June Guild Meeting
What: Tote Basket Weaving Workshop with Connie Denton and Potluck Lunch
When: Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m–4:00 p.m. Potluck lunch about noon.
Where: Mimi Rodes’s home, 9 Courtside Lane, Sandy UT 84092
At our Saturday basket workshop, Connie Denton will help us use splint or plaited basket weaving to create an easy-to-weave tote basket. A variety of different sizes and colors of naturally dyed reed will be available for your choosing. This basket starts with a solid hardwood base and ends with the attachment of either leather or Shaker tape handles. It measures approximately 12″ x 5″ at the base and 10″ tall.
Those who will be making a basket should already have let Mimi Rodes know so that the necessary materials can be provided. If you are making a basket, there be a materials fee: $20 for the Shaker Tape Handle and $25 for the Leather Handle.
If you are not planning to weave a basket, come to the Potluck Lunch and the Show and Tell! Lunch will start around noon, but come early to visit. (The Guild will provide drinks and utensils for the lunch.) Be sure to bring your wonderful items for Show and Tell—including the samples you made in the Fiber Festival and the Tom Knisely workshop! If you have questions, please call Mimi Rodes at
June President’s Message:
Have any of you recently needed to add another fiber form to your life? I certainly didn’t need to—I can’t get to all the projects I already have! But there I was, at the Guild table at the Great Basin Fiber Festival with all those tempting vendors around, and I succumbed to a lovely punch needle rug kit! I got started and found that this particular fiber form actually moves along—unlike weaving and knitting, it doesn’t take hours and hours to complete. So I’ve been having fun with this.
And to add to all the fibery things in my life, I have just received my new Hansen mini-spinner so that I can return to spinning a bit more. My bad back has made it hard to treadle my Louet wheel for any length of time. So here I am with new and wonderful fiber projects in my life—what can I say? Our fiber world is full of such wonderful and beautiful things, and my experiences with the Guild are constantly opening my eyes to new possibilities. Don’t hold your breath for a handspun project from me soon, but you can be sure that all of my projects are bringing me happiness, no matter how much time I actually have for them. Happy fibering with all your wonderful projects! Susan Hainsworth
Woven Shibori Workshop Coming in October!
Barbara Cabrol, a one-time member of the Mary Atwater Weaver’s Guild, is returning to Salt Lake City on October 11, 12 and 13 to teach a Woven Shibori workshop.
This will be a modified round robin workshop, starting with pre-warped looms. Participants will explore the use of various weave structures to produce resist patterns on the woven fabric once the supplemental weft or warp threads have been gathered and secured. Samples will be cut off at regular intervals to gather the supplemental threads and dye. The fun is the final untying.
Beginning to expert weavers will enjoy this workshop. Looms can include two-harness with pick-up, as well as 4 and 8 harness looms. Suggested drafts for 4 and 8 shaft looms will be supplied in advance.
The workshop will be held at the Pioneer Craft House and will be limited to 15 participants. Watch for registration forms, which will be sent out soon. Jo Stolhand
For Additional Summer weaving please consider our upcoming sale.
Guild Sale in November!
The big news is that the Board has voted to hold a Guild Holiday Sale! We have reserved the Unitarian church where we usually meet, so mark your calendars for November 16th and 17th. We will be setting up on Friday afternoon, and having a preview reception Friday evening and the sale will be all day, Saturday. This is what we need from you.
- First, as you set up your looms, put on extra warp to weave items for the sale. Some of us weave a lot and will have many items, some weave few items a year. No matter, if everyone has just a couple of items for the sale, we will have plenty.
- Second, think about how you can help with the sale. We will need people to work on publicity, set up, reception and sales. If you would like to help, please contact me at
I know that a sale in November seems like a long time away, but it will creep up on us. One way that I save on last-minute preparation is to tag things as I finish them. By law, we need to label clothing and household linens with fiber content and washing instructions. I write this on the back of a business card and pin it to each item. I also try to keep track of the cost of materials in my projects notebook so I can decide on prices somewhat intelligently. More to come. HAPPY weaving, Catherine Marchant
Shopping at Halcyon or the Woolery Give a gift to the guild at no additional cost for you. See Menu Item: Resources –> Shopping: Guild Rewards Programs.
Link to The Woolery
Halcyon Yarn Program instructions and link
Save These Dates!
The following programs have already been announced—and we hope that you won’t miss one of them!
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 key note 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!
June 16 Basket Weaving with Connie Denton. Saturday workshop and potluck lunch, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. We will be making a work basket! Mimi Rodes
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