Welcome to our web site! Please explore the pages of information and enjoy the photographs of members and their beautiful handwovens. We hope you will be inspired to weave, and even consider becoming a member of our guild.
The Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild is an association of weavers and textile artists who teach, encourage and inspire each other, sharing their experience, knowledge and resources. We began as Joliet Weavers Guild in January 1949, and, as we grew and changed locations, we renamed ourselves the Illinois Prairie Weavers in 1994. Our guild is a very active one, with a large library and an assortment of looms and equipment available by loan to members. We meet monthly, September through June, and our meetings are open to anyone with an interest in weaving.
Our guild membership includes highly accomplished weavers who own weaving businesses, teach weaving or have been published or honored by the greater weaving community. We also bring in nationally known speakers for programs and workshops. If you are a beginning or novice weaver, we welcome you to come to learn and be inspired. Our members weave on a variety of loom types, from 32 harnesses to finger weaving and everything in between. So, no matter what your skill level, we invite you to join us at one of our meetings and be welcomed into our weaving community.
Dee is the Founder and Creative Director of Herron, a textile brand and weaving studio in Chicago. Partnering with The Weaving Mill, also local, Dee translates hand woven cloth to an industrial scale while preserving and maintaining a commitment to ethical and environmental sustainability, traditional craft methodologies, and the artistic process. An exciting talk, for sure!
HOSTESSES: Virginia R and Kathleen B
Click here to view the pictures from the program!
Click here to view the latest Show & Tell pictures!
(1) Graue Mill Art Fair, (2) Sheri B -- Fox Valley Study Group, (3) Judy M -- Fox Valley Study Group
(4) Barbara H and Nancy W -- Overshot Study Group, (5) Rita Hagenbruch -- Swedish Weaving Program, (6) Tapestry Sampler -- 7 x 10 Study Group
Click here to view individual guild member's photos as well as photos from previous programs and events.