
Lavender Pillows
Sundance Scarf

The jammies are so cute, I want a lamb just so that I can make it jammies!! There are many more projects, including a woven project.

I highly recommend this book, you won’t be disappointed!

May Meeting Minutes

NOBO Minutes May 24, 2018

April Meeting Minutes

NOBO MINUTES APRIL 25, 2018

March Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the March 2018 Meeting have been posted, please use this link  or select Minutes from the menu.

Books we received from HGA

Hi everyone,

There have been questions about the books we received from HGA.

Here is the list:

TITLE                                                                          AUTHOR
A century of change in Guatemalan textiles           Rowe, Ann Pollard
A Manual of Hand-made bobbin lace work            Maidment, Margaret
African textiles: looms, weaving and design         Picton, John and Mack, John
America’s Fabrics Origin and History, Manufacture, Characteristics and Uses
                                                                                            Bendure, Zelma & Pfeiffer, Glad
An Illustrated Guide to Making Oriental Rugs        Gordon, Scott
Armenian Lace                                                              Nouvart, Tashjian
Bobbin & Needle Laces Identification & Care         Earnshaw, Pat
Bobbin Lace Jules                                                        Kliot, Kaethe and Jules
Latin American Brocades: Exploration in Supplementary Weft Techniques
                                                                                           Baizeman, Suzanne & Searle, Karen
The Baskets of Rural America                                    Teleki, Gloria

The Big E

The Big E in West Springfield is from September 12 through the 28th.

Here is a link to the requirements and dates and times for dropping off anything you wish to enter at the Big E:
Big E Creative Arts Catalog

As you can see, they have a rather large hand weaving category. There are extra awards from HGA and Webs among others. There can be cash prizes at times. The Big E is a much bigger operation than the Topsfield Fair.  I think it would be great if at least one member of NOBO entered an item at the Big E.