September 14, 2013
WEAVER ROSE: A NEW LOOK AT A VINTAGE
WEAVER - with Norma Smayda
W.H.H. Rose was a well-known 19th
century weaver who cherished hundreds of drafts inherited
from his ancestors, created more, and preserved them for
posterity. This talk gives an overview of the history of
Weaver Rose, including weavers leading up to his era, and
his legacy. He wove far more than overshot for which he is
best known. We will look at his threadings for spot Bronson,
M's and O's, huck, twill, summer and winter and overshot.
His original drafts and a few of his weavings will be shown.
Time will be spent analyzing his methods of writing drafts,
and translating them into drafts familiar to us.
Bring graph paper, pencil and eraser.
Workshop fee - $20.00 and $2.00
Norma Smayda, a weaver, teacher,
exhibitor and juror, learned to weave in Norway, and has
occasionally returned to teach. In 1974 she established and
continues to run the Saunderstown Weaving School. She has an
MFA in Visual Design from the University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and has received the Handweaver's
Guild of America Award of Excellence, the New England
Weavers' Seminar Weaver of Distinction, and the Weavers'
Guild of Boston Distinguished Achievement Award. Norma has
written articles for major weaving journals and has had work
featured in several books. She coauthored Weaving Designs by
Bertha Gray Hayes. She is Past President of HGA. Norma's
special interests include Scandinavian weaving, and the
works of W.H.H. Rose and Bertha Gray Hayes.