September 8, 2007
Warp Painting with Marjie Thompson
October 19, 20 and 21, 2007
The Splendor of Multi-Colored Warps with Betty Vera
November 10, 2007
Sewing with Handwoven Fabric with Sharon Baker Kelly
February 9th: "Do-It-Ourselves"
March 8th: Fran Curran: Creating a Personal Statement With a
April 12 & 13 :(2 day workshop) Laurie Autio: Lace
May 10th: Mary Ann Sanborn: Tablet Weaving
September 13 – Beth Guertin –
GARBAGE WARPS AKA Cleaning Out Your Yarn Closet
October, 17 -19: (3-day workshop) Sarah Fortin: Weaving in
November 8: Ruby Leslie – Lost in
Translation...or Why Color Theories Do Not Guarantee Good
March 14, 2009 – Jennifer Hoag – Introduction to Wet and
Nuno Felting Techniques
September 2009 – Habu - Fiber Talk
October 31, 2009 – Robin Spady – Extreme Warp Makeover -
Hate to warp, but love to weave?
November 14, 2009 –
February 13, 2010 – Express Yourself with Mary
March 13, 2010 - From Backstrap to Jacquard Weaving--The
Work of Bhakti Ziek
September 11, 2010 - Warp Painting Workshop
October, 2010 - Rep Weave with Lucienne Coifman
November 13, 2010 - A short history of Japanese Textiles
with Charlotte Hamlin
February 12, 2011 - IT’S SHOWTIME! Getting Your Work
Ready to Show and Photographing It, presented by Mary
Schwartz and Mary Alice Favro
March 12, 2011 - Kate Smith of Marshfield School of
Weaving and Eaton Hill
Kate will talk about the rejuvenated Marshfield School
and Eaton Hill Textiles.
April 9, 2011 - Laurie Autio of Advanced Explorations in
Also.....Begins at 9 AM. Bring in weavings and paperwork for
September 10, 2011 - Bead Leno with
October 22-24, 2011- Sat., Sun., and Monday (2 or
3-Day) with Sarah Fortin
Shadow Weave: Color and Dimension
March 10, 2012 – Weaving at Warp Speed
April 14 - 15, 2012 - Weaving a Memory
May 12, 2012 - Introduction to Network
Coil Basketry with Betty Atwood
2012 - 2013
Warp-Painting Workshop, September 8, 2012
Saturday, Oct. 6- Monday, October 8th -
More Doubleweave on Four with Jennifer Moore
March 9, 2013 -
Making Selvedges Better -
April 13, 2013 - Weaving with Linen -Scott
2013 - 2014
Oct. 5,6, and 7 2013 - Crimp and Create
February 2014 --
David Hurwitz -
Marketing and pricing our crafts
March 8th, 2014
Gail Callahan - Dyeing a 36 Color Progression
Barbara Herbster - Using a Photograph as Warp Inspiration
2014 - 2015
September 13, 2014 - Virginia Coolidge
October 4-6, 2014 - Elisabeth Hill
Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, Cell Weave
November 8, 2014 - Connie Gray
“A GOOD TURN” – Intro to Basic Card/Tablet
February 14, 2015 – Susan Rockwell - Understanding Blocks
March 14 and 15, 2015
- 2-day with Tom Jipson on Tapestry Weaving
April 11, 2015 - Dena Moses - Rag Rugs
2015 - 2016
September 12, 2015 - Laurie Autio - Fiberworks
October 17, 2015 - Anastasia Azure - Woven Metal Jewelry
November 14, 2015 and February 13, 2016 - Jayne Flanagan - Huck Essentials & Beyond
2 sessions (weather date May 14, 2016)
March 12, 2016 - Band Weaving with Becky Ashenden
April 8, 9, 10, 2016 - Lucienne Coiffman - Classic and Nontraditional Rep Weave
May 14, 2016 - Ply-splitting with Becky Jensen
September 7-9, 2016 - 4-end Block Weaves & Summer and Winter with Jason Collingwood
September 10, 2016 – Bahkti Ziek
Taqueté – Bhakti will conduct two afternoon workshops on Taqueté. The first on September 10, 2016 will introduce the structure. Bhakti will demonstrate drafting, threading, treadling and the pick-up possibilities of this versatile structure. Participants will weave taqueté on their own at home and gather on November 12, 2016 to share samples and discuss their work with the instructor.
