Thanks to Ann Caldwell for forwarding this great article by Taylor Mason, graduate of Shippensburg University. During an internshp at the Renfrew Institute, Ms. Taylor studied the flax culture of Pennsylvania Germans then wrote about and photographed institute faculty member, Beth Skroban, performing flax processing tasks as part of the Institute's program: Growing Clothes: Flax Culture of the Pennsylvania Germans.
Point Twill Weaving Workshop
Thursday, March 26, 2020 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The movement and visual intricacy of point twills is infectious! Workshop students will weave a sampler gamp using 5 point twill threadings and numerous tie-up and treadling changes to yield a useful future reference tool with over 100 patterns.
Students will need to come to class with a 4 or 8-shaft loom prepared as directed. With permission, students may attend as observers if they do not have access to a portable loom.
Barbara Diefenderfer, Weavers’ Roundtable program coordinator, will instruct the workshop and will send detailed preparation instructions upon registration. Students should register online or by submitting the registration form and $25 to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. A materials fee of $15 will be paid to the instructor at the workshop.
For those of us who want to know why some knots are stronger than others, scientists have found a way to help explain it. Click on image for link to this Science News article.
Another great article forwarded by CPGH member, Helen Delano. Click on the image above to read an excerpt from a book called The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair.
Our thanks to Helen Delano for bringing this article to our attention. Click on the image above to read it.
Kris Peters shared a beautiful video about this Japanese weaving style using the bark of the Linden tree. Click on the image above to launch the video.
Jacquard Threads are using conductive metal alloys that are incredibly thin, so they can be combined with a variety of natural and synthetic fibers to create different yarns. Click on the image for more details about Jacquard by Google where they design "smart textiles" that work behind the seams and allow you to control your apps with a touch of the sleeve.
“There would have been no Viking Age without textiles,” says archaeologist Eva Andersson Strand, director of the Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen, in old Viking territory. Click on the photo to read more from this excellent article in Science News (August 2019)...
By Kelly Grotzinger
My fiber holdings, that is, my stash, was acquired...
I was pointedly reminded of the following this past month: