April 8, 2017 – Marjie Thompson
“This block can be done in a bunch of different structures” says the instructor. You nod yes when, really, all this is flying over your head. Come learn how to really understand what the instructor said and how to put block weaves to work for you. This class is suitable for all weavers with at least four shafts on their loom. Working from weaving manuscripts, printed books, and textiles, everyone will learn to recognize a block weave and how to use anything from Atwater-Bronson Lace to double weave to weave the blocks. Graph paper and pencils with erasers ;-) are suggested. There will be handouts.
Instructor Bio - Marjie Thompson enjoys being "stuck' in the pre-20th century weaving world. Her focus is the textiles produced both at home and by the professional weavers. Marjie enjoys adapting these weaves to contemporary colors and uses. She is the coordinator of the Complex Weavers "Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts" study group, past president of NEWS, a past Dean of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston, past president of Complex Weavers, an active guild member Weavers' Guild of Boston, vice-president of the New Hampshire Weavers' Guild, and a member of many study groups including Cross Country Weavers. Her woven pieces have received the HGA award, Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award, and Marjie is one of a handful of weavers awarded the “Weaver of Distinction” title from NEWS in both the gallery and fashion shows. She is the co-author of Forgotten Pennsylvania Textiles of the 18th and 19th Centuries, The Huck Pattern Collection, Miniature Patterns for Weaving by Josephine Estes, and the editor of The Gartner Manuscript. Her articles have appeared in Weavers, Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot, and The Spinning Wheel Sleuth’s Loom Supplement.