Both September and November afternoon workshops will be conducted in Bhakti’s home studio on Highland Avenue in Randolph.
October 8, 2016 – Susan Rockwell
Introduction to Basic Drafting - Learning how to read and understand drafts for weaving patterns can be intimidating. In this workshop, we will start at the beginning, taking the mystery out of reading and understanding a basic thread by thread draft. We will cover threading, tie-up, treadling and drawdown and practice how to read drafts from books and weaving magazines. There will be plenty of exercises for practice. Please bring a ruler, pencil and eraser and any draft you would like help with. There will be a hand-out fee of $2.00 or less.
November 12, 2016 – Bhakti Ziek
Taqueté – Participants will weave taqueté on their own at home and gather on November 12, 2016 to share samples and discuss their work with the instructor.
Both September and November afternoon workshops will be conducted in Bhakti’s home studio on Highland Avenue in Randolph.
February 11, 2017 – Susan Rockwell
Profile Drafting - In this workshop you will learn how to read and understand profile drafts and why they are helpful and necessary. Profile drafts are a shorthand method for placement of blocks in the threading and treadling and opens doors to designing. To understand profile drafts you need to know how to read and interpret thread by thread or basic drafting. Please bring a ruler, pencil and eraser. There will be hand-out fee of less than $3.00
March 11, 2017 – Suzi Ballenger
Renegade Treadlings on Traditional Threadings -
Ms and Os, Huck-a-Back, and Swedish Point are three traditional weave structures that can offer weavers the opportunity to explore myriad possibilities for towels, clothing, and accessories. We will learn how the structure of the patterns can be adapted for renegade treadlings by looking at what our looms are doing from a different perspective. Think architecturally. Study the rising/lowering rhythm of the shafts. Define what makes a pattern and a “float”, and then determine where you want the wefts or warps. Learn some fundamentals. Throw out the rules. Explore. Choose a sequence and repeat it! A new way to expand our treadling vocabulary to find our own voice in creating innovative designs for cloth.
Suzi Ballenger is a veteran weaver and educator from Rhode Island, who is known for thinking outside the box. Her work has been seen in Handwoven Magazine. She has developed specialized tools for handweaving that push the pre-conceived boundaries of traditional methods, and holds patents on her tool designs. She has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a visiting artist at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007. She is currently an MFA candidate for Artisanry/Fibers at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and teaches at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI
April 8, 2017 – Marjie Thompson
Block Weaves –
“This block can be done in a bunch of different structures” says the instructor. You nod yes when, really, all this is flying over your head. Come learn how to really understand what the instructor said and how to put block weaves to work for you. This class is suitable for all weavers with at least four shafts on their loom.
Working from weaving manuscripts, printed books, and textiles, everyone will learn to recognize a block weave and how to use anything from Atwater-Bronson Lace to double weave to weave the blocks.
Graph paper and pencils with erasers ;-) are suggested. There will be handouts.
Marjie Thompson enjoys being "stuck' in the pre-20th century weaving world. Her focus is the textiles produced both at home and by the professional weavers. Marjie enjoys adapting these weaves to contemporary colors and uses. She is the coordinator of the Complex Weavers "Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts" study group, past president of NEWS, a past Dean of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston, past president of Complex Weavers, an active guild member Weavers' Guild of Boston, vice-president of the New Hampshire Weavers' Guild, and a member of many study groups including Cross Country Weavers. Her woven pieces have received the HGA award, Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award, and Marjie is one of a handful of weavers awarded the “Weaver of Distinction” title from NEWS in both the gallery and fashion shows. She is the co-author of Forgotten Pennsylvania Textiles of the 18th and 19th Centuries, The Huck Pattern Collection, Miniature Patterns for Weaving by Josephine Estes, and the editor of The Gartner Manuscript. Her articles have appeared in Weavers, Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot, and The Spinning Wheel Sleuth’s Loom Supplement.
