Programs

20192020 Programs

Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at Congregation Etz Chaim Temple, Lombard from 10 a.m. to noon. Please remember that Temple Etz Chaim is kosher. Out of respect for the Temple, please bring no pork or shellfish for any monthly snacks or personal lunches.


September 10, 2019 (Note pre-guild meeting workshop date)

“Woven Baskets” by Ellen Phillips

Ellen Phillips has been weaving baskets since 1984. Making that first basket sparked a lifelong interest in hand work. It has always been Ellen’s desire to share the knowledge of what she has learned with others and to keep learning more about this ancient art. Ellen brings humor and a “can do” attitude to the classes she teaches. Her lecture will provide us a peek into this world.

Ellen will be teaching two Glove Basket Workshops, each 1.5 days, one before and one following the guild meeting:

  • September 3 (starting at 1 p.m.) and September 4 (all day)
  • September 10 (starting at 1 p.m.) and September 11 (all day)

Fee: $65 (members), $70 (non-members). Materials fee included.


October 15, 2019 (note date is the Third Tuesday)

“Weaving, Sisterhood, Intimacy” by SHENEQUA

SHENEQUA is a Caribbean textile interdisciplinary artist who received her Masters of Design in Fashion, Body, & Garment at School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the mentorship of Nick Cave and Liat Smestad. Born from weaving, her art “takes on a life of its own through sculpture, performance, textile or ‘garment’ pieces and installations” and “celebrates the ideas of sisterhood, womanhood, sacred space, intimacy, identity and beauty.” We are excited to have her as a guest lecturer! Learn more about SHENEQUA.


November 11, 2019 (note date is the Second Monday)

“Trunk Show and Behind My Work” by Mary Sue Fenner

Mary Sue Fenner’s Trunk Show will amaze you! This audience interactive display highlights her enthusiasm for her one-of-a-kind jackets and focuses on her creativity, as everyone will get an up-close look at her beautiful garments. She will tell the story behind each jacket; the fabric, the pattern, the embellishment and more. Make sure you bring your camera! Taking pictures is encouraged.

Mary Sue will be teaching her Make Your Own One-of-a-Kind Jacket Class (2.5 days) following the guild meeting.

November 11–13

Essentially a sewing class (with an emphasis on using hand woven fabrics), students bring pre-prepared fabric (handwoven, commercial and/or a combination thereof) to class. Each student works at their own pace. This is not a class for beginning sewers.

Day one (starting at 1 p.m.): Try on trunk show jackets; choose appropriate pattern for fabric; measure students and alter jacket patterns; cut and start sewing

Days two and three (all day): Assemble garments; learn new and traditional techniques to sew handwoven fabrics; learn proper pressing techniques; finish edges of garment

Fee:  ~$220 (member) and ~$240 (non-member)


December 10, 2019

Holiday (pot luck) Party and Guild Challenge


January 14, 2020

“Dyeing 101” by Dagmar Klos

Dagmar Klos is a dye master, fiber artist, and teacher, as well as the copublisher and coeditor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes. She is the author of “The Dyers Companion” published by Interweave Press and the recipient of the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. An IPW guild favorite, Dagmar’s lecture is informally called “Dyeing 101.”


February 11, 2020

Fox Valley Study Group


March 17, 2020 (note date is the Third Tuesday)

MEETING CANCELED Due to COVID-19, the March 17, 2020 general meeting is canceled in its entirety.


April 14, 2020

MEETING CANCELED Due to COVID-19, the April 14, 2020 general meeting is canceled in its entirety. There will be a conference call board meeting at 9:15 am.


May 11, 2020 (note date is the Second Monday)

MEETING CANCELED Due to COVID-19, the May 11, 2020 general meeting is canceled in its entirety. There will be a conference call board meeting at 9:15 am.


June 9, 2020

MEETING CANCELED Due to COVID-19, the June 9, 2020 general meeting is canceled in its entirety. There will be a conference call board meeting at 9:15 am.