State Program

The Guild meets five times a year the third Saturday of the month, bimonthly from September through May. All meetings are held at The Congregational Church of South Glastonbury, located at the intersection of Main & High Sts. in S Glastonbury, CT.

Weather alerts for state meetings. If the weather looks dicey, check the UCONN-Greater Hartford website for weather alerts. If UConn-Hartford cancels classes, the state meeting will be cancelled.

Maxi Workshops usually are scheduled two to three times a year, generally one or two days before a state Guild meeting.

Mini Workshops are held from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m.  For most workshops, the fee is $10.00.  If the guest speaker gives a mini, the fee is $12.00. Members are advised to register ahead by email.  Members and non-members may also register at a meeting.

Open Workshops are held in the meeting room from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at each meeting.  Taught by individual guild members, they are free and open to all members and guests.

*Many of the workshops, particularly the maxis, fill very quickly. It is recommended that you register straightaway.

Guild Meeting Schedule

09:00 - 10:00 am Delicious Snacks available (please bring you own mug), Sharing Exhibit, Library, Weftovers, Vendors (at most meetings), New Member Orientation
10:00 - 11:45 am Workshops (Open and Mini's)
11:45 - 12:30 pm Lunch (brown bag and/or purchase), Library, Weftovers
12:30 - 1:15 pm HGC Business Meeting for all members, Show and Tell
1:15 - 2:30 pm Program Speaker
2:45 - 3:30 pm HGC Board Business Meeting

HGC State Program Schedule 2017-2018

Maxi Workshops

March 15-16, 2018

Cutting Loose with Tied Weaves
Robyn Spady

Tied weaves are whole group of different ways to create patterned fabrics with floats of limited lengths. Plus, one threading can provide a multitude of different treadling options – from singles and pairs to Dukagang and taqueté. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of tied weaves and explore a wide variety of treadling techniques to create different results. For weavers interested in understanding terms like summer and winter, single two-tie, taqueté, samitum, and exploring Quigley or Bergman tied weaves, then this workshop is for them! Four- shaft loom minimum; eight shafts recommended. For adventure-seeking beginner through advanced weavers. Maximum of 16 students. Bring your pre-warped loom (instructions will be provided in advance). Please note that this is not a round-robin workshop.
Limited to 16 students. [Workshop is full.] Materials fee of $15; workshop fee of $150

Cost: $165 (includes materials fees)

Guest, Open and Mini Programs

January 20, 2018

Guest Afternoon Program: SAORI Weaving
Mihoko Wakabayashi

SAORI weaving is a contemporary freestyle of weaving which started in Japan fifty years ago. SAORI weaving is about expanding the possibilities for individual creativity, not just simple weaving for beginners or weaving with textured yarn. SAORI weaving uses a two shaft floor loom to encourage hand manipulating patterns and spontaneous design. Mihoko will describe the origins and development of SAORI weaving in Japan and the United States. She will demonstrate winding a warp using SAORI equipment and a few techniques. Participants will gain a depth of understanding of this alternative form of weaving and may be motivated to experiment with these ideas on their looms at home.

Open Morning Program: How I Used my HGC Scholarship Money
moderated by Mary Roche

Mary Roche will lead a panel discussion of HGC Scholarship Recipients who will share their learning experience from their 2017 Scholarships. Some went to individual classes, some attended NEWS or MAFA and some attended the Hill Institute. This will be a great chance to learn more about many of the different opportunities for learning that exist in the weaving community. Mary will also share some information about the HGC Scholarship Program and how you can apply.

