Eugene Weavers' Guild study groups afford opportunities for members to learn and explore shared topics of interest. A study group is organized around a common purpose as stated in it's mission statement along with it's goals and objectives. Study Groups are responsible to the Guild as a whole by reporting their activities through a variety of options which may include a presentation, gallery showing, newsletter reports or documents that include drafts and images.
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Weave Structure Study Group
The Weave Structure Study Group (WSSG) is a learning community devoted to broadening the understanding of weave structures through education, practice, and group sharing. The structures to be studied and the length of time for study are determined by group consensus.
2021-22 Update: WSSG will be looking at weave structures that can be utilized in gamps. Their new meeting time is 10:30 on the second Tuesday. They are currently meeting outdoors in-person, but will switch back to Zoom in the winter.
Contact Cathy Barnes for additional information.
The Fiber Challenge Study Group
The Fiber Challenge Study Group selects a different topic each year to challenge members' creativity.
Spirals and Curves, of which there are many examples in nature, were studied in 2019.
All fiber techniques are welcome including weaving, dyeing, spinning, sewing, knitting and crochet, braiding, book and paper making, etc.
Contact Joan Swift for additional information.
2021-2022 Update: This group is taking an extended pause due to Covid.
The Weaving Basics Study Group
The Weaving Basics Study Group is for weavers who want to improve their weaving skills. This is a non-threatening environment where you can ask questions, get help with particular problems (selvedges, perhaps) and just discuss how you are doing with your projects. (Note- this is not a “how to weave” class, and we encourage all beginners to first take a class from the teachers at the Eugene Textile Center)
This group is currently meeting on Zoom.
Contact Diane Pigg for more information.
The Natural Dye & Ethnic Textile Study Group
The Natural Dye & Ethnic Textile Study Group is dedicated to the use of natural dyes on natural fibers suitable for weaving, with an emphasis on locally available, organic, and sustainable dyestuffs. The exploration includes dyeing on cloth, and practices such as traditional ethnic dye techniques of shibori, ikat, and katazome.
2021-2022 Update: This group has been meeting on Zoom during the winter and outdoors during the summer. They will be sharing their colorful discoveries in the November 2021 Guild Program.
Contact Marilyn Robert for additional information.
Scandinavian Weaves Study Group
The Scandinavian Weaves Study Group studies the weave structures of the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Sami, the indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia and Russia. Members of this group choose their own focus for study and weaving.
2021- 2022 Update: This group is communicating via occasional email and monthly newsletters with photos.
Contact Kathie Lindlan for additional information.
Inkle Weaving Study Group
The Inkle Weaving Study Group is dedicated to sharing the basics of narrow-band inkle weaving, surface design ideas, the use of supplementary heddles, and explorations of color interactions.
2021-2022 Update: This group is currently on pause, but hopes to begin in-person meetings soon.
Contact Leslie Verts for additional information.
Beyond 8-Shafts Study Group
The mission of the Beyond 8-shafts Study Group is to explore and share information relevant to weaving on looms with more than 8 shafts.
Currently own (or have interest in owning) a loom with more than 8 shafts.
Have experience using electronic weaving software. for additional information.
Initially the group will meet on Zoom to discuss individual project designs, problems and successes.
Contact Emily Guilland-Larson
Rigid Heddle Study Group
The Rigid Heddle Study Group emphasizes members using their rigid heddle looms for projects related to their personal interests. Members support and encourage each other by helping to solve problems and by sharing project ideas and resources. The group strives to educate others on how the loom allows weaving to be affordable and easy, yet as complex and demanding as the weaver chooses.
The group meets quarterly on Zoom and through monthly email check-ins.
Contact Debbie Meckley
In addition to the study groups described above, the following additions are planned for 2022.
Spinning for Weaving