20202021 Programs

With the uncertainty precipitated by Covid-19, please be aware that some meetings and workshops will be conducted using the ZOOM Internet service, rather than in-person at our normal meeting place. Dates and topics may change, and workshop prices and requirements may also change. Unless otherwise noted, meetings start at 10 AM.

Please check this page for updates closer to the actual dates.

ZOOM Meeting — September 8th Tuesday
“Artisan Awakening: Creativity, Spirituality, and the Fiber”
by Helen Butler

Helen Butler is a widely respected art quilter, actress and writer, community builder, and educational designer. Ever had writer’s block? Creative burn out? Helen will explore this common artist’s snag and lead us in activities that reconnect us with our creativity and open the inspirational window.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form to participate.

ZOOM Meeting — October 13th Tuesday
“Weaving to Go”
by Jennifer Johnson

IPWG’s own Jennifer Johnson is an accomplished weaver, perennial knowledge seeker, dynamic teacher, and joyful sharer. She will discuss looms, from the humble machines of ethnic interlacement to the ones we have only heard about. How do they work? How do we choose one? Jennifer introduces the use of a rigid heddle, direct warping, the Beka, and other portable and low-tech weaving tools and techniques.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form to participate.

ZOOM Meeting — November 10th Tuesday
“Antique and Vintage Textiles”
by Joan Sheridan

Joan Sheridan is a textile conservator for the Henry Ford Museum. She designs knitting and weaving patterns, teaches on-site widely, and is the founder of Heritage Spinning and Weaving (school and shop) in Lake Orion, Michigan. Joan will bring us vintage textiles from her extensive personal collection, and will show us how and why they are her favorites. We will experience a look into the past for inspiration and historical enrichment.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form to participate.

Thrum-Ori Weaving Online WorkshopMonday, Nov. 9th from 12-2 pmMonday, Nov. 16th from 12-1 pmMonday, Nov. 23rd from 12-1 pm; plus Q&A hour for students on Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 6pm & Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 6pm.

This exciting workshop will be led by Tammy Deck, fiber artist, teacher, owner of TLD Designs in Westmont and Berwyn, Illinois, and IPWG guild member. Thrum-Ori is a creative, free style weaving method allowing for an improvisational weaving experience. Various hand manipulation techniques will be included such as: Clasped Weft, rya knots, sumac, tapestry inlay. You’ll create a unique piece that allows your inner artist freedom to explore. Possible outcome includes wall hangings, art scarf, waist wrap, sewist may stitch thrum-ori pieces into other useful objects such as purses/tote or project bags, decorative pillows, and more.

Skill level: Beginning through well-seasoned weavers!
Equipment: Rigid heddle or multi shaft loom

Participant cost: $40; warp+thrum materials kits available from instructor

To register, please complete a Workshop Registration FormRegistration required by October 31st.

Don’t have a loom? TLD Designs, Westmont and Berwyn, offers a 5% discount on looms purchased in advance for this class, and offers a buy back/upgrade loom program. Find out more at or  630-963-9573.

Need some pre-workshop instruction?  Attend our Weaving to Go Online Meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, in which IPWG’s Jennifer Johnson will discuss portable looms, how they work, and how to choose one. Jennifer will introduce the use of a rigid heddle and direct warping.

ZOOM Meeting — December 8th Tuesday
December Pot Luck Party, Guild Challenge:
Classic Blue
Festivity, food and fun, and our annual guild weaving challenge presentation, where members will proudly display their creative approaches. Pattern, fiber, project, are the member’s choice. The challenge is the fiber color: the project must have as one of its colors Pantone 2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form to participate.

ZOOM Meeting —  January 12th Tuesday
“Weaving, Design and Collaboration”
by Marianne Fairbanks

Marianne Fairbanks, Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will explore the intersections between the physical processes associated with textiles, sustainable design, community, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Marianne Fairbanks.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form to participate.

