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#37 nteresting Guild Websites -03 (in the series)

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The screenshot cut, above, is from their website

In this post, we give the nod to an Indiana guild that plans a very diverse schedule of programs at their monthly meetings.

WOW… To appreciate the w-i-d-e range of topics they have covered, read carefully their descriptions in their recent meeting offerings.

These people obviously plan carefully to provide their members a clear idea of meeting content, ahead of time. Click here.

To see their offerings for the remainder of 2013, click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#36 Backstrap Weaving Tutorial-Laverne Waddington

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Screenshot cut, above, is from her website

Laverne Waddington has to be one of the most prolific backstrap weavers around... Exellent teacher, who provides a huge amount of information thru her blog/ website. She's had over 832,000 blog visits!
While you are browsing the link, below, be sure to note the right-hand sidebar showing not only the Archives, but also the Pages, Videos, FAQ, Resources, Gallery, and more.
Then... scroll down to where the reader comments start. What a website!

This link will take you to ONE of her tutorials-Starting out in Backstrap Weaving

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her website.

#35 Interesting Guild Websites -02 IL Prairie Weavers

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Above is a screenshot clip from their website

Expanding a bit on our post of yesterdaywe are certainly impressed by this Chicago-area guild's scope of programming! 

It ranges from 2-1/2 day workshops, with nationally known presentors, to meetings devoted individually to each of their several study groups. 

Their Holiday Party cleverly combines a pitch-in lunch with each person showing their results of the Challenge for the year. (And, they make it clear that… "the challenge is  completely optional...  is meant only to inspire and challenge you on your personal journey as a weaver.") 
They even offer a .pdf of selected books in their guild library that may be helpful for the current challenge!

Click here for their 2013-2014 Programs

Click here for the Study Groups page

Click here to see their 2013 Guild Challenge

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#34 Interesting Guild Websites -01 IL Prairie Weavers (in a series)

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Click here

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#33 Cloth Roads- A Global Textile Marketplace

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From their press release:

 "A marketplace for exceptional handmade textiles from all over the world,

ClothRoads is the brainchild of five former coworkers who decided to start their own business. 

 "The company’s partners all worked together at Interweave Press, a Loveland, Colorado, publisher of high-quality arts and crafts media, before they banded together to form ClothRoads.

" 'In our travels we would meet talented individual artisans and entire villages of weavers, spinners, dyers, knitters or needleworkers,' says ClothRoads partner Marilyn Murphy, former president of Interweave. 'Again and again we heard that they needed new markets where they could sell their work for a fair price. When artisans can’t support themselves and their families by their craftwork, often they are forced to leave their villages to work in factories or menial jobs'...

"The ClothRoads website ( is more than just a place to shop. It’s a place to meet remarkable artisans, learn about different techniques, connect with other textile enthusiasts or just do a little armchair traveling along the cloth road."


 -From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnails, above, are a cut from their blog.

#32 Tour of Linda Hendrickson's Studio

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Back on our Jun.10th.2013 post, you'll remember that we introduced the website of Linda Hendrickson, tablet weaving and split-ply instructor. She offers books, kits and online clips of her DVD.

Now… here's another offering from her; a video tour of her home and teaching studio. 

Well done!  Click here

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her video.

#31 Traveling Exhibit from Weaving Guilds of Oregon, Inc

Quoting KTVZ, Oregon: "This juried show contains 30 pieces; the work of 24 artists from around the state. In addition, the Juror of the show contributed several pieces….
This collection demonstrates the various skills of the over 700 weaving artists in Oregon. Using ancient weaving skills, they make wool yarn into rugs, silk and new synthetic fibers into scarves and garments. In addition cotton and recycled fibers are used to make wall hangings and unique personal and specialty items."

There are some BEAUTIFUL pieces in the is exhibit.
We've found two sources for photos of the items. First, a site by professional photographer Shelly Schmidt (see screenshot cut, below) Click here

(Many thanks to Ryoko for tipping us off to look at  this Travelling Exhibit!)

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And second, a blog by Cindie, where there are a snapshots from the exhibit WITH Cindie's very pleasant captions and comments. After browsing her snaps, wander around the rest of Cindie' site. Creative person!

Here's a screenshot cut of her site. Click here

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnails, above, are a cut from their websites.