Mini Workshops:

Guest Mini: Hands-on SAORI Weaving, Mihoko Wakabayashi ($12)
Mihoko will demonstrate basic SAORI techniques one at a time and participants will practice them by taking turns one of four pre-warped looms. The techniques will be: ripple, interlocking, inlay, creative ply, supplemental warp and others. Participants will be able to take home samples.
Materials cost is $37. Limit of 8 participants
CANCELLED for JANUARY - WILL BE RESCHEDULED - Making Good Use of Small Pieces of Handwoven Material - Marsha Lodge($10)
We will use your fabrics and mine to collage pictures or designs and attach them to the notecards or postcards which can be sent in the mail. Students can complete 3 notecards or postcards to take home. Marsha will supply the base of the postcards and/or cards with envelopes; you come with ideas. Please bring hand sewing supplies - needles, thread, scissors, and small pieces of handwoven fabrics. Bring sewing machines with extension cords if you wish. Materials fee: $5.
Limited to 12 participants.
Demystifying Entrelac - Ginger Balch($10)
Students will learn hands on how to knit an entrelac sample. Students must have basic knitting skills, casting on, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing. With Ginger guidance and following an illustrated, step by step written worksheet, students will understand how to easily knit complex looking entrelac. Please bring 1 ball each of 2 different colored smooth worsted weight yarns, a straight or circular needle size #7 or # 8, scissors, optional size #H or #I crochet hook, pencil/pen. Materials fee: $3 for handout.
Limited to 16 participants
Paper Weaving - Peggy Dembicer($10)
Students will be using small portable looms, supplied by the instructor, to complete a small paper weaving, using novelty papers and yarns. These looms are fast and simple to warp and easy to operate. Please bring a pair of scissors and a large-eyed tapestry needle. Materials fee $5. The instructor will have several portable looms available for purchase at the end of the workshop for $65
Limited to 8 participants

March 17, 2018

Guest Program: Weaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection
Robyn Spady

Dr. William G. Bateman created a collection of woven samples that is ominous and impressive, but largely unseen since Dr. Bateman's work far exceeds the samples included in the six monographs published in the 1980's by the Shuttle Craft Guild. In this presentation, Robyn Spady will share some of Dr. Bateman's most innovative work and how he took weave structures to new heights.

Open Morning Program: Bobbin Lace – Off Loom Weaving
The New England Lacemakers Group (NELG)

Members of NELG will demonstrate the art of weaving bobbin lace. There will be plenty of opportunity for observation, question and answers, and discussion.

Mini Workshops:

Guest Mini: Embellishments - Couture Passementerie through the Eyes of a Fiber Artist - Robyn Spady($12)
From Balenciaga to the House of Worth and Ralph Lauren, passementerie has been a way to elevate a garment from something ordinary to something extraordinary. Passementerie is a French term which encompasses a multitude of techniques used to create embellishments including buttons, cording, trim, garment closures, braiding, tassels, and more. Modern day uses of passementerie may be found in couture fashions, as well as those seen in period films or shows. It also appears on historical garments, military uniforms, and in high-end home interiors. Robyn will share insight into how many couture fashion designers incorporated passementerie into their garments and how they could be easily recreated and adapted into our own wardrobes. Materials to bring: scissors, old-fashioned style clipboard, and leftover yarns or cords. A PDF handout can be sent to participants after the workshop.
Limited to 16 participants
Round Reed Multicolored Basket - Elisa Kessler Caporale($10)
Make a round reed, multicolored basket embellished with wooden beads. Finish with a looped or braided rim. All tools and materials supplied. You can bring roving or heavy handspun for a personal accent if you have some available. Easy for beginners. Materials fee: $3.
Limited to 15 participants
Rug Finishing - Teresa Ridgeway($10)
Talk and demonstration of techniques for finishing rugs. If possible, bring a rug to finish. If not, the instructor will provide squares to work on, potholder size, which students can take home. Materials fee: potholder samples and blunt needle - $5, blunt needle only - $2.
Limited to 16 participants
Connections, Layers, and Pockets - Janney Simpson($10)
Deflected double weave can be combined with traditional double weave to create connections, layers, and pockets. Explore this weave structure to create dramatic and interesting handwoven pieces with a variety of fibers and colorways. Please bring a notebook and a $2 materials fee for the handout.
Limited to 16 participants

May 19, 2018

Guest Program: Sewing with Handwoven Fabric
Manon Pelletier and Judy Schaefer

This presentation will describe the design process, cloth preparation, pattern selection and layout, ending with sewing and finishing techniques for handwoven garment construction. Manon won Best in Show at NEWS 2017, and both Manon and Judy have won other awards as well.

