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

November meeting: Emily Nie – Band Weaving

November 21, 2022 – 7 pm (Zoom and in-person hybrid meeting).  Emily Nie will talk to us about band weaving, a technique for weaving narrow bands or ribbons that have both a highly practical as well as aesthetic value. Such bands were produced by many cultures through history—they are variously called straps, backstraps, tapes, or belts. Their purposes, designs, and colors are endless.

Sale and Swap:  At the meeting, bring weaving items you no longer need. You will have the opportunity to buy or sell or trade them. Please have things priced. You may have a poster of things you need to see if anyone has them available.  You may have pictures of items that are too big to bring in.

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New or prospective members are most welcome.  Come join us!  We would love to meet you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Equipment Policy The Board has been discussing our equipment and have come up with an equipment policy. We have quite a few things that are scattered all over at members’ houses and an inventory has been created. Mary Jo Schiavoni will be coordinating equipment for loans for workshops. Some equipment will be sold, possibly at this meeting for sell or swap.
  • Middleton Library Display The Madison Weavers Guild will have a display at the Middleton Public Library January and February, 2023.  We encourage everyone to submit something to show. Cindy Dross will be collecting items at both the November and December meetings, with the final date for submitting items December 19th. Laurie Zimmerman and Mary Jo Schiavoni have both agreed to be drop-off points if members can’t make the meetings. Please include the following with your items: Name, Description (scarf, towel, runner, etc.), Weave Structure, Fiber Content. If you have something you want to use to display your items, such as a stand, hanging rod, etc., please include that when you submit your item.  Laurie and I will be setting up the display on Monday, January 2; if you have time to help that day, we would really appreciate it. We will also need help taking down the display on February 28th.
  • Threading the Needle is a Fiber Art exhibit by Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists.  It is on display at the Middleton Public Library from October 3 through December 17, 2022.
  • Madison Weavers Guild is sponsoring an episode of HGA Tea and Textiles (on Facebook and Youtube) on March 14, 2023. We have requested that Kathi Grupp interview our own Pat Hilts. Watch for the announcement, tell all your weaving friends to watch. If you haven’t been watching these, either live or on Youtube, start now. Do a Youtube search for Tea and Textiles. The live broadcast is on Tuesdays at 3 our time on the HGA Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.
  • 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).
CONFERENCES
  • 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.

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

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