Programs and Workshops

October 12, 2022 | "The Fascinating Life of Mary Meigs Atwater" with Karen Donde

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and on Zoom

Brenda Rosenbaum

Regarded as the dean of American handweaving, Mary Meigs Atwater, 1878-1956, was not driven by a passion for making cloth. Inspired by handweaving industries in southern Appalachia, she saw weaving as a productive outlet for women in her Montana mining community, as occupational therapy for soldiers injured in World War I and as financial support for her family. She also was an artist, designer, world traveler, novelist, patriot, beaver rancher, political activist, wife, mother and avid fisherman. This seminar shares anecdotes, quotes and revelations that speak to Atwater’s courage, adventurous spirit, intellect and contributions to American handweaving.

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012, 2014 and 2016 and 2020, Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. In Asheville, NC, she has taught at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, Friends & Fiberworks and Local Cloth.

Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other industry publications.


October 12 - 14, 2022 | "Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures" with Karen Donde

2 1/2 days Guild Workshop

First Baptist Church in person

Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one- shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. Students will warp with a supplementary warp and weave samples, learning how to turn a draft and make do without a second warp beam.

For 8 shafts. Intermediate or Advanced Weavers


November 9, 2022 | "Interactive lecture and ‘Chair’ Yoga for ‘Crafters’" with Gigi Matthews

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and on Zoom

Gigi Matthews

Gigi teaches a gentle style of yoga that is especially suited to people who have mobility issues, have never exercised before, and seniors. Breathing is the foundation, movement is secondary, and all movements are done entirely within your own comfort and ability- if all you can do is breathe, you can do this style of yoga!  In this session, we will learn how good posture and regular, gentle movements are helpful to the body in a wide variety of ways, as well as, the benefits of mindful breathing techniques. We will finish with a chair yoga session suited to all levels of mobility, designed for those who spend extended time periods with bent necks and rounded shoulders, such as weavers, knitters, and sewists.

Gigi Matthews is an RYT200 yoga teacher who has taught yoga at the Mid Atlantic Fiber Association's 2019 and 2021 conferences. As a spinner, she has taught at MAFA 2021 and various guilds.


Coming Up: 2023 

January 11, 2023 | "My Journey as a Fiber Artist". (Multimedia fiber art) Zoom program with Boisali Boswas

February 8, 2023 | "The Loom Room France - Woven Optical Illusions" Zoom program from France with Stacey Harvey-Brown 

March 8, 2023 | TBA (“Just -the-Ticket” auction)

April 12, 2023 | “From Shepard to Roving” with Ellen McCarthy 

April 12, 2023 | "Tool Basket" 1/2 day workshop with Ellen McCarthy

May 10, 2023 | "Shifted Ikat" with Mary Zicafoose

May 10-12, 2023 | "Shifted Ikat Scarf" Workshop with Mary Zicafoose

June 14, 2023 | Picnic and Annual Meeting