New England Weavers' Seminar:  Sample Library

The Sample Library consists of notebooks of handwoven swatches and drafts. Most of the books contain only one weave structure, and some are further divided by number of harnesses. Some are records of fashion shows, gallery shows and study groups. All are fascinating.The Sample Library notebooks are available for checkout by any NEWS member guild, or any individual member of such a guild. You MUST be a member in good standing of a member guild in order to borrow the notebooks. Please check with your membership chair of your guild to verify your membership status.

Donate to the Library

Submitting a sample and draft to the library is a way of sharing with others something you have woven that you think may be of interest and/or inspirational to other weavers.  If you would like to submit a sample to the library, the edges of the sample should be secured with stitching, tape, or glue.  Attach your sample to a draft sheet and include all appropriate information about weaving your sample.  Bring your sample for the traveling library when you come to NEWS or use our contact form to request a mailing address.

Library Catalog

Borrowing Notebooks

All sample notebooks are available to borrow for up to 3 months, EXCEPT the Notebooks of the entries for the NEWS exhibits. These Seminar Exhibition Books are available to view at the NEWS seminar, or by special arrangement with Ro. Ro will transport the library to a guild for a program. You can also view the entire library at The Felos Art Center in Stoughton, where Ro Spinelli has her studio, by arranging date and time with Ro.


If you would like to arrange to borrow a notebook, please use our contact form and please put NEWS Sample Library in the subject line.  Ro will mail the notebook to you. The borrower pays postage both ways and may keep the notebook for up to 3 months (except that all books must be returned prior to the biennial NEWS seminar). Notebooks may not be borrowed while NEWS is in session.

The Sample Library Chair is in the process of re-cataloging the library.  It will be posted when it is available.