Programs

20212022 Programs

Some meetings and workshops will be conducted virtually 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 US Central Time.

If feasible, Hybrid meetings will combine in-person and virtual elements. For example, speakers will present via Zoom and those who choose to participate in-person will view the speaker’s presentation on a projection screen and present their own show & tell items live, which will be shared with the virtual audience. We are still working out the technical details of such meetings, which will also depend on COVID pandemic status and related facility restrictions.

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


ZOOM Meeting Tuesday, September 14th
Tali Weinberg: Weaver and Climate Activist 

Tali Weinberg is an Urbana-Champaign Artist who utilizes weaving, sculpture and thread drawing to generate her work by observing and documenting data from “climate sources.” Incorporating these continually chang-ing climate factors, Tali weaves her fabrics with natural dyes on floor looms and jacquard looms. 

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


Hybrid Meeting — Tuesday, October 12th
Rebecca Burgess, FIBERSHED 

Weaver and natural dyer, Rebecca Burgess, created Fibershed as a non-profit organization. Fibershed develops textile-based communities which will generate naturally beneficial, permanent and lasting economic systems. Rebecca will share her story of her journey to create a wardrobe from the 150 mile radius surrounding her to understand the resources in her own backyard. 

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

Members, if you have not already indicated your intention to attend in person, we ask that you attend via Zoom.


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, November 9th
Elizabeth Williamson, Handweavers Guild of America (HGA)

Elizabeth will tell us about the goals and journey of HGA as it exists today, and will share with us the numerous recent updates for Convergence and HGA’s new online programs. 

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


Hybrid Meeting — Tuesday, December 14th
December Year-End Gathering, Guild Challenge: Longing to be Let Loose

Some of our talented weavers will host a group of activities that will entertain and delight our members, to coincide with our holiday season. The Guild challenge creations (interpreting a photo from a favorite destination) will be displayed, showing all our creative approaches to this topic. Those attending in person may bring a lunch or snack for themselves.

Members, if you have not already indicated your intention to attend in person, we ask that you attend via Zoom.

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


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, January 11th
Margaret Stump: Everything You Have Ever Wanted To Know About Pin Weaving 

Pin weaving was a popular craft from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. With thanks to the Schacht Spindle Company, the creator of the 4” Zoom Loom, pin loom weaving has gained a resurgence and a significant following in the weaving community, permitting weaving on the go while reducing that stash. Margaret will share insights into the many creative possibilities of weaving on pin looms. 

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

Mini-Workshop on ZOOM  — Tuesday, January 11th, 1-4PM  
Margaret Stump: Pin Loom Weaving/Building Skills 

Margaret Stump will share the skills used in pin loom weaving, demonstrating overshot patterns, and the joins used to construct a multi-square finished piece. Not just for kids, pin loom weaving is a true art form. Learn how to create a fun and fabulous finished project. 

Skill level: All 
Participant Cost: $15 
Materials List: Supplied by participants – Pin Loom (Zoom or Butterfly), tapestry & 6” weaving needles, scissors, fork (as beater), crochet hook (1.75-2.5mm) 8 yds dark or light worsted weight yarn. 

To register for this workshop, please complete and submit our Workshop Registration Form. Someone will be in touch with your about where to send your payment.


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, February 8th
Karen Searle: Guatemalan Textiles 

Karen Searle is an author, artisan and instructor of fiber and mixed media. She has traveled to South America over four decades, learning, exploring and writing about the many Guatemalan techniques. She will share with us the many samples she has collected and discuss the rich heritage of the Guatemalan people. 

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


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, March 8th
Justin Squizzero: Webinar Interview with Textile TV. NYC 

Justin, a talented weaver, lives on Burroughs-Hebb-McClintoch farm in Newbury, Vermont, and weaves traditional textiles on 200-year old jacquard looms built in this country. This interview with Textile TV will give insight on his work and examine the value and presence of age-old looms in a technological world. 

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


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, April 12th
Mary Zicafoose  Weaver & Mystic: Women and Textiles

Living on a historical piece of land once owned by the Pawnee Indians in Omaha, Nebraska, Mary weaves rich tapestries using centuries’ old techniques like ikat, full of symbols handed down by the Peruvians. Mary says: “Through the ages it is women who have spun and dyed, woven and sewn the garments of paupers and kings. Women have also quietly carried the torch of vision and leadership as prophetess, oracles, teachers and seers.” Mary will examine the cultural role of the female in articulating age-old messages and planetary themes through the use of intuition, spiritual guidance and the manipulation of fiber.

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

ZOOM Workshop — Wednesdays: April 13th, 10 am-12 pm CST & 1-3 pm CST;
April 27th, 10 am-12pm CST; May 4th, 10 am-12 pm CST; Class Show & Tell, Date & Time TBD

Mary Zicafoose: The Shifted Warp Ikat Scarf

World renowned and master ikat weaver, Mary Zicafoose will explain and demonstrate the fascinating process of ikat in four 2-hour sessions:

  • Session 1 (Wednesday, April 13th, 10 am-12 pm CST): the history and cultural connections of ikat
  • Session 2 (Wednesday, April 13th, 1-3 pm CST): planning, preparing and wrapping the ikat warp
  • Session 3 (Wednesday, April 27th, 10 am-12 pm CST): ikat dyeing, both natural and synthetic
  • Session 4 (Wednesday, May 4th, 10 am-12 pm CST): dressing and warping the loom with dyed ikat threads, shifting the warp for optimum impact. Four different ikat warp techniques will also be discussed.  

Create an amazing piece of art in the process! A fantastic introduction to ikat weaving, this workshop is not to be missed.

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced. Class size is limited to 15.

Participant Cost:  IPW Guild Members $150; non-IPW Guild Members $165.

We will open registration for non-guild members on March 16 (be aware that non-guild members may request placement on a waiting list immediately). Payment is due in full when registration is complete (check to Barb Barut, treasurer, payable to Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild).  

Register/request placement on waiting list

Registration from the waiting list is first-come, first served; notification of ability to register will be sent after March 16. Payment is due in full no later than seven days after registration/notification, when you will receive information about where to send payment.

Materials List: Sent after registration.

Mary’s Workshop Packet: Mary will supply a workbook, handouts, and ikat wrapping tape to participants for $15. 


ZOOM Meeting — Tuesday, May 10th
Study Group Presentations: Between Me and My Loom! 

Our study groups return with glorious presentations of their finished projects created during the pandemic year. 

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


Meeting, Location TBD — Tuesday, June 14th
Trunk Show & Pot Luck: Gathering 

Depending on what pandemic restrictions are still in force, we will meet and share stories of our classes, lectures and workshops enjoyed during our time apart.