#30 Old Draft Meets Modern e-Gadgets!

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Ryoko Marti, a local weaver who also gives private lessons, was recently inspired by a Telemarksteppe table runner designed by Laura Demuth (Mr/Ap Handwoven)

Ryoko says: " I liked the oblong part of the pattern, so I selectively chose among the elements to make an oblong the centerpiece of my design."
Here are some details:
Warp: 20/2 double linen, natural.
(She says she got a great deal at a garage sale)
Tabby weft, same as warp
Pattern weft: Bag #1) 8/2 wool, dark blue
Bag #2) 12/2 wool, red, doubled

8-strand hollow braid made on Marudai, with 5 ends of 8/2 cotton on mop cotton core

The bags are designed to carry a tablet/e-reader.

"It's an old-fashioned weaving pattern that makes a great modern gadget carrier", she says.

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#29 Gowdey Reed Co.

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If you have ever found that, among all those reeds you own, you don't have the right dent for the width of your newest project, or the reed that came with a used loom is coming apart, or you need a non-standard reed for your metal Structo loom… well, you've probably come across the Gowdey Reed Company. 

This custom-made reed business is now in fourth-generation ownership by the family who bought it from the Gowdey family in 1900!

And… perhaps you've wondered just how they make custom reeds.

Good news. Sarah Haskell  is a contact person for Gowdey Reed Co. and she developed a blog with descriptions and photos of the manufacturing process..

Here's Installment 1 of 3.  Installments 2 and 3 can be viewed by clicking on June and December in Sarah's blog's sidebar. Enjoy!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

#28 Kumihimo History in Text and Photos

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Here's a very well-displayed website that traces  the history of silk braiding, and is the result of several presentations in Germany, at the German-Japanese Society.

Dorothy came across this on a Yahoo weaving group.
Beautiful and informative!

 Here's the link:

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#27 6 Harness, Four Harness? - Go ahead - Guess

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Neither! Not 4H, nor 6H…

This is Dorothy's handspun scarf done on a single rigid-heddle loom!  For details, scroll back to our July 7th post.
For over 500 Color & Weave patterns (some for multi-harness), see Ann Sutton's book: Color And Weave Design. While It's out of print, it may be available from your local weaving guild library.

Alternatively, look for Margaret B. Windeknecht Color-And-Weave II, still in print, from the Eugene Textile Center in Eugene OR

Various articles have also appeared in Handwoven over the years.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#26 Tablet Weaving - Linda Hendrickson

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The local weaving guild will be having a program on tablet weaving (also called "card" weaving), and we thought it would be fun to see just what's available on the web about that topic.

We found one outstanding site, by Linda Hendrickson in Portland Oregon, that offers monographs, DVD's, Braid kits, ply-split basket kits, private instruction, and more... as well as a lot of free instructions in text, photos, and even videos, on YouTube (like the screenshot, above).

When you go to the home page, you'll see the site map on the left, as in this screenshot below.


The whole site is fascinating! 

But, if you want to skip to some basic tablet-weaving instructions, click on "Free Instructions (Text/Photo)"
Remember, these are just video clips from the DVDs. Buy their DVD for the complete instruction.

What a great site! Here's a short text excerpt.

"Tablet Weaving: Making a Continuous Warp and Weaving Warp Twined Designs" 
"I use continuous warping for my own work, and teach this method. It is a fast, efficient method in which the tablets are threaded as a pack instead of individually. The warp is measured and tensioned and the tablets are placed in position all at the same time. After warping, the tablets are flipped and rotated before or during weaving to create different patterns and structures. I love to do this demonstration because people who have never seen this are so amazed. I will show and explain how to make a continuous warp, and then also do some weaving and explain how to manipulate the tablets to create geometric patterns in warp twining."

And here's the link
(Don't miss the link to  "Home & Garden")

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnails, above, are a cut from her website.

#25 Rug Cutting-Off Day!

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Of all the different kinds of weaving Dorothy does, the type that she finds most relaxing, is rag rugs. The loom is an old Union 36 that was advertised in the local paper  y-e-a-r-s  ago. It has had many, many rugs woven on it.

Dorothy has always  felt a special kinship to the Scandinavian rag weavers of our upper midwest. (Dorothy is half Norwegian.) 