September 9, 2017
AM Presentation-Susan Rockwell & Panel
Whether an old or new member please come help us celebrate this special birthday of the Vermont Weavers Guild.
There will be a panel of several people with a display of photos, newspaper articles and guild memorabilia. The panel will cover a time line of Art and Crafts in Vermont, a search of newspaper records of the guild, the VWG association with NEWS and hearing from our special guests. Special guests will be two of our four Honorary Members, Betty Atwood and Edith House who are both distinguished weavers and have been mentors to many experienced and new weavers over the past almost 70 years. They both are truly a “Weaver’s weaver” which means they have both taught weaving and been mentors to all weavers. Both have held many offices in our guild.
Betty joined the guild in 1951 and has a keen memory of her early days in the guild, woven our award ribbons
for years and is still running her weaving studio with students in Florence, VT. Betty is a past President
of the New England Weavers Seminar (NEWS)*. She taught in the Weaving Department of UVM for many years
and is an accomplished weaver still weaving and mentoring. Edith House is not only an Honorary Member
of our guild but also an Honorary Member of the Weavers Guild of Boston. She has taught throughout
New England and is a designated “Weaver of Distinction” at the NEWS based on her many award-winning
shaft-switch rugs. Edith joined the guild in the 1970’s and first learned to weave on an inkle loom.
Edith received her Master Weavers rating from the Handweavers Guild of America in 1988. Please come and
share your photos, newspaper articles and experience with the guild as well. Everyone except the Honored
Guests are requested to bring a potluck so that we can get to know all members of our wonderful guild better.
PM Workshop - Susan Rockwell - Aspects of Double Weave
This class will explore the many aspects of double weave on four shafts including: separate layers,
double width cloth, tube and double weave pick-up. Drafting, finishing, and setting up the loom will be
covered as well as the examination of numerous samples. Students will take what they have learned home,
and return for a show and tell at the March 10, 2018 meeting with samples for the group. The instructor
will have drafts for samples, or you may create your own. Workshop fee: $25.00 Handout Fee: $2.00.
Saturday October 14th – AM Presentation - Donna Kay
PM WORKSHOP Saturday & All Day Sunday October 15th Donna Kay
Donna will present Yarn Evaluation: Methods for evaluating and determining the best uses for
many different kinds of yarn.
Beginning Spinning Workshop
Donna Kay will conduct a day and a half long workshop on the basics of hand spinning. The workshop will
cover how to adjust and use a spinning wheel, draft fibers and spin a yarn as well as fiber preparations,
types of spinning wheels and fiber tools. Students should bring their own wheel in good working condition.
If you do not have a wheel, Donna will bring a couple of extra wheels and lazy kates and niddy noddies to
share. Contact Annette to reserve a wheel. Annette.email@example.com. Workshop fee: $100 Materials fee: $10
to be collected by the instructor.
Instructor Bio Donna Kay s an accomplished handspinner, knitter, designer and teacher. She is
from Barrington, New Hampshire and has been teaching knitting and designing knitting patterns for over
twenty-five years. ‘Folk’ knitting is her passion and she delights in sharing her knowledge with others
through her teaching and designs. Donna’s designs have frequently appeared in popular knitting magazines
such as Interweave Knits, as well as in the books, Christmas Stockings and Knitter’s Stash. In order to
further promote the art of traditional hand-knitting, she started her own company, Tree of Life Designs.
November 11-13, 2017
AM Presentation - Lucy Brusic - What is crackle and what
can you do with it?
