Sep
28
to Sep 29

Fabulous Fiber Arts Weekend at the Farmers' Museum

Explore the world of natural fibers during Fiber Arts Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Explore natural fibers through a variety of demonstrations, mini-exhibits, and hands-on activities showing how they are harvested, processed, and transformed into wearable, utilitarian, and decorative items. Related vendors will also be on-site.

Whether from animal or vegetal origin, fibers and textiles have been an important part of our lives since the dawn of history. Processed into yarns and threads, dyed and woven, they have always had a utilitarian purpose as well as social importance.

See museum interpreters, local quilting clubs, spinning clubs and guilds demonstrate how flax becomes linen, how wool and cotton is spun on various spinning wheels, and how textiles are produced on looms or through needle arts. You will never think of your clothes in the same way again!

Hands-on activities include carding wool, spinning wool on a drop spindle, weaving, felting (making a felt ball), and quilting. Demonstrations include rope making, flax to linen, felting, warping a loom, yarn dyeing, knitting, crocheting, and spinning on the “great wheel” at the Lippitt Farmhouse.

During Fabulous Fiber Arts Weekend, life in the nineteenth century continues throughout the museum’s historic village and farmstead. Don’t miss The Empire State Carousel and the Children’s Barnyard with its sheep, goats, and other friendly animals. If you like craft beverages, take one of our final Hoppy Trails Tours and discover the history of hops in the region–both days at 11:00 a.m.

Ticket prices: Adults (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Museum members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.

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Jul
11
5:15 PM17:15

Field trip to Shaker exhibit at Albany Airport

Everyday Perfection, a new exhibition at the Albany International Airport Gallery, explores the legacy of Shaker craftsmanship. The exhibit is composed of the works of eight contemporary artists juxtaposed with historic Shaker textile tools. As noted in the catalog: The relationship to labor as a devotional process is common to both Shakers and artists of many disciplines... Everyday Perfection considers how the mechanics and motifs of Shaker textile production have seeded the creative pathways of artists today. You may know about Shaker furniture, have seen the distinct Shaker oval boxes, hummed the Simple Gifts song (‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free…)
and even worn a Shaker stitch sweater, but did you know that the Shakers’ first settlement in America was right here in Albany County?
The movement known as the Shakers originated in England in the 1750s. Having experienced persecution and rejection for their revolutionary beliefs and ecstatic form of worship, eight Shakers immigrated from Manchester, England in 1774 and landed in New York City. Led by Mother Ann Lee, they moved to Albany in 1776 and rented land from the Van Rensselaer family near what is now the Albany Airport. The Shakers remained in Albany from 1776 to 1938. It is remarkable to consider that a major cultural force in America grew from the local community founded by
Mother Ann Lee and a handful of others.
Curator Kathy Greenwood will offer a special tour of the exhibit on Thursday, July 11th beginning at 5:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to park at the Shaker Heritage Society (SHS) and either walk or carpool to the airport. Please meet at SHS at 5:15 pm. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy at the Shaker site afterwards. SHS is located at 25 Meeting House Road, off Heritage Lane. We would appreciate pre-registration for the event, which is free.
Please RSVP to: educator@shakerheritage.org or: 518-456-7890, ext 3.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

May Guild Meeting

7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Our May speaker is Patrice George, Assistant Professor in Textile Development and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Leno, a woven fabric with widely spaced ends that do not slip, requires a modified heddle system that allows warps to “twist” around wefts. Patrice will show

us how to make and design with leno doups. These can easily be added to any type of loom and used to make lightweight fabrics for curtains, scarves, shawls, and lightweight garments. How to combine leno with complimentary and alternative structures, and setups for looms with 4-24 shafts, is discussed. Examples of leno and gauze weaves are presented in traditional fabrics from Japan, India, and South America, as well as industrially woven “super-doup” fabrics that use multiple shafts to combine complex textures with open spaces.

Patrice founded Patrice George Designs in 1979, a textile studio in NYC specializing in design for
dobby and jacquard woven textiles for the interior textile industry. She has been a consultant to cottage industry and handweaving projects sponsored by UNIDO, CARE, and other NGO’s in Jamaica, Laos, and Mexico.

Don’t Forget the Orphan Yarn Challenge!
Bring in your completed orphan yarn projects for a mega show and tell session to close out the season.

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

April Guild Meeting

7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Barbara Decker will present a talk entitled Warp/Weave/Wear.


