September 14, 2015   Steve Bye, Saint Anthony, MN   Photoshop for Weavers”    Steve will demonstrate the power of using Photoshop combined with weaving software to design multi-shaft weave structures. No Photoshop knowledge is required.

 

October 12, 2015      Heather Macali,Ferndale, MI   “Jacquard Weaving”  As a contemporary fiber artist and a professor at Wayne State University,  Heather has focused on color pattern, texture, distortion and memory. Her talk will focus on her journey.

 

November 9, 2015  Tom/Joanne Blodget,Jackson, MI      “Seed to Shirt” (the story of linen)     The Blodgets will present the challenges inherent with making linen – from growing to weaving and the many uses of flax from yesterday to tomorrow.

 

December 14, 2015   Holiday Celebration and Garage Sale  details to follow

 

February 7, 2016  Esther RodgersMebane, NC  “Weaving with Textured Yarns”   Esther is known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation. She is also a weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective of how these creative yarns can be used.

 

February 7, 2016 - Esther Rodgers, Mebane, NC

Intentional Art Yarns” 1-Day Workshop, Feb. 7, 2016

Esther is known as a creative art yarn spinner and for her unique fiber preparation. She is also a weaver and knitter which gives her the perspective of how these creative yarns can be used.  This workshop will focus on producing yarns that ‘POP’ when woven, including corespinning, tailspinning, plying coils and spirals. More information to follow at a later date.

 

March 15, 2016   Karen and Kal VanderWeele with Lori Evesque  Kalamazoo, MI   “Textiles of the Viking Age” As members of the Norsemen of Michigan Living History Reenactment Society, they will come in ‘garb’. Lori is going to put together a PowerPoint presentation and we will have pictures from the reenactment this summer. We will talk about card weaving, natural dyes, warp weighted looms, and the steps used to make fabrics / clothes of the Viking Age.

 

April 9-10, 2016 - Elisabeth Hill, Conway, MA

“Masters of Deflection” 2-day workshop, April 9 and 10, 2016

Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, or Cell Weave - it has as many names as it does possibilities. In this workshop we will explore the dramatic possibilities of deflected double weave. Students will be provided with an individual warp and draft for their 8 shaft looms with full instructions for warping. The students will begin class weaving their warps as-drawn-in in order get a feel for the structure. Elisabeth will then give a lecture/powerpoint presentation that gives a detailed explanation of the structure with slides, drafts and many examples. Next we will experiment with the myriad variations possible on a single threading by changing our tie-up, treadling and weft colors to create a mini sampler. Finally we will choose a tie-up/treadling/colorway from our sampler to weave a scarf.

 

April 11, 2016 Elisabeth Hill, Conway, MA  “Masters of Deflection.”  We can call it Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, Cell Weave - it has as many names as it does possibilities. In her lecture she will explore these dramatic possibilities and will give a detailed explanation of its structure with slides, drafts and many examples.

 

May 9, 2016: Annual Business Meeting and Presentations from Study Groups