Saturday PM, Sunday & Monday – Lucy Brusic – Making Crackle New
Making Crackle New
Using drafts from a Swedish weaving book, Jamtlandsdrall (Osterssund: 1955) we will explore new ways to interpret and use the crackle weave. ('Jamtlandsdrall' is the Swedish word for crackle.) Some of the new ways involve color use and treadling and are applicable to other structures. You do not need to know anything about crackle to take this workshop. I will explain the principles of crackle as we go. However, you must be able to thread a loom accurately so that you arrive in the workshop with your loom ready to go. And you must be able to follow reasonable treadling instructions. You will be weaving on your own looms (4 shafts). By mid-September I will supply the drafts to be threaded along with some indication as to which ones I think are easier than others. I will try to limit the drafts to 300-350 threads. I suggest that you interpret them in either 8/2 or 10/2. (There are a few rug drafts that can be woven in 5/2). It is easier for other weavers to use your work if you are using 'known' threads. A 3 to 3.5 yard warp will be sufficient unless you are planning a post-workshop project such as a towel. Only a few of these drafts are part of the American crackle literature. My hope is someday to publish an updated version of Jamtlandsdrall for modern American weavers. To this end, I will have my husband photograph a good sample of your pattern. I would be delighted if you also want to give me a sample to take it home with me in case I decide to go with a professional photographer. I will also ask you for a brief biographical sketch to add to the information about the sample. Workshop Fee: $200. Materials Fee (pattern book): $10.
Lucy Brusic is a writer and a weaver. She is the author of A Crackle Weave Companion: Exploring Four-Shaft Crackle (Kirk House: 2012). She has been working with the crackle structure for more than 40 years and has sampled almost all the 4-shaft crackle patterns in the American weaving literature. She was co-author with Joyce Harter of Weaving for Worship: Handweaving for Churches and Synagogues. She has taught workshops at several Convergences (2000, 2004, 2006), at Midwest Federation, at Intermountain in Albuquerque, and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. She has also spoken at the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild; at the Canton, Ohio, Weavers Guild; and at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She is a former president of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and of the Weavers Guild of Connecticut. Lucy lives in St. Paul Minnesota with her husband, a retired Lutheran minister, and her son. She weaves in the winter and gardens in the summer.
February 10, 2018
AM – General Show & Tell
PM Workshop – Julie George – YOU Be the Judge – walking in their shoes
Submitting your work to be judged doesn't have to be scary. Sometimes we get glowing comments but they aren't always the ones we remember. It's the times they see a mistake that you didn't see or they don't like the color or one judge loves it and another doesn't. Those are the comments that stick in our minds. Judges don't know everything but they know a lot and can help us to evaluate our own work. In this workshop, we will talk about what the judges are looking for and will have a chance to be a judge. We will look and talk about pieces that have been through the judging process, hear what the judges said, and hopefully, take some of the mystery out of the process. I hope this will help more of our guild members to take the plunge and put their work in the next guild exhibit in 2019!
Bio: Julie fell in love with weaving at the age of 5 or 6 with potholders and started weaving in the early 1970s when she lived in Kentucky and fell in love with the beautiful coverlets that were often found at estate auctions. Her first loom was a barn loom bought at auction. Julie spent two years doing week-long paper weaving workshops in the local elementary schools while living in Kentucky. She now weaves on an 24-shaft AVL and a 12-shaft Macomber. There was a 10 year hiatus in the 80s due to the "No Space, No Time, No Money" syndrome. Julie joined the guild in 1995, served as president of the VWG for four years among several other guild roles. Julie, along with three other guild members, documented the textile collection of the Vermont Historical Society. She went on to analyze and weave samples of many of the pieces. She has taken many guild workshops and recently completed Laurie Autio's "Explorations in Advanced Weaving" course. She is also a member of Complex Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America and the Boston Weavers Guild.
March 10, 2018
AM – On the morning of March 10th, the Vermont Weavers Guild will host a video
and live Q and A with Rebecca Mezoff.