She always puts quite a long warp on the Union, and alternates between using this loom and finer work on the several  4H looms she has... and  many smaller looms. 

And... the number of rags that would otherwise go into the landfill is reduced by rag weavers, who are everywhere.

You see her here, scissors at the ready, to cut the rugs off the loom, in preparation for hemming.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#24 Patterns… on Rigid Heddle Loom

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If you already visit the  Lion Brand Yarn  (Click to view) site to pick up their free Loom-Woven Patterns from time-to-time, you've no doubt seen the Boyfriend Scarf #L10001. (Photo cut from Lion website.)

Well, Dorothy downloaded this one because, as she says: "How did they get that nice weave pattern on a Cricket rigid-heddle loom"?

So, she warped our Cricket and studied what happens when you weave.

Very interesting.

It's simply a "Color and Weave" threading.

And… Turns out that back in 2006, the Weavers Guild of Greater Kansas City did a Swatch Exchange, and the pdf they sent out has a bibliography. Here's the link.

If you'd like to also visit their guild site, here's that link.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#23 "Recipe" Weavers


About fifteen posts back, we linked to a post by Daryl Lancaster; a weaver who travels all over to educate and inspire.
Her post today has a quotable section that we'd like to excerpt here. It's about the fact that weavers who weave from a published pattern/project are often looked down on with the pejorative "recipe weavers."

Here's what Daryl has to say:

"….Which leads me to a discussion on Recipe weaving.  I’m all for it.  Really.  Let me explain…

I’m an OK knitter.  I’ve knitted for years, but not with the passion I reserve for weaving and garment construction.  I know how to knit, and do a few stitches, and follow directions.  I’m good at following directions.  When a well meaning friend jumps in and tells me to do something like bind off for a shoulder in a different way than is written I sort of scramble to rewrite the directions because knitting isn’t instinctive for me.  I’m also an OK cook.  I’ve learned through the years not to burn things, unless I get distracted, and I can follow directions.  I can read a recipe.  That’s comfortable for me.  I don’t want to waste pricey food items, or yarn for that matter on something I’m just experimenting with.  I’m not secure in my knitting abilities or my cooking abilities enough to just wing it.  I’m probably better than I give myself credit for, but there is a comfort in looking at a five star recipe online and knowing that if I follow the directions I have a good chance of having it turn out the way it looks in the picture.  There is something to be said for that."

Here's the link to the complete post. Daryl covers many topics in this post… and they're all interesting!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

#22 Young Weaver at his Grandma's Studio


Ellen Germann, the local owner of a teaching studio here in Lafayette IN, sent this photo of her grandson... who wove a table mat while visiting.
Ellen notes that he chose the colors himself and they worked really well. 
We think so too, and look at those edges! No temple, either!

Warp is cotton rug warp. Weft is cotton.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#21 WOW! Beautiful Tapestries of 51 Cities. (Yes...That's 51 !)

Ryoko, our local tapestry weaver (as well as aficionado of many other weaving types and patterns) has found the NEATEST EVER website from LaDonna Mayer. 

Here's a snatch from LaDonna's commentary: 

" The original idea was to weave one black and white tapestry of New York City for my husband, a writer/photographer from New York. I would use one of his black And white photos of the city as inspiration for the cartoon. 
At the Espanola Valley Fiber Art Center in Espanola, New Mexico, I filled my arms with a beautiful Clasgens 4-ply wool yarn in black, natural off-white and three shades of gray. I drew my cartoon of the skyline and set to work weaving "New York".
I loved weaving the city. In fact I loved it so much that I wove "Chicago" next. And after that, "Los Angeles". Then Austin TX…"

So… as the title of this post says, she completed 51 Cities!

Make you want to look into doing tapestry?

Just click on the thumbnail below to  be taken to LaDonna's website. While you're there, also look at the "Smoke Dancers" and "The Process" tabs at the top of the page. And... the "About" tab is a classic.


-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

#20 The Tuesday Weavers

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This happy-looking group of weavers is in Norris Tennessee, where they weave at the Appalachian Arts Crafts Center.
Dorothy came across this blog this morning, and I wanted to get it to you right away, because it's sooooo interesting. You'll just feel happier after you spend some time wandering around the site! Here's the link

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their blog.

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013