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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
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!

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

June 2014 Minutes

Minutes of the June 2014 meeting of NOBO

The meeting opened with Tip Jar ideas. The main tips were from Eileen, Betsy and Kathie about using social media in our weaving lives.

Eileen shared her favorite Ravelry sites and encouraged everyone to join up. Her favorite groups were these: Warped Weavers, Warped Weavers Marketplace, Weavers Cafe, Weavers Cafe Trading Post, Weaving with handspun, Macomber Loom (and other manufacturers groups, Weaving Yarn Review, Weaving book and video review, Loom reviews, Travelry (tips for fiber loving travelers).

Betsy then spoke about Using Facebook and it’s many groups for Rigid Heddle weavers, 4 shaft and 8 shaft weavers, New England Weavers Seminar and many many more. Her favorite group is London Cloth – check it out!

Kathie discussed Pinterest. She showed us her computer tablet and one of the ‘boards’ she had created. You can create a board on any topic and then add ideas to it that you find online. You then share your finds and ideas with others. Many are already using and sharing around the topic of weaving. Two web sites also mentioned were hand and weavolution.

Finally Margaret had an unrelated tip. Use the large Velcro ties from stor bought fresh vegetable to hold back unused heddles on your loom!

Vicki gave us the BALANCE IN THE BANK—$1,589.86. We now have 23 members and need to think about building it up. $100 will be given to the Newburyport Library in September.

– the Georgetown library exhibit is down and Eileen and Betsy have all remaining items
Rowley Library would like a similar display there but no one is ready to do the work required.

– reminder that there will be no regular meetings in July and August. However, there will be an informal get together on the usual night and time but at Panera in Newburyport. In August there will be another Natural Dye day at the Corcorans -the 23rd (rain day the 30th). Terry Anderson will coordinate it.

– Terry is also working on the LibraryThing and will be sending out emails about how people can help.

– Ikat Workshop was a success and people brought in the yarns they had dyed. Each sample was shown and discussed. Any ideas for other workshops should be shared with The Ladies of the Draft


– There are 2 looms and a wheel looking for new homes. an old Cranbrook counterbalance, 4 harness 48″ rug loom for $800 – see Betsy if interested. A
Macomber 40″ 4 harness for $500 and an older Saxony style wheel – see Diane about either of these.

– brief discussion of restarting the old practice of having a ‘Sale Table’ where people could bring in any weaving related items to sell and then give 10% of proceeds to the Guild. The idea was approved.

– Fiber Revival is August 9th from 9-4. Olivia and Eileen will coordinate, Peg, Ellen and anyone else who can will help out. Let Eileen know if you can help.

– Topsfield Fair is Oct 3-13. People are in decided about doing it again.
Also the Big E in Springfield is Oct 13. People can go online to check this out and see about entering projects.

Show and Share as well as an Ice Cream Smorgasbord followed! Both great successes!

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.


Guild Library Books

Terry and I have made a date to officially exchange duties as “Keeper of the Written Word”.  On Thursday afternoon, January 16th, the guild’s library books are going to be transported to their new home in Terry’s studio in Lawrence.

If anyone would be willing to help with the packing of the books (though I am going to try to have this done ahead of time), loading them in our cars (Terry’s and mine), riding over to Lawrence, and unloading the books, it would be greatly (!!) appreciated.

We will be meeting at my house at 1pm so I will bring you back to Byfield.

Thank you!