Programs & Workshops

December 18, 2017 | Holiday Cheer with Friends

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Beaded Inkle Weave

OK. It’ll be a week before Christmas and you’ll have a million things to do! Why not come to work on those last minute gifts or do some creative wrapping with friends, all the while sharing some holiday cheer?

 

January 10, 2018 | "Flax to Linen” with Wendy Caffee

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Wendy Caffee

Spinner, knitter, tatter, weaver… As a child, Wendy kept busy with any crafts that were available. Learning in Girl Scouts how to knit and embroider, she taught herself how to tat in 7th grade and acquired a rigid-heddle loom as a teen. She picked up knitting again as an adult in the late 1980s and started spinning in 1992. She explored bobbin lace, weaving, dyeing, felting, Battenberg lace and other techniques to satisfy the need to create.

Wendy received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo and worked in the sign industry for more than 20 years. Currently, she works as a teaching assistant at the high school level while trying to find time for the many activities that she enjoys. Her interest in flax began many years ago while assisting with demonstrations at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Now, she demonstrates the process at least a few times per year, growing a small amount of flax as needed. She can usually be seen with her companion, a Great Pyrenees dog named Nikko.

Wendy Caffee Linen

  

January 15, 2018 | A Weaverly Path, The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Silvia Heyden tapestry

Together we will view the documentary film  by Kenny Dalsheimer, A Weaverly Path, The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden.  She was a Swiss weaver of more than 800 tapestries.  To the left is "Orange Tap Perfect 4".

 

February 14, 2018 | "Unearthing the World of Fibers” with Linda Cortright

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Linda Cortright

Cortright will present a stunning look at natural fibers and their sources from around the globe – from the High Himalayas to the rim of the Arctic Circle. She is editor of Wild Fibers magazine, which began in 2007 as is often called “the National Geographic for the fiber world.” Among her many endeavors, she is founder of the Cashmere Craft Center in Pangong, India, in the High Himalayas, a 501(c)3 organization where some 80 nomadic women spin and knit cashmere yarns for sale around the world. Visit her website at www.wildfibersmagazine.com.

Wild Fibers

  

 

February 19, 2017 | Threads

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Craft in America: Threads

Winter weather brings us together to watch a DVD named "Craft in America: Threads".

 

March 14, 2018 | "The Jacquard Loom” with Nancy Smothergill

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Nancy Smothergill

Around 1800, when Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism to make use of punch cards, he revolutionized the weaving industry. His mechanism made it possible to weave intricate images and patterns by mechanically selecting individual threads. Most people have heard the term Jacquard weaving but don’t know how it works. Step by step we will see how this amazing invention works. In addition, we will look at some very cool looms!

Nancy writes, “I learned to weave in 1972 but the most complex of my looms is an 8 shaft Baby Wolf. My favorite kind of weaving is tablet weaving, a far cry from automation. However, I am fascinated by looms of all sorts and whenever I travel, I hunt for looms, especially old looms. Curious about how Jacquard weaving actually works, I set out to deconstruct the mechanism and understand the process.”

Nancy currently is the membership chair and treasurer for TWIST, Tablet Weavers International Studies and Techniques. For the past two years she has taught a class in tablet-woven calligraphy at WAFAC.

Jacquard Loom=
Jacquard Loom Cards

 

Coming Up 2017-2018

 

Guild Evening Meeting: Portable Tapestry with Heather Olson

March 19, 2018, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Guild Monthly Meeting: “Nordic Journeys” with Becky Ashenden of Vav Stuga

April 11, 2018, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Guild Evening Meeting: TBA

April 16, 2018, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Guild Monthly Meeting: “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

May 9, 2018, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Guild Workshop: “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

May 9, 2018 1–4pm and May 10–11 9–4pm: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Guild Evening Meeting: TBA

May 14, 2018, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Guild Potluck Picnic and Tailgate Sale

June 13, 2018, 10am: Buckland Lodge, Brighton Town Park

Guild Evening Meeting: Market and Sell Your Work Discussion

June 18, 2018, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center