The HandWeavers Guild
of the New River Valley

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Members Meeting

We generally meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Please confirm the date and location of the next meeting below.

Calendar of Events
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Sunday, September 10, 2017
Category Guild Event
Focus on the Warp, with Kathrin Weber
  Controlling Creative Chaos
In this class students learn non-traditional techniques that allow them to work with multiple warps and design at the loom. They will use instructor provided hand-painted warps in which the colors flow and change, creating designs in the woven fabric that appear complex in planning, but actually spring from making flexible and intuitive decisions as they work. Students will work with multiple warp chains in a variety of ways: They might choose to flip sections of the warp from end to end which creates color flow in opposite directions. They might choose to shift the warps to create patterns that flow in the weaving lengthwise as well as horizontally. They might choose to add other warps to create stripes within the space-dyed design.

Kathrin brings handouts with detailed projects. Each student chooses one project for the workshop and takes home information for the others for later exploration. She works with the students as a group and individually as they make personal choices based on their chosen project. No two student’s warps will be alike so class members learn from their own warps as well as from the others. Weavers with more experience will be able to take it to more complex levels. 2 day class allows for loom setup, begin weaving and discussion for weaving options they can use to finish the warp at home.

For more information about cost and openings in this workshop, contact Meridith Entingh.

For more about Kathrin Weber and Blazing Shuttles, go to the Blazing Shuttles Facebook page or to her web site.
https://blazingshuttles.com

- Monday, September 11, 2017
Category Guild Event
Not Your Grandma's Dye Pot, with Kathrin
  One day dye workshop with Kathrin Weber
The goal for this workshop is to learn the basics of dyeing: dyeing safely, traditional as well as non-traditional application of dyes, and processes needed to set the dyes for color fastness. And, beyond that, to learn to dye with personal fearlessness and intention. Students will learn fundamentals for dye application to produce one of a kind, technically sound and color-fast hand-dyed cotton yarn and fabric.

This is not a “recipe” class. Using 7 hues of Fiber Reactive MX dyes students will begin to develop insight into the essence of color that allows them to blend, shade and produce a full spectrum of color. Students will learn techniques for space-dyeing skeins and warps, resist dyeing yarn and fabric, how to use dyes safely and how to set up a basic dye kitchen. This is an approachable dye class particularly good for people who want to dye as if they are painting – not as a chemist in a lab. Although I bring a few simple recipes, this is not a “recipe” class. We approach the dyeing process with a spirit of experimentation and creative license while learning technical aspects that make cotton yarn vibrant and colorfast.

My intention for students is to leave the class being able to understand the dynamics of dye and what colors are made of that will allow them to dye without recipes – as a musician plays by ear or a water-colorist paints from knowledge of color and blending. This is a dye class for fiber artists who approach (or would like to approach) dyeing with confidence in using color intentionally and effectively

For more information about cost and openings in this workshop, contact Meridith Entingh.

For more about Kathrin Weber and Blazing Shuttles, go to the Blazing Shuttles Facebook page or to her web site.
https://blazingshuttles.com

- Sunday, September 17, 2017
Category Guild Event
September 2017 Guild Meeting (new date)
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
New date for this meeting - due to conflict with the fall workshop.

General Business Meeting

- Sunday, October 8, 2017
Category Guild Event
October 2017 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Guild member Sarah S. worked at Colonial Williamsburg, starting off as an intern and then as a full-time weaver. Come hear about her experiences weaving in the 18th century! Check out Sarah's bio on the Guild's member gallery.

- Sunday, November 5, 2017
Category Guild Event
November 2017 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Just up the road in Lexington, VA is a beautiful weaving shed which is used by Project Horizon for their "A Common Thread" program. "Since 1982, Project Horizon has served victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence. ... serving the people of the Rockbridge community." Guild member Linda W. brings with her Frances Richardson from Project Horizon to share with us the vision of A Common Thread and how it supports Project Horizon's efforts.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017
Category Local Event
YMCA Craft Fair for 2017
  Featuring a booth by this guild with lots of lovely handwoven items for sale.
The 48th annual Blacksburg YMCA Craft Fair will be held this year at the Blacksburg Community Center, 724 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg, VA. Each year, artisans and craftspeople from the New River Valley and Eastern United States come together to offer a wide variety of items including jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, glass work, fiber arts, and more. The Handweavers Guild of the New River Valley has been a long-standing vendor at this event. Come out to purchase wonderful handwoven scarves, table linens, shawls, and more fiber art items! http://vtymca.org/craftfair/

- Sunday, December 3, 2017
Category Guild Event
December 2017 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm (1st Sunday)
Note: this meeting is one week earlier than normal due to a scheduling conflict with the meeting room.

Program TBA.

- Sunday, January 14, 2018
Category Guild Event
January 2018 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Program TBA

- Sunday, February 11, 2018
Category Guild Event
February 2018 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Program TBA

- Sunday, March 11, 2018
Category Guild Event
March 2018 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Program TBA.

- Sunday, April 8, 2018
Category Guild Event
April 2018 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
A little over a year ago, Mauna H. did a great presentation on Animal Fiber. Mauna is back this month to talk to us about Plant Fiber, its attributes, uses, finishing, etc. Bring in your projects that use plant fibers to share with the group (Mauna has given most of hers away!).

- Sunday, May 20, 2018
Category Guild Event
May 2018 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Note: This meeting is one week later than normal due to conflict with Mother's Day.

It's Annual Yard Sale time. Clean out your closets, dig into those drawers and cabinets and find all those tools, fiber and whatnots that you don't use or don't need and bring them along. You may even find something at the sale that you can't do without!

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