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Date change — Meeting is April 15

Our program for April 15 meeting is Woven Shibori. Meeting and program starts at 9:30 am

Shibori comprises a variety of techniques — stitching, tying, twisting, knotting — to bunch up cloth and create a resist before dyeing. With woven shibori, threads to be gathered before dyeing are woven right in, making the process very simple. In this program, Melissa Petersen will present some of the techniques and share some of her experimental samples. You can do this technique on any loom — even a rigid heddle! She’ll also discuss fiber and dye choices and the basic steps for natural and synthetic dye techniques. For those who want to try it, we’ll dye the cloth you weave at the June picnic. You’ll be able to weave your own dishtowel, scarf, or yardage and we’ll dye it together. The group participating in the dyeing will choose which type of dye we plan to use — fiber reactive (for cellulose), acid (for protein), or indigo (can do cellulose and protein!). Note: The date for this meeting has been changed to April 15 to replace our regular, fourth Saturday meeting.


Apron Strings seminar - Friday evening, March 24

with weaver Elisabeth Hill

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM
MGHW Studios

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.
Non-members $5.

Please RSVP by registering for the seminar. Payment can be made at the event.


Pricing Your Work - February 25

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.


Deflected Doubleweave Workshop with Elisabeth Hill

Defected Doubleweave sample

Defected Doubleweave sample

The Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers presents

Deflected Double Weave with Elisabeth Hill
March 25 & 26, 2017, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
MGHW Studio
Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, Cell Weave - it has as many names as it does possibilities according to Doramay Keasbey. In this workshop, we explore the dramatic possibilities of deflected double weave. Students will be provided with an individual warp and draft for their 8 shaft looms with full instructions for warping.
The students will begin class weaving their warps as-drawn-in in order get a feel for the structure. I will then give a lecture/ powerpoint presentation that gives a detailed explanation of the structure with slides, drafts and many examples. Next we will experiment with the myriad variations possible on a single threading by changing our tie-up, treadling and weft colors to create a mini sampler. Finally we will choose a tie-up/treadling/colorway from our sampler to weave a scarf.
Ability Level:  Participants must be able to warp a loom, change tie-up, and follow a draft.
8-shaft loom, warped and ready to weave at the beginning of class.
2 shuttles, 4 bobbins
tapestry needle,
measuring tape. ­
Registration deadline: February 25, 2017 (meeting day)
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.

Mail-in form - online registration

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.