February Guild Meeting
What: Tips and Tricks for Sewing Clothing from Handwovens, by Ann Edington Adams
When: Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Where: South Valley Unitarian Church, 6876 South Highland Drive (2000 East)
Ann Edington Adams has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. She has shown three of her handwoven garments in two different Convergence Fashion Shows. If we are very lucky, she will be able to show us the garment she will be submitting for Convergence 2018!
Ann says she has been sewing “FOREVER.” She says it is in her genes, passed down from her grandmother! She has at times sewn clothing for another artist who wove the cloth and has woven and sewn many of her own garments.
At our February meeting, Ann will talk to us about things you need to consider before you ever start weaving, how to finish edges, and many other “Tips and Tricks” for sewing and designing clothing with handwoven fabrics.
For Show and Tell at 6:30, please bring your own clothing sewn from handwoven fabrics. It would be great to see examples from a number of Guild members.
I once had a work colleague, who was an excellent potter, come to my home to see my weaving and other fiber arts. He was very interested in every aspect of the process. He admired the raw wool I was carding and spinning, my spinning wheels, the multicolored cones of yarn I had on my shelves, the warp on my warping board, the warp on my loom, the swift and ball winder and shuttles that I used for weaving, and the solid structures of the looms themselves. All of these elements of my craft felt natural to me as I showed them to him.
But he was looking at all of these fibers, tools, and pieces of equipment with fresh eyes—especially with the eyes of a potter. And when we had finished, he said something to me I have never forgotten—he said that he envied me my craft because “it was beautiful from beginning to end.”
What an insight this was for me! His craft was spent with raw clay and glazes that did not show their beauty until after firing. The tools he used were often messy and covered with clay. I love handmade pottery and greatly admire potters, but what a privilege it is to work with a craft that is beautiful from the first moment you take fleece into your hands or sit down at a loom or pick up a shuttle or admire the interaction of warp and weft on the loom.
It’s just another way of looking at our marvelous art! I’m so grateful to be a fiber artist and have the opportunity to associate with such inspiring artists as all of you.
Happy Weaving! Susan Hainsworth
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Save These Dates!
We have some wonderful programs planned for the next months. You won’t want to miss a single meeting! Here is a preview of what’s coming up! And of course—The Fiber Festival and Tom Knisely workshop!
March 14: Juliette has arranged a field trip to the Natural History Museum to see the Museum’s native American rug collection! We will meet at the museum at 6:00 p.m. for a private tour.
April 12: The Guild Lace Challenge revealed! Challenge participants will share their lace weaves and discuss their experiences in weaving their lace. We will also have a slide show on Maximo Laura’s amazing tapestries, presented by Mimi Rodes and Sandra Sandberg. Maximo Laura is an amazing Peruvian tapestry artist with a unique style!
May 2-4: Krokbragd workshop with Tom Knisley! The workshop is currently full, but be sure to let Mimi know if you want to be on the waiting list. We often have last-minute dropouts as the workshop gets closer.
May 4-5: Bi-Annual Fiber Festival—Tom Knisley will be our keynote speaker for both Friday night and Saturday morning. During this time he will give two presentations—one on his antique collection of American textiles and another on recycled antique Japanese textiles. Both presentations sound fascinating! There will be a variety of mini-workshops offered Saturday afternoon!
2017–2018 The Guild Challenge: Lace!
The Guild Challenge last year, focused on Crackle weaving and organized by Sonya Campana, was very inspiring for everyone—those who participated and those who attended the meetings focused on Crackle and saw the beautiful weaving that resulted.
Our Guild Challenge this year will be focused on Lace weaving and will be organized by Michelle Pahl (learn more about Michelle in the “Getting to Know You” section of this newsletter). More information will be presented at the September meeting. The Challenge will include lots of information and examples of Lace weaves to expand your Lace weaving horizons:
Our November Guild meeting will be focused on types of Lace weaving, with lots of examples of the beautiful weavings that can be made using Lace structures.
- Each participant will choose a Lace structure and make a weaving of her choice using that structure. It would be great if each person could do something with Lace she hasn’t tried before.
- The completed weavings will be displayed and discussed at the April Guild meeting.
- Each participant will be encouraged to put on enough warp to create a sample of the Lace structure for the Guild library so that we will have a Lace swatch collection for later use.
Stay tuned for more information!
Southwest Utah Branch
The meetings start at 5:30 pm at the Washington Branch of the Washington County Library System.
http://www.dixiesprings.info/weavers for information.
Our mailing address is: Weaving 4292 W 2700 S Hurricane, UT 84737