"Extending Our Fiber Connections"

The Mission of the Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild is to encourage excellence, to inspire creativity, and to preserve fiber traditions through education.

Weavers Equipment Sale

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in News

From President Annie Coyne:
Silversun estate sales is holding a sale this weekend – Fri Sep 29 10am to 1pm, and Sat Sep 30 9am to 1pm.
The address is 9212 W Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80232
You can see photos and read more here: https://www.estatesales.net/CO/Denver/80232/1683450

I did my best to identify the equipment and fiber from the photos – here’s what I saw:

• Glimakra 100cm Standard countermarche – 8 shafts, attached warping board, and bench
• Large disassembled loom with sectional beam
• Schact rigid heddle loom with extra heddle and loom stand
• Lazy kates and bobbins
• Shuttles
• Harrisville belt loom
• Ball winder
• Tapestry beater
• Two table looms – one LeClerc, one Ashford (I think)
• Warping boards
• KB sock (peg) loom
• Large potholder-style wooden loom
• Hackles
• Fleece
• Reeds
• Schact inkle loom
• Loom bench
• Warping trapeze (I think)
• Handwoven goods – towel, scarves, throws, etc

Buckets, baskets, and bins of yarn and roving:
• Coned yarns
• Skeined/balled/hanked yarns
• Hand-dyed yarns

Thanks to Doreen Mclaughlin for pointing this out!

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Special Lecture this Week!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in News

The Colorado Textile Group presents :

IN OUR OWN BACK YARD
WEAVINGS FROM THE RIO GRAND VALLEY AND DESIGN INFLUENCE FROM LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

A lecture by John Pyson assisted by John Taylor

September 28, 2017

6:30 social, 7 program

While working a trade show in 1984, I became curious about the contemporary
Navajo weavings a trading post owner was showing in a booth across the aisle.
During lulls in the show action, I continued to speak with the trader, who,
through the week, educated me about what “went into” the making of these
Navajo weavings. I bought the finest textile he had and still own it today.
Within the next few years, I had assembled a museum-grade collection of
regional rugs. Research into the history of Southwest weaving tradition sparked
a passion for Rio Grande blankets and Saltillo sarapes.
Success in business efforts funded my collection passion, resulting in amassing
over 600 examples. Each addition to the collection lead to more research until
the discovery of another historic data point became as exciting as adding another
blanket to the collection.
Organization of these blankets into historical context provided a framework for
analyzing weaving techniques, materials, and design layouts. This opened a new
world of discovery for me. Cross-cultural influences became apparent, which
fueled the quest for finding examples which filled in the gaps and for finding
earlier and earlier examples of textiles with similar design schemes.
We will examine iconic examples of the major Rio Grande blanket categories.
In addition, we will explore how these fine blankets fit into historical context,
spanning more than 1,000 years of New World textile tradition.

Shaver-Ramsey Fine Rugs | 2414 E 3rd ave, Denver, CO 80206
https://shaver-ramsey.com/

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September Shuttle Scuttle is ……

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in News

Here? Ready? Perfect?

Anyway the Shuttle Scuttle is available for you to read, download, or print.

To find the current Shuttle Scuttle, click here: http://www.rmweaversguild.org/2017-shuttle-scuttle-issues/ .

Or click on “Current Issues” in the right side menu.

The current password is in the email that our new president, Annie Coyne, sends out to announce that the newsletter is on line. You will have to enter it to get to any of the password-protected pages, including the newsletter and yearbook pages. If you have mislaid her email (look in your spam folder!) or you have trouble opening a password-protected page, please let me know (webmaster@rmweaversguild.org). You can also send email to president@rmweaversguild.org, which goes to Annie.

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Antique Knitting, Anyone?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in News

If you are interested in getting a knitting study group off the ground, please join other interested Guild members during the break at the September meeting so we can shake out some of the preliminary matters: where and when to meet and how often to meet.

It also would be helpful for you to join the Jock Knitting Study Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/956242721067720/ as an easy method to collaborate.

I suggest as a topic of study for the first year: deciphering and executing vintage or antique knitting patterns. I’ve browsed a couple of great collections available online: The Antique Pattern Library (http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/knitting.htm) and the Knitting Reference Library at Archives.org (https://archive.org/details/knittingreferencelibrary?&sort=date).

I look forward to seeing you in September. — Franki Franklin

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Sale of Weaver’s Tools and Equipment

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in News

Weaver’s/Quilters/Spinners Estate Sale

The sale was a great success and made a lot of money for the guild, thanks to hard work by many members, including Cheryl Nachtrieb, Annie Scherer, and Judy Lepthien! Sorry you missed it, or congratulations on your finds!

A non-member’s family generously allowed us to hold an estate sale for their mom’s fiber equipment. There was large and small equipment as well as accessories for weavers, spinners, and those who sew. The guild got 40% of anything that sold while we were there!

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