Programs & Workshops

September 13, 2017 | “Mayan Textiles” with Brenda Rosenbaum

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Brenda Rosenbaum

Brenda Rosenbaum is the founder of Mayan Hands, an organization that works with Maya weavers' cooperatives. She has a PhD in anthropology from the State University of New York in Albany with a long commitment to field work in Guatemala. As an anthropologist working in fair trade, she understands her role as twofold: supporting producers and informing consumers. She helps more than 200 artisans bring their products to the U.S. market. And she works to inform U.S. consumers about conditions of life in the third world, the meaningful contexts of traditional artisan products and their labor-intensive nature that will promote responsible purchasing choices. Consumers with an awareness of the world come to view their purchase as a political act.

Mayan Hands is a fair-trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.

Haida and Bernarda Mayan Hands baskets Xeabaj Family

 

September 18, 2017 | Holiday Sale Guidance

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9pm, Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

The Holiday Sale Committee will offer guidance and mentoring for all those who wish to participate in the WGR Holiday Sale. This will include information on what tends to sell, what the review committee looks for (eg, well-finished pieces), and guidance on pricing.

 

October 11, 2017 | “Jette’s 50-Dollar Challenge” with Jette Vandermeiden

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Jette Vandermeiden

Well-known Canadian weaver Jette Vandermeiden has for many years been collecting textiles from around the world — simply by giving her friends and fellow artists $50 to purchase a textile in their travels. In this diverse and colorful presentation, she will share the images and stories of her collection.

Jette has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fiber-related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fiber arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, the USA and England and was a regular columnist for many years for Fibre Focus magazine. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves and seeks to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

Pictorial weaving weaving Jette teaching at the loom

 

October 16, 2017 | Playing with Roving! with Val DeVries

Guild Evening Meeting

7-9pm, Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Have you ever watched some one sitting and calming spinning beautiful yarn out of fluff? Join us for an introduction to the magic of spinning with Val DeVries! If you have a drop spindle, bring it, as Val will help us get started on this fascinating craft.

Coming Up 2017-2018

Guild Monthly Meeting: "Discovering Honeycomb” with Barbara Wainright

November 8, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Barb Wainright is an instructor in our Weaving & Fiber Arts Center and a prolific artist. Her current areas of focus are the honeycomb structure and drawloom work. Join us to see what it takes to produce circles, hexagons and other patterns in your handwoven projects.

Guild Workshop: "Re-imaginging Honeycomb” with Barbara Wainright

November 8–10, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

In this workshop, learn about the effects of threading, yarn, sett, and beat in developing honeycomb texture.

Guild Evening Meeting: "More with Roving" with Deb Bolcko

November 13, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

A couple of years ago, Deb Bolcko introduced us to the craft of felting by having us wet felt a bar of soap. She’s coming back to help us learn more about felting techniques that can lead to the creation of jewelry, critters and more.

Guild Evening Meeting: Holiday Cheer with Friends

December 18, 2017, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

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?

Guild Monthly Meeting: “Flax to Linen” with Wendy Caffee and Annual Guild Fashion Show

January 10, 2018, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Guild Evening Meeting: A Weaverly Path, The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heydon

January 15, 2018, 7-9pm: Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Guild Monthly Meeting: “Unearthing the World of Fibers” with Linda Cortwright

February 14, 2018, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

Guild Evening Meeting: "Threads"

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

Guild Monthly Meeting: “The Jacquard Loom” with Nancy Smothergill

March 14, 2018, 9:30am: First Baptist Church, Pittsford

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