Day Meeting / Study Group

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MAC Rm 7

June Day meeting features a "Swap and Shop"
No program, no strawberries, no official guild business. We will meet to socialize, share, swap and shop! 
Do you want to downsize, lighten your load of excess yarn, equipment, books, etc.? Or are you looking to enhance your stash? Bring cash, a checkbook and something to trade for a new treasure!

The study group meets after the day meeting from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Please bring something portable to work on while getting to know your fellow guild members. Bring your lunch!

PHG Programs 2016 - 2017

October 13, 2016

Tom Knisely Blankets for Babies and Toddlers

 

Tom Knisely is the resident weaving and spinning instructor for Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center.  Tom has been weaving and spinning for more than four decades.  Tom is a regular contributor to Handwoven Magazine and has done several instructional videos for FW Media on many aspects of weaving.  He has written two books.  His first book is titled Weaving Rag Rugs and the second book is Weaving Baby Blankets.  A third book is to be released in 2017 and gives ideas and patterns for weaving table toppers.

Tom enjoys collecting antique textiles as well as ethnic textiles to use in his classes as inspiration for project ideas.  Tom lives in York County, PA and just a few minutes away from the studio.  Red Stone Glen is owned and operated by his daughter Sara Bixler and her husband Dustin.

November 10, 2016

Inge Dam  -  Tablet Weaving Fabric Trunk Show Fashion Show


It is time for a fashion show! Come and get inspired! Many different garments and shawls will be shown. The work I have created over the last several years will be modeled by participants. The items have been made using many different weaving techniques and been decorated with various types of embellishments. Five of the garments have been in HGA Convergence Fashion Show. During the show I will explain how each piece was woven and how some of the embellishments on the garments were made. Most of the items have been made with fabrics where I have combined tablet weaving with loom weaving.

Visit her website for more!

December 8, 2016

 

Please note: due to the weather both meetings were canceled.  Program will be rescheduled.

 We have two fun things going on this month to get your creative minds ready for the winter months: Fingerloop Braiding with Laura Thode and the Design Game led by Rebecca Martin.
 

Fingerloop Braiding

 

The Weavers Design Game: Using Chance to Spur Creativity

January 12, 2017

Cathy McMurray

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, both PHG day and evening meetings were canceled.

 Stay safe and warm - we will reschedule the program as soon as reasonably possible.

will share ideas and strategies for marketing yourself and your work online. Cathy has a successful Website and sells on Etsy.

Cathy McMurray launched her art career in 2009