Our meeting day falls on the day of the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s annual Sheep to Shawl competition, so let’s take a field trip! We plan to reserve a fully-equipped coach bus and spend the day in Harrisburg, PA (approximately 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM or later). Check your calendars now. We will need an early count of participants in order to reserve the bus.
This year’s round robin weaving workshop will double as our annual towel exchange. Bring your loom warped for four or more dishtowels, and then weave on other participants’ warps to complete your own towels for the exchange. New weaver? No problem! Looms will be warped and ready for you to try your hand at weaving and you may go home with a towel or two!
Panel discussion: Selling your Handwoven/Handmade Items, or The Business of Craft. Members and friends of the guild will share their experiences selling at fairs, online and through other outlets so that we all can learn from their experiences. If you would like to share your successes and challenges with the group, contact coordinator, Lesley Ewing.
Catharine Ellis will present the program Why Natural Dyes Now? In this talk, Catharine discusses the reasons behind making the choice to return to the roots of her first dye experience and work with natural plant and insect dyes including: the challenges, resources, opportunities, and inspiration, and how this became the subject of a new book, The Art and Science of Natural Dyes with co-author Joy Boutrup (Schiffer Press, 2018). After the talk, Catharine will conduct a 2-1/2 day workshop, Dying Stripes, Checks and Plaids with Natural Dyes. This class will include designing and weaving cloth that combines three different fibers (wool, silk and cotton) in both warp and weft. All weaving will be done with undyed yarns and the color will be applied after the cloth is woven. This class will learn about the dyes suitable for this approach and make an organic indigo vat. This workshop is an opportunity to complete a series of fabric/dye studies and also a scarf.
This workshop is currently full.