ZOOM Meeting — February 9th Tuesday
“Finishing Techniques for Weaving”
by Betty Kirk

Betty Kirk is recognized for her expertise in felting, spinning and weaving, and is a workshop facilitator who is sought locally and nationally. Betty offers best practices, for both on-loom and after the piece is removed from the loom. Her goal is to provide the tools that make a piece polished, durable, usable and finished. Her ideas and guidelines will build the weaver’s repertoire for effective handling of handwoven fabrics. And because finishing may include embellishments, Betty will also share her techniques for fringe, decorative edges, joining methods, and use of beads.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form at least 48 hours in advance to participate.

ZOOM Meeting — March 9th Tuesday
“The Fascinating Life of Mary Meigs Atwater”
by Karen Donde

Regarded as the unofficial dean of American handweaving, Mary Meigs Atwater did not start weaving until she was 40. Inspired by handweaving industries in the South, she saw weaving as a way to help the women of her remote Montana community become more productive, as occupational therapy for injured soldiers returning from World War I, and as a means of supporting her family after her husband’s death. She was an artist, designer, world traveler, adventurer, writer, patriot, political activist, wife, mother and avid fisherman.

Karen Donde, our presenter, has long been a fan of Mary’s courage, adventurous spirit, and contributions to American handweaving. Karen will share her favorite stories and quotes from Mary’s autobiography and books. Karen herself is well known and respected, a talented weaver/artist, a frequent contributor to Handwoven, an esteemed national and regional conference instructor, and a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form at least 48 hours in advance to participate.

Meeting — April 13th Tuesday
“Weaving TnT: Dynamite Tips ‘n Technique for Every Weaver”
by Robyn Spady

Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable?  This gizmo-and-gadget-centric presentation looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.

Robyn Spady is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric. A weaver for more than 50 years, she is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques.  Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.

Non-members, please complete our Visitor Registration Form at least 48 hours in advance to participate.

Meeting — May 11th Tuesday
“The Weaving Mill”
by Emily Winter

Emily Winter, co-founder of Chicago’s The Weaving Mill (TWM) will join us. Emily will share experiences The Weaving Mill, a studio and school she operates in Chicago. TWM’s mission is a unique combination of small industrial weaving mill business (with “small run” productions and artist residencies) combined with community service. Its work with Envisions (yes, the organization we often donate to) allows adults with learning disabilities to create weaving and sewing products. Emily will share about TWM, its projects and the ethos of the business.

ZOOM Meeting — June 8th Tuesday
“Color Fundamentals for Fiber Artists”
By Linda Hartshorn

060821-promoLinda reminds us that color enriches our lives AND is of primary importance to the fiber art we create. Color is not only fundamental but FUN! Linda will guide us through the nuances of color use with inspiring examples in fiber art. Armed with what we learn, we’ll make yarn wraps in a fun, hands on exercise, and we’ll come away with new perspectives, tips and tricks.

Participating in the exercise? Have these materials ready:
Cut several cards for yarn wrapping, approximately 2”x 8”, from a shoebox or other lightweight cardboard. Have handy scissors, tape, and a few colorful pictures from a magazine or your photo stash for inspiration. You will also need yarns, any kind, in a variety of colors. Scraps and thrums will work fine.

ZOOM Workshop — June 8th Tuesday (1/2 day afternoon), June 10th Thursday (all day), June 14th Monday (all day)
“Secrets of Shadow Weave” with Linda Hartshorn

Linda Hartshorn is a commanding figure in the world of parallel weave structures and woven color combinations. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to produce iridescence in shadow weave fabrics, develop color and weave effects, and much more. Linda’s passions are weaving and teaching weaving, saying “In weaving, I have discovered the threads that connect us to other people… I believe weaving is an essential part of being human.”

Workshop Details:

  • All skill levels.
  • Price: $100 for IPWG members; $120 for non-members.
  • Requires 4 or 8 Shaft Loom. Choice of threadings and color suggestions. Materials list and class prep PDF will be sent after registration and payment is provided.
  • Workshop is 2 ½ days, online, June 8, 1/2 day afternoon; June 10, morning and afternoon, June 14, morning and afternoon, with a review on the final afternoon.

Currently open to IPWG Members. Please Register Here by May 1.