As its name implies, Moonbeamers meets by the light of the moon! On the fourth Monday of each month, with the exception of December, Moonbeamers gather at a fellow member's home at 7 pm for snacks and weaving conversations. Moonbeamers, which include novice through expert weavers, will be exploring the structure of Rosepath during the upcoming year. This would be a great time for interested weavers to join Moonbeamers.
One of the great benefits for membership in the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo is the chance to grow as a fiber artist. In addition to having workshops and lectures by artists outside our membership, we learn from each other in the form of monthly get-togethers led by members. At the last Guild meeting of the year in May, each study group sets up displays to share what they have done during the year. Here is some information about ongoing study groups and their leaders. If you have questions or desire more information, please contact the Education Chair.
Meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 am at members' homes. The expertise of our members ranges from beginner to the expert. New members are welcome at any time. Successes as well as oopses are shared! Join Four Harness, gain knowledge and have a great time. To see the blog of one of our member's projects, click here.
We are planning to weave purses using a Log Cabin color effect from our own hand spun light color yarn and dark color yarn. All members are welcome to join our group. The first meeting will be announced by the end of September.
Multi-Harness and multi-harness too
Multi-harness meets on the third Wednesday of the month, Sept-Oct and Dec-May, 9:30-11:30 am, in a different member's home each month. Currently maxed out at 15 members, plans are in the works to spin off a second multi-harness group, at this point called Multi-Harness Too.
In 2012-13, the original multi-harness group will focus on sharing individual progress and producing individual special projects. Multi-Harness Too will be open to both those who are new to designing multi-harness weaves and those experienced in weaving with more-than-four shafts.
The Swatch Study Group is the Guild's first "virtual" study group and is dedicated to individualized study of weave structure. The swatch exchange occurs at the general guild meeting in May and represents the only meeting for this group. The rest of the year members of this group work on their own, using email as needed to share comments and ask/answer questions. The Swatch Group has existed for six years and has amassed an impressive collection of fabric samples covering many different weaves and techniques. The Guild Library receives a copy of the samples which are then available for the Guild membership to use.
This group appeals to the independent weaver who chooses her/his own study topic and works at her/his own speed. It is also perfect for those who, for reasons of job and family schedules, or where they live, would find regularly scheduled meetings a problem, but who want a study group structure and goals. A firm commitment from members is asked by October 15 so the number of swatches each member needs to prepare for the May meeting is known. New members are welcome.
Other study groups form when there is interest. In the past these have included Felting, Basketry and Clothing, Triangle Looms.