New England fiber events

Please share any fiber related events here.  Guild meetings as well as fairs, festavals and so on.


Posted on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 14:23

Pioneer Valley Weavers Guild Exhibit:

Locally Woven Art & Functional Pieces
Northampton, MA, on Rt. 9
Locust Street Gallery
October 1 - 30, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 4:30 - 6:30PM

Thursday, October 29, 10AM - 4PM

The Pioneer Valley Weavers Guild meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September - June, 6:30 PM at WEBS, Northampton, MA. For information:

Posted on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 11:42


Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Falmouth

10:30  Study Groups:

Annual $5 "postage" contribution, $1/person for hall rental
12:00 Bring Your Own Lunch
12:30 Round table / Show & Tell
Holiday Exchange-Waffle Weave Towel.  Date:  December 2, 2009.

Next Meeting: October 7 , 2009

General Information

Mainely Weavers Study Group

Mainely Weavers Study Group began in the mid 1980's with a group of weavers sharing ideas and resources. As more people became interested, study groups formed and shaped the group as it is now. The group currently has 30 members
and learns by focusing on a theme or topic, mini-workshops, an occasional exhibit of members work, and general support and instruction to both new and experienced weavers.

Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month in Falmouth, Maine at St. Mary the Virgin Church on Route 88, starting at 10:30 AM. The morning is devoted to small group study, or the whole group focused on a single topic, or occasionally a speaker. Bring-Your-Own-Lunch at noon is followed by a Roundtable/Show and Tell for everyone. Coffee and dessert are provided. Includes Yarn Table - double tag all items.

Be sure to confirm location as one or two meetings per year are NOT at the church.
Contact Jayne Flanagan  [email protected]

St Mary the Virgin Church, 43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105. If you get really lost the church number is 207-781-3366.

From the South: Come up the Maine Turnpike and take the exit for 295N which goes through Portland. Shortly after you notice Back Cove (lots of water on your left) and pass the Washington Ave exit, take the exit for US Route 1. Follow US Route 1 for about 2 miles, then take the right hand lane which will peel off as Route 88. Go 1/2 mile. Just after the graveyard and on your right, is the entrance for the church.

From the North: Take Route 295 South, to Exit 10 Bucknam Road, Falmouth.  At the light at the end of the exit ramp, turn left.  At the next light, turn right onto Route 1, South.  At the next light, turn left onto Depot Road. At the end of the road, turn right onto Route 88.  The church is two long blocks on your left.  Turn left onto Waites Landing Road, and immediately
right, up into the church parking lot.

Posted on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:34

Weavers Guild of Boston

Annual Exhibit and Sale, Nov 5-7

Weston, MA

This sale and exhibit are worth a special trip from anywhere in New England.  Over 2000 high quality, juried items are for sale, and you can touch them!   Come to buy your holiday gifts (with selections of both Christmas and Judaica items), cards, scarfs, rugs, or to look at and perhaps buy something woven by a friend or in a special technique or interlacement.  With hundreds of scarves alone (wool, bamboo, fine silk, and everything else) there is sure to be something to please, educate, and inspire!  It is like a visit to a museum of modern handweaving.

We will also have an exhibit of the handwoven and fiberart bras "Supports for the CURE" or "Loving Cups" in support of women with breast cancer.  Both humorous and poignant, the bras are woven to lift the spirits of those touched by breast cancer.  Many of the weavers have personal experience with the disease, others have been touched through family and friends.  This kicks off the first round of public showings of this exhibit, which won the FUZ-E award from Handwoven.

General Guild information is here:

Laurie Autio, Dean of Weavers Guild of Boston

Posted on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 23:41

The Weavers Guild of Boston is excited to have Bonnie Inouye coming in March for a class, open lecture and 3-day workshop. The morning class is full, but guests are always welcome at our  afternoon lectures.  We've  just opened the 3-day extended workshop to non-members. There are only 2-3 openings left, so don't wait to sign up!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 1:15 PM
Evangelical Congregational Church Vestry, Westborough, MA
Open to all, free

Fiber art is made with close attention to detail but often it needs to look good from a distance as well.  Consider the scale of the design and how this relates to the line, value, and the size of each component of the piece. 

