State Program

The Guild meets five times a year the third Saturday of the month, bimonthly from September through May. All meetings are held at The Congregational Church of South Glastonbury, located at the intersection of Main & High Sts. in S Glastonbury, CT.

Weather alerts for state meetings. If the weather looks dicey, check the UCONN-Greater Hartford website for weather alerts. If UConn-Hartford cancels classes, the state meeting will be cancelled.

Maxi Workshops usually are scheduled two to three times a year, generally one or two days before a state Guild meeting.

Mini Workshops are held from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.  For most workshops, the fee is $10.00.  If the guest speaker gives a mini, the fee is $12.00. Members are advised to register ahead by email.  Members and non-members may also register at a meeting.

Open Workshops are held in the meeting room from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at each meeting.  Taught by individual guild members, they are free and open to all members and guests.

*Many of the workshops, particularly the maxis, fill very quickly. It is recommended that you register straightaway.

Guild Meeting Schedule

09:00 - 10:00 am Delicious Snacks available (please bring you own mug), Sharing Exhibit, Library, Weftovers, Vendors (at most meetings), New Member Orientation
10:00 - 11:45 am Workshops (Open and Mini's)
11:45 - 12:30 pm Lunch (brown bag and/or purchase), Library, Weftovers
12:30 - 1:15 pm HGC Business Meeting for all members, Show and Tell
1:15 - 2:30 pm Program Speaker
2:45 - 3:30 pm HGC Board Business Meeting

HGC State Program Schedule 2017-2018

Guest, Open and Mini Programs

Information about 2017-18 programs will be displayed here in early September


HGC State Program Schedule 2016-2017

Maxi Workshops

November 17-18, 2016

Classic and Non‐Traditional Rep Weaves
Lucienne Coifman

In this round‐robin workshop, we'll explore both classic and non‐traditional methods of rep weaving on 2 to 8 shafts. Every loom will be set up, in advance, with a different draft, sett, fiber, and technique. In addition to traditional rep designs, we'll study rep weave structures inspired from block weaves such as twill, shadow weave, Krokbragd, honeycomb, and more. Along with weaving instruction, we will discuss drafting, designing, color choices and their possible application to specific drafts. Participants will have a chance to work at all the looms and will go home with a complete portfolio of many different rep samples. For intermediate students; everyone must be able to read a draft. Students should bring a dressed floor or table loom, extra warp and weft threads, 2 stick shuttles the same width as the sample, a ball winder if possible, and a camera for the samples and pieces on display.  Maximum of 18 students. Materials Fee is $20 for notebook with complete set of drafts, rep weave and drafting basics; workshop fee is $150


Cost: $170 (includes materials fee)

March 16-17, 2016

Tablet Weaving: From Ram's Horn to Two‐sided Delights
John Mullarker

Day One: Ram's Horn is a popular beginner's pattern that has lots of variations within. Learn how to read a draft, setup the cards, and weave this beautiful pattern. With a few changes to turning, learn several of the variations to the Ram's Horn pattern like Ivy and Running Dog. On Day Two we will learn how to design and weave double‐faced patterns. This technique is easy to warp and allows for woven figures and letters. No previous tablet weaving experience required but the ability to concentrate is necessary. Advanced students are also welcome. John will provide the use of a loom, 20 tablets, a shuttle, and documentation; students should bring scissors, four balls or cones of 10/2 or #10 cotton in two highly contrasting colors and two weights of approximately 5 oz. each (such as a pill bottle filled with coins).
Maximum of 16 students. Materials fee of $15; workshop fee of $150

Cost: $165 (includes materials fees)


Guest, Open and Mini Programs

September 17, 2016

Guest Program: The Telling Detail: Special Effects in Tapestry
Lys Weiss & Jeffrey K. Weiss

Museum exhibitions of historical tapestries can overwhelm us with their huge size and display of magnificence, making it hard to focus on specific details. The overall effect is tremendous—but how exactly was it achieved? Using examples of striking details from historical tapestries, captured in digital images, this presentation will help train our eyes on what those long-ago weavers were actually doing, and how they created the remarkable special effects we marvel at today—plants and animals, flowing water, majestic buildings, lively people with expressive faces, costumes of elaborate fabrics, sparkling jewelry, and all the material goods of daily life.

