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EVENTS

Guild Meetings

Guild meetings are at 7PM on the 2nd Friday of odd-numbered months — September, November, January, March, May, and July — at MIT’s Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge. Keep an eye out for the specific room (or, very rarely, a venue change).

Crafty Sundays

Crafty Sundays are at 2PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month in the Dorrance Building (16-160) at MIT in Cambridge. Check out the map below for directions. All crafts accepted and affirmed. This meeting is free and open to the public, come and give it a try. Come hang out and craft, get inspiration, or take advantage of “drop-in crafty office hours”: Get help if you’re stuck with a project, learn to spin, troubleshoot sewing machine problems, etc.

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List of Past Events

 

Upcoming  2016-2017 Events

Guild Meeting, Friday, 9/9/16, 7PM: Elaine O’Donal (lecture & workshop tickets)

Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

“What is Tatting, What is not Tatting”: Wikipedia defines tatting as “a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace from a series of knots and loops.” But do you know it when you see it? Know how it’s made? Know what you can make from it, or how to distinguish it from other types of lace? Elaine O’Donal of tattedwebs.com gives a tatter’s point of view for identifying lace. There will be many different types of lace examples as well as tools with which the laces are made.

Guild-Sponsored Workshops, 9/10 & 11/16: Elaine O’Donal (lecture & workshop tickets)

Location: MIT Tang Center (Building E51), Room 092, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Shuttle Tatting, Saturday, 9/10/16, 10AM-5PM (1-hour lunch break ~1PM)
Learn beginning Tatting using the shuttle method, from start to finish. This is an informal class,
allowing each participant to proceed at their own pace. Patterns will be provided.

Needle Tatting, Sunday, 9/11/16, 10AM-1PM
Needle Tatting is fast and easy to make – if you can hold a crochet hook you can needle tat.
Beginner pattern will be included.

 

Guild Meeting, Friday, 11/11/16, 7PM: Phil Lindsay of RH Lindsay Co.

Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Phil is the grandson of Ralph Haliburton Lindsay, who got his start in the Boston wool trade a century ago. Today, he continues the family business mostly by selling online to individual crafters and small craft-focused businesses. The American textile industry may have dwindled, but RH Lindsay remains; come learn about continuing this heritage trade in the 21st century. Spinners and felters will also note that Phil can provide both domestic wool blends and also fancier imported fibers, from silk to camel down, at very reasonable prices!

 

Guild Meeting, Friday, 1/13/17, 7PM: Ignite Craft Boston

Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Ignite Craft is an amazing evening of tiny craft presentations. Just 5 minutes each, so you can journey through the creative lives of multiple artists and crafters in just one evening. It’s free, but you must reserve tickets in advance because seating is limited!

 

Guild Meeting, Friday, 3/10/17, 7PM: Alasdair Post-Quinn

Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Our very own Alasdair Post-Quinn has agreed to be our FiberCamp kickoff speaker! If you haven’t seen his amazing work, his designs are at http://www.double-knitting.com/ (and on Ravelry). His newest book, “Double or Nothing,” comes out in the fall of 2016.

 

Guild Special Event, Saturday-Sunday, 3/11&12, 9:30AM-6PM & 10AM-5PM: FiberCamp 2017. FiberCamp grows every year, so come to this urban retreat ready to learn new fiber crafts you didn’t even know existed, and possibly lead sessions to share your own skills. Fill your brain with new ideas, fill your social life with new crafty friends, and fill your stash from our awesome indie vendors and our free swap table!
Location: MIT Tang Center (Building E51), register in 3rd floor lounge, 2 Amherst Street (70 Memorial Drive for GPS, but enter on Amherst St side), Cambridge

 

Guild Meeting, Friday, 5/12/17, 7PM: John Mullarkey

Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Card weaving is a unique way of using very simple tools to produce results whose complexity is limited only by the weaver’s imagination. It’s impossible to explain without seeing it, so you’ll just have to take our word for it and come to the meeting!

Guild-Sponsored Workshops, 5/13/17: John Mullarkey

 

Past 2015-2016 Events

Guild Meeting, Friday, 7/8/16, 7PM: Ana Campos
Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Overcoming The Fear of Hand Dyed Yarns and Variegation: Are you curious about hand dyed yarns but not sure how to use them? Do you struggle to pick the right project for your hand dyed yarns? This lecture is for you! Dyer Ana Campos will talk about different styles of hand dyed yarns, how to use color theory to select the right yarn for your projects, how to manage pooling, and how to purposefully control pooling.

Not a Guild member yet? Tickets are $6 at the door, or get them ahead of time here!

Guild-Sponsored Workshops: Ana Campos

Saturday, 7/9/16; tickets here

Location: MIT Building E-51, room 149 

Portuguese Knitting
10:30 – noon

Learn how to knit Portuguese style! In Portuguese knitting, the yarn is tensioned around your neck or with a knitting pin. We will cover how to do the Portuguese knit stitch, and the very easy Portuguese purl – all with the flick of your thumb. We will also cover how to do increases and decreases in the Portuguese style. Portuguese knitting is more efficient and easier on your joints, so it can help reduce strain and fatigue.
Materials: 50g of smooth worsted weight yarn in a light color (like Berroco Vintage or Cascade
220), US7 or US8 needles, either flat or circular

Darn! Repairing Knitwear
1 pm – 3 pm

So you got a hole in your beautiful hand-knit sweater. Now what? In this class, we will learn two types of darning: visible and invisible. You can apply these techniques to any knitted project, from socks to sweaters.
Homework: Knit 2 squares in stockinette stitch, 8″x8″, in a smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn, using US7 needles.

