Rosalie Neilson – Memorial Lecture 2014

The Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild presents their 2014 Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Lecture will be presented by Rosalie Neilson, well known weaver and teacher of the warp-faced textile known as Rep Weave. She is in Vancouver to give a workshop for the Guild.

Rep is a plain weave technique where the warp almost completely covers the weft. The warp consists of two colourways, one designated as pattern and the other as background. Designs are created by the exchange of the two different colourways. As such, rep is a reversible fabric where pattern occurs on the surface, background is on the underside and vice versa. It is a technique suitable for wall hangings, rugs, table runners, and place-mats. With finer threads, the technique can be use for clothing fabric as well.

In this lecture, you will see one weaver’s approach to warp-faced rep, showing how to warp a sectional beam, thread, tie-on a wide warp to the front beam, and how to weave the structure ofrep. You will also learn about block theory, and see how one weaver’s designs have evolved over the past thirty years of experimenting with this versatile technique using 4- to16-shaft looms.

This year we will have a microphone so everyone can hear.  This is a free talk and is open to the public. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Time: Mark your calendar for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Location: Kanata Co-operative Community Building, 7155 Blake Street, Vancouver, B.C.   Park either in the small parking lot adjacent to the building or on the street.

Driving Directions: From  the east and north:  Go south on Boundary Road.  Continue south on Boundary, crossing 49th Avenue and turn right at Arbor Street – the first traffic  light south of 49th Avenue.  Turn right at the “T” junction onto Matheson Avenue  and continue right, around a left-moving loop until the road straightens out.  On your right you will see a small parking lot beside the Community Building.

From the west and south  Travel east along 49th Avenue  to the corner of Tyne Street.  The Salvation Army has a building on the northeast corner of this intersection you can use as a marker.  Turn right don Tyne and continue past 54th Avenue.  At this point Tyne becomes Champlain Crescent.  Turn left at the second street on your left after 54th Avenue.  This is Blake Street.  The Community Building will be on your left about halfway up Blake with the parking lot adjacent to it. 

Media Inquiries:  Toby Smith, Greater Vancouver Weavers & Spinners Guild,, 605-924-1712.


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