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New England Weavers' Seminar

Conference Update - 7 Weeks To Go!

According to our records, an amazing 47% of those registered for NEWS this year are new to our conference. In these last weekly updates we are going to highlight some of the NEWS features you may not be familiar with.


Open Studios


Curious about what the other workshops are doing? On Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 the instructors of 20 different workshops will be available in the classrooms to answer questions and show you the work in progress. A full list of the workshops with instructors and classrooms is on our website here.



Registration is open to everyone! Many of our workshops still have openings. See our full course list here. This week we feature a Saturday afternoon 3-hour class that costs $70.

Sheep, Angels, and Other Little Figures

Instructor: Marjie Thompson

Many weavers love designs that can function as a border on a textile and look like something recognizable. That idea has been around for centuries though most of the designs were for drawloom work or pick-up. A number of these designs come from the tradition of Perugia towels and date to the mid-16th century. Several designs are found in the manuscript of Thomas Lins of Austria, 1658 as well as other contemporary-to-him manuscripts. They have become the basis for a series of cards with angels and other weavings. Even though many other designs are found in earlier manuscripts, new inspiration may be found most anywhere including cross stitch designs. We will discuss how to adapt and weave inspiration from these sources. Adapting the pick-up (or drawloom) angels has become somewhat of a game for Marjie, and she invites you to participate at the end of the lecture. While we will talk about how to weave figures on 4 or more shafts, the end of the lecture will find the participants helping to design the 2024 angel.

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26 Instructors.

42 Workshops, 20% more than in 2019.


NEWS 2023 is coming back in person, bigger and better than ever!

Worcester State University

July 20-23, 2023

Celebrate the return of in-person workshops, inspiring speakers, and fantastic weaving exhibits with your fiber friends in a comfortable, air-conditioned setting with easy parking and minimal walking.

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