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Seattle Weavers Guild exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum

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I hope everyone in the NW knows about the Nordic Heritage Museum in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle. It is three stories of exhibits, with quite a bit for textile interests. 

Here is the website: http://www.nordicmuseum.org/

At any rate, I got up to it yesterday and llistened to a lecture by Theresa Trebon, a local historian, who has compiled the story of the life of Margaret Bergman who created teh Bergman looms. It is a really fascinating history, and some gorgeous textile of course. And of course, very important to the cultural history of the Pasific NW and development of weaving during the Great Depression. So, keep her name in mind and look for a book in a few years!

The other thing I got to see is a lovely weaving exhibit (coupled with a ceramics exhibit) from the Seattle Weavers Guild. There were some LOVELY pieces! I am so glad I got there to see it. I am currently smitten with tablet woven things, so those ones I paid alot of attention to. There is also a nice display of transparencies. And of course, some textiles by Margaret Bergman herself. 

Here is one of may favorite things from the show, a tablet woven Yggdrasil by Lois Gaylord. I think it was my favorite. Look at how lovely the roots are in the detail!

Yggdrasil tablet weaving by Lois Gaylord    detail of Lois Gaylord tablet weaving

 

 

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amazing tablet weaving

Thank you for sharing these photos. I wish that I could see the exhibit. I know some of the guild members because I have taught workshops for the Seattle guild (in 2010 and ten or so years before that) and for ANWG. It is a fine guild with many very talented members. I don't know Lois Gaylord and will look for her if I get back to the Seattle guild.

Bonnie

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Thanks

Wow, thanks so much for the compliments. This was a fun piece to weave. The Yin/Yang symbol was woven in Double face and the rest of the band was woven in Diagonal Double Turn, (also called Egyptian Diagonals). Must give credit for the gorgeous colors to the dyer - Teresa Ruch. The reds and greens are a space-dyed skein of tencel. The beiges are perle cotton.

I found this by chance, I just set up a fan page on facebook, and my husband decided to do an image search of my name. This piece was there and the link brought me here. So I had to sign up. I'll be back.

Lois

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Hi Lois, I might get to meet

Hi Lois, I might get to meet you soon, as I plan on joining the Seattle Guild. There are a few other members of the Olympia Guild who make the trek up there once in a while, so I hope to start joining them. Work and school allowing, of course.

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