The Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers
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Have you ever wanted to try weaving but didn't know where to start? Start here!
Looms are set up before class, and you weave your own scarf! No experience necessary. $60 includes all materials and use of the equipment - you bring lunch and your enthusiasm!
Register early, these classes fill! Details and registration form. Gift certificates available.
Beginning Weaving Workshop I
Learn the basics of 4-shaft loom weaving. Start with an empty loom. Learn to read a draft, prepare a warp, dress the loom and weave a sampler with at least four different patterns. Explore additional patterns as time permits and discuss project planning. No experience necessary. $110.00 Includes use of equipment, all fiber and materials. You bring your lunch. Discount for MGHW members or students that join the guild.
December 7-8, 2013. Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm. Details and registration form.
Simple Natural Dyeing with Local Color - with
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 ans Silent Auction
Potluck luncheon and auction of yarns, tools, books, textiles ,etc. donated by fellow weavers.
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
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
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
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.
Weaving in the Round
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!
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
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
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
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.
New Library Acquisitions
April 2013: Color and Texture in Weaving: 150 Contemporary Designs by Margo Selby