Meetings: When and where we meet
We meet the 2nd Saturday of the month in September, October, November, February, March, April, and May at the White River Craft Center at the Kimball House, 50 Randolph Rd, Randolph, Vermont. See map
People are welcome at 9:15 to socialize, check out the library, have a cup of tea or coffee, before the start of the meeting at 10:00, followed by a business meeting at 11:30, and library access from 12–1:00. Food is not available at the meeting location so bring a bag lunch and socialize over the lunch break.
Morning meetings are free of charge to guild members and the general public.
Afternoon workshops usually begin at 1:00. Learn more about the guild's upcoming schedule of multi-day and afternoon workshops.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
September 11, 2021, 10:00 am
Our September meeting will be happening in-person and over Zoom web conferencing.
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Time: September 11, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 993 2163 4184
Susan Rockwell—Our History As Weavers!
Weaving is one of the oldest of the arts and crafts. In early civilizations people were nomads who needed secure temporary homes and clothing. Nature provided raw materials for clothing and shelter in order to survive. Every culture throughout history and in all regions of the world weaving has been found. In this powerpoint presentation we will cover that history from the ancient past to the present use of technological weaving. Weaving connects us to all time.
October 9, 2021, 10:00 am
Weavers Helping Weavers
November 13, 2021, 10:00 am
Prin Van Gulden—Natural Dyeing
February 12, 2022, 10:00 am
March 12, 2022, 10:00 am
Virginia Postrel—The Fabric of our Civilization
The story of humanity is the story of textiles—Virginia Postrel synthesizes ground-breaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal the rich story of the world's most influential commodity. Virginia Postrel is an award-winning journalist and independent scholar. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and has been a columnist for the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Her research is supported by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
April 9, 2022, 10:00 am
Denise Kovnat—Tactile Art: Collapse Techniques on 2 to 8 Shafts
In the water, collapse-woven fabrics change before your eyes: pleating and folding into soft organic shapes. This lecture focuses on patterns, yarns and how-to's for weaving "tactile art." Topics include differential shrinkage and cloqué, deflected double weave (fulled in the wash), weaving with S and Z twist yarns, weaving with crepe and over-twisted yarns, weaving with stainless-steel-blend and other specialty yarns and using weave structures such as waffle weave to achieve dimensional effects.
May 14, 2022, 10:00 am
Mary Ann Sanborn—Textile Traditions at Canterbury Shaker Village: 1792–1992
The history of the Canterbury Shakers, a unique utopian society, is intricately tied to textiles. Whether produced by hand or in Shaker mills yarn, cloth, and specialized products were fabricated to meet the needs of the Shaker community and for sale to the world's people. Canterbury Shakers were involved in textiles from the time the community was "gathered in" in 1792 until its final days in 1992. The Shakers raised sheep and planted linen, designed and produced textile tools and spinning wheels, and created textiles remarkable for both beauty and practicality. Yarn and yardage by hand and machine, dyes and dyeing, Shaker rag rugs, Dorothy Cloaks, Shaker Sweaters, knit and crochet goods, sales trips, patents and trademarks, all are part of the rich textile history of the Canterbury Shakers.
A monthly Guild meeting may be cancelled in the case of severe weather conditions or other uncontrollable Craft Center building issues.
The Executive Committee will decide by noon the Friday before the Saturday meeting if we need to cancel due to bad weather or other conditions beyond our control.
The announcement will be posted on the front page of the Vermont Weavers Guild website, on the Vermont Weavers Guild Facebook page, and under Guild Business on the Vermont Weavers Guild Member Forum.