The Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers

April 2014

The February issue of Common Threads, the MGHW newsletter, is now available to guild members. Send items for future issues to mghw@mghw.org.

Members - submit your suggestions and requests for programs and workshops for 2014-2015 in the Program Survey

Upcoming programs

Fiber Travels! Guild share program
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 AM

Join guild members in their fibery adventures! We'll find out about local, regional, and national destinations for weavers, including craft schools and studios, fiber festivals, and conferences. Have shuttle, will travel!

Fiber Feast - Spring Luncheon and mini-workshop
Saturday, May 24, 11:00 AM

Join the guild for the end-of-year potluck luncheon. Enjoy our members’ delicious home cookin', followed by a hands-on workshop by Thea Church

Guild news

Guild Rewards

MGHW is participating in the Woolery's Guild Rewards program. Use this link to shop at the Woolery, and MGHW will get credit for future purchases for our studio.

Recent events

Gathering of the Guilds
Saturday, April 12, Goodlettesville, TN (near Nashville)

Spends the day with fiber artists from west Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and nearby areas. Vendors, swap table, display table and getting to know other artists. Hosted by the Nashville guild. MGHW will host this event in 2015. $25 registration includes lunch. Limited to 80 people. Registration form.

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Angela Schneider and Melissa Petersen
February 22, 9:30 AM (program), 12-4 (workshop)

Rigid Heddle Weaving plus Introductory Workshop with Melissa Petersen and Angela Schneider. Rigid heddle looms are introducing new people to weaving, but they are not just for
beginners! They are portable, convenient, and a platform for creative exploration. Warp and weave a simple scarf in a couple of hours, or modify the loom for complex projects. Join Angela and Melissa for a demonstration of these clever looms and continue the afternoon with a hands-on workshop setting up and starting – maybe even finishing - a project on a rigid heddle loom.

Afternoon workshop: $10 for handouts. Register by 2/18. Loom required; limited looms available to borrow.
Weavers – If you have a rigid heddle loom that you will not be using for the workshop, please consider loaning it to another member for the weekend.

Southwestern Saddle Blanket Workshop with Heather Howard
Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, 2014

4 harness saddle blanket weave structures common to New Mexico and Colorado Rio Grande and Navajo Weavers as well. Explore the many design possibilities within five different twill treadle patterns. The use of thicker rug yarns makes these pieces soft and sturdy for use as floor rugs and wall hangings as well as a comfortable buffer between your saddle and beloved Paint or Pinto Horse! Basic four harness weaving knowledge helpful.

$100.00 Workshop Fee (members). $55 Materials Fee includes warp and weft yarns.
Registration opens January 25, 2014. Deadline March 1. $50 deposit due at time of registration Registration form Update 2/18/14 - this workshop is full!
Class limit 12. Experience Level: Novice to expert weavers.
Warps will be available at the February 22 meeting.

Primitive Hooked Rugs Workshop with Heather Howard
Monday, March 17, 2014

Cut strips of wool fabric pulled through a backer cloth to produce a soft and beautiful loop-pile rug, pillow or wall hanging. Learn basic history of the craft, different techniques for making lines, curves, background fills, and learn how free form rules this art form is! Also use up those bits of yarn thrums from your weaving projects for added texture! Hooked Rugs are commonly found in the Northern States and Canada as wool clothing's final and most creatively beautiful use after being passed down through family members.

$65.00 Workshop Fee. $25 Materials Fee includes kit with backing and wool cloth strips. Equipment is available to borrow or purchase.
Registration opens January 25, 2014. $25 deposit due at time of registration. Registration form Update 2/18/14 - there is still space available in this workshop.
Experience Level: Beginner
Non-members add $20 for guild membership through summer

Navajo Weaving - Roni Engle
January 25 - 9:30 AM

Roni gave a wonderful presentation on Navajo weaving, focusing on the cultural significance of the craft, and the social, environmental, and political factors that influenced pattern design. She explained how and why rug designs evolved over years and contact with other cultures. She shared samples of authentic Navajo rugs and her own weaving, tales of her education in the techniques, and a little about the equipment and process. Thank you Roni.

4th Annual Oxford Fiber Festival
Friday, January 31 - Sunday February 2

Workshops, vendors, art on display and fiber animals! MGHW member Angela Schneider is teaching two classes, and the Inkle Weaving study group will be gathering to weave together on Saturday afternoon. Events take place in the Powerhouse arts center in Oxford, MS. Sponsored by Knit 1 Oxford. Festival classes and event schedule.