Guild Meeting, Friday, 5/13/16, 7PM: Dora Ohrenstein
Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room TBD, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Dora is a garment designer and crocheter; she’ll tell us about all the textiles she’s seen traveling around the world.

Guild-Sponsored Workshops: Dora Ohrenstein
Saturday, 5/14/16; tickets here
Location: MIT Tang Center, Building E51, Lower Level Room 095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge (see map link above)

10AM-1PM: Tunisian Crochet is Hot! (3 hours). Dora is among the leading experts on this fabulous technique, which opens many new options for crocheters. The look and feel are totally different from either knitting or regular crochet. Tunisian can be firm and stretchy, but don’t be fooled into thinking it can’t be light and lacy too! Learn all the basic stitches and a few more advanced ones, how to increase and decrease, how to choose the right hooks and yarns for the project you have in mind. Bring: Worsted and/or DK weight smooth yarns, Tunisian OR regular large crochet hooks sizes K, L, M.

2PM-5PM: Smell the (Crochet) Flowers! (3 hours). Crochet flowers come in all shapes and species!  You’ll learn how to make perky pansies, daisies, and of course, roses, in more ways than one.  Want some leaves to add to your crochet garden? We’ll have fun with several leaf shapes based on Irish and Ukrainian crochet. Then we’ll examine how you can connect these lovely pieces to make necklaces or scarves, and add them to hats, bags and wearables. With this class you’ll be able to add floral flair to any project, while also building important skills like working in the round with stitches of different heights, beginning and ending rounds neatly, and deciphering crochet patterns and diagrams. Bring: Sport and fingering weight smooth yarns, hooks sizes D – G.

 

Guild Meeting, Friday, 3/11/16, 7PM: Carina Donoso of The Third Piece, “Connecting Creativity”
Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Meet the founders of The Third Piece and learn about their exciting business model, “made by us or made by you.” The Third Piece’s ready-to-wear collection is locally handknit by artisans around the New England area. The collection is available at renowned retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and over 25 specialty clothing boutique stores around the US and Canada. Their fiber “Funky Chunky” is the softest merino wool and is sold at over 40 yarn stores across the US.

Guild Special Event, Saturday-Sunday, 3/12&13, 9:30AM-6PM & 10AM-5PM: FiberCamp 2016! Share your passion, learn from your peers, and connect with your community at our skill-sharing weekend of bite-sized ideas and techniques. Tickets available here
Location: MIT Tang Center (Building E51), register in 3rd floor lounge, 2 Amherst Street (70 Memorial Drive for GPS), Cambridge

Guild Meeting, Friday, 1/8/16, 7PM: Ignite Craft Boston

Holiday Potluck and Yankee Swap Sunday 12/6/15, 1PM
Location: MIT Tang Center, Building E51, Room 095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Guild Meeting, Friday, 11/13/15, 7PM: Kate Bachus of A Hundred Ravens
Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Why Are There A Hundred Ravens?
All the mysteries of one of New England’s premier indie dyers revealed in a fabulous tell-all Q&A session. Ask your burning questions like ‘can you really make a living playing with fiber?’ or ‘Coke or Pepsi?’ or ‘what happens when both spouses run a business AND share a stash?’ or ‘why would anyone give up a lucrative game design career to dye yarn?’ ‘Wait, you worked on Elder Scrolls Online?’ All these and more… Other benefits of attendance include being able to touch, feel and purchase Kate’s fantastic yarns.

Guild-Sponsored Workshops: Kate Bachus of A Hundred Ravens
Saturday, 11/14/15; tickets here
Location: MIT Tang Center, Building E51, Lower Level Room 095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge (see map link above)

10AM-1PM: Dyeing 101 (3 hours; one blank skein included in class fee). Dyeing is so complicated. You have to know all about the color wheel and the very special and scientific processes involved, and it’s really not a thing beginners should… NONSENSE!!!! Dyeing yarn is easy. The core concepts are incredibly simple, and it’s as uncomplicated and fun as dyeing eggs or painting with watercolors or using henna on your hair. Come learn the basics in nothing flat and have fun dyeing your own 100g skein of gorgeous sock yarn with A Hundred Ravens dyer Kate Bachus. Additional blank skeins can be bought for $20 each.

2PM-5PM: Gradient Dyeing (3 hours; one sock blank included in class fee). Everyone loves gradients! Subtle transitions from color to color without switching yarns makes for some beautiful projects and happy crafting. Learn to gradient dye with A Hundred Ravens dyer Kate Bachus, who will once again demonstrate that the only magic involved comes from your own creativity. Make your own 100g gradient skein of sock yarn in this fun class. Additional sock blanks can be bought for $30 each.

Guild Meeting, Friday, 9/11/15, 7PM: Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns, getting started in the yarn industry and the future of Lady Dye Yarns.
Location: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Room TBD, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

 

Map of Meeting Locations

Map of Stata and Tang Centers, Tang Parking