PM On-line Tapestry Study Group Kick-off - Rebecca Mezoff
Rebecca Mezoff is offering the guild a deep discount on the price of her on-line tapestry course. Her Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry course is offered in three parts. We will begin with Part 1. The course is intended as a six to nine-month course of study for those with no experience with tapestry or for those who have some knowledge of tapestry but need a structured review of foundational principals. Participants will have access to Rebecca’s extensive video instruction library, PDF handouts with diagrams and photographic examples, as well a group discussion forum. Photos of your work can be submitted for feedback from Rebecca. Live video calls are also a possibility for an additional fee of $50 (total). For the best outcome, participants should spend a few hours each week on study and weaving.
Technical requirements: You must have access to broadband, and a Mac, PC or iPad. If you can view a standard you tube video you will be fine.
Equipment: You should have a floor or frame loom suitable for tapestry weaving. Rebecca has posted a materials list here:
You must sign up for this class using the regular guild form.The workshop fee will be $25, paid to the Guild. Names and email addresses will be sent to Rebecca. She will then send an invitation to register for her course at the discounted rate. The course fee is paid directly to Rebecca upon registration.
Course Fee for Part 1: If 5 to 9 people sign up: $120
If 10 to 14 people sing up: $110
15 plus: $100
The same discount will apply for those who want to go on to Parts 2 and 3, provided there are at least 5 people to go forward.
Instructor Bio: When she wasn’t digging in the sand in her backyard in New Mexico, Rebecca Mezoff grew up making dolls out of her dad’s
old socks. Now she makes large-format tapestries and is often found weaving in her pajamas which she affectionately calls her “home pants”.
She also creates online courses and occasionally she leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color
and technique in tapestry. Her current work focuses on human perception and the long scale of geologic time. Her
studio is in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can find out more about her on her website and blog
Tapestry Group Lunches: April 14, 2018 and May 12, 2018.
April 7-9, 2018
AM – Susan Wilson – Topic TBA
PM – Saturday – Monday – Polychrome Crackle Workshop
Crackle weave is a surprisingly versatile weave with exciting design potential on just four shafts. This workshop covers the essentials of drafting and designing in the classic crackle weave, with consideration of design elements of proportion, color, value, and texture. On-loom exercises ensure a thorough understanding of classic crackle weave. In addition, we will explore the many variations possible by treadling crackle in the manner of other weaves, e.g. summer and winter or Bronson lace, and by using special treadlings, e.g. polychrome or boundweave. Your sampler will include at least twelve distinctly different fabrics, all on a crackle threading. Comprehensive instruction in multi-shaft crackle is included in the 3-day workshop.
Advanced beginning to intermediate level - students should have some experience with pattern weaves (e.g. overshot, summer and winter) and know how to read a draft.
4-shaft loom required. Loom preparation instructions and materials list will be provided for distribution to participants well in advance. No materials fee. Maximum participants: 18
Bio: Susan Wilson received the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Master Level, in 1990, with a specialty in crackle weave. Her book, Weave Classic Crackle & More was published in 2011. She has published articles in Weaver's, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot magazines, and Complex Weavers Journal, and her crackle sample was featured on the cover of A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns edited by Carol Strickler. Susan has lectured and taught workshops throughout the U.S. and at several Convergences and regional conferences. A weaver for 45 years, Susan enjoys pattern weaving, sampling to explore woven structure, and creating household textiles and clothing accessories.
May 12, 2018
AM Presentation – Fran Curran – Color for the Weaver
Many weavers struggle with how to use color in their weaving. This PowerPoint presentation attempts to point out the key factors to consider when selecting color for any weaving project.
PM Workshop – Fran Curran – Selecting and Planning Designs with Color.
This workshop will consist of a series of hands on exercise's that tackle different color and design problems. Through making wraps and searching for fresh exciting color combinations, all participants will leave the workshop with plans for future weaving projects. Yarns and most of the materials will be provided. Materials list for participants will be provided. Workshop fee: $25. Materials Fee: $5.00 to be collected by the instructor.
