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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.


Weaving for an Exhibition - January 28

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.


Learn to Weave!

MGHW offers two weaving classes - no experience necessary!

Weave a Scarf in a Day!

A Scarf-in-a-Day scarf, fresh from the loom.

Looms will be warped and ready to weave. At the end of the day, you'll have your own handwoven scarf!
WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 10am-4pm
WHERE: MGHW studio (Room 300, upstairs) at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1207 Peabody at Bellevue, midtown Memphis
FEE: $70.00 Includes use of equipment, all fiber and materials.
Bring a bagged lunch. Beverages and snacks are provided.

Questions? Email mghw@mghw.org or call Angela Schneider 758-9037.
Register online or print and mail this registration form.


Beginning Weaving

Beginning Weaving Workshop

Participants will learn the basics of 4-shaft loom weaving. Start with an empty loom. Learn to read a draft, prepare a warp, dress the loom and weave a sampler with at least four different patterns. Explore additional patterns as time permits and discuss project planning.
Looms and other equipment are available for use during class and all materials are provided. You may bring your own loom; please check with instructor to ensure it is suitable for class.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
WHERE: MGHW studio, Room 300, upstairs at St John's Methodist Church 1207 Peabody at Bellevue.
FEE: $130 which includes use of equipment, all fiber and materials. Bring your own lunch

$20 discount for MGHW members or students that join the guild.

Questions? Email mghw@mghw.org or call Jennifer Sargent, 725-0110.
Register online or print and mail this registration form.