Monthly Guild Programs 2023 - 2024
Our first meeting of the 2023-2024 guild year will be our biennial fundraiser. Please plan on attending in-person for our
Monday, September 25th 10-12:30*
at the Eugene Textile Center
On sale will be donated yarns, books, textiles, equipment, clothing, and services. And there will be doorprizes and treats. We have already received 6 bins of Guatemalan textiles and 4 boxes of yarn, and can’t wait to see what comes in during the week before the sale.
Guild members may bring in donations of yarn (things from your stash you don’t want any more), books (anything fiber-related), and small weaving or spinning equipment. In addition, as a new twist this year, we are asking for donations of ethnic-inspired clothing or accessories. (maybe something you bought on vacation or at a street-faire that doesn’t fit any more, or no longer sparks that joy?) We will also accept donations of services like hemming, baking, or lessons.
*our business meeting will be held from 10 to 11 and the sale begins at 11
*door-prizes will be awarded randomly starting at 10
*you are welcome to bring friends who are non-guild members
*we are not a 501(C)3 non-profit and donations are not tax-deductable
*If items do not sell, we will donate what’s left to ETC, MECCA, or SVDP. If you would prefer to have your unsold items returned to you, we can accommodate this if each item is clearly marked with this information.
Getting Ready for our Fiber Arts Celebration and Sale
October 23, 2023 (In-person and Zoom meeting)
The Sales Committee will entertain and inform us while emphasizing three main thoughts: The Celebration and Sale is so much more than just a sale, there are a multitude of ways for you to become involved, and a clear path ahead for next steps.
Weaving TnT: Dynamite Tips 'n Techniques for Every Weaver
November 13, 2023 (In-person and Zoom meeting)
Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable? This gizmo and gadget centric presentation looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.
An Exploration of Double Huck
January 22, 2024 (In-person and Zoom meeting)
One of the happy surprises of this structure is just how appealing a double huck fabric is. From elegant scarves with beautiful drape, to towels and blankets with an irresistible ‘bounce’, it is lovely to wear and to handle. In this presentation, Cally will introduce double huck and take you on a tour through her experimentation with this flexible and attractive structure.
Weaving Basics Study Group Presents: Gamps Galore!
February 26, 2024
The Weaving Basics group will showcase gamps woven as group projects and individual explorations. Napkins woven for their napkin exchange using the Missouri Check block draft will demonstrate the many ways to take one draft, along with fiber and color guidelines, and end up with a multitude of beautiful and varied woven pieces.
I don't know what this is!: Definitions and examples of weaving terms and structure
March 25, 2024
An Uphill Tromp
Dee Brown Scholarship Research Presentation
April 22, 2024
Krista’s presentation will chronicle a headbanging adventure into the jungle of 2 treadles and 24 shafts. The trials and tribulations of sectional warping, threading 1000 ends, compu-dobbies, and the pursuit of beautiful cloth will be shared.
The Flowing Line
May 20, 2024
Many traditional weaving patterns use a repeated motif, stripes, or geometric designs, but sometimes we want to create a sense of movement in a loom-controlled design. Which structures can be used to weave smoothly flowing lines? Design ideas, problems and solutions, and placement of curves on the project will be discussed.
Monthly Guild Programs 2022 - 2023
Scandinavian Weaves Study Group
September 24, 2022 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
The Scandinavian Weaves Study Group (SCAN) is presenting the Guild’s September program on, naturally, Scandinavian Weaves. The program focuses on weaves that are well known in Scandinavia, but not always in the U.S. These include monk’s belt, halvdrall, Finnweave, Swedish art weaves, rye (aka rya), etc.
12th Century Scandinavian Cape
October 24, 2022 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
Kirsi Manni described the intricate process of reconstructing a 12th century cape found in a churchyard in her town of Leksand, Sweden. The presentation demonstrated the entire process including analysis of fibers and creating swatches to reconstructing new patterns for decorative ribbon. In one hour, we saw how over a period of two years she went from viewing decomposed bits of centuries old fabric in a museum to developing an ermine-lined cape fit for royalty.
Designing Woven Fabrics - Janet Phillips
November 21, 2022 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
Janet Phillips will talk about her approach to designing fabrics, including where she finds ideas and inspiration, choosing color combinations, and how to use the yarn you have to create your own original fabric. Janet's passions are color and texture, and after 40+ years of weaving, is still excited by combining color and weave structure in new ways.
Textile Techniques of India: A Few Favorites
Barbara Setsu Pickett
January 23, 2023 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
Feast on the textile techniques of India. Barbara will present her research gathered on two trips to Northern India in 2016 and 2020. See how Rahul Jain’s reimagined Mughal velvet drawloom operates and the intricacies of the design process. Marvel at the expertise of highly skilled artisans in their on-site workshops maintaining traditions and innovating new styles and methods. Appreciate the tools, materials and processes involved in Benaras silk brocade weaving, double ikat patolas of Patan, Ajrakh blockprinting on both sides of the fabric with natural dyes of Bhuj, bandani micro tie-dye of the Sidr Craft Khatri brothers, the kalamkari handpainting with natural dye pigments, and elaborate Zardozi embroidery using precious stones. Besides the images, peruse her Indian textile collection and bring your items and stories to share.
February 27, 2023 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
Ikat: Notes from the Field
March 27, 2023 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
This guild presentation is a compelling and lavish textile travelogue stopping at the major ikat producing centers around the world. The talk highlights the unique and culturally distinct ikat cloth produced over the ages as well as introducing the signature style of several notable contemporary American ikat artists.
Mary will share many images of her studio and process and speak about her lifetime work in ikat.
Life Lessons that Weaving has Taught Me
April 24, 2023 (In-Person and Zoom Meeting)
You know those funny noises your loom starts to make when you're trying to finish a project at the last minute? Or how the loom seems to break when you're tired? There is something to be learned from that. We can translate these lessons from the loom to our lives in general. Annie Fischer has made her living as a weaver for over 40 years. Her looms have taught her great lessons over the years, but only when she listens to them.