Open Program: The Community Loom Project
Area Four

Area 4 will present their Community Loom project narrated by project members and featuring slides photographed by Jody Brewer. Our community loom is a Clement four-harness loom with a 9-foot weaving width. The loom is being hosted by the Old Lyme Historical Society and housed in their historic building, formerly the Old Lyme Grange hall. We are attempting to create traditional rag coverlets like those woven in Quebec, following their tradition of sharing a large community loom residing in the Grange hall. We will have two Canadian coverlets and hopefully Jody's coverlet (first coverlet in project) to show as examples. We would also appreciate Guild members sharing any rag coverlet pieces they may have, so that we can expand our understanding of these coverlets.

Mini Workshops:

Guest Mini: A Handweaver's Orientation to Tapestry Weaving - Jeffrey K. Weiss & Lys Weiss ($12)
This mini-workshop offers an overview of tapestry weaving for handweavers. Using examples from contemporary tapestries, we will look at the ways tapestry weaving differs from selvage-to-selvage weaving. We'll cover the looms and tools used for tapestry weaving, the weaving and finishing process, and specific techniques, such as shape-building, color-blending, control of surface, use of slits, and hatching. We'll also consider issues of sett and scale, viewing distance, and subject matter. If you're a weaver who has been wanting to try tapestry weaving, this workshop will provide you with a good basic understanding of the tapestry medium.
Maximum of 20 participants.
Two-Color Knitting and Faux Fair Isle - Ginger Balch($10)
Learn the secret behind knitting with two colors. Ginger will also show how to create a fair isle look (multi-color patterning) while only using two balls of yarn. An original pattern will be provided for a faux fair Isle hat ($3). Students are asked to bring in either two high contrast worsted weight yarns, or one solid & one multi, plus 1 pair #8 or 9 16" circular needles. Needles and kits will be available for purchase. Kits $18.50, including pattern.
Maximum of 16 participants.
Hand-Manipulated Weaves on the Rigid Heddle - Leno, Brooks Bouquet, and Pickup – Fran Lo($10)
These lacy weaves can be done on any loom, so this is a transferable skill. Just bring a warped rigid heddle loom, short and long shuttles with weft, and a pick up stick about 2 inches longer than your warp is wide (can be a weaving sword, stick shuttle, ruler, chopstick). It's easier if you use more visible warp, sett for lace; carpet warp (8/4), 5/2 or 3/2 cotton in a 10 dent heddle gives a lacy look, and it's thick enough to see and manipulate. Illustrated hand-out provided.

November 19, 2016

Guest Afternoon Program: Fan Reeds and Ondulé Textiles
Norma Smayda Staley

Norma first became enamored of fan reeds and ondulé textiles during a Convergence talk by Sara von Tresckow. Weavers normally design on the grid, producing straight vertical and horizontal lines. Through the use of the fan reed, graceful curving warps can be obtained. Color, texture, warp/weft density, and weave structure all are affected by the use of this beautiful tool. A slide talk and 'show and tell' will demonstrate her use of three fan reeds of varying configurations. A book documenting her work and published by Schiffer Publishing will be available in June 2017.

Open Morning Program: Images in Contemporary Tapestry
Brenda Osborn

A collection of images of works by current tapestry artists, including works by well-known artists, such as Archie Brennan, Susan Martin Maffei, Sarah Swett, Barbara Heller, Jon Eric Riis, and works by artists you may not yet know. Contemporary tapestry, like all visual art, is as diverse as the artists who create these works, so there is much to see!

