The Madison Weavers Guild organizes workshops on occasion. We will post information regarding future workshops as it becomes available.

Double Weave Pickup Workshop, 4/3-4/5/2024

The Warped and Weft Weavers of Woodstock IL have invited us to join them in a 2 1/2 day Double Weave Pickup Workshop on Wednesday afternoon April 3 and all day on April 4th and 5th. See here for more details. This workshop is designed for anyone who is comfortable weaving on a 4 harness loom.  Woodstock is about a 2 hour drive from Madison.  It is a doable commute. If you prefer, there are some reasonably priced hotels in the area. The workshop will start after lunch on April 3 and finish up on April 5. For more information contact Claudia at or Pat Bullen at

Heather Winslow workshop Weaving in Theo Moorman style, 4/19-4/24/2024

To learn about this interesting inlay weaving technique, attend the workshop. Details are here.

Friendship Bag Workshop, date to be determined

If you want to participate in the Friendship Bag exchange, or just want to make a bag from a whole towel, please let Pat Bullen know by the end of the March. We need to know how many are participating in the swap and how many just want to learn how to make the bag. 

We will not be making the bag at the April meeting. We will set aside an afternoon when we have more than 2 hrs at a location more convenient for hauling sewing machines around.  See attached for the reminder of what is needed to make the bag.  Note that the instructions call for a 6 yd warp to make 2 bags.  It has been pointed out to me that many towel kits and many towel instructions don’t require such long warps.  If your material ends up narrower than 18″ you will need 2 yards after washing to create four 9×18 rectangles and have enough left for woven 2 straps and a pocket. Ideally, your finished towel material should be 36×18 AFTER washing in HOT water and drying in a HOT dryer to make sure it is a size that won’t change after sewing the bags.  In my first Friendship Bag Project, one of the participants did wash and dry her towels — washed them in cold water and dried briefly before hanging them to dry.  She neglected to tell anyone she swapped rectangles with.  I did not get her rectangles in the swap (We had 12 participants).  The 4 who got her rectangles found out after one of the bags had a lunch leak in it.  When it was washed, the rectangle did strange things with the interfacing.  Lesson learned the hard way.

These instructions also include woven straps.  If you are using commercial webbing or straps or belts, you only need to warp enough to get 4 panels after washing/drying.  If you don’t want to swap panels and you just want to make a bag from a single towel it doesn’t matter what size it is.  I have a wide variety of colors of webbing/straps — some cotton, some nylon.

Pat will be speaking at the April meeting on making a variety of bags from handmade cloth — woven and otherwise.  Participants attending the meeting are encouraged to bring any handmade bags they may have made or purchased.  More info to follow in the next newsletter.