The Mary Megs Atwater Weavers Guild

January Guild Meeting

What: Guatemalan Huipils, by Gladys Webb
When: Thursday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.
Where: South Valley Unitarian Church, 6876 South Highland Drive (2000 East)

This month we have a wonderful and colorful program, as you can see from this photo!!! Our guest speaker, Gladys Webb, will share her collection of Guatemalan huipils (pronounced “wipils”). The huipil has been  worn by indigenous women in central Mexico and Central America since well before the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas. It remains the most common female indigenous garment still in use.

It is a loose-fitting and colorful tunic, generally made from two or three rectangular pieces of fabric, which are then joined together, with an opening for the head and, if the sides are sewn, openings for the arms. Traditional huipils, especially ceremonial ones, are usually made with fabric woven on a back strap loom and are heavily decorated with designs woven into the fabric, embroidery, ribbons, lace, and more.

While living in Guatemala, Gladys Webb fell in love with the colors and designs of the handwoven fabrics (traditionally woven on back strap looms) created by the indigenous women who live in the highlands of Guatemala. During the three years she lived there, Gladys took the opportunity to meet and come to know the women who weave and wear their clothing, and she now finds great pleasure in sharing their culture and talents through her extensive textile collection. Jo Stolhand heard her presentation earlier this year and said it is wonderful!

If you have any weaving from South America, please bring it for our show and tell, which begins at 6:30.




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Save These Dates!

We have some wonderful programs planned for the New Year. You won’t want to miss a single meeting! Here is a preview of what’s happening in February and March! And of course—The Fiber Festival and Tom Knisely workshop!

February 8: Ann Edington Adams: Tips and Tricks for Sewing Clothing from Handwovens. Ann 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!

March 14: Juliette Lanvers has arranged a field trip to 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.

May 2-4: Krokbragd workshop with Tom Knisley! (registration opens January 11)

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 on Saturday afternoon! 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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