Completed Programs 2022 - 2023
November 5, 2022 - STATE MEETING
  • Open: Block Weaves: The Key to Designing Your Own Weaving Drafts, Jill Staublitz

Understanding block weaves is fundamental to designing your own weaving drafts, yet the concept of block weaves and profile drafts remains a mystery to so many weavers. This program is designed to make that connection for you and excite you to design your own weaving. Even if you use existing drafts, understanding block weaves and profile drafts will enable you to weave your favorite block patterns in other block structures

  • Mini #1: Celebrating Wear with Visible Mending, Sophia DeJesus-Sabella

Darning is the sewing technique of repairing cloth by weaving new cloth over holes using needle and thread alone. Holes mended with this technique usually blend into the cloth around them, however with a visible mending approach we celebrate the life of the cloth and call attention to the mend. I learned this technique from Mark Newport at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and have done over 100 mends since. This workshop will focus on the basics of darning with an emphasis on reinforcing and extending the life of the cloth. We will use our weaver’s brains to explore color and pattern within our darns to create intuitive, functional works of art. Bring a favorite garment that needs repair, along with embroidery floss, an embroidery hoop, needles, and scissors. I will have some hoops, needles, and floss for those who don’t have any.

 

Class size: 12.

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  • Mini #2: Be Your Own Notecard Designer, Marsha Lodge

Save yourself a trip to the card store! Your notecards can celebrate any occasion- holidays, birthdays, weddings.  We will machine or handsew, add buttons, lace, ribbons. I’ll bring the cardstock and envelopes; you bring the ideas. Students should bring sewing machines, handsewing needles, thread, scissors, handwoven or cotton scraps, buttons, lace, ribbon, and an extension cord.

 

Materials fee: $3

Class size: 10

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  • Mini #3: Potholders: Basic and Beyond, Shelley Neels

Potholders are colorful, easy to make, and make a great gift either alone, or to accompany your handwoven dishtowel.  Come learn some tips and tricks and make a potholder to take home. This class will cover basic potholder making but will also include how to make a “twill potholder”. This is a simple weaving technique that makes a pattern similar to a twill.  Bring a potholder loom if you have one, some looms will be available to use. Note: No Pro size potholder loops will be available.  Please bring standard size potholder loom; crochet hook (about size J or K – large enough to grab a potholder loop); potholder weaving hook; knitting needles longer than 6 inches.  If there is time, you are welcome to make more potholders. 

 

Materials fee: $3 to cover handouts and cotton loops.

Class size: 8

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  • Afternoon Program: Archie Brennan, Tapestry as Modern Art, Brenda Osborn

This program will cover Archie Brennan’s adventurous life and his charismatic personality while showing images of his work and some of his adventures.  Brenda will also discuss the journey she took with Archie to gather the information that led to her book

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  • Mini # 2: Ratings, Dorrie Hunt and Fran Curran

September 17, 2022 - STATE MEETING
  • Open: My Weaving Journey, Elizabeth Springett

Travel with me as I recount my many years in the textile industry. Starting with college at Southeastern Massachusetts University in the late 80’s to today, a journey that brings me through production weaving for Randall Darwall into buying and development trips to Europe and Asia then back home to my happy place at WovenSeas Weaving Studio in Warren, RI

  • Guest Mini: Traditional Warping with Multiple Ends, Justin Squizzero

 

Winding warps with a single warp end at a time was virtually unknown in Western Europe and America before 1900. In this workshop we’ll look at historical images from the 14th-21st centuries depicting a method of warping using multiple ends that creates a 1x1 lease on one end and a lease for beaming with a raddle at the other.   Students will have the opportunity to try the technique using 19th century equipment, and those who wish to bring their own winding equipment and yarn may wind a small warp to take home.

 

Materials: Participants who wish to wind their own small warps should bring a notebook, a small warping board or mill, two reeds of any size (they don’t need to match), warp ties of their choice, scissors, and four cones of yarn for the warp.

  • Materials fee: $5.

  • Class size: 12

  • Mini #1: Card Weaving, Bev Lewis

 

Come learn this ancient technique for weaving belts and strips.  Card weaving is a backstrap technique that does not require a loom but still uses four sheds. We will explore the possibilities with a four-punch card system which will be pre-warped for you, allowing you to start weaving in the first few minutes.  This is a great technique to introduce young people to the joy of weaving.  For those interested in joining, HGC will host a Card Weaving Study Group this year. This workshop will teach you the techniques needed to get started in the study group for additional sharing and learning.

  • Materials fee: $10 for cards and yarn.

  • Class size: 12.

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Ratings is a program offered by the Guild to help members expand their weaving knowledge and skills. We invite everyone interested in finding out more about Ratings to attend this mini workshop. Ratings follow a sequence of requirements. All weavers start with the Apprentice level and can then move onto Journeyman and finally may decide to challenge themselves with the Master Weaver level. In this mini we will discuss how to get started, explain all the requirements for each level and talk about the support available to help you on your way. Bring your questions.

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  • Afternoon Program: Fancy Weaving in the 21st Century, Justin Squizzero

This presentation kicks off with a brief overview of how I came to handweaving and then details the history of my Jacquard equipment, how the loom works, and the entire process of recreating a coverlet woven in 1830.

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