Open Morning Program: Warping by Yourself
Fran Curran

A presentation on dressing the loom by yourself, comparing the advantages of both back to front and front to back methods.

Mini Workshops:

Summer and Winter: A Year-Round Weave - Norma Smayda($10)
Summer and Winter is a tied-unit weave requiring two shafts for the tie-downs and one shaft for each pattern block. These blocks can be woven together, alone, or in any combination, allowing for endless design possibilities. Summer and Winter weave is commonly seen in historic coverlets, including those of Weaver Rose, and it works equally well in contemporary design. We will discuss four, six and eight-shaft patterns and the four classic treadlings, plus many variations. Norma will also discuss Weaver Rose's work. Please bring graph paper, a pencil, and a $1 material fee for the handout.
Limited to 16 participants.
Zero to 60 Paddle Warping – Slot and Hole - Anne Graham
Speed up the process of making a warp by using a slot and hole paddle. Anne will demonstrate this technique while using both a warping board and warping reel with special emphasis on tangle prevention. You can sit back and enjoy the ride or take the paddle for a hands-on experience. Don't get a ticket! Sorry - this technique is not suitable for rigid heddle looms. Materials fee: $1 for handout.
Limited to 16 participants.
Make a Handwoven Mobius - Geraldine Peterson
Take a handwoven fabric 63 to 65 inches long and 18 inches wide and transform it into a wearable Mobius! Please bring woven fabric 63" by 18", or a muslin of the same dimensions. Also, a sewing machine with extension cord, sewing thread (to match the weft color), fabric shears, pins, ruler, and tape measure. Materials fee: $1 for handout.
Limited to 12 participants.

Programs from earlier this year

Maxi Workshops

November 15-16-17, 2017 (3 days)

Laptop and Looms - Conquer Drafting and Create Exciting Designs!
Marg Coe, Tucson, ZA

Why, you may ask, should we bother using a computer for 4 and 8-shaft designs? Isn't it a tool for those who weave on 16 shafts? 32 shafts? Maybe even more? The focus will be not on what a program "does," but what we can do with it —"how" computers enable us to design and weave in a way we could never have envisioned in the past. This workshop presents methods for creating exciting designs: 4 block double weave on 4 shafts, interleaving, polychrome, the many ways to make use of parallel threadings, Jin (turned taqueté), and turned S2T (summer and winter). Please bring your laptop computer, preloaded with Fiberworks (licensed or demo version). Instructions will be provided before the workshop. Limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $213 - $200 plus $13 materials fee for a USB loaded with tutorials

Guest, Open and Mini Programs

September 16, 2017

Guest Program: Dimensional Double-Cloth
Anastasia Azure

This presentation will highlight the sculptural possibilities of the double-cloth technique. Anastasia Azure weaves extensively with the double-cloth technique, transforming metals and plastics into dimensional weave forms and jewelry. Short videos will reveal her tips and tricks to working with fine wire and slippery fishing line on a loom. Weavers will leave inspired to create unusual shapes with unconventional materials.

Open Program: Fabrics of Asia - A Show and Tell
Teresa Ridgeway

Teresa's collection of Asian textiles includes samples from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia and is comprised of ikat and batik fabrics. Teresa will talk about each one, but piles will be open for closer look. She will also discuss how these techniques have influenced her own dyeing and weaving, with a few samples and photos.

Mini Workshops:

