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 November Guild Meeting

What: “Ripped about Rep,” by Rosalie Neilson
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Where: South Valley Unitarian Church, 6876 South Highland Drive

Rosalie Neilson, nationally known weaver who has specialized in warp-faced rep weaving—will speak at our November Guild meeting in addition to teaching a three-day workshop on rep weaving. Rosalie said this about her evening presentation:

“Imagine seeing a profile draft from an airplane window while flying at the 35,000 foot level! That’s what happened to this weaver who’s been studying warp-faced rep for 25 years. On the ground was a shining river, which became the source for four wall hangings called “Kaleidoscopic Views.” See how other designs have evolved from nature’s curves. The lecture explores one weaver’s approach to warp-faced rep weaving from four shafts to sixteen.”

Here is a little about Rosalie Neilson. She has been weaving for forty years. Her interests revolve around two areas of interlacement—warp-faced rep weaving and kumihimo braiding. Her wall hangings done in rep weave have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in three exhibitions in Kyoto, Japan. Her weavings hang in corporate offices and private residences. She has written articles for Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Handwoven, and Weavers’ magazines, and the Braid Society’s journal Strands. Rosalie is also featured in the video Weaving Rep, published by Interweave Press. For an introduction to this video and a chance to see Rosalie describe what she does, go to

Susan Hainsworth

November President’s Message

Dear All! Many, many thanks to all who shared their IWC learnings and creations at our October meeting! What a talented and adventuresome group of weavers—and such a great reminder of how many possibilities and opportunities our craft offers!

I am so looking forward to the Rosalie Nielson Rep Weave workshop in November! After I saw how wondrous and beautiful the colors were in Maureen’s and Carol’s productions from Rosalie’s workshop at IWC, I wished so much that I hadn’t wound my workshop warp with only two colors. (But then I told myself “What is done is done” and you don’t have time for anything else!!!!) Then, this weekend I watched Rosalie Nielson’s Interweave DVD Rep Weave program and I so wished I had watched it BEFORE I wound my warp for the workshop! There are so many great tips and tricks in the DVD!


Yarns dyed by Oaxacan weavers

But I had to get my warp wound and on the loom in early October because my husband has scheduled other things—and I am leaving on Saturday for Oaxaca, Mexico (my play time), with Karen Elrod and Loomdancer as my guide to the wonderful crafts of Oaxaca and a four-day workshop on weaving and dyeing Oaxaca style—plus an adventure into the Oaxacan style celebration of “El Dia de Los Muertos” or in English—the Day of the Dead—A BIG celebration in Mexico when families attend to their family graves and celebrate their ancestors. I have seen many of Mexico’s Ballet Foclorico dances associated with the Day of the Dead but look forward to seeing it in the village we will be weaving and staying in.

Luckily I get back the night before the Rosalie Nielson workshop, so I am greatly looking forward to seeing you all and Rosalie at the workshop and our next meeting!

Remember that our November meeting will be November 5th—a week earlier than normal—so that we can all enjoy and learn from Rosalie Nielson! See you there!

Cheers and happy weaving to all! Think about those Christmas ornaments and our Guild Challenge!   Mimi Rodes


Southwest Utah Branch

  The meetings start at 5:30 pm at the Washington Branch of the Washington County Library System.     
9 Nov 2015  Experiences at Whitby Island (Note: second Monday)

14 Dec 2015  Christmas Pot Luck at Nancy’s house and demonstration of a 16 shaft computer driven loom.

4 Jan 2016   Card weaving

1 Feb 2016  Tips, tools, and looms (types and brands). Discuss tips for weaving, tools you like to use, and a discussion of the different types and brands of looms.

1 Mar 2015  Daytime trip to Zion to see textiles
4 Apr 2016  Swatch exchange
2 May 2016  TBD
Our mailing address is:

4292 W 2700 S
Hurricane, UT 84737


  • May 2015 Hex Weaving by Timmy Burton
  • April 2015 Triangle Weaving by Julie Schwartz
  • 'WhitePockets' and 'Flowers' by Mimi Rodes
  • Pilar Pobil's book
    My Kitchen Table: Sketches from My Life
  • Frog Pond by Mary Atwater
    Fish-face, polliwogs, a frog, Peruvian. MMA, Shuttle Craft Book. Did you ever wonder where the guild logo came from? It is the frog from the Peruvian Fish Pond. This design is ideal for double weave pick up work

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