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    November 14, 2009

Morning Presentation:

Teaching in Guatemala

We will begin with a presentation by Tamie Pitman about her
experience teaching weaving to orphans and single mothers in Guatemala.

The Vermont Historical Society Project
and Spot Weaves

Four guild members, Kate Smith, Katherine Clark, Trudy Otis and Julie George, spent one morning a week throughout the summer and fall 2004 at the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) documenting the VHS textile collection. Among the coverlets, blankets and household linens were a number of unusual spot weaves and blended weave structures. Many of these special linens have been analyzed. Julie will take you on a tour of the textiles through photographs, followed by a chance to look through the fabric analysis notebook and see woven linen samples of many of the analyzed fabrics and overshot samples woven from handwritten antique drafts.

Afternoon Work Session:

Are there UFOs in your closet, under your bed or in boxes around your house? No time to do to the finish work on the fabrics you’ve woven? Are you trying to decide whether to come to a guild meeting or stay home and finish some of the gifts you want to give this holiday season? Here’s a chance to do both. Bring your UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and work on them while chatting with friends and getting inspiration from other weavers. Have a question about how to finish your project or need someone to talk you through cutting your woven fabric for the first time? Or no space to lay that blanket out and cut the fringe evenly? There will a sewing machine, ironing board and iron, fringe twisters and tables available, so bring those dishtowels, blankets, scarves or whatever you need to work on and spend the afternoon finishing up some of those UFOs.

Mayan Hands Sale!

Mayan Hands is a non-profit fair trade organization that has been working
with Mayan weavers since 1989. We now work with approximately 200 weavers,
organized in groups of 12 to 50 women, living in eleven different
communities around the western and northern highlands of Guatemala.
All over the world, people hail Maya weavers as talented textile artists,
but most of them live in conditions of extreme poverty, often making no
more than $3 or $4 monthly, barely surviving. Mayan Hands' mission is to
assist these women in their quest to raise themselves out of poverty.
Working with fair trade, the women can count on a modest, and just as
important, a regular income that enables their families to eat better,
send their children to school, improve their homes and even save a little.
Selling their handwoven textiles at a fair price, the women are gaining
control over their lives.



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