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.  
Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild