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ATB8 January 22 to May 1, 2011 with Lectures on Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 1


May 2011 (and ongoing)

American Tapestry Biennial 8 – Exhibition January 22 - May 1, 2011. ATB8 will display works by 54 artists from 10 countries, at its second venue at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. Special events for this venue are still being arranged. See details under "Lectures and Symposia" below.

• Small Tapestry International 2: Passages Exhibition will be hosted by the following venues:
Weaving Southwest; Taos, NM; April 2-May 2, 2011; Show opening April 2, 2011, 5:00-7:00pm
Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA; June 1-July 2, 2011; Opening June 4, 2011, 3:30-5:30pm 
The Cultural Center at Glen Allen; Glen Allen, VA; September 15-October 30, 2011; Show opening: September 15, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm

Green: the Color and the CauseExhibition April 16-Sept 11, 2011. Michael Rhode's Water will be included in this display at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

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Lectures and Symposia

"Bodies of Work"Lecture – May 1, 2011. Focusing on the human form in tapestry, Micala Sidore examines the history of tapestry weaving from an Andean culture in 500 BCE to the present. For both newcomers to tapestry and those in-the-know, she suggests an approach to viewing tapestries, understanding what makes them successful, and appreciating the weaver’s work during the ATB8 exhibition at American Textile History Museum.

The 16th European Textile Network (ETN) Conference – Conference September 22 - 24, 2011. Held under the motto of "Rewind into the Future," this event celebrates the Network's 20th anniversary and the 30th birthday of Textile Forum magazine, placed in the framework of the 8th Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 11 in Lithuania. The main conference time is from 22nd 24th of  September 2011 in Kaunas, followed by workshops and excursions. – Further information is available from the ETN Secreatriat/Beatrijs Sterk, P.O. Box 5944, D-30059 Hannover, Germany; telephone: +49-511/817007; fax: /813108; e-mail:; website:
The Theme of the conference is chosen because of the 20th birthday of the ETN association and the 30th anniversary of Textile Forum, magazine. The speakers are invited to give their vision on the future, among them a range of well-known textile artists and curators e.g. Reiko Sudo/Japan, Chunghie Lee/South Korea, Lia Cook/USA, Cynthia Schira/USA, Louise Lemieux Bérubé/Canada and many more (see the full programme for the complete list of speakers).
Like at other ETN Conferences, there will be offered a "Networking Day" on the 24th of September with short presentations by participants. The pre- and post-conference programmes have a one-day (21st September) trip to Vilnius (the capital of Lithuania) on offer, further a visit to the Open Air Museum of Rumsiskes (25th Sept.) and a two-days "Amber Tour" to the seaside, visiting Klaipeda and Nida on the Curonian Spit.


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The Journal for Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, Great Britain

"So Warped" by Kathe Todd Hooker and Pat Spark

"So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry" by Kathe Todd-Hooker and Pat Spark Publication – After many years of teaching tapestry and weaving, the authors realize that it is sometimes the warping process that stops a weaver dead in her/his tracks.  Traditional weavers often have horror stories about their warping experiences and while many tapestry weavers do not have a background in traditional weaving, they too often see the process as impossibly difficult.  In this book we are covering as many warping methods and hints as our combined 60 years of experience have taught us.  We have learned these methods through much trial and error.  We are certain there are other ways of doing things, but we have hit upon the methods that work well for us and for our students.
                To help understand warping, we present different types of tapestry looms, various tensioning and shedding mechanisms including several types of heddles, and the following warping methods:  figure eight, circular, bout, four-selvedge, floor loom, and as an added treat, the method of warping the Russian Old Believer backstrap loom for weaving tapestry belts.  There are 110 pages of information for warping your loom so you can weave tapestry.  If you aren’t warped before you read this book, So Warped will really help you get there.
                Pre-publication price is $32.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.  This special price is only offered through Fine Fiber Press and is only available until April 30, 2010.  After that time, the price will be $35.00 plus $5.00 s/h.  Discount quantity prices are available for vendors.  Order from Fine Fiber Press and Studio, 604 1st Avenue East; Albany, Oregon 97321  USA   phone 1-541-917-3251 email:

• "The Toms Collection Tapestries of the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries" - by Giselle Eberhard Cotton, General Editor Publication – Fondation Toms Pauli announces a new publication, a catalogue of the Toms Collection Tapestries, available in April 2010. ISBN 978-3-7212-0730-9 Contact Giselle Eberhard Cotton or Anic Zanzi, + 41 21 329 06 86, toms­

• "Christine Laffer: Tapestry and Transformation" - by Carole Greene Publication – Published by Price $30.95. Available through and other online bookstores.

• "Black and White and Red All Over"- by Micala Sidore Publication – A catalog from this exhibition is available for $5. The cost of mailing, envelope etc is $2, although if you want to order more than one, just add $0.75 per extra catalog. Within Massachusetts, include $0.25 for sales tax. If you are outside the US, email her for info on mailing cost. The catalog is 8x8 inches, and 20 pages, with color photos on every page, text by Katherine Duncan Aimone and an introduction by Patrick McCay, Dean, New Hampshire Institute of Art. (the venue for the exhibition)
Micala Sidore, Hawley Street Tapestry Studio, 19C Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060-3301 USA.

• "NEZHNIE: Weaver & Innovative Artist"- by Linda Rees Publication – chronicles the prolific career of tapestry artist, Muriel Nezhnie Helfman, best know for her tapestry series depicting "Images of the Holocaust." The book traces her ardent journey to become one of the greatest weavers of her generation, providing compelling insight into a woman striving to establish her identity as an artist, mother and wife in pre-feminist America. The 180 page paperback contains 32 color images and 72 B/W images.  It costs $29.95 plus shipping: $3.50 US, 7.50 CA or per coutnry. Checks are payalbe to Linda Rees, 1507 Elkay Drive, Eugene, OR 97404

"Cover Ups and More Revelations - Tapestries by Barbara Heller" Publication – 24 page colour catalogue with two essays and artist's statement - to accompany the exhibit of the same name. This booklet may be ordered from the artist for $15.00 which includes postage and handling: Barbara Heller, 5787 Newton Wynd, Vancouver BC, V6T 1H6, Canada.

"Kids Weaving " - by Sarah Swett Publication –This book has 15 fun projects for kids to make. It includes how to weave on your hands, using cardboard, and how to make a loom using pvc plumbing supplies. Colorful and full of fun ideas. 128 pages, $19.95, hardcover with jacket.

"Navajo Weaving At Arizona State Museum: 19th Century Blankets; 20th Century Rugs; 21st Century Views." Online Publication – The GFR Center for Tapestry Studies is pleased to announce the inauguration of an online version of a public exhibition that was installed from Oct 2004 through May 2005 in the Arizona State Museum's galleries in Tucson. The exhibition now exists only in a virtual form on this website: