Members' Calendar March 2017 Mar 9 - Guild meeting, starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Calvary United Methodist Church,15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY. Program: The New England Woolen Industry and the Crompton and Knowles Loom Works. Peggy Hart, presenter. New England was the birthplace of textile manufacturing because of its abundant resources in both water power and skilled immigrant mill workers. Whole cities were built around cotton mills in Lowell, Lawrence, and Manchester. Woolen mill technology developed later, and woolen mills became the backbone of life in hundreds of smaller towns. Unlike the cotton mills, woolen mills spun and wove fiber grown here, using machinery made here. Dozens of specialized businesses supported the industry, from reed makers to dyers and finishers.
The Crompton and Knowles Loom Works of Worcester, MA had the corner on loombuilding, outfitting mills from Connecticut to Canada. The W-3 loom was the workhorse of the industry. It had much more patterning capability than the standard cotton loom, with up to 32 harnesses and an easily programmable dobby head. Up until the last loom was manufactured in the 1950's, it was constantly being improved by independently patented innovations. Why and how did these marvelous machines get sold for scrap metal and the mills close all over New England?
Mar 10 - Designing Blankets workshop, with Peggy Hart. More detail on workshops page.
Mar 11-12 - Single Color Designs workshop, with Peggy Hart. More detail on workshops page.
April 2017 Apr 1-2 - 26th Annual Northeast Woodworkers' Showcase, Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. HMWG members and the Rock Day Spinners will be the feature exhibit called “Fiber Arts Unraveled, with emphasis on the wooden tools of our craft. We encourage you to come see the beautiful Woodworkers’ Showcase and come upstairs for food, music and visit with your fellow Guild members. For more information visit www.nwawoodworkingshow.org.
Apr 13 - Guild meeting, starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Calvary United Methodist Church,15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY.
May 2017 May 11 - Guild meeting, starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Calvary United Methodist Church,15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY.
June 2017 Jun 3-4 - Easy to Spin Cotton Spinning Workshop with Joan Ruane. 9 am-4 pm each day. Designed for all levels. Sheep and Shawl, South Deerfield, MA.