Programs

2018-2019 Programs

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Contact Kathy S with any questions about these programs.
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September 4 (Note this is the FIRST Tuesday of the month)

“Fiberworks PCW” by Jennifer Chou

Jennifer will show you how to put the magic of Fiberworks to work for designing your weaving drafts. She will discuss simple drawdowns to multi-shaft structures and free design;  she will also cover automatic options, block substitution, color use, weave as drawn in, and printing options.

Hostesses: Kathy S and Virginia R
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October 9

“Nuno Felting” by Cynthia Boudreau

Cynthia will do a presentation on Nuno Felt and other felt processes.  She will show some of her work. Cynthia teaches at Fine Line Creative Arts center in St Charles IL.

Hostesses: Sue Z and Andrea A
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*** PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE CHANGE! ***
November 12 — Please note this meeting has been changed to Monday!!

“Portrait Design in Tapestry” by Ruth Manning

I have an idea for a portrait, what do I do next? How do I create an expressive image that grows from my original thought? In this lecture I share a few approaches I have used to work through this design process. We will look at a variety of portraits I have created using hand-woven tapestry technique and explore the impact such art elements as color, shape, and texture has had on my art.

Hostesses: Valda M and Ellen GB

Workshop: “Weaving Expression in Faces” by Ruth Manning —
3 Days (November 12-14)  WORKSHOP IS FULL; TAKING NAMES FOR WAITING LIST

Enjoy learning to construct a woven face using tapestry technique; once you begin weaving it may remind you of someone you know.  We will focus on a few key elements that play a part in creating expression such as choice of weft, use of the slit, and shape making using “hills and valleys”. The instructor will be providing a wide range of wefts for use in the weaving, but you may want to think about what outfit your person will be wearing. Selections of bits and pieces from your stash are bound to add pizzazz, including handspun for hair and novelty yarns for clothes. All levels can find this workshop rewarding. This workshop is suitable for beginning tapestry weavers.

Participants must bring a loom capable of tension adjustment.

Location: Congregation Etz Chaim Temple, Lombard

Day 1: 1 pm – 4 pm — after the guild meeting
Day 2: 10 am – 4 pm
Day 3: 9 am – 3 pm

Workshop Fee: $155 for guild members, $175 for non-members; includes $25 materials fee.
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December 11

Holiday Party and Guild Challenge

The focus of this guild challenge is Texture.

Hostess: Carol L’s house
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January 8

“What’s next, and Why? Identify Your True Weaving Objectives, and Pick a Project to Get Excited About!” by Natalie Boyett of the Chicago Weaving School

When a warp comes off the loom, and you know it’s time to start another project, do you ever feel:

  • overwhelmed, with so many seductive options you don’t know which to choose?
  • underwhelmed, and totally lacking the inertia or excitement to start something new?
  • useless, because everyone in your family has reached their maximum number of handwoven scarves and dishtowels?
  • intimidated, because you have a vague idea what you want to do, but have NO IDEA if it will work, what it will look like, or even how to go about it?

Natalie Boyett will lead the group through exercises to discover the obvious and not-so-obvious ways that weaving can meet your needs, and discuss strategies for choosing and designing projects that make you feel happy, productive, and SATISFIED.

Hostesses: Kathleen B and Cheryl H
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February 12

Fox Valley Study Group: Color!

Hostesses: Maxine M and Julie G
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March 12

“Echo Weave: A Starting Point” by Beth Duncan

An overview of network drafting and echo weave.

Hostesses: Nancy W and Michele O

March 12 pm – Workshop: “Echo Weave: A Starting Point,  part 1” by Beth Duncan

Part 1 will consist of:

  • Class plan
  • Parallel repeats
  • Network drafting
  • Tie ups
  • Put it all together on the computer (Fiberworks software used)
  • Review of drafts in handout
  • Color choices
  • Weaving tips for towels
  • 4 spool warping demonstration

Weaving will be done at home. Participants must have an 8-shaft loom, 22” wide preferred, but narrower drafts can be provided.  It needs to be ready for a new warp on this date.  You will weave towels.

8/2 unmercerized cotton works best for this project, in clear saturated colors.  Bring what you may have in your stash, buy ahead of time (after talking to the instructor) or purchase from the instructor in class day 1.  You will need 4 different colors in a pure hue, or close to it for the warp. Beth will help with color choices on day 1. You will need a couple other colors for weft. If you don’t have what you need, you can purchase
8/2 unmercerized cotton fiber from Beth for about $11/tube.

Workshop Fee: $60 for guild members, $80 for non-members; includes $18 handout fee.

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April 9

“Narration on Variegation” by Jan Macklin

Jan will talk about the many different types of variegated yarns and the weave structures to use with them.  She will show samples of her work.

Hostesses:Sheri B and Marcie R

April 9 pm – Workshop: “Echo Weave: A Starting Point, part 2” by Beth Duncan

Part 2 will consist of:

  • Show & Tell of woven samples and towels
  • Explanation of more drafting possibilities, using Fiberworks software
  • Questions and Answers

Location: Congregation Etz Chaim Temple, Lombard
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May 4

Itty Bitty Looms Study Group

The Itty Bitties continue their exploration of Tablet Weaving and have branched out into Pin Loom Weaving with some Rigid Heddle weaving thrown in for the fun of it.  They will show the outcome of their own mini challenge.

Hostesses: Phyllis S and Noel C
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June 11

The Free Spirits: “Learning From the Past” 

Hostesses: Karen P and Peg R