May 14, 2018 | “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

Guild Monthly Meeting

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

Laverne Waddington

From the coastal plains to highland valleys, up to the heights of the Andes and down to the tropical lowland jungles, indigenous and mestizo weavers create intricately patterned cloth on a variety of simple looms. We will explore these regions and the people who inhabit them, seeing how the different environments affect the choices of materials, looms, techniques, colors, and motifs that are used. Along the way she will share stories of the weavers with whom she has studied and her love of the basic yet surprisingly complex backstrap loom.


Author of two books, Andean Pebble Weave and More Adventures in Warp-Faced Pick-Up Patterns, Waddington has been weaving on simple looms since 1996, learning from indigenous teachers in South and Central America. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic designs from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using various techniques and structures she has studied.

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May 9-11, 2018 | “Pebble Weave on a Backstrap Loom” with Laverne Waddington

Guild Workshop 

May 9, 2018 1–4 p.m. and May 10–11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Pebble Weave=

Andean Pebble Weave is perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in Peru and Bolivia. It enables weavers to create a variety of traditional and contemporary figures posed on a dotted or “pebbled” background. Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up-weaving techniques.


Students will first learn, on narrow body-tensioned warp, how to create sheds by hand in order to weave plain pebble weave as well as the basic sharpes that are the building blocks of all pebble-weave motifs. They will then work on developing the ability to combine these basic shapes in different ways to create more complex patterns using a faster partly loom-controlled method.



May 14, 2018 | Potluck at the Barn

Guild Evening Meeting

6-8 p.m., Bolcko Barn

Bring a dish to pass as well as your show and tell items. For added fun, bring any project blunders or repair techniques/ideas you have to share! (It’s all part of being creative!) We’ll provide driving instructions at the April meeting.


June 13, 2018 | Guild Potluck Picnic and Tailgate Sale

Guild Meeting

10 a.m., Buckland Lodge, Brighton Town Park


June 18, 2018 | Market and Sell Your Work Discussion

Guild Evening Meeting

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

Coming Up 2018-2019 

September 12, 2018 | "Color and Design in Creating Wearables" with Barb Decker

October 10, 2018 | "Garments Combining Felt and Woven Fabric" with Joan Berner

October 10-12, 2018 | "Creating a Felt and Handwoven Garment" with Joan Berner

November 14, 2018 | "Zapotec Weaving of Oaxaca, Mexico" with Jose Buenaventura Gonzalez Gutierrez

January 9, 2019 | "China's Minority Cultures and Their Craft" with Lorraine Justice

February 13, 2019 | "The Travels of a Wool-a-byte" with Judy Fox 

March 13, 2019 | "Textile Roadshow" with Regina Lewis-Middleton

April 10, 2019 | "Exploring Sett" with Sarah Saulson

May 8, 2019 | "The Devil is in the Details" with Robyn Spady

May 8-10, 2019 | "A Parallel Threading is the Weaver's Playground" with Robyn Spady

June 12, 2019 | Annual Picnic