Programs and Workshops

March 10, 2021 | “Textile Travels in Italy: Weaving Traditions and Connections” with Gretchen Wheelock

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 am, Zoom Meeting Online

Gretchen Wheelock

After a textile tour in Tuscany and Umbria in 2018, I have a renewed appreciation of Italy’s long and rich history of hand-woven textiles, especially the pre-eminence of Florence in the production of fine silks. Among various hands-on experiences while there, I, along with three Guild mates, had the privilege of participating in a five-day workshop at the LISIO Foundation, where traditional methods of hand-weaving and design are preserved and taught using 19th-century Jacquard looms. Apart from an immersion in the true meaning of “slow cloth,” this experience helped me to see connections among various historical traditions as well as current-day efforts to preserve them. As armchair tourists, we will travel along a fiber trail from Milan to Perugia, tracing connections between past and present, tradition and fashion in the history of fine textiles.

March 31, 2021 | “Multistrand Felted Bracelet” with Renate Maile-Moskowitz

Guild Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm, Zoom Meeting Online

Maile-Moskowitz Workshop

Threading, sewing, stringing beads might be common practice, but not the felted technique, which will embed and integrate any of your favorite gems and jewels into a bracelet.

Once you learn the very basics in felting and how to use the miraculous and unique properties of wool fibers to enclose, embed and completely integrate gems and beads into your various projects, this technical novelty and medium will enrich anybody's tool kit for a multitude of continued personal explorations and applications (necklaces,  brooches, scarves, weaving and lots more)!

Total Workshop fee: $35

  • Includes - Registration Fee
  • Includes- Materials Kit of Renate's hand dyed wool roving & metal findings-  I
  • Includes- Mailing to your address

Sign up by Feb 27, to be included in creating your personal bracelet color choice! (OR your kit will be sent with the silver, gold colored wool featured on the right as well as silver tubes as your choice of metal…)

Look at the image to choose your color way!

Renate will dye one piece of wool roving specifically for you!.(- unless somebody wants just a solid, uni colored roving, like black , blue, red, and NO nuances in it.)

If you prefer a nuanced colored roving in a few shades (like i.e. the yarn featured in the photo , just indicate “blue/greens” or “goldfinch yellow”. (Let Jan Towsley know if you have an unusual color way) 

Not included in the kit will be a snap or button, for your final closure (for example: elasticized ones) that you may opt for after seeing examples in class.

Click here to register.  Limit is 25 students.


April 14, 2021 | "John Campbell, Carpet Coverlet Weaver: A Historical Examination of Figured Coverlets in 19th Century Ontario" with Deborah Livingston-Lowe

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 am, Zoom Meeting Online

Deborah Livingston-Lowe

I have been involved in many aspects of textiles both practical and academic for about 30 years.  I attended the Ontario College of Art for Textiles and received a BA in Celtic Studies at the University of Toronto and an MA in Rural History at the University of Guelph, Ontario. My expertise includes reproduction weaving, textile restoration and research of nineteenth century Canadian weavers and textiles.  I currently designs and weaves textiles for fashion and interiors using locally farmed and milled yarn.  My custom produced textiles are informed by my knowledge and passion for nineteenth century Canadian textiles.

May 4, 7, 11, 14, 2021 | “Double Rainbow Workshop” with Jennifer Moore, Workshop is full.

Zoom Workshop Online

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Suanne's runner

Join us for a socially distant and relaxing class, in your own home studio!

The Zoom sessions include a mix of 'live' chats, with Q & A, Power Point lectures and recorded video loom demonstrations.

This workshop is for advanced beginner up, best with 8 shaft looms (4 possible, but limited). Fee $85.

(Up to 20 students) Registration is full.

May 12, 2021 | “Double Rainbow - An Evolution in Color” with Jennifer Moore

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30 am, Zoom Meeting Online

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore’s work in doubleweave has always focused on the interaction of color between the two layers of cloth. She will show a number of images of her work in doubleweave pickup that play one solid colored layer against a layer in a gradation of a spectrum of colors. In 2016 she began developing a system of color rotations in both the warp and the weft that combine with all of the possibilities for bringing different colors to the surface of the cloth and weaving in multiple blocks. She will show how this idea developed for her and the process that she goes through in designing her textiles in her Double Rainbow technique.

Coming Up 2021

Programs will be Zoom meetings.

June 9, 2021 - Guild Picnic