Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weaving and Spinning at Skylands Manor

skylands manor 1 My local weaving guild, the Palisades Guild of Spinners and Weavers, will be setting up a weaving/spinning/dye-ing studio at the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens that has a Tudor Revival Mansion on the property called Skylands Manor.  This opulent building was built in the 1920s out of stone that was quarried right on the property.  It is completely out of character with the image of a weaver’s studio, but that’s what we are going to create!

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Here is the room that will become a fiber studio!  Like no studio any of us will ever see in real life!In any event, I will enjoy sitting in the room to weave all day on Thursday!  The open house will take place from Thursday, December 2, through Sunday, December 5, from 10am until 4pm each day.  Then there will be evening wine and cheese events as well.   Someone will be weaving at my loom each day, and others from my guild will be spinning, knitting and doing some bobbin lace! So if you are anywhere nearby, drop by!

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And here is the entrance to our studio.  I’ll have the loom set up at the window near the fireplace to take advantage of natural light during the day. We are setting up tomorrow!





kithcen towels guild demo3 12.2010

This is what I’ll be weaving: kitchen towels in Monk’s Belt, which I hope to use as presents later in the month!


kitkatknit said...

I know Skylands Manor!!!!! My aunt's friends used to be the caretakers there. They lived over the carriage house. My cousin Karen was married and had her reception there in the late 70's!!! (she lives in Ringwood NJ). I haven't been there since the 1971. Cool place. I wonder how much it's changed in 40 years.

OzWeaver said...


How nice to hear your experience at Skylands! I didn't move to this area until the early 90s, at which point the manor was quite run down. Someone has gone to great pains to bring it back to its glory!

I have fantasized about living in that carriage house! ..or even the gate house!