Welcome to Weavers

The Weavers Group meets at the Guild House August-November, January-May on the 4th Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. The August meeting is usually at a member's house.  Weavers not only enjoy the structure and creativity of the craft, but the support and camaraderie that the group provides.  May your warps be straight and true and your wefts be spicy. Please join us!

Weaving Classes will not be held this fall. Contact Cathy Willoughby to learn more or to sign up for 2019 classes. 


August 28: 6:00PM Potluck supper at Vicki Tardy's, 4608 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City

- planning for the year ahead

- summer reports: Convergence, Iowa State Fair

September 25: guest speaker: Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Textile Collection "From Tradition to Protest: Lila Nelson's Weaving Life"

Through her work as registrar and curator of textiles at Vesterheim, Lila Nelson (1922-2015) was inspired to learn traditional weaving techniques. Then she began to experiment! 

See examples of pictorial and geometric tapestry, boundweave pickup, doubleweave, and brocading, as well as combinations (in a single piece) of loom-controlled and weaver-controlled patterns.

October 23: "Warping Revisited" Linda Bergquist, Cathy Willoughby, Deb Zeitler

This program will include discussion of different approaches to warping with efficiency in mind.

November 27: "Color Mixing for Dyers" Bev Pennell

No December Meeting

January 22: Supplementary Warp Patterning" Vicki Tardy

February 26: guest speaker: Marilyn Moore "From There to Here: My Journey Through Basketry"

March 26: "You and Your Projects" Nancy Granner, Vicki Tardy

There will be a brief description of what is involved in project planning with some useful charts to help you through some of the process, and some helpful pointers on using color effectively. This is intended for audience participation; please bring something you've woven that you consider to be "less than satisfactory" to add to the discussion.

April 23:"Rigid Heddle Weaving--A Simple Alternative to the Harness Loom"

John Ward, Gail McPike, Leslie Todd

This will include an introduction to the loom, how to warp it, demo on how to weave on it and examples of finished projects; if you have any finished projects that you wove on a rigid heddle loom, please bring them to share.

May 28: "Tips and Tricks" —Dorothy Jacobsen, Terry Jones, David Larabee-Zierath

     Challenge Show and Tell

Weave something inspired by a pattern from a previous pattern weave workshop, adapting the pattern to a finished item, and changing the colors and/or fibers to suit the project.

Join our Spring Sample Workshop !


 Next summer we are hosting the Midwest Weavers' Conference and we would like you to come!

            SAVE THE DATE:

Midwest Weavers Association Conference 2019: UNCOMMON THREADS
June 20-22, 2019
Hosted by the Craft Guild of Iowa City

on the beautiful campus of Grinnell College

  •  Attend preconference ( June 17-19) and/or conference classes (June 21-22). Topics include weaving, spinning, knitting, ply-split braiding and more
  •  View the Fiber Artists of Iowa show in the Faulconer Gallery on the Grinnell College Campus
  •  Attend the Thursday Craft Fair for short fiber-related project classes
  •  Exhibit your work in the fashion show and member and guild exhibits
More detailed information will be added during the summer and fall months of 2018 at our website:
www.midwestweavers.org and on 
Facebook at MWA 2019:Uncommon Threads.

Mastectomy Pillows: The Weavers Group will again be making mastectomy pillows utilizing handwoven fabrics. Please consider weaving a little extra when weaving with 100% cotton. The size that is easiest to work with is 20” x 20”, and can be any weight from about 5/2 to 16/2 cotton.

Show and Tell: Always Fun.


Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival.

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

Study Group

This fall, the Study Group will continue their study of Scandinavian Weaving.   The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m. at various member's homes. All members are welcome. For more information, contact Lois Lembke at lois-lembke@uiowa.edu