Bio: For the past 35 years Fran has enjoyed teaching weaving classes and exhibiting her work throughout New England. She is the Executive Director of the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center and past president of NEWS 2007 and Hand Weavers' Guild of CT 2004. Fran received a BA in Textiles from Manchester College of Art and Design (England), and a master's degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
September 8-9, 2018
AM – Jane Woodhouse – Roots, Bugs and Berries, In Search of the Perfect Red
PM – Jane Woodhouse - Dyeing Silk Naturally
We will begin with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes. Dye extracts will be mixed in a 1% equivalent stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 4-5 dye extracts and a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors. Students will produce approximately 200 color samples. We will use a traditional alum mordant and a second set using an alternative alum/tannin based mordant. Samples will include bombyx, tussah and raw silk fiber contents.
Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast. Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns. Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class. The instructor will provide most materials, but the students will need to bring good rubber gloves, scissors, waterproof sharpie marker, and either an apron or old clothing to work around dyes.
Maximum registrants: 20 Level of experience : Beginning – Advanced dyers. Some familiarity with dye methods is helpful but not necessary. Workshop fee: $150. Materials Fee: $35
Instructor Bio: Jane has spent the last 37 years working as a production weaver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Florida State University and went on to earn an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration in textiles. She currently lives in Peacham, VT on Brigid's Farm that is home to a herd of natural colored angora goats and dairy goats. Her on-farm studio specializes in natural dyeing practice and research. She teaches regularly in her studio. Her article Making Stock Solutions from Natural Dyes appeared in the Spring 2014 Color issue of Spin-Off Magazine. Teaching Experience: Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, 2007-present, New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, 2012 – present, North Country Spinners, Fibre Fallout 2014,Northeast Handspinning Association, Gathering 2016, Vermont Technical College, Part-time Instructor, 2016 – 2017
October 10 - 12, 2018
Multi-day Workshop – Catharine Ellis - Woven Shibori
Catharine will conduct a three-day workshop on woven shibori. Weaving will be done with cotton or other cellulose fibers incorporating resist warp and weft threads at the loom. All dyeing will be done with indigo. The class will build organic indigo vats, using fructose, henna, or iron as reduction agents. Students will also learn how to use these vats and maintain them. Participants will prepare their looms for woven shibori according to instructions provided by Catharine. Emphasis will be placed on experimenting with patterns and understanding structural possibilities on 4 or 8 shafts. Students will be encouraged to sample but it will be possible to complete a small product such as a scarf or woven runner. The workshop will be held at Bethany UCC Church in Randolph, VT (walking distance to the Craft Center.) Workshop Fee:$200 plus a materials fee of $15 to be paid to the instructor.
Catharine Ellis has been a weaver and a dyer for over 40 years. After three decades of teaching the Fiber Program at Haywood Community College in NC she is now dedicated to studio work, focusing on natural dye processes. She also does specialized, selected teaching, in the U.S. and internationally. Recent projects include teaching natural dyeing in Guatemalan through Mayan Hands.
Catharine is the originator of the woven shibori process and author of the instructional book, Woven Shibori (Interweave Press, 2005). In 2016, a new edition was published, which focuses on natural dyes. Her textile work is shown extensively in exhibitions and shows. She is currently working collaboratively with the Oriole Mill in NC to produce specialty Jacquard fabrics.
Catharine is actively involved in the Surface Design Association, the World Shibori Network, and is a founding member of the Southeastern Fiber Educators Association. She is currently on the Board of the Textile Society of America, and has served on the boards of Penland School of Crafts and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and
Design. She established the Western North Carolina Textile Study Group in 2012. Catharine is currently writing a book with co-author, Joy Boutrup, on natural dye practices that will be published in 2018.
October 13, 2018
AM Presentation – Catharine Ellis -From Plain Weave to Jacquard: A Journey Through Textiles.
Catharine will talk about the evolution and discoveries through her own textiles in the context of weaving, shibori, f
PM Workshop – Beth Balon – Inkle Weaving
November 10, 2018
AM Presentation – Sue Smith – Title TBA
PM Workshop – Sue Smith – Lace Weaves - Details TBA