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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.

Enrichment Program – looking for volunteers to take this over!

Margaret and Melissa have been taking care of our enrichment program, but both of them would like a couple of members to step forward and take over the administration of the program.

Below is a description of the duties that Margaret sent to me:

Overall, two or even three members (thinking really positive here) act as advisors to the participants in the program. They would be available should there be questions of any kind, willing to help participants as they work through the levels by doing a preliminary review of their woven pieces, etc. We have requirements in place for the Apprentice and Journey(wo)man level. The Master level is open for the participant to determine an area of in-depth study, which must be okayed by the review board. There remains a need to put together such a review board (they determine whether the weaver has met the requirements to achieve a particular level). We had thought it best to seek a weaver or two outside of NOBO to be on the board, along with the NOBO members involved with overseeing the program. This is where the program needs help.

Originally this program came about to go hand in hand with our medieval theme, following what the guilds of that time did. Kathleen C. has already done a lot of work for the Apprentice level so it would only make sense to keep the requirements for that level in place. However, members interested in taking this on could still add something of their own to the program. I dug back into some of my early emails to Melissa and Mary when we were first discussing the program (see below). We’ve strayed a bit but since no one is at the Journey(wo)man level, some additions to it could be made or even our present requirements for Apprentice and Journey(wo)man could be combined into one level, the Apprentice. Then Journey(wo)man could be restructured to follow more of what the definition of that level truly was. That’s one thought but there are lots of possibilities. I am always for someone adding their own twist to the various positions within the guild. Just as you have done with the library! Apprentice was certainly the starting point, not any or not much experience, and the focus was onsite learning for the apprentice for a general period of 7 years, though each guild set the time required so it was variable (obviously we won’t require such an indentured period of time) Journey(wo)man was a position in which one would be sent out to wander, to see the practices of the “craft”.

Again, seven years is generally mentioned. Master resulted in the producing of a masterpiece. For some of my immediate thoughts, I am starting to list the following –

Apprentice – taking classes for either a set period of time or a certain number of classes. Also one could do an independent study or series of studies with a presentation to the guild. Classes cost so I don’t want to make this a costly venture. It needs to be achievable or workable for everyone that would be interested. I realize not everyone will be. But, I also want this to be serious. Again, I love the influence of the Middle Ages here, it is fun but also want to maintain how important the workings towards such levels are. They need to offer a challenge as most of this type of level accomplishment does. It is an investment of one’s devotion. When accomplished, it speaks highly of the individual. Journey(wo)man – onsite and offsite demos and teachings (ALwaV, NOBO guild, Fiber Fest, Fuzz Fest, school settings etc)

Master – one would produce a masterpiece. It probably should be discussed, reviewed, okayed by the Ladies of the Warp and Weft and Lady NOBO. Please contact Margaret or Melissa if you are interested or you have any questions!

LIbraryThing – a blast from NOBO’s past

Hey everyone, I found this post from back in the beginning of NOBO (July 2009 to be specific). Does anyone know what the NOBO login is?  I thought it would be a nice thing to revive and use for our library!  The original post was by Susan B.

“I created an account for the Guild at LibraryThing. Take a look at the link.

It’s very easy to add books. I just added 3 from my collection.

We can add author and title as well as tags. I put in the notes field that the books belong to my collection.

I can probably make it do whatever the group wants! And if you don’t want it, that’s fine too.

Let me know what folks think. I can send the password to anyone interested in playing around behind the scenes.”


NOBO Library

I am working on updating the ‘catalog’ of the NOBO library (it is going a bit slower than I was hoping it would).  Until then you can continue to use the list we have posted to the website (click on Library and choose a category from there).

That said:  Are there any books people would like me to bring to the next meeting?  We have some excellent beginners’ books, technique books, weaving structure books, etc.  We also have a very extensive collection of Handwoven magazines as well as Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot magazines.

Please get back to me if there any books (or types of books) you would like to take a look at.

You can also swing by my studio to peruse all the books.  I try to be there Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons (except, of course, tomorrow.  I have to be elsewhere tomorrow afternoon).  So don’t be shy!  I always welcome the company and we really have a nice collection of books, pamphlets, and magazines!


The Silent Weaver

Oh oh, one of our library books is on someone’s bookshelf and we don’t know whose!

The book is The Silent Weaver:  The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee by Roger Hutchinson.

It was returned by a member on December 5th (the day of our holiday celebration and Yankee swap) and quickly borrowed by someone else. However, whoever you are dear borrower, it was not entered in the library log.

Please contact me, Terry, your friendly Keeper of the Word so that I can log it in the book.



Hi everyone,
Convergence 2014 is in Providence, RI.  July 14-19, 2014.
Registration starts this Monday, the 16th of December. The list of workshops, seminars, etc. is in the latest issue of Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot or HGA website:
Hotel rooms are $139 per night, regardless of occupancy.
I would like to get a king size room in which 3 people will fit. I am looking for two people who would like to share a room. Anyone interested? Let me know. Thanks, Terry Anderson.