News & Upcoming Events
with weaver Elisabeth Hill
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Come and enjoy the parade of aprons. From Grandma's gingham to Gryffindor, from the kitchen to the garden to the studio—aprons abound.
Functional, fun, fabulous and most of all weave-, quilt-, and sew-able.
In this easy, fun class we will cover the history and importance of aprons in our lives using a PowerPoint presentation. We will learn how to use our own handwoven fabric* to sew quick and fabulous aprons, and cover tips, tricks and ideas for making the perfect apron for our unique needs. Finally, participants who have brought their favorite/sentimental aprons with them will discuss what features they love and/or the stories behind them. Bring a notebook & pen & small pair of scissors and a favorite apron if you have one.
* Also suitable for commercial fabrics, or pieced, quilted, or recycled cloth.
Materials fee $1.
Saturday, Febriary 25, 9:30 am - noon
You've finished your beautiful handmade items. You have a
place to sell it. How do you know what price to ask? Virginia Fisher is a successful craft
artist who creates and sells woven copper baskets and jewelry. She will share her
insights on pricing fine craft work to sell without selling yourself short.
February 25 is also the deadline to register for our March workshop on deflected doubleweave with Elisabeth Hill.more
The Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers presents
March 25 & 26, 2017, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
8-shaft loom, warped and ready to weave at the beginning of class.
2 shuttles, 4 bobbins
Limit: 15 Cost: $120 (Non-MGHW members add $20. Includes membership through July 2017)
Materials Fees: $50.00 for a 6-yard warp, coordinating weft, and handouts.
Deposit: $50 due at time of registration. Balance due at workshop.
About Elisabeth Hill:
I am a hand-weaver, teacher and mother of three children, two dogs, and three ( . . . there may be a few more) looms. I have been weaving since 1995, and I have received my Master Weaver certification from Hill Institute in Florence, MA. I am a technical editor for and frequent contributor to Handwoven Magazine.
I believe that cloth and its creation are somehow embedded in our DNA. Making cloth seems fundamental to me; I am saddened by the distance we have created between the fabric that means so much to us (wedding dresses, christening gowns, tallitot, baby blankets and grandma’s quilt) and the making of that fabric. I find pleasure, challenge and a fundamental gratification in the colors, patterns and structures of the pieces I make. I want to create items that will be in daily use, but that demonstrate that utility is not “mere utility” but is intimately entwined with our aesthetic needs.more
Saturday, January 28, 2017. 9:30 am
Returning to The Path of the Weaver...
MGHW will mark our 70th anniversary with an art exhibit at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) in November or December 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for weavers to showcase their new artwork. We have a number of pieces from the guild’s history to include in the show.
Much of the details (including exact dates) are still to be worked out. We will have an artists’ reception at GPAC with hors d’oeuvres, possibly with music, demonstrations, or hands-on art experiences for the public. The exhibition will be geared to artwork (think sculpture or hanging on walls), and we may have additional items available for sale during the reception. All members are encouraged to participate as contributing artist or in a supporting role.
The guild meeting on January 28 will be a discussion of presenting weaving as art and preparing for a gallery show, plus brainstorming for our upcoming exhibition.
*From 1979 to 1990, the Guild held five major juried exhibits, called "The Path of the Weaver," featuring works by regional fiber artists. These were first held at the Brooks Museum and later at the Memphis College of Art.more