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 may change, 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
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
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
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.

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.

Meeting — January 12th Tuesday
Visioning for Doing, An Inspiration and Information Fair
This is an excellent, no-pressure event to explore local resources for learning and growth. It will begin with a brief panel presentation by IPW study groups and local artisans, who will introduce themselves and their special concentrations. Attendees will break out to stations for personal Q/A and supplemental information (e.g., upcoming activities, classes and workshops).

Meeting — February 9th Tuesday AM
Finishing Techniques for Weaving
Betty Kirk is recognized for her expertise in felting 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.

Workshop ½ Day Class — February 9th Tuesday PM
Basic Tapestry
Designed for the beginner or as a refresher for the returning tapestry weaver. Betty Kirk will teach us how to set up a simple frame loom and change colors across the width of the loom for pictorial design. Techniques for both two- and three-dimensional effects will be taught.

Participant cost: $20 plus fee for a small tapestry weaving kit, if used.

To register, please complete a Workshop Registration Form.

Meeting — March 15th NOTE MONDAY AM
One Weaver’s Journey
Dianne Totten, award-winning, internationally known, will tell us how she discovered and developed her process for creating the stunning, one-of-a-kind apparel pieces which are her signature work. These are a source of fascination and inspiration for all weavers – be you of a technical bent, aesthetically driven, or somewhere in-between.

Workshop 2.5-Day Class — March 15th–17th Monday PMWednesday
Crimp and Create
with Dianne Totten
Crimp and Create teaches a weaving variation of woven shibori, combining natural and synthetic yarns, to be heat set for permanent crinkle. Yardage made this way opens options for styling and fitting garments with rich color variations. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their fabrics in class, and learn how to create one-size garments that flatter any figure, scarves and shawls that stay in place, and elegant ribbing for necklines and cuffs.

Equipment Required: Each participant will weave only on his/her loom (four or more shafts), to be prepared before class.

Skill level: adventurous beginners and beyond

Participant cost: $165

To register, please complete a Workshop Registration Form.

Meeting — April 13th Tuesday
Felted Flower
Gail Stamps will lead us in lecture and hands on activity. Gail is an accomplished fiber artist who concentrates on knitted and felted art-to-wear, exhibiting her work in boutiques and art shows locally. Gail will show slides of her own very artful, inventive apparel designs, then lead the participants in creating an apparel accent: a felted bloom. Weavers may bring swatches of handwoven wool or roving; some project materials will be available for purchase from Gail.

Materials fee: $10

Meeting — May 11th Tuesday
The Weaving Mill
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.

Meeting — June 8th Tuesday
Larger Visions, Smaller Works
IPW’s Itty Bitty Weaving study group has explored ways to utilize small, simple looms from various cultural traditions. They will tell us about their own recent learning experiences, with examples of techniques and projects they’ve pursued. This always provokes and produces new ideas!