Mini Workshops:

A Weaver's Hints and Tips - Norma Smayda ($10)
This class is for new weavers and those who would like a refresher in weaving procedures. I will cover many of the techniques we use at the Saunderstown Weaving School to make designing a project, warping, dressing the loom and weaving all easier and more understandable. I focus on dressing the loom back to front, although front to back will be addressed. Please bring questions you have to add to our discussion. Also bring paper, pencil and eraser.
Maximum of 16 participants.
Weaving and Designing with Lace for Your Rigid Heddle - Jill Staubitz($10)
Are you ready to take that next step from weaving plain weave to designing lace patterns on your rigid heddle? It's easy! Let me help you get started. Bring your warped loom to make your sample -- about 6" in width, length roughly 70". Yarn can be any fiber, but just one color for warp. Bring same color for weft, with additional colors for playing. Pick up stick will be needed too.
Maximum of 12 participants.
Preparing Your Work for Ratings and Exhibits - Fran Curran and Dorrie Hunt (no charge)
Come and learn about the Guild Ratings program. Discuss the planning, weaving and submitting of your hand-woven pieces. You'll have an inside look on how judges analyze the work. This is your opportunity to ask questions, form a support group and find out who can be a mentor in your area. We will also discuss how to enter a juried show, and hints on how to best present your piece to make it a winner! You are welcome to bring hand-woven pieces, finished or not, for critiques.

January 21, 2017

Guest Afternoon Program: The Albers Foundation
Fritz Horstman

Anni Albers was one of the premier weavers of the twentieth century. Her husband Josef Albers was one of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century. As members of the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1920s; teachers at Black Mountain College during the 1930s and 1940s; and at Yale University beginning in 1950, the Alberses left an enormous mark on their respective fields and on art education in general. Albers educator Fritz Horstman will speak on the Albers's lives and art, and on the role of the Albers Foundation in keeping their legacy alive.

Open Morning Program: My Second Trip to Guatemala
Mary Roche

In May of 2016, I had the opportunity to go back to Guatemala. This time I would be traveling with an organization based in South Dakota called Sharing the Dream. While many of the places we visited were the same as my trip in December of 2015, this trip had an entirely different focus. Sharing the Dream not only provides opportunities for groups of weavers to sell their products through Fair Trade, they also have an outreach to the larger community in the work they do with elders and children. On this trip I was given the opportunity to work directly with some of the weavers, and understand at a deeper level the impact of weaving on the wider community. I will share my trip and the changes it has bought to my concepts of weaving.

Mini Workshops:

Josef Albers on Color - Fritz Horstman($12)
Educator Fritz Horstman will guide us through a number of Josef Albers's exercises exploring color perception, illuminating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. We will use Color-aid paper to move quickly through color combinations, making discoveries and proving old assumptions about color to be not as true as we thought. Materials fee of $15 paid to the instructor.
Limit of 15 participants
Color Exploration with Crackle and Boundweave - Anne Gladczuk Graham($10)
When I got to the section on boundweave treadling in Susan Wilson's Crackle Class I was blown away. Four colors in four blocks! Change the order, and a new color set appears! And four shuttles seems a small price to pay for such great color versatility. $3 handout fee; bring note taking material
Limit of 16 participants.
Weaving a Baby Blanket - Donna Batsford($10)
There are lots of possibilities for structures and designs for baby blankets. Have fun planning and weaving that blanket for a special baby. There are also different ways to finish the blanket. We will look at a variety of different blankets from summer and winter to basket weave and even look at name drafts and hemstitched finishes. You will come away with lots of ideas.
Limit of 16 participants

March 18, 2017

Guest Program: The Specialist's Guide to Guild Workshops, or Why I Take Them All
John Mullarkey

See why someone who almost exclusively does tablet weaving bothers to take almost every workshop their guild offers. Inspiration can come from any corner, but there is no richer corner for inspiration than your own guild workshops even if it isn't a topic that seems initially interesting. See how other weaving structures and ideas are applied to tablet weaving his guild offers.

Open Morning Program: Weaving on a Fleece-to-Shawl Team: one weaver's perspective
Jenny Sethman

Have you ever wondered what a real-time weaving competition is like? In this workshop, I will talk about my 4-year experience as the weaver for the Spin City Shawl Team, and why I love it so much. The history of our team, the types of competitions, and how the experience has impacted my weaving, will be addressed. Other topics include: what to consider when forming your own team, and why these competitions are so very important. A variety of shawls (some more successful than others) will be on display.

