A detailed, printable schedule for the 2022-2023 year is on the Events Page .

May meeting:  Lily Hope “Ravenstail/Chilkat Weaving: Northwest Coast Finger Woven Textiles

Lily Hope is Tlingit, Raven, T’akdeintaan. She learned weaving from her late mother Clarissa Rizal. She teaches weekly classes and has her woven art in museums across the country. Learn about the history of two woven textiles traditionally woven by Indigenous peoples in Alaska and Canada. Her lecture will present historic and contemporary materials, natural and synthetic dye practices, and origins and meanings of designs. 
We will have a potluck at this, our last meeting until fall. Our start time will be 6:30 pm (instead of the usual 7pm) to allow us to some time to socialize and eat before Lily starts her presentation via zoom! Please bring a snack to share. We will provide drinks, plates and silverware.
Pat Bullen will not be able to attend this meeting so the friendship bag project planned for this meeting will be rescheduled.
If you are interested, but not yet a member, come and meet us!

Our meetings are on the third Monday of the month

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Oakwood Village University Woods

6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53507

  • Artful Felt at the Library, an Exhibit by the Madison Area Felters’ Guild at the Sequoya Library, Madison, WI, April 5 to May 30, 2023. View 50 original handmade items made by 22 artists demonstrating a wide variety of feltmaking techniques and uses of wool. All are made from a variety of sheep’s wool using felting methods that go back thousands of years to turn wool fleece into felt. Attend demonstrations of various feltmaking methods by the exhibiting artists, participate in beginning felting classes and visit the Sequoya Squares interactive display to make your own art. Come away with an appreciation for how felted wool can be used to make art. Many of the pieces on display are for sale. Sequoya Library is at the corner of Midvale and Tokay Blvds. Find more information at the Sequoya events calendar.
  • What is a Career in Textiles? The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.‘s (HGA) two-day online symposium spotlights leading professional and industry trend setters, sharing their experiences and providing insights on the diverse and changing landscape of textiles and fiber art. The symposium is open to all, but is geared towards young professionals, recent graduates, and students. Register here.
  • 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.
  • ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE We had a very successful sale this year. If you are interested in selling your work in 2023, stay tuned for information.
  • 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 2023 Midwest Weavers conferenceConfluence of Threads will be hosted by the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild,  June 12-17, 2023. A preliminary Class Schedule is listed at https://midwestweavers.org. Registration opens January 2023.
  • 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 ricordanza@charter.net.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the information presented. madisonweaversguild@gmail.com.

The Madison Weavers guild was established over 60 years ago. Over the years, we have continued to help people learn about the art of weaving and discuss weaving’s challenges and joys