Thanks to Pat Flynn for recommending this story for our blog. Click on the image to access tale published by Atlas Obscura. Enjoy!
Click on the above image for a Washington Post story about edible varieties of handweaving created by Lauren Ko.
In June 2018 Michael Rupp took himself down to DC for exhibits at the Washington Textile Museum. He has collected some images from two of the exhibits (see photos below):
Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasure from Southwest China
Binding the Cloud: The Art of Central Asia Ikat
He also recommends making time this fall to enjoy the exhibition called "A Nomad Art: Kilims of Anatolia", which opened 9/1/2018.
For more details visit: http//museum.gwu.edu
Marie Berry, one of our life members, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the age of 94 at her Delaware retirement home. She was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers, the Weavers’ Roundtable and MAFA. Marie will be remembered as an excellent weaver with expertise in rug weaving. She was able to give valuable rug weaving advice to several of our members and presented programs for the guild on that subject. Not only was Marie a weaver but her talents included gardening, flower arranging and gourmet cooking. She volunteered at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown. She was very active in activities at her church.
Marie was the mother of 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a dear friend to so many.
On a personal note, Marie was a neighbor for many years and was my first weaving tutor. She was always ready to lend an ear and had a hand ready to help in any way she could. We shared experiences ranging from family celebrations, to weaving and shopping trips, MAFA and Convergence conferences, guild meetings and a few sad times. We researched many weaving techniques using books from our combined weaving libraries. She was a true friend who will never be far from my heart. We are all better for the relationships which she fostered.
-- By Barbara Diefenderfer
I hope this note finds you all well and in good spirits.
Overshot – More than Stars and Roses
April 19, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
City Park, Hagerstown, MD
Instructor – Barbara Diefenderfer
Students will learn to weave and understand traditional overshot patterns as they were known to our grandmothers and explore ways to transform these patterns into 21st century beauties. Convert star fashion treadlings into beautiful circular rose fashion designs. Discover weaving in the Italian fashion as well as several flame point and boundweave variations.
Many thanks to Kris Peters for sharing this story about textiles found at a Viking Age burial site in Iceland. Click on image to read the story.
Brief overview of the history of the color red and the influential role of the cochineal beetle. Click on the photo for a link to the article.