Study Groups are a great way to learn and share weaving experiences! The Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild has the following active study groups.
Fox Valley Study Group
The Fox Valley Study group meets year round (usually!) every third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at various member homes. Our goal as a study group is to study some aspect of weaving while also providing an experience for people with an interest in weaving or other fiber arts that helps them achieve their goals. Our group is open to all, either as a core member or as someone that simply wants to drop in from time to time and share experiences and difficulties with their projects. We have members at all levels, from beginner to expert, that can offer insights and options. We also have members interested in weaving but who do not necessarily weave.
Each year we pick an area of study that will be the focus of our presentation to the guild. As much as we would like members to be involved in our guild presentation, it is not required. We want our group to be informative but also fun. This group may be the perfect introduction to study groups, both for people who are not sure they want to join one as well as for those who want a bit more structure for furthering their study.
CONTACT: Valda M
Itty Bitty Looms Study Group
The Itty Bitty Looms Study Group meets the second Tuesday of the month starting at 1 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148. Our group focuses on weaving with smaller non-harness looms–inkle, tablet, pin weaving (aka weavettes or Zoom Looms), finger weaving, and rigid heddle looms–along with any other types participants are interested in. We also do braiding, such as Kumihimo, Slentre, Lucet, and Loop Braiding. We welcome any member–beginner, experienced or in between–who is interested in any of these forms of weaving.
This year’s focus will be colorful bags whether big, small, short or tall this group can do it all. Whether it is made from pin, potholder, inkle, tablet or a combination of them there will be a variety. You know you can never have enough bags!
CONTACT: Cari S
“One Thread at a Time” Tapestry Study Group
Formed in 2018, this study group is open to active tapestry weavers and those interested in learning more/trying tapestry weaving on all types of frame and tapestry looms. The group meets in members’ homes.
CONTACT: Billie M
A Strong Beginning Study Group
This is a new study group is in the beginning stages of forming! Meeting time and location are still undetermined, but it will probably be once a month, meeting in the western suburbs. This study group is intended to bring guidance and encouragement to newer weavers, or weavers who have been away from their looms for a while. If you are interested in joining and haven’t yet already done so, please contact me so I can include you in our organizing communications.
CONTACT: Jennifer J
Rigid Heddle Study Group
CONTACT: Lauren O