Wow! It’s been way too long since I shared a ‘Favorite Thing’. It’s been a busy year so far; however, I felt I had to carve out a bit of time to share a new one. When I started sharing my favorite things, I committed to 50 . . . So, here’s #46 . . . the Shuttle Craft Guild BULLETIN.
We’re very fortunate to have access to weaving resources published in color. The visual impact is inspiring . . . almost intoxicating. Unfortunately, the appeal of weaving publications in color makes earlier black-and-white publications initially appear flat. But, if a weaver is really serious about learning to weave, these publications are chock full of wonderful patterns, lessons, and more! Plus, they provide us a glimpse into the history and legacy of those that came before us. The Shuttle Craft Guild BULLETIN is a cornerstone in the recent history of handweaving. (Recent means in the past 100 years)
First, a little history about the publication. Mary Meigs Atwater founded the Shuttle Craft Guild in 1922 (which makes me think we need a centennial celebration in 2022!). The purpose of the Shuttle Craft Guild was to create an instructional resource for handweavers. In 1924, the monthly BULLETIN was started. An annual subscription was $5.00/year. This predates Mary Meigs Atwater’s iconic weaving book, The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Handweavers.
When Mary Meigs Atwater retired in 1946, Harriet Tidball took over the Shuttle Craft Guild. In 1952 the BULLETIN was augmented . . . the price increased to $7.50/year. In addition to the BULLETIN, the first Shuttle Craft Guild workshop was held in 1948. Harriett Tidball organized it. Mary Meigs Atwater taught it.
In 1957, the BULLETIN was taken over by Mary Black and Joyce Chown. Mary Black is the author of Key to Weaving (1945). (A little weaving trivia – Black’s Key to Weaving was not published for two years after being submitted to Bruce Publishing Company because of a lack of paper due to the war). Mary Black went on to publish New Key to Weaving in 1957, another iconic weaving books (and one of my all-time favorites)
In 1960, Harriett Tidball returned to the Shuttle Craft Guild BULLETIN. Shortly thereafter, in 1961, Harriett Tidball published The Weaver’s Book.
In addition to the BULLETIN, the Shuttle Craft Guild began to publish monographs. The monographs were each 24-48 pages long and provided an in-depth exploration of a single subject. In addition to the monographs was the Portfolio, a supplement to the monographs that included samples. As a result of the monographs, the BULLETIN was reduced to three times a year.
While looking through past issues, I was surprised to see many things that are of interest today.
First, in looking at a picture of a young Peter Collingwood, it’s incredible how much his son Jason looks like him.
Below are a few pages I thought may be of interest and encourage weavers to spend some time with my latest ‘favorite thing’
Birdseye Twill, Summer & Winter, and Bronson lace in the May 1931 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_31.pdf
Warp-faced rug weave and Crackle in the August 1931 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_31.pdf
Four and Eight-shaft twills patterns in the February 1936 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_36.pdf
Integrated Twills in the May 1943 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_43.pdf
Overshot and Shadow weave in the June 1943 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_43.pdf
History of brothers, J and R Bronson, in the April 1950 issue – http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_50.pdf
Eight-shaft Ms and Os in the June-July 1957 issue http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/sc_57_06.pdf
Bateman samples in the October 1958 issue –http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/periodicals/scb_58_10.pdf
What’s ‘old’ can be ‘new’ again! These are just a few of the wonderful things that may be found in the pages of the Shuttle Craft Guild’s BULLETIN. Some of the links take you to multiple issues. Some are for individual issues. It’s a resource definitely worth knowing about!
The following link will take you to the list of available copies. http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/scbulletin.html