Inkle Weaving Study Group - January 25, afternoon

The inkle weaving study group experimented with Passamentarie weaving under Thea's guidance.

Simple Natural Dyeing with Local Color - with Melissa Petersen
November 23 - 9:30 AM

We’ll discuss the basics of simple dyeing on cotton and wool using of the dye plants that grow well in Memphis (including a few foraging locations). We’ll have a demonstration of a cold and hot dye.

Inkle Weaving Study Group - November 23, afternoon

Thea will kick off the study group immediately following the Saturday meeting. Bring your samples, ideas, and questions to the study group.

Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction
December 14 - 11:00 AM

Potluck luncheon and auction of yarns, tools, books, textiles ,etc. donated by fellow weavers.

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Workshop with Jennifer Sargent
November 2 and 3, 2013, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. MGHW Studio

Curious about tapestry? Want to create shapes and images with weaving? Try it out at this two day workshop and get started with a few simple techniques. Tapestry weaving is a straightforward, weft predominate, plain weave structure where you use discontinuous wefts across the warp to create your shapes. The process is relatively slow compared to loom controlled weaving so looms will need to be warped and participants ready to start at the beginning of the first day. Warp and weft yarns will be provided by the instructor.

Tapestry - Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am

Jennifer Sargent described where she studied in New York and West Dean, England, and give a short overview of tapestry weaving starting with Pre-Columbian (1,000 BC) and on through to contemporary examples.

Weaving at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair
Friday - Sunday, October 11-13, 2013

MGHW were once again demonstrating craftsmen at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair. We had handwoven goods for display and sale, a demonstrating weaver, and a table with hands-on weaving for fair visitors. Thank you to everyone that helped with the booth and came by to visit!

Dates & Times of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair – 2013
Thursday, October 10 11:00 A.M. Set Up
Friday, October 11 10:A.M. – 6 P.M.
Saturday, October 12 10:A.M. – 6P.M.
Sunday, October 13 10:A.M. – 5P.M.


Tapestry - Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am

Jennifer Sargent will describe where she studied in New York and West Dean, England, and give a short overview of tapestry weaving starting with Pre-Columbian (1,000 BC) and on through to contemporary examples.


Inkle Weaving in the Round
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2013

5 weavers participated in the round-robin workshop on inkle weaving! We wove a variety of patterns & yarns, and advanced techniques such as pick-up, rep and beads in a two-day workshop.

Fiber Feast! - Saturday, May 25, 11:00 am

Our annual year-end picnic! Yummy food, friends, and a fun hands-on project! Member Ria van der Aa will led a hands-on mini-class in making Swedish paper stars!


Inkles on the loomInkle Weaving
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am

Use these simple portable looms to weave narrow bands. Warped faced woven bands have dozens of applications, including straps, handles, trim, and material for constructing larger items. The options for these simple bands are numerous – color effects, beads, textures, and complex designs. This program will feature a demonstration of inkle weaving and some of the design possibilities for the bands. We’ll also see how to set up a floor or table loom to produce the same bands. The afternoon will continue with a hands-on workshop.

Starting Inkle Weaving Workshop – with Angela Schneider
-Saturday April 27, 12:30-4:30, immediately following the meeting and a short lunch break

Participants will design their own pattern, warp the loom, and begin weaving a band to finish on their own. The process is a little different than loom weaving. This is a beginning level class, so no experience is necessary.
-Cost $10
-Materials fee $5
-Supplies required: Inkle loom, belt shuttle, a few ounces any size perle cotton yarn in 2-4 colors, sewing
gauge or small ruler, scissors, notebook and pencil, colored pencils (optional).
-A few Inkle looms are available to borrow. Contact Angela to reserve one.

Nine weavers participated in the workshop, warping their looms and beginning weaving on bands to finish on their own.


Weaving Traditions with Linda Glickert and Jackie MacNamara
Saturday, March 23, 9:30am

Rio Grande style weaving is a style that began with the Spanish settlers as early as the 1540’s, and was later improved when, in 1638, Governor Luis de Rosas brought the teaching Bazans’ brothers from the Satillo region of Mexico. It is the combination of cultures: Puebloan, Navajo, Spanish, and Mexican that make up the Rio Grande style of weaving. The traditional designs are Rio Grande Traditional, Satillo, Vallero, and Chimayo and are woven on the distinctive two–harness walking loom.

Jackie Macnamara and Linda Glickert shared their experiences with a lecture, slide show and samples.