Guest Mini: Colorful Paper Weaving - Anastasia Azure ($12)
Playing with colorful, cut paper is a fun way to try out new ideas. Focusing on color exploration and expressive pattern design, we will weave with paper to create dynamic compositions. The woven paper samples can be mounted to greeting cards or framed. Ideas generated can blossom into larger projects. Please bring: scissors, ultra-thin black Sharpie marker, scotch tape, and a colorful inspiration image.
Limited to 12 participants.
Drafting 101 - Fran Curran ($10)
Drafting is the method weavers use to describe a weaving pattern on paper. This mini will examine each of the basic elements of drafting; threading systems, tie-ups, treadling sequences and drawdowns. This will be an excellent primer for anyone interested in the November Maxi with Marg Coe. Please bring a pen, pencil, and graph paper
Limited to 16 participants.
Lessons I've Learned About Weaving with Color – Charlene Schurch ($10)
Typical color advice is aimed at painters, not yarn workers. This workshop will explore how we, as weavers, can use it more successfully, and when to ignore it. Topics of discussion will include:
  • How colors work together- which predominate - which recede.
  • How to select pleasing color.
  • Exercises and ways to look at colors to help you see them better.
  • How understanding contrast can help you improve on a design.
  • Some new rules that may help focus your work.

November 18, 2016

Guest Afternoon Program: How Can We Double Weave? Let Me Count the Ways
Marg Coe

Double weave can be woven on straight, divided parallel, extended parallel, tied threadings, and more. With layer exchange, tubes, double cloth, deflected, 4-color, and 3-D, there's no shortage of variation. But what's best is that designing is not anywhere near as difficult as some believe! Weave design and graphics software give us the tools to create double weave designs that were almost impossible to conceive of using traditional techniques. The presentation covers designing threadings, tie ups and treadlings, or liftplans with a focus on 8-shaft weaving.

Open Morning Program: Rigid Heddle Looms: Their Importance in Today's Weaving
Ginger Balch

The rigid heddle has been often looked down upon and not considered "real weaving". Ginger Balch from In Sheep's Clothing Yarn shop (the one who has been seen starting a scarf at the beginning of a meeting, and finishing it by the end!) will explain why the rigid heddle loom has gained a standing in today's weaving , and why you as a weaver can benefit from having one in your weaving life. Ginger's 15-minute warp to weave demo during the workshop, will demonstrate how the rigid heddle loom can fit into every weavers busy life. Ginger will explain and show how this deceptively simple and very portable loom can find a place in even a complex weaver's heart. Woven samples and looms will be on hand.

Mini Workshops:

Guest Mini: Jin and Tonic - Marg Coe ($12)
Jin (warp-faced compound tabby) was developed by the Chinese in the Han period a few hundred years before taqueté was developed in the Coptic era. Why Jin was renamed to "turned taqueté" by contemporary weavers is unknown, but for sure Jin in the correct term and much easier to type. Jin designing, utilizing digital tools, is so easy to accomplish compared with the complexity of the woven cloth. Designs in polychrome taqueté (weft-faced compound tabby) are frequently created on double 2-tie or single 2-tie (aka summer and winter) threadings--using weave design and graphics software allows us to create with ease. The presentation explores the varied aspect of designing Jin and taqueté. 21st century design meets 1st century structures. Please bring note taking supplies. Materials fee: $13 for USB with presentation and supporting files.
Limited to 16 participants.
Pearl Knotting - Stephanie Slattery($10)
The technique of pearl knotting is easy to learn and can be used to restring a broken strand of pearls or to create new jewelry from pearls or round beads. In this workshop, we will make a necklace using Swarovski pearls and silk cord. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors. All other materials will be provided. Materials fee: $15.
Limited to 12 participants.
Sewing with Handwovens - Seams and Seam Finishes - Margie Wheeler($10)
We will do a variety of seams and seam finishes to use with handwovens. Pressing skills and eliminating bulk by trimming, clipping, and grading will be demonstrated. Please bring a sewing machine with power strip and/or extension cord, scraps of fabrics to practice with, scissors and thread. Optional materials will be available for a nominal fee.
Limited to 12 participants.
Preparing Your Work for Ratings and Exhibits - Fran Curran and Dorrie Hunt (no charge)
Come and learn about the Guild Ratings program. Discuss the planning, weaving and submitting of your hand-woven pieces. You'll have an inside look on how judges analyze the work. This is your opportunity to ask questions, form a support group and find out who can be a mentor in your area. You are welcome to bring hand-woven pieces, finished or not, for critiques. Please bring note taking supplies. Note: there is no fee for this workshop.
Limited to 16 participants.