Message from the President: Carolyn Coates
Welcome to September, which I like to think of as the the back-to-the-looms season, though I have done a bit of weaving over the course of the summer.
In July, while on a family visit to coastal Oregon, I had the great good fortune to meet Karen Gelbard, weaver, artist, teacher, and producer of beautiful handwoven and quilted garments (https://www.theoregonweaver.com/about ). It was great to see her work and her studio. A lot of our discussion centered on how the pandemic had led her to develop new skills in presenting, teaching, and even selling her work online. In some ways this necessary pivot has expanded the audience for guild presentations. While I hope that we will see each other in person in November I also hope that we can continue to enhance the palette of tools we use to connect and teach and celebrate our craft skills and creativity. Always open to new ideas.
Programs: Karen Leach:
Welcome to a new year of HGC programs! After spending several months talking with many of you, identifying teachers and classes, and arranging schedules, I look forward each year to sharing the Program Guide with its exciting line-up of workshops and presentations. I hope you enjoy reading the class descriptions and choosing classes for which to register.
Although our year is starting with a remote program in September, we hopefully will transition back to in-person meetings as the year proceeds…..stay tuned for updates! Three maxi workshops are scheduled this year, in November, March and April. These workshops offer a great opportunity to learn new weaving techniques from very talented teachers. A Zoom Huck Lace mini workshop by Jill Staubitz will take place in October. This mini workshop is free to members, but does require pre-registration, as listed in the Program Guide.
Our intent is to maintain flexibility this year in our programming schedule as Covid regulations and new safety guidances evolve. If necessary, we will modify the schedule of state meetings to Zoom presentations. Even for the in-person state meetings, with the help of Jenny Sethman we plan to broadcast both the Open and Afternoon Programs via Zoom, to accommodate members who are unable to attend the meeting in-person. As usual, we will send out more information, details and links prior to the meetings via email.
A big thank-you to all the members who have volunteered to teach this year and for their willingness to ‘go with the flow’ as we make changes.
Email Karen Leach with any suggestions or questions.
Membership, Anne Graham:
Renew Your Membership Today!
Our calendar year runs from June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. This year there are two options to renew your membership:
Renew your membership
Request the directory be mailed to you
Donate to the guild
Print and fill out the included membership form and send to me with your payment
Please take a moment to renew today. Your information needs to be in by July 15 to be included in the Directory. There will be a $2 charge if you would like the Directory sent by regular mail. Life and Honorary members no longer have to pay dues, but you must renew to ensure that your contact information is current. And as always, should your contact information change during the year, please send all updates to me.
I appreciate your taking the time to fill out and return the membership form. We welcome your ideas, program suggestions and offers for teaching. Thank you for your renewal, and have a great summer.
The Weavers' Knot (Connie McKeige):
Please submit your weaving news, announcements, photos and ads to place in The Weavers' Knot. The due date for submissions for the November Issue is October 15.
The Bookshelf: Read any good books lately? We would love to hear about your favorite weaving-related books, old or new. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to Connie by October 15th for the next edition of The Knot.
Hospitality: Marilyn Keurajian
Clearly there is no way to Zoom a cup of coffee or tea and a home-baked cookie into your hands as you chat with a weaving friend who is keeping her hands busy knitting a sock. As we sit apart these days, the thought of the simple pleasures of a slide presentation, a new skill displayed in a workshop, a browse through the library, or an arm-full from the weftover table makes me smile. Here's to the coming time of gathering again, with a renewed gratitude for the very special thing the Connecticut Handweavers Guild is for each of us.
Guild Historian: Donna Hopkins
I’m starting to go through the historical materials that Lisa Green gave me. It’s a long and interesting history. I would be pleased to receive articles including photos from the Areas or the Guild that tell about workshops or events. If you want to share your activities with the rest of the Guild please send me your materials electronically at Webadmin@handweaversguildofct.org and label the email "For Guild Historian".
Library: Claudia Spaulding
After many years of taking care of the library, I’ve decided to pass the position along to someone else. Claudia Spaulding will be the new librarian. We know it will be super organized with lots of new ideas. Thank you to everyone that came and used the library. I had a chance to know many of you better by the books you borrowed.
Hartford Artisans Weaving Center:
Virtual Class: How and Why to Turn a Draft - Taking Away the Mystery
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at 2 pm
In this 1 ½ hour Zoom session, Jill Staubitz will lead an interactive discussion on how and why weavers turn drafts. Jill will explain reasons for turning a draft in depth with three step-by-step examples. Zoom meeting info and a PDF booklet will be sent out prior to class.
Register at weavingcenter.org. Save the Date: Annual Open House and Sale! November 13-14 For furthur details please check our website at Hartford Artisans Weaving Center.
Annual Open House and Sale!
Check the Center's Website for further details
The Center has a few looms for sale. Check out our classified ads.
The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center at the Hartford Public Library, Main Branch
August 14 - October 21
The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is thrilled to partner again with the Hartford Public Library for an exhibit of its artisans’ work. The theme this year Perspectives on Color.
Spinning Bees Saturdays
The Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic hosts spinning bees on fourth Saturdays of the month, from 10-1. Check The Windham Textile and History Museum for current information
and to RSVP. Peggy Church welcomes all from accomplished spinners to wannabe spinners. Weaving Education is on hold pending improvements to the studio space
Weaver-to-Weaver Holiday Sale
Our popular holiday sale is on for the November State meeting.
Do you enjoy other crafts? Knit, crochet, quilt etc. and, of course, your weaving. This is a great opportunity to sell your creations. Hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns are also allowed but no commercial yarns , please. Register with Diane Gerity to participate. There is no fee, but you do need to bring your own small display table.
Contact Diane Gerity: to register or for more information.
Cathy Prior passed away July 8, 2021. Cathy was a member since 2016. Her warm smile and manner made her a natural as a Welcoming Guide for the Guild. She will be missed.
Mary Elva Erf
We lost Mary Elva Erf on July 31, 2021. Mary Elva joined the Guild in 1973, and was Guild President 1980-1982. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and served the Guild in many ways. Some of her roles over the years: Area 1 Chair, Biennial, Facilities, Historian, N.E.W.S Rep, Nominating, Public Relations, Publicity, Ratings and Show and Tell.
Mary Elva became an Apprentice Weaver in 1982, and shared her love and knowledge of weaving giving wonderful Maxi, Mini and Open lectures on Shaker rugs, textiles, miniatures and linen. For exceptional service to the Guild, Mary Elva was awarded Honorary Membership in 1991, and became a Lifetime Member in 1998 after 25 years of membership. She, too, will be missed.
The memorial service for Mary Elva will be held Friday Oct 1st at 1:30pm at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury. Currently the plan is to hold it outside where chairs will be setup.