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Guild Meetings

Guild meetings are at 7PM on the 2nd Friday of odd-numbered months — September, November, January, March, May, and July.

List of Past Events

Upcoming  2017 Events

Guild Meeting, Friday, 5/12/17, 7PM: John Mullarkey
Location: Center for Arabic Culture at the Somerville Armory for the Arts, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
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!

Location:Studio Not 2B at the Somerville Armory for the Arts, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
On Saturday, May 13th from 10 am-5 pm (with a one hour lunch break) John will be teaching Tablet Weaving: Threaded-In Designs. No experience necessary. Learn the basics of tablet weaving by weaving a friendship bracelet. We will start with a discussion on how to read tablet weaving drafts. Then we will proceed to setting up the cards, weaving the band, and end with a discussion of finishing techniques. Along the way, we will focus on avoiding common pitfalls and sharing tips and tricks for weaving perfect bands. This is in Studio Not 2B. $99 for Common Cod members, $109 for the general public, plus a $15 materials fee (see below).

Location:Classroom B5 at the Somerville Armory for the Arts, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
On Sunday, May 14th (Mother’s Day!) from 10 am-5 pm, John will be teaching Tablet Weaving: Double-card Double-turn Diagonals. Also called “Egyptian” Diagonals, this workshop will focus on weaving diagonal patterns with tablets. We will use the circular warp setup, and learn how to use two packs to create interesting diagonal designs. Patterns will be provided, but individual exploration will be encouraged. No previous tablet weaving experience required. No experience necessary. This workshop is in classroom B5. $99 for Common Cod members, $109 for the general public, plus a $15 materials fee (see below).

For both classes: There is a $15 material fee for each student which includes a shuttle and 20 cards. Students are required to bring yarn (2 balls or cones of one light color, 2 balls or cones of one dark color, size 10/2 cotton or #10 crochet cotton).


Past 2016-2017 Events

Guild Meeting, Friday, 3/10/17, 7PM: Alasdair Post-Quinn
Location: Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge
Our very own Alasdair Post-Quinn is our March speaker! If you haven’t seen his amazing work, his designs are at (and on Ravelry). His newest book, “Double or Nothing,” came out in December 2016.

Guild Meeting, Friday, 1/13/17, 7PM: Ignite Craft Boston
Location: MIT, 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, 11/11/16, 7PM: Phil Lindsay of RH Lindsay Co.
Note New Location: MIT Building 35, Room 225, Vassar Street and Mass Ave, 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!

Field Trip, Saturday, 11/12/16, 10AM: RH Lindsay Warehouse and Showroom
Location: RH Lindsay Warehouse and Showroom at Draper Knitting, 28 Draper Lane, Canton
Carpools are available: for a pickup at the Green Street stop on the Orange Line at 9:20, send a message to awfief -at- gmail -dot- com. Or check the Common Cod discussion group on Ravelry for other carpool offers.

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 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.

Map of Meeting Locations

Map of Stata and Tang Centers, Tang Parking