A detailed, printable schedule for the 2023-2024 year is on the Events Page
September 18th – (In person meeting)
This will be a Welcome meeting. Bring your 2 favorite textiles and share why you love them. Without a formal presentation, it is a perfect chance to meet other members.
When and Where
If you are interested, but not yet a member, come and meet us! Our meetings are on the third Monday of the month. Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 6:45p.m.
Oakwood Village University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53507
- Come and enjoy the 29th annual Cornish Festival and Celtic Celebration on Saturday, September 23 from 10-4 in Mineral Point. It is an interesting town to visit. It is hilly and has lots of old architecture along with a state historical site (Shake Rag Alley). And a chance to get a real Cornish pasty. Also a beautiful fall drive. Here is the website: https://shakeragalley.org/fiber-faire/
- Fiber Arts Demos: From weaving to dyeing to tatting, you’ll learn about the artists who make by hand, and may be inspired to take up a new craft yourself.
- Shop: Enjoy our pop-up market of artisan goods and handmade items just in time for fall. You can also buy materials for your own projects and talk to knowledgeable craftspeople.
- Fashion Show & Contest: At 3 pm, share your creations in three categories: Most Cornish, Most Classic, and Most Quirktacular. Model your wearable art in our fashion show, and be eligible for selection for cash prizes to further your creativity. A three-judge panel of local celebrities and artists will make a selection for a cash prize in each category. See entry details below.
- Just-For-Fun Community Knitting Project: We’ll be creating a folly scarf — using donated yarn, we’ll start at the parking lot across from Shake Rag Alley and knit with broomsticks. Add your rows and let’s see if we can make it to the Merry Christmas Mine Hill trail!
- What Was That About an Alpaca? To explore fiber, we need to think about materials first — stop and say hello to the animals from area farms and talk with the farmers about caring for the animals, shearing, and preparing the fleece.
- One of our members, Kipp Ingles, will be there showcasing her work as a botanical dyer.
- Check out the FINE ART & CRAFT SALE for an out for an opportunity to buy some lovely handmade items. October 28 & 29, 2023 | 10am – 4pm at Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI https://www.fineartandcraftsale.com
- The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) seeks volunteers to serve on the Convergence® 2024 (July 11-17) Steering Committee. If you are interested, apply here.
- Equipment Policy The new procedure for borrowing Guild equipment can be seen on the Members Only page.
- Here is a new podcast that many members will appreciate. https://fibershed.org/programs/education-advocacy/weaving-voices-podcast/
- DEMONSTRATIONS: Our guild has been asked to demonstrate weaving at several area events in the fall. Details are in the September newsletter.
- WEAVE A REAL PEACE (WARP) was founded in 1992 at Weaver’s Convergence as a community of textile people who worked with artisans all over the world in fair trade or development work. They present monthly online panel discussions that are free and open to all (see https://weavearealpeace.wildapricot.org/events).
- The Wisconsin Handweavers Inc. is hoping to host the 2025 Midwest Weavers Conference, probably in the Milwaukee area. Planning is just getting underway. Send ideas about workshops, speakers, teachers, venders etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.