Welcome Dudley Open House - January 29
Samuel Slater Experience, Webster’s museum dedicated to the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution,” will host an Open House for residents of neighboring Dudley on Sunday, January 29, from noon to 4 p.m.
*Two admissions per household. Address ID required. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Samuel Slater Experience closes at 4 p.m. Therefore latest admission time is 3 p.m.
Weaving Classes with Sharon Geyer - Starts February 4
Are you ready to learn how to use your rigid heddle loom? Or do you need a refresher about how to warp your loom? It’s time to get that loom warped with a new project!
In this workshop you will learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. This is a three-day workshop. On the first day, everyone will warp their loom and start weaving a table runner. On the second day we will cut off the table runner project, plan a second project, and warp the looms again. On the third day you will design your own project and warp your loom before you leave. Some of the skills you will learn in this workshop include how to do a project planning sheet to calculate yarn requirements for a project, how to use your warping peg, how to use the direct warping method, and weaving tips and techniques that will lead to success. You will leave this workshop a weaver.
What you need: a rigid heddle loom and the warping tools that came with the loom (warping peg and reed hook), heddle for their loom (7.5 or 8 epi heddle is preferred, but bring what you have).
The course will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fee for the three days is $150 which includes the yarn for the first weaving project.
Sharon Geyer is a fiber artist who specializes in weaving; and she also enjoys spinning, knitting, sewing and dyeing. She began her weaving career in 1995 as a tapestry weaver (French tapestry technique) under a master artist in Philadelphia. From there, she began to explore patterns and textures on a large 8-harness loom. Her membership in Yankee Fiber Friend Guild and a weaving study group have advanced her experience over the past two decades. Sharon’s most recent work has been as a rigid heddle weaving instructor at Woolworks in Putnam. The rigid heddle loom captured her heart from the first project in 2019. The ease of use and portability of these little looms has led to the current weaving workshop series Sharon has developed to give this wonderful craft to new weavers.
If you are interested in signing up for the class, please call the museum at 508-461-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Harvesting Lecture by Ken Ethier - February 25
Saturday, February 25. Time to be announced.