Local Interest

Don't ask me how I missed the existence of the NY Handweavers Guild - I've been hiding under a rock. I'm planning to check them out  in Sept when their new season starts. Maybe I'll see you there.

http://www.nyhandweavers.org/about.htm

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Posted on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 15:22

I'm the Program Chair of the NY Handweavers Guild and we'd love to have you join us!  We have great speakers scheduled for this coming year.  We meet the last Saturday of the month at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  Check out the web site for details.

Posted on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 20:01

Holy Cow - actual honest to goodness spider silk brocade

"Almost all silk fabric is made from silkworm moth cocoons, but people have occasionally tried to make cloth from spider silk. One of the biggest challenges is the cannibalistic nature of spiders, which makes it very difficult to raise them in captivity, unlike silkworms. Spiders can be collected in the wild and then placed in a device to keep them still so the silk can be drawn. Afterwards, the spiders are released back into the wild."

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/spidersilk/?src=e_h

The picture is stunning, I can't wait to get up to the museum and see it in person!

Posted on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 15:05

Hi Ilaine,

 

I am the editor of the NYGH newsletter, I hope to see you at our meeting 9/26,1PM at the school of Visual Arts.  Our speaker is Cynthia Alberto, a wonderful, effervescent enthusiastic weaver who owns the WEaving Hand in BRooklyn. 

 

XO GaIL & fOG