Programs and Workshops

November 13, 2019 | “Making the Paradigm Shift from Craft to Art” with Molly McLaughlin

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church

Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin focuses on the use of dynamic color interplay and transforming the geometric and curvilinear forms found in nature into vibrant and beautiful designs. She lives on the New Hampshire sea coast, where the geometric patterns found in the rocks, driftwood, and water inspire her wall hangings, which are hand dyed and utilize inlay-weave techniques that allow for different layers of color to interact. Her many awards include Artist of the Year for 2019 from the Cambridge (MA) Art Association and Best in Show and Best Surface Design for the Complex Weavers exhibit at Convergence 2018 in Reno, NV.

November 13-15, 2019 | “Theo Moorman Technique: Painting with Fiber” with Molly McLaughlin

Guild Workshop

First Baptist Church

Amanda McCavour

This workshop focuses on utilizing Theo Moorman’s inlay technique to explore different aspect of design principles of color and line. The class will weave geometric forms using the Moorman technique on dyed warps supplied by the instructor. Participants will look at color theory, the use of positive and negative space, and the concept of designing with the tent of creating a visual experience.

November 14, 2019 | “By a Fine Silk Thread” with Lillian Whipple

Guild Lecture

7:30pm, Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

"Lillian began weaving in 1971. Her first weaving class was at Sunset Weaves in the Sunset District of San Francisco. She continued to study weaving and received a Master’s Certificate from the Handweavers’ Guild of America (HGA) in “By a Fine Silk Thread.” Her main interest is weaving with fine silk thread in complex structures for clothing, small art pieces and small pieces for note cards. Her weaving is done on a 24-shaft computer aided loom. She has received many awards for her weaving."

November 18, 2019 | “Make-n-take Pin Cushion” with Deb Bolcko

Evening Monthly Meeting

6:30pm, Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Deb Bolcko will teach us how to create Pennywool Rug Pin Cushions in this fun “make-n-take.” Join us in the back room and bring a friend!.

December 16, 2019 | “Quilled Cards” with Barb Snios

Evening Monthly Meeting

6:30pm, Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Last year’s Quilled cards proved so popular that Barb Snios has agreed to some back with new designs for us to try. We’ll also have a bit of a holiday social to celebrate the season. Join us in the back room and bring a friend!.

January 8, 2020 | “The Art of Kiltmaking” with Barbara Tewksbury

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church

Barbara Tewksbury

Barbara Tewksbury has woven kilts for more than 15 years for customers around the globe. Her presentation will show a number of the kilts she has made, including regional and corporate tartans (Arctic, Antarctic, Isle of Skye, New Hampshire, Highland Granite, Scottish Odyssey, and USA St. Andrews Society), military tartans, family tartans and personal tartans. Her book, The Art of Kiltmaking, is available from Celtic Croft. A structural geologist, she is a professor at Hamilton College.

February 12, 2020 | “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes” with Daina Taimina

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church

Daina Taimina

Decades ago, Cornell University mathematics professor Diana Taimina created a model of hyperbolic planes, allowing students to explore the properties of this unique geometry, by using crochet. In 1997 Cornell University mathematician Daina Taimina created a physical model of hyperbolic space that allows us to explore the properties of this unique geometry. The method she used was crochet. Since then, she has participated in shows in the U.S., the U.K., Latvia, Italy, Belgium, and Ireland. Her work is in private collections, academic settings, and at the Smithsonian, the Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum and the Institut Henri Poincaré. Learn more about her work, which represents the junction of science and art.

Daina Taimina's work

March 11, 2020 | “The Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing: A Comparison of Natural and Synthetic Dyes” with Mary Ann Proia

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church

Mary Ann Proia

In 2018, Guild member Mary Ann Proia received the Certificated of Excellence in Dyeing from the Handweavers Guild of America – one of only six people and the first in a decade to receive this award. A fine-arts graduate of Nazareth College, she discovered weaving and dyeing in college and has been at it ever since. She has studied with Susan Rowley, Michele Wipplinger, and Kathy Hattori. She is a teacher at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center and has shown her work in Seattle, Las Vegas, Colorado and Italy.


Coming Up 2019-2020

April 8, 2020 | ”History of Wool and Felt,” with Renate Maile-Moscowitz

April 8-10, 2020 | “Felted Flowers and Beads” with Renate Maile-Moscowitz

May 13, 2020 | “My Evolution in Tapestry” with  David Johnson

May 13-15, 2020 | "Painting with Soumak Tapestry", with David Johnson

June 10, 2019 | Annual Picnic