Mini Workshops:

Ply-Splitting Primer - John Mullarkey($12)
Learn the basics of ply-split braiding. Using a grip-fid and some 4-ply cord, make a key fob while learning the basics of ply-split braiding. Cord making will be demonstrated, while you split some plies to create a super strong braid and create a key fob. No experience required; students should bring scissors; other tools will be provided for use during class. Materials fee of $8 payable to the instructor;
Limit of 20 participants
Strip-Woven Textiles from around the World and our Own Backyard - Doug Johnson($10)
Strip- and panel-woven textiles from around the world and our own backyard Studying and emulating traditional textiles that are assembled from strips or relatively narrow panels has a lot to offer us modern weavers. Trying out the strategies these kinds of cloth exemplify will bring inspiration and a fresh perspective on some solutions to perennial problems we face when making larger pieces, whether for garments, home decoration or display. We will examine textiles from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as from our own backyards. Along the way we'll and talk about looms, structures and assembly techniques. Hand-out fee of $3.
Limit of 16 participants
Sharing Time- and Warp-Saving Techniques - Stephanie Morton($10)
Thanks to her production-weaving experience, Stephanie Morton has learned some helpful time and warp-saving techniques to share in this round-table discussion. "Dummy" warps and tying onto existing warps are two examples. Stephanie will bring a couple of table looms to demonstrate and participants are encouraged to bring their ideas to share with each other
Limit of 20 participants

May 20, 2017

Guest Program: 'Without cloth we cannot marry'- The Making and Meaning of Textiles in Eastern Indonesia - Ruth Barnes
Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery

The talk explores the cultural aspects of textiles in some eastern Indonesian societies. Special attention is given to the relationship between technique and social meaning, especially when it comes to making the complex ikat (resist-dyed) textiles that are an essential part of ritual exchanges at wedding and funerals.

Ruth Barnes is the Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. She received her doctorate from Oxford University and was previously textile curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She moved to the Yale University Art Gallery in 2010 to become the inaugural curator in the Gallery's newest department, devoted to the arts of maritime Southeast Asia. She has spent many years of research in Indonesia. Her publications include The Ikat Textiles of Lamalera. An Eastern Indonesian Weaving Tradition and Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. One of her most recent books, Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles, co-edited with Mary Kahlenberg, received the Textile Society of America's R. L. Shep Award in 2010.

Open Morning Program: Let's Talk about Rag Rugs!
Luis Cordeiro

Thinking about making a rag rug but don't know where to start? That's what this workshop is for: from materials to finished product, this workshop will be an overview of the whole process.

Mini Workshops:

Pushing the Envelope with Pinwheels on the Rigid Heddle Loom - Ginger Balch($10)
This is a hands on workshop, and for time sake students are asked to warp their rigid heddle looms prior to class, although warping will be discussed. Directions for warping will be found on the Weaving page of Ginger's website.prior to class. Class time will be spent weaving the pin wheel pattern step by step. Please bring 2 pick up sticks, and 2 shuttles, along with the two high contrast worsted weight yarns appropriate for a 7.5 or 8 dent reed. Questions, please call Ginger, 860-482-3979.
Limit of 12 participants
Sewing with Handwovens - Margie Wheeler
Marjorie will discuss designing handwovens for sewing, looking to "already handwovens" for hints as to what they "want" to be, and basic techniques for sewing. She will bring some examples of her work and lots of pictures of projects in process. There will be a discussion of tailoring techniques for those who want to go beyond basics. Hopefully all will leave with lots of ideas to turn their handwovens into something to wear for NEWS, or even to enter. Marjorie Wheeler graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Home Economics Education, with a concentration in Clothing, Textiles, and Related Arts. She has been sewing for 60 years, although admits to preferring weaving the last 35 or so!

Maximum attendees: 20
Materials fee: Handouts will be provided for minimal fee (tbd)
Tapestry and Weft-faced Designs on a Small Loom - Christine Wilkinson
Materials required: If you bring your own loom, please have it pre-warped at 6-8 epi with cotton rug warp, cotton seine or another yarn of similar weight.  Warp length can be the length of the loom, or 18-24” on a rigid heddle loom.
Limit of 16 participants