Date:   March 11-13, 2010,   10AM - 4:30PM
Location:       Evangelical Congregational Church, Westborough, MA
Expertise:      Intermediate through very advanced

Weave samples of parallel (on opposite) threadings including 4 color doubleweave, echo weave, turned taquete and warp rep on your own loom.

For more information about the programs and registration, please visit our website:

Laurie Autio, Dean (Pres.), Weavers Guild of Boston

Posted on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 17:01

Weavers Guild of Boston (meets in Westborough, MA)


MORNING CLASSES:  10:00-12:00

Please contact Jean Therkauf <[email protected] > for availability or to assure yourself a spot.  Or, sign up (first come, first served) at the information desk.  If you are not taking a class, visit our excellent library, enjoy the Weavers Helping Weavers EXHIBIT, or chat with friends!

        1) STRUCTURE and DESIGN:  Supplementary Weft Brocading with Bhakti Ziek.  Bring a loom threaded to any structure (twills are preferred, plain weave fine, others ok) and try various kinds of inlay techniques. A few spaces are available.  This class would help with the ratings requirement for embroidery weave.

        2) STRUCTURE and LOOM MODIFICATION:  Doup Leno with Patricia Morton.  Currently full (if you are signed up and can't come, let Jean know so your place can go to someone on the waiting list).

        3) COLOR and DYEING:  Working with Painted Warps and Skeins with Jean Therkauf.  Bring examples if you have them (not required, but helpful).  A few spaces are available.  

SPECIAL EXHIBIT of Hill Master Weavers (2009) Dorrie Hunt and Anita Thompson.  Come be inspired by two weavers' different interpretations of the same requirements.  The Hill independent weaving requirements were based on the WGB master requirements, so if you are interested in WGB ratings you may find their work particularly informative.  Both Dorrie and Anita do lovely work!       

Delicious desserts, coffee, and tea provided.

AFTERNOON:  1:30-3:00
From Back Strap to Digital Jacquard: The Weaving of Bhakti Ziek.  Retired textile professor Bhakti Ziek will talk about her forty year textile journey spanning the range of weaving equipment and techniques from simplest to most complex. 

For more information about the programs and registration for morning classes, please visit our website:

Hope to see you there!

Laurie Autio, Dean, Weavers Guild of Boston

Posted on Wed, 04/21/2010 - 13:15

Weavers of Western MA Silent Auction

Wed, April 28, 2010, 12:30-3:00

Hill Institute, 83 Pine St., Florence, MA  (Florence is part of Northampton and this is about 5 miles from Webs ;-)  )

Weaving and knitting yarns, small tools, books, equipment, coupons for services (for example, I have a coupon for a couple of hours of private lessons on computer drafting with Fiberworks and one for weaving time on my 32S loom).  Good munchies, lots of fun.  All are welcome - bring a friend!

Laurie Autio

Posted on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 13:40


Sue McFarland received a MCC Holyoke Cultural council grant to conduct a workshop at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke this Sat., May 8, at 10:30.  This workshop is an inexpensive opportunity for those who would like to try wet felting. As of today there were 8 spaces left.

CONTACT:     Sue McFarland
WHAT:            Painting with Wool: An Introduction to Felt Making
WHEN:            Saturday, May 8, 2010  from 10:30am-12:00pm
WHERE:         Wistariahurst Museum, Cabot St. Holyoke, MA
INFORMATION:  413-322-5660
COST:             $10, bring a bath towel


Posted on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:48

Hill Institute graduates 8 master weavers tomorrow! Visit their exhibit 6-8 pm on Friday and 9-12 am on Saturday.  Hill is at 83 Pine St., Florence, MA - less than 5 miles from Webs, if you need and excuse.  You will see a lot of lovely weaving and have a chance to talk to these talented weavers who have completed the four years of classwork and two years of independent weaving required.

Laurie Autio

Posted on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 20:04

Does anyone know when the dates and program for this summer's NEWS will be available?