The Mary Megs Atwater Weavers Guild

April Guild Meeting

What: Guild Challenge Reveal and Slide Show of Maximo Laura Tapestry Museum

When: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Where: South Valley Unitarian Church, 6876 South Highland Drive (2000 East)

Meeting Presentation, 7:00 p.m. After our stimulating March field trip to the Utah Museum of Natural History, we are returning to our standard meeting format, day, place, and time. We will have the privilege of seeing the results of our Guild’s Lace Challenge. Those who participated will bring their lace creations and show them to us, telling us about their experiences and challenges.

Each participant will also bring a copy of the draft that was used so that we can each take home a small library of wonderful lace weaving patterns. A sample of each person’s lace will be put into a binder for the Guild library, so any Guild member can see the actual lace at any time.

The lace that has been created by Guild members is very beautiful. Please plan to come and see!

Mimi Rodes and Sandra Sandberg will also share a slide show of their visit to the Maximo Laura Tapestry Museum in Cuzco, Peru, and to Maximo’s studio in Lima. They will be joined by Karen Elrod, who led a group who several days weaving in his studio! Maximo Laura’s tapestries are exceptionally vibrant and beautiful. We are lucky to have this opportunity to see some of his work.

Show and Tell, 6:30 p.m. Please feel free to bring lace weaving that you have done in the past to share with Guild members. If you are teaching a mini workshop during Fiber Fest, this would be a good time to display some of the items students might expect to make if they take your class.

Kathleen Lind’s Knitting Supplies, 6:00 p.m. As many of you know, Charlene Lind’s sister and our dear friend, Kathleen Lind, died several months ago. Before she was an accomplished stitcher, she was an accomplished knitter. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., the yarns and needles from Kathleen’s knitting stash will be on display for anyone to take as desired. There are a number of elegant fine-gauge sweaters that Kathleen completed except for sewing the pieces together. (They would fit individuals with slighter frames.) We are hoping that a few of you might finish and wear these garments! (There will be no charge for the items, but you might make a small donation to the Guild.)


President’s Message

I’m feeling very lucky these days. Several years ago a work colleague gave me a beautifully built Finnish loom that had belonged to her grandmother. No family members in Finland wanted the loom after the grandmother’s death. So the loom was completely disassembled in Finland and shipped here, and I got it as a mysterious collection of sticks and loom parts. It would have truly been no use to anyone without the help of my wonderful Guild members.

Judie Eatough, Charlene Lind, ReNee Page, and Karna Petuskey did the first review of all the sticks and mysterious looking parts and helped me to figure out a basic outline for the loom. Then Deanna Baugh—loom figurer-outer extraordinaire—spent quite a few hours at my home putting all the pieces together and balancing the loom.

This wonderful counterbalance loom is easier for me to weave on than the standard jack loom, which is a great blessing after back surgery years ago. I love this loom very much.

I have recently completed a set of cottolin dishtowels on this wonderful loom (I will bring them to the April show and tell), and Deanna has returned several times to my home to add four more harnesses to my loom. When we first put it together, we assembled only four harnesses. The eight-harness loom is almost ready to use, and I already have a warp wound to put on it.

In her recent work on the loom, Deanna figured out that the loom has the capacity to be a 12-harness loom, although we don’t think the original owner ever had the parts to add the last four harnesses. Soon I will take some bars from the loom to a woodworker and have the bars copied. Then I will truly have the loom of my dreams!

I’m so grateful for the Guild, for weaving, and for all of you! Susan Hainsworth




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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


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. for information.

Our mailing address is: Weaving 4292 W 2700 S Hurricane, UT 84737


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