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

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Barb Decker

Barb is a loom weaver who derives pleasure from this centuries old, multi-cultural, contemplative and rhythmic process. She focuses on color, design and function, with a passion for color. She dyes yarns to get the color she wants, with particular interest in how colors interact in juxtaposition against each other. Her inspiration is from nature, art history, historical textiles and from the character of the weave structure itself.

Her current focus is on clothing for women to wear (not costumes);  timeless pieces that can be WORN time and again, to death if desired. She wants people to feel terrific because what they’re wearing is beautiful and comfortable and makes them feel that way. She wants people to come across a room to touch, feel and covet the garment.

Barb tries to make her pieces functional, to add color and warmth to peoples’ lives, as textiles to wear, walk on, cushion their heads or hang on their walls.

Her work does not need to make a statement but, rather be beautiful and make its owner more beautiful. She wants  people to smile when they see her weaving.

Barb Decker's garment


September 17, 2018 | Overview and Mentoring for participating in the WGR Holiday Sale with Mimi Smith and Gretchen Wheelock

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

The Holiday Sale representatives will present the analysis of the sales from last year, tips on presentation of products, and instructions of the new online sale forms.

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

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Joan Berner

Joan has a number of pieces where she uses both felt and woven yardage together – having started as a weaver long before she became a felter.  We will enjoy a number of examples and talk about basic design considerations to make an effective, combination garment.  She will briefly discuss the different types of felts and how they differ in construction.

Joan passionately creates contemporary garments and accessories from traditional hand-produced dyed, felted and woven fabrics, and enjoys teaching these skills associated with these processes. Having moved to Hendersonville, N.C., after living in our area (a Guild member, too), she continued to develop her craft. We will see how Joan's work on HGA Convergence Fashion Shows, Costume Drama with the Asheville Community Theater other fashion shows may influence some of her creations!


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

Guild  Meeting

First Baptist Church

Garment by Joan Berner

No felting experience necessary, but basic sewing skills is assumed. On Wednesday afternoon we will be making felt samples appropriate for garments.  On Thursday we will be doing garment pattern selection, discussion about pattern modifications, making and fitting a muslin, pattern layout for wool and woven fabric. On Friday we will be creating felt for garment, cutting out, and hearing sewing tips for both felt and handwoven sections.  The garment would likely need to be finished at home.


October 15, 2018 | Dyeing to Tie One On! with Sheila (Sam) Shrestha

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

The process of dyeing heliotrope scarves (ie, sun-dyeing silk scarves with natural elements) also a few scarf tying techniques. Bring your favorite scarf to practice.

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

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

José Buenaventura González Gutierréz

José Buenaventura González Gutierréz is a Zapotec Master Weaver from Teotitlan del Valle, in the state of Oaxaca, México. He learned to weave from his father when he was ten years old. Weaving has been a family tradition for at least seven generations, and probably many more.  The Zapotec people have used two pedal looms to weave for over 500 years, since the looms were introduced by the Spaniards, but they have been weaving and dyeing for far longer using the “back strap” method still seen in his village and other parts of Mexico, as well as in Guatemala.


November 14, 2018 | "Zapotec Weaving" with Jose Buenaventura Gonzalez Gutierrez/Sarah Gotowka

Guild  Workshop

1-4:00 p.m., First Baptist Church

More details of the Zapotec Tapestry Workshop: This is an introductory weaving course on the techniques and materials used in Zapotec weaving. Participants are invited to bring their own frame looms. Jose will teach how he warps the loom, his process of designing patterns and combining colors, and his specialized techniques of weaving. Participants are encouraged to purchase a material package that gives them a pound of Jose's naturally dyed yarn (a combination of indigo, and cochineal).


November 19, 2018 | Tools of the Trade- Homemade Hacks for Weaving, Spinning and more, with guidance from Joyce Robards

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Bring your homemade fiber tools for show and tell.


December 17, 2018 | Holiday Social and Make-n-take: Cookies and Quilled Card Making with Barb Snios

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center


Coming Up 2018-2019 


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

January 14, 2019 | Evening tbd

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

February 18, 2019 | Evening tbd

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

March 18, 2019 | Evening tbd

April 10, 2019 | "Painting Warps on Two Continents" with Sarah Saulson

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

April 15, 2019 | Evening tbd

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

May 13, 2019 | Evening tbd

June 12, 2019 | Annual Picnic

June 17, 2019 | Evening tbd