Saturday, January 4, 2020
Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, is an ancient technique that was first used by the Egyptians to separate warp threads evenly on a warp-weighted loom. It is unclear when and where card weaving was invented, but it was widely used throughout Europe in the 16th century and evidence for its use was found in Africa, Asia, and South America. Tablet weaving is very versatile, holds a tremendous number and variety of design possibilities and requires only simple and inexpensive tools. In this program, Laura Herriott will discuss the fundamentals, and share several different tablet weave techniques. We will have several looms set up so you can try them out and see how fast and easy it is to get started tablet weaving.
We always have a "clothesline" show and tell segment in our meeting! Bring your latest creation and strut your stuff!
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2020 - January President's Message
A new year is headed our way again! It’s a special time of the year to reflect on the past and think about the future. As I am winding down this year’s journey, a recent event has made a powerful impact on me. I bought two jackets from Reid Barnhart, and they are my new favorite things! They are my favorites because of the hidden history of the textiles: one is a hand woven, indigo dyed, strip woven cloth from Mali, and the other a coverlet from the 1800s, hand woven in linen with hand spun, hand dyed wool for the overshot pattern thread. I just LOVE these two jackets as fun garments to wear, but more importantly as testimony to my love of hand weaving. I wonder about their creators and their life stories, and though I will never find out the details of their lives, I feel a deep connection to those weavers through the fabric that they created.
So, what about the fabric and yarns we are creating? How will they live on into the future, and where will their journey take them once they leave our hands? How does thinking about the life of the textile impact the love and energy you are putting into it? I hope you have new projects planned for 2020; I know I do! Remember to bring your creations to our monthly meeting as part of the “clothesline” where we show and tell our stories about the special fiber creations we pour our lives into. Looking forward to seeing what you will create!
Happy Fiber Trails!