The Mary Megs Atwater Weavers Guild

September Guild Meeting

What: Gradient Dyeing and Potluck Lunch, with Catherine Marchant
When: Saturday, September 9, start time 10:00 am
Where: Catherine Marchant’s home, 554 Lakeview Drive, Alpine, Utah

Catherine Marchant has graciously invited us to her beautiful home in Alpine (directions to follow) and will teach us how to do gradient dyeing. Catherine taught a gradient dye workshop at Great Basin Fiber Festival again this year. Maureen and I took her class last year and had so much fun!!

About Catherine Marchant: Catherine is a talented spinner, weaver, and dyer. She earned a Certificate of Spinning from Ontario Handspinners and Weavers. She has taught at the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, regional conferences, and many Guild retreats and workshops. Catherine is past president of the Handweaver’s Guild of America and also served on the Board of Directors for eight years. As those of you know who attended the June meeting in 2016, she and her husband have a wonderful collection of Navajo weavings that they are happy to share with us!

You will need to sign up: The gradient dyeing activity is limited to 24 participants (no limit to potluckers and observers).  Catherine will provide pre-measured yarns, so we will need to ask participants to sign up in advance so Catherine will know how many yarn packs to wind and how many dye pots and hot plates we will need. Please sign up by or before September 1st. (See sign up information in newsletter- link on left side of page – email address has been corrected)

Upcoming Workshop

Registration Forms available at May meeting.

The Guild is offering a Deflected Double Weave workshop, to be taught by Deanna Baugh, on October 20–21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. In Deflected Double Weave, the warp and weft threads deflect out of their vertical and horizontal positions during finishing to form waves and circles. In this workshop you will learn about designing and weaving this structure while you weave a scarf for yourself or a gift. Both four-shaft and eight-shaft drafts will be provided to accommodate the loom you will be using. You may choose to purchase yarn from Deanna, in which case you will have a choice of a couple of different pathways (we hope to have examples of the pathways at the May and June meetings along with the approximate cost of the yarn). The cost of this workshop will be approximately $55 to $75 (dependent on registration). Registration for the workshop will begin in May. If you have questions, please call Beth Myrer.


Menu Item:  Resources –> Shopping: Guild Rewards Programs. Link to The Woolery Halcyon Yarn Program instructions and link

President’s Message: Gifts from the Guild

Many, many thanks to Mimi and all the members of the 2016/2017 board. Mimi and the other board members could not possibly have served the Guild better, and I am so grateful for all that they did. It was often hard work—done quietly and without fanfare for the great benefit of all of us. I know I speak for everyone in the Guild when I express our heartfelt thanks. In this little message, I would like to share several of the gifts that I feel the Guild has given me.

Me, an artist? When I joined the Guild, I was a knitter, a seamstress, a very new weaver, and someone who generally loved textiles. But I generally followed patterns and considered myself an ordinary knitter and seamstress. Joining the Guild brought me into association with talented artists and with textile ideas far beyond anything I knew existed. And do you know what happened? It wasn’t very long until I started to think of myself as an artist! I am still a quite ordinary textile lover, but I have a different attitude and approach to this beautiful art we share. What a wonderful gift from the Guild!

Inspiring friends. As I think about the people who mean so much in my life, it is quite remarkable how many of them I have met through the Guild. The people drawn toward weaving are wonderful, don’t you agree? The friends and associates I have met have brought inspiration, laughter, beauty, understanding of our shared passion, and joy into my life, and I am so profoundly grateful for each one. I am so grateful for the organization that has brought us together.

A wonderful year ahead. The dedicated members of the Guild board have put together a remarkable year of opportunities and learning. I am so grateful we can share all of these adventures together! See you in September. Susan


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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