Message from the President: Karen Leach
I am excited to embark on our guild year in my new role as your president. The scope of talent and enthusiasm in our members never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to working with all of you.
We have many exciting events in the coming year including the Biennial exhibit in April, NEWS in July, and a Terese Ridgeway Retrospective in November-December at the Windham Textile History Museum. And of course, a major milestone celebration for the guild in 2023- our 75th Anniversary! In addition to our usual lineup of mini classes and maxi workshops we are launching three study groups: Fiberworks, Tablet Weaving, and Color and Weave. See below for details. Oh, and…the website is being updated, so stay tuned to see its new look.
Our guild events are not possible without the wonderful help of our many volunteers. If you aren’t already involved, please consider stepping up to contribute in some capacity. We are offering all our morning Open and our Afternoon Programs this year via Zoom (as well as in person), and we need volunteers to provide audio visual help to Jenny Sethman. No experience required, and training will be provided!
Anne Graham is stepping down from Membership Chair in June (after 13 years!) and this year provides a great opportunity for the next Chair to shadow Anne and learn the role. The 75th Anniversary will be a great celebration, but many hands are needed to make it a special event. Please let me know if you are interested in helping the guild in any of these activities.
Happy Weaving! Karen
HGC is a Member of MAFA!
HGC has joined MAFA (MidAtlantic Fiber Association), which means that each HGC member is now also a MAFA member. MAFA does not have any members-only pages on the website, so there is no login procedure needed.
MAFA has many offerings, including some new virtual classes. Visit the MAFA website, particularly the MAFA 2023 Conference landing page (in-person workshops will be posted in early September), and MAFA Virtual (lessons posted on Lessonface).
Jenny Sethman has agreed to be our HGC rep to MAFA and Nan Jackson is the alternate. Going forward, they will be keeping us updated with MAFA news and information. MAFA is encouraging members who want to be on the mailing list for twice-monthly updates to sign up either at the bottom of every web page, or the direct link is http://eepurl.com/hTauz9.
Programs: Elaine Dimpelfeld:
Hello Fellow HGC Members!
As announced at our May meeting, I have taken on the role of Program Chair for the next two years. Part of the reason I wanted to volunteer was to share the topics I am interested in and find out what your interests are as well.
One of my upcoming responsibilities is to plan for the 2023-2024. This includes two to three maxi workshops and the speakers and mini workshops for our five Guild meetings. I know this seems far in the future, but some speakers are in great demand and plan out far ahead, so it is good to get on their radar.
If you have any requests for topics or speakers, please feel free to suggest them. Maybe you have heard a good talk at Convergence, or read a fun article in a publication, or there is a technique you always wanted to learn about in more depth or just try. I will be gathering the ideas and taking them to our program committee for input.
Thanks in advance for any ideas. Elaine
Membership, Anne Graham:
Membership Chair Opening – Meet and Greet! Know everyone in the Guild!
It has been a great honor and pleasure serving the Guild as Membership Chair. This is my last term. If you are interested in taking over for me, please contact me for details. My term ends in May of ‘23, which provides ample time to shadow me and find out what the position entails. Looking forward to working with you.
Email Anne Gladczuk Graham if interested in the position.
The Weavers' Knot (Cate Lucia):
As I am working on my first issue of The Knot, all I can think is WOW! Kudos to Connie McKeige for pulling it all together year after year. In that light, please excuse (but let me know of) any omissions or errors made by your newbie editor.
As we have many levels of experience in weaving, I thought it might be helpful to add a “Tech Tips” section to the Knot. Please send me the helpful hints you have discovered over your time weaving. I will incorporate over the course of the year.
Reach out and/or send submissions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMEMBER…The Weavers’ Knot submissions due date for the November Issue is October 10
Hospitality: Marilyn Keurajian and Pam Coyne
Although lunch is still bring your own for the September meeting, there will be coffee and tea! Area 4 will be responsible to help with the clean-up. We will decide when we will start our pre-Covid lunches by the November meeting.
Treasurer / Librarian: Claudia Spaulding
Guild Library Goes Online!
It’s Area 4’s turn to send a helper to the library, please arrive by 9am. Please don’t forget to return the books and magazines that you borrowed back in May. If you have books checked out, the new automated system should send you a reminder to return your book(s). The library has many old fiber related magazines and duplicate book titles to sell/give away. Please buy/take what you like and leave a donation in the tin. This money benefits the guild.
New to the Library:
TAPESTRY AS MODERN ART by Archie Brennan
"I have been weaving tapestries for more than half a century. It is as much a part of my everyday as eating, sleeping—or dreaming. It is an utterly ordinary activity for me.” This memoir, compiled with the assistance of guildmember and former Wednesday Group member Brenda Osborn, provides the opportunity to pass his insights and his creative voice to a new generation of weavers.
THE TECHNIQUE OF SPLIT SHED WEAVING by Deborah Silver
Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. This technique gives any weaver with a 4-shaft loom the ability to weave pictorial imagery using continuous wefts without the need for special equipment.
EIGHT SHAFTS: BEYOND THE BEGINNING - PERSONAL APPROACHES TO DESIGN
by Complex Weavers edited by Laurie Autio
More than 70 pieces are featured, ranging from simple and elegant to intriguing multi-faceted complexity. The emphasis is on the design process, though weaving information and drafts are provided for all pieces. Weavers of any level will find something that appeals to them and collect a bouquet of ideas and techniques to extend their weaving in new directions
Weftovers: Pam Mayo & Norma Jean Sternschein
We have a big Weftovers inventory, so be sure to stop by the table at the Guild meeting to see what treasures you can find. And as always, thanks to the Weftovers team and others for all your help on Guild days!
New Sales Table Coordinator: Kendra Davis
Kendra Davis has volunteered to be our Sales Table Coordinator, a position that been empty for quite a while. If you are a small business or organization that would let to set up a table to sell merchandise during our in-person meetings, please contact Kendra and she will make sure that everyone has the space they need. Thanks for Kendra for volunteering and to the local merchants that help to sustain our craft.
Biennial Show 2023 – Handweaving: Ancient Art, Modern Artisans Myra Kleinman
The Biennial will take place April ’23 at the Farmington Valley Art Center. We are continuing to prepare for what is going to be a fabulous event. THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME AS A GUILD to show Connecticut and our surrounding states what we create and how spectacular our craft is. Please consider submitting a piece to be displayed for the show AND volunteering in your Area group to help prepare for it. Inquire within your Area about questions that may arise.
Hopefully we will have the results of the online inquiry about the number of weavers who plan to submit their works of art which will inform our decisions regarding the upcoming event. Thanks so much.
NEWS 2023: Kathleen Kaliscak & Steph Slattery
The New England Weavers Seminar is an organization of New England Weavers’ Guilds organized to promote interest in, and to improve the quality of, handweaving and related arts and skills. NEWS 2021 was a great success. It was held via Zoom with over 300 people registered for the two-day conference. NEWS 2023 will be held in July, 2023 and the board is currently looking for an alternate site. There are a few committee vacancies; Resource Guide, PR, Marketplace Vendors, Tours, Fashion Show and Awards. The next trustees meeting will be held in January. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Kathleen Kaliscak or Steph Slattery.