February Meeting

Yarn Rescue 102 (Unraveling sweaters and Reclaiming Yarn)

February 23, 2024, 9:30 - noon

Crosstown Concourse

Join us as Maureen demonstrates how to turn those old unloved sweaters in your closets and drawers into yarn for new projects. (Use the RSVP Link at bottom of post).

In this mini-workshop we'll be taking  unloved sweaters, picking apart seams, and unraveling the yarn for reuse. Please bring the following:
  • a  clean knit sweater, preferably in a smooth, thicker yarn and a light color where the stitches are easier to see.
  • a seam ripper
  • a small pair of scissors
  • (optional) a large stand up shopping bag with smooth edges
  • (optional) a niddy noddy for winding your yarn into hanks
Maureen's Helpful Hints
Here are some things to look for in a sweater:
  • simple construction with fewer seams; cardigans can be risky as they may have cut the knitting before applying a button band
  • one color (not stripes, fair isle or embellished)
  • seams should look like they have rolled edges, not stitched together on the side seams with thread
  • woolen items should be checked for moth holes; if you see one hole, the yarn is most likely nibbled in other spots. Sometimes it helps to turn sweater inside out and hold it up to the light to detect small holes.
This is an old post but one Maureen uses for basic instructions:

We need to get a count of how many handouts for the workshop. If you are planning on participating, please click here on the RSVP form link

Please RSVP no later than end of day Wednesday, Feb 21 to allow for time to make the handout packets.

Maureen will have a few extra sweaters and seam ripper kits available for purchase ($16). Please indicate on the RSVP form if you would like to reserve a kit.

Sweaters ready to yield their yarn for re-use!

Coming in March

Save the date for a trip to the Brooks Museum to view the Christian Siriano: People are People exhibit.


Enjoy the benefits of guild membership for $20 annual dues (Yes, this is a reduction in annual dues so be sure to take advantage of it this year!).

  • Monthly meetings with educational programs or social gatherings, or extended workshops
  • Participate in the guild booth at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair demonstrating craftsmen's tent
  • Library of books, media, and equipment available for check-out
  • Information on looms for sale (local area)
  • Weavers who are always ready to help answer questions or lend a hand!

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings include a short business meeting, educational program, and viewing of members' work.

Meetings are typically at Crosstown Concourse (7th floor in the Patio area of the Parcels office) from 9:30 - 12:00 on the 4th Saturday of the month - however dates do change around the holidays (November and December meetings).

For details on dates, please check the schedule (currently in development).

Guild History

The Memphis Guild of Handloom weavers was founded in 1947 but Viola Joyce Quigley and fellow students from the Memphis Academy of Art. Since then, the guild has held art shows, workshops with internationally reknowned instructors, classes for the public, and sales of handwoven goods.

We continue to promote the time-honored craft of handweaving into the 21st century.

Guild Library

The guild keeps an extensive library of over 300 books and videos on a wide variety of weaving topics. Members may check out media from the library.

The guild also owns 10 looms and a colections of smaller equipment and tools.

Library catalog