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Below find our collection of weaving related links.  We have gotten a pretty good start but if you have a link to share, DO contact us!

We would love to hear about websites that may be of benefit to our members and visitors. If we don't have a category shown you think we should have, let us know. If it is a new category we need, we will add it with the link you send!

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Art Organizations, Local
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) Arts and Crafts school in Galax, VA  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) is a year-round arts and crafts school providing classes for all ages and all skill levels. Preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of southwest Virginia by fostering artistic and individual growth through classes in visual and performing arts, heritage and contemporary craft and traditional music. Classes are tailored to both area residents within an easy driving distance as well as visitors to the area. Classes are offered in: Music, Literature, Drawing & Painting, Photography, Fiber, Jewelry, Ceramics, Glass, Wood & Stone, Culinary Arts, Children’s Classes and more!
Taubman Museum of Art Local Art Museum  Taubman is located in the center of Roanoke. It's Mission statement: As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences. HWGNRV is working with the Taubman Museum on a Community Tapestry, based on a painting at the museum. See the events calendar for details.
The Grainery and the Rocky Mount Center for the Arts A Non-Profit Group of Artists in Rocky Mount, VA  The Grainery’s mission is to showcase, facilitate, and educate to support artistic endeavors and rural creativity in the community and region as well as enrich the community by broadening access and involvement of diverse audiences. Free to the public, visitors watch the artists at work and see how projects are developed through live demonstrations and open studio viewing. Established as a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to the prosperity, quality, and sustainability of regional art. Artists and arts organizations have opportunities to create, interpret, present, and perform artistic work. Artists will be provided with access to studio space, equipment, technical support, and professional development opportunities. Our program addresses the need for a bridge between museums and schools in teaching students of all ages self-esteem, and visual expression. It is a discovery based student-centered learning method that allows students to communicate their ideas without censure or criticism and is designed for instructors regardless of their art background. This program offers support to art partnership between schools, community, and individual artists. Participating artists will provide training to area youth. Artists engage participants of varying ages, cultures, experiences and ability levels in making art within a mutually supportive and creative learning environment. Participants can explore personal self-expression and the role of the arts in society.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts Offers a wide variety of arts & cultural activities for visitors and community members  In Floyd, Virginia, just a few miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the site of a former dairy farm, houses a vibrant arts & cultural facility for the traditional and contemporary arts including contemporary & folk art exhibits, educational programs for kids & adults, and social events throughout the year.
Art Organizations, Regional
Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) For weavers, spinners, dyers, and basketmakers  "HGA provides educational programs, conferences, and [a] ... quarterly publication, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, to its members as it seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the fiber arts."
'Round the Mountain Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network  'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable economic development of the region's communities by assisting local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Plan a visit to the area, check out the craft calendar and browse the members gallery!
Equipment, Looms
Spinners, Weavers, and Knitters Housecleaning Pages A free place to find and sell wool stuff... and do good deeds, too.  Sell your surplus stuff - or add to your stash.
Organizations, Regional & National
Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association A Group of Guilds of the Fiber Arts in the Mid-Atlantic Region  The Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote education in the fiber arts, to plan, organize, and conduct conferences, and to facilitate communication among member guilds. MAFA represents nearly 60 guilds from 8 states and the District of Columbia in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our member guilds are located in NY, PA, MD, VA, NJ, DE, DC, NC, and WV. Individuals become automatic members through membership in a participating guild.
National Museum of the American Coverlet the first independent, year-round institution devoted to American woven coverlets  NMAC gives coverlets the recognition and respect they deserve, while bringing their history to life. The Museum opened in Bedford, Pennsylvania’s historic (1859) former Common School building in May of 2006. In three short years, it has welcomed visitors from around the world. NMAC offers changing exhibitions, generally showing 50 or more coverlets at a time, along with special events, classes, and a Shop. They are open daily, seven days a week. If you are traveling a distance, they encourage you to call ahead. Also at the museum, antique weaving equipment and research archives.
Suppliers, Local
Greenberry House Hand Dyed & Spun Yarns, Fiber, Books & Collectibles  "Featuring Unique hand dyed, hand spun yarns created by expert spinners and designers. Natural and prepared fleece from regional small farmers and producers. Lessons and knitting/spinning group. Knitting and crocheting instruction available!"
Saville Hill Farm & Studio Corriedale top, roving, quilt and blanket batts, and much more!  Elizabeth's fiber art studio shop near Lexington, VA features hand­crafted apparel items, scarves, blankets and shawls. We also sell white combed Corriedale top and carded roving, wool quilt and blanket batts (bassinet to king size) all made from wool home-grown right here on the farm. Elizabeth's Fiber Arts Learning Center also offers weaving, spinning, dyeing and felt­ing work­shops and lessons through­out the year, always customized around your sched­uling needs.
Strategic Web Publishing General Business, Marketing and Image Development Consulting  A company dedicated to business improvement through operations and financial consulting as well as image development and public relations including the use of print and web publishing media.
Strauch Fiber Equipment Company Swift/Skeinwinders, Jumbo Ball Winders, Drum Carders, Hand Cards  Located in New Castle, VA. See their website for more information and their list of dealers
Weaver's Resources
Evelyn Layman - a guild treasure Evelyn was a longtime member of this guild, and a valued contributor to Southwest VA fiber arts  Evelyn recently passed, and she will be sorely missed by many. The Utube video below is a tribute to her.
Handwoven Magazine 25 Year Index Find articles by Subject or Author  The following are available: First Twenty-Five Years (1979-2004) Subject Index and Author Index 2005 - 2007 Handwoven Index These are in PDF format and can be easily read on your computer or printed as a copy to keep on your reference shelf. Hint: To search a PDF file for keywords or names, display the index and press Control+F (if using a Mac, press Command+F).
Spin-Off Magazine Index Find articles by Subject or Author  These indexes provide past issue information presented by author/designer and by subject for the years 1977 - 2007. Hint: To search a PDF file for keywords or names, display the index and press Control+F (if using a Mac, press Command+F).
Weavolution a gathering place for handweavers  Weavolution is (or will be) a social network for handweavers, where people can share projects, see what others are doing, or discuss weaving-related matters (or just hang out) in our discussion forums. Weavers of all types will be welcome, from basketweavers to those who weave on small peg looms to those who use large, complex table and floor looms. Weavolution will offer user notebooks to catalog projects, ways to share weaving plans or patterns and find project inspiration, forums to socialize with other weavers, and methods for finding information and resources for weaving.
Weaving Fun
WeaveCast An online radio show all about weaving!  You can listen online, download each episode from the website, or subscribe via iTunes (even if you have a Windows machine). Great resources links on the website too!
Weavedesign A Software Program for Creating Weaving Drafts and Drawdowns  Created by Bengt Nelson This program is provided by the generosity of the author and through the auspices of the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild. If you download the program and find you like it, a donation to the nonprofit Pikes Peak Weavers Guild (address provided below) to help defray server rental charges would be appreciated. Please note that the Help menu in WeaveDesign may not work with newer versions of Windows. Currently there are no plans to update the software.
Wif2Tiff Reads WIF (Weaving Information File) format drafts  Software downloads available for Mac and PC. Wif2Tiff is considered donation-ware (uncrippled shareware). If you download a voluntary donation to the author is suggested.

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