It has happened to all of us. We see a gorgeous work of art, beautiful fall folliage, a photo in a magazine. The colors and textures inspire us and we want to honor them somehow. Let’s weave something to wear. In this lecture we will explore the endless possibilities of using a variety of materials, weights, textures and colors in one warp- how the choice of weave structure and weft can change the look and feel of the finished fabric and how to add width to a warp already on the loom. The program will include a show of classic, comfortable, fashionable garments made from the
imaginative use of squares and rectangles. At her studio in Clinton, Barbara Decker weaves
beautiful clothes, blankets, and scarves. She mixes amazing colors and textures to produce original art. Barbara is also a member of our Guild and is a regular participant in the Show and Sale. I was honored to model one her sumptuous hand- dyed all silk rag jackets a couple of years ago. It was a joy to look at and to wear.

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Ridge Place, Latham NY.

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Mar
16
to Mar 17

Workshop: Shadow Weave Gamps on 4 or 8-shafts with Susan Conover

This will be a two day workshop on shadow weave. Those who attended her workshops last year know that she is a wonderful teacher and leads fun and informative workshops. The cost for this workshop will be $130, including a $10 deposit to hold your spot. Open to non-guild members (cost is $25 additional, which includes membership in the guild through May 2020). Please contact Mary Ellen S by email if you have any questions. Location: Albany, NY area (Niskayuna Fire District #2 firehouse).

Gamps are such a wonderful way to study the interaction of color and weave effect. In this two-day workshop, which participants bring their own portable 4 or 8-shaft table or floor loom completely dressed and ready to throw the shuttle.

Susan will cover the following topics:
- What is a gamp?
- Drawdowns are fun!
- Color and weave effects
- Weaving to square
- Weaving ergonomics
- Winding a bobbin properly
- Shuttle considerations
- Wet finishing

The 4-shaft gamp requires 14-1/4” weaving width; 15-dent reed and three shuttles. The warp and weft are 10/2 pearl cotton (preferably UKI) in three colors of the weaver’s choice. The number of warp ends is 430 plus 2 for a floating selvedge at a suggested length of 3 yards. After washing, this will produce a runner approximately 12-3/4” x 60” plus more for an additional table scarf or samples.

The 8-shaft gamp requires 24” weaving width; 12-dent reed and two shuttles and five bobbins. The warp and weft are 8/2 Egyptian cotton in five colors of the weaver’s choice. The number of warp ends is 489 at a suggested length of 3 yards. After washing, this will produce a hemmed runner approximately 17-3/4” x 60” plus more for an additional table scarf or samples.

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Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Spinning on the great wheel with Susan Conover

Susan Conover will teach a one day workshop on spinning on the great wheel. There will be some great wheels available if you do not have one (on a first come basis). The cost for this workshop will be $65, including a $10 dollar deposit to hold your place. Open to non-guild members (cost is $25 additional, which includes membership in the guild through May 2020). Email Mary Ellen S to reserve your spot. Location: Albany, NY area (Niskayuna Fire District #2 firehouse).

Susan has spent many years spinning and demonstrating on her collection of great wheels. In this one day, hands-on class, participants will enjoy the myths, legends and tips which surround this wonderful style of spinning wheel. Susan will cover the following topics:
- Wool preparation: worsted, semi-worsted and woolen
- The left-hand long draw
- The Minor's head and direct drive head
- Tensioning devices
- Regional differences of great wheels
- Making new drive bands
- How to make cornhusk bearings
- Leather bearing pros and cons

- Power Point show “The Evolution of the Spinning Wheel”

Participants may bring their own great wheel, in good working order. Susan will bring three wheels from the Conover’s private collection to be used as loaners in the class. All fibers and course
handouts are provided.

Experience Level: Participants must be able to spin a continuous yarn

Susan Conover began spinning and weaving in 1980 and spent the next three decades studying under numerous international teachers. Her focus has always been on the historic aspects of the craft. Since 2000 she has offered courses in spinning and weaving from her studio. It is a premiere teaching environment with six Schacht Equipment floor looms and a “herd” of Schacht and Louet spinning wheels.
Her expertise has included being Operations Manager at Vavstuga Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, MA for five years. She specializes in lectures and workshops for guilds and craft schools throughout the country.
Susan currently operates out of a newly remodeled studio that augments the original Schacht and Louet equipment with ten Glimakra countermarch and counterbalance looms. She offers two to five-day workshops in her home studio and hosts students from throughout North America.

Beginning in early Spring of 2017 Susan enrolled in the Olds College (Alberta, Canada) Master Weavers Program. She is planning to complete the five-years of study by 2021.

Susan has provided workshops previously for the HWMG and received universally positive feedback from the attendees. We are thrilled to have her back.

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Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

February Guild Meeting

  • Calvary United Methodist Church (map)
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7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Mini-workshop night! Four concurrent workshops to choose from.

• Cecelia Fritelli will share her nifty, quick one-handed method for tying on a new warp to a dummy warp. When you tie on, you utilize the threading and sleying of the previous project. Once you develop speed and accuracy, tying on can save time, especially with complicated weave structures. It also conserves expensive materials, like silk.
• Sandy Lommen will teach a session on paddle warping. This is a great shortcut for winding most
warps and can be helpful with color and weave structures such as log cabin and shadow weave.

• Connie LaPorto will teach basic Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique.
• Tegan Frisino will teach the basics of reading an Overshot Draft. Not all pattern drafts are the same,
especially with overshot. This mini workshop will cover what is included in a modern overshot draft,
and how to interpret vintage overshot patterns for modern use.

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Ridge Place, Latham NY.

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Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

January Guild Meeting

7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Review of Guatemalan weaving exhibit at Schweinfurth Art Center. Also, scarf challenge! Put 8 oz of the fiber of your choice into a bag. Mark fiber content on bag. Pick a bag and weave a scarf (or something else) using the fiber in your chosen bag.

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Ridge Place, Latham NY.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

December guild meeting

7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Bucket auction! Time to clean out your studio and closets of any unwanted fiber related items such as yarn, equipment, fabric and donate them for the auctions. You will receive 2 tickets for each donated item, and can purchase additional tickets [$1 each, 6 for $5] at the meeting. Of course, you do not have to bring something in to participate. For those who may be unfamiliar with a bucket auction: a cup is placed by each donated item. Participants put a ticket [or more than one ticket] in the cup for the item of which they would like to bid, then a ticket is drawn from each cup to determine the winner of the item. All proceeds go to the guild.

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Ridge Place, Latham NY.

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Nov
15
to Nov 18

Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild 40th Annual Show & Sale

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An event 40 years in the making! The Hudson-Mohawk Weavers’ Guild invites the public to its 40th Annual Show & Sale. At the historic Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Rd, Colonie. 

Nov 15-18
Thu 2-9
Fri 11-7
Sat 10-5
Sun 12-4

Handwoven fashions, furnishings and holiday gifts, all made by local artisans.  Fashion shows (Thu at 7 pm, Fri-Sat-Sun at 2 pm), weaving and spinning demos.  Free admission and parking.  Click for more info.

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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

November guild meeting

7-7:30 pm is social time. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Program: Bob Gardner will speak about chair caning and woven seat repair. He enjoys speaking about, repairing and restoring chairs with cane, splint and rush seats.

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 16 Ridge Place, Latham NY.

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

October Guild Meeting

Social time starts at 7 pm. Program starts at 7:30. Program: Tegan Frisino will talk about a workshop she took with Daryl Lancaster on sewing garments with handwovens. Lancaster is a handweaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning handwoven clothing. She has been constructing garments for more than 45 years.

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

Fabulous Fiber Arts Weekend at the Farmers' Museum

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Do you know your fibers? Whether from animal or vegetal origin, fibers and textiles have been an important part of our lives since the dawn of history. Processed into yarns and threads, dyed, woven, they have always had a utilitarian purpose, as well as social importance. Fabulous Fiber Arts weekend at The Farmers’ Museum will explore the world of natural fibers through a variety of demonstrations, mini-exhibits, hands-on activities, showing how they are harvested, processed, and transformed into wearable, utilitarian and decorative items. Come see museum interpreters and local quilting and spinning clubs and guilds demonstrate how flax becomes linen, wool and cotton is spun on various spinning wheels, and produces textiles on looms or through needle arts. You will never think of your clothes in the same way again!

- Hands-on activities:
o Carding Wool
o Spinning Wool on drop spindle
o Weaving
o Felting—Making a Felt Ball
o Quilting

- Demonstrations:

o Rope Making
o Flax to Linen
o Felting
o Warping a loom
o Yarn Dying
o Knitting and Crocheting
o Spinning on the Great Wheel at Lippitt

Fabulous Fiber Arts is included with regular paid admission. $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members are free.

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