Backstrap Weaving

Since we didn’t get a chance to try Backstrap Weaving at the November meeting, here are some great resources for everyone to try at home.

The best resource is Laverne Waddington’s blog, which has excellent tutorials and documents her weaving adventures teaching and learning.

This Weavezine archived article sums up Laverne’s intro to backstrap weaving.

Culturally, there are several variations to how a backstrap loom can be set up, using as little as 1 dowel (wrapped shed stick) to several dowels/sticks.  Pieces can be woven as wide as one is comfortable handling, so you could go beyond body width.

The method I showed you is a Russian method, that uses a circular warp and a shed stick with the warp threads wrapped around the shed stick and a string heddle for the second shed.

Happy weaving,


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November Guild Meeting

Remember, Saturday, November 21, 2015 is the last guild meeting of year.  Bring Cookies for the Cookie Exchange.  Handmade Ornaments to trade and Show and Tell.

We also have elections for President and Vice President.


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Callicoon Farmers’ Market Demonstrations! OCT 11

We are demonstrating at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market Tomorrow, Sunday Oct 11, at the Callicoon Farmers Market. Bring your spinning, weaving and hand made goods.

Set up between 9 and 10, market is from 11 -2 pm

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National Wool Week!

Remember Wednesday, Oct 7, is an all day Spin-In at the Public Library in Narrowsburg.  Stop by anytime with your spinning, weaving, knitting  and other hand crafts and enjoy great company in celebration of National Wool Week.

Western Sullivan Public Library
198 Bridge St
Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Open today
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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September Guild Meeting

Our next meeting is this Saturday at Damascus Community Center.  (See Meeting tab for directions).

We will visit the Skirted Fleece Mill after Lunch.

See you all there!

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August Guild Meeting

Join us for our August 15th meeting at the Damascus Community Center, 10 to 2pm.  We are having an estate sale/ fundraiser and a demonstration of a peg loom.

Please note that we are also demonstrating at the Wayne County Fair on August 8th and 9th.  Email for more information.

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The Mannings is closing

Some sad news, The Mannings is closing its doors.  They will finish out the workshop for the year and they have started sales on their inventory.

“I’m sorry to say that this will be our last newsletter. We will be closing The Mannings at the end of the year. I have mixed emotions as we had hoped to sell the business, but that has not happened and having someone run it for us while we travel is a responsibility that we don’t want. It was a tough decision but it’s time for Ron and I to retire.

We want to thank all of our customers whether we met you here in the store, at a show or over the phone, we thank you for your business and support over the 30 years we have owned The Mannings.

The Knit-in will still take place and as usual the end of July will find me busy having fun making lots of cookies for that event, and classes will continue until the end of the year. Sales will be conducted on all merchandise and store fixtures. At this time all yarns and supplies are 20% off, and all equipment (drum carders, looms and spinning wheels) 15% off. We will keep you updated on future sales through Facebook and email. Please use all gift cards and in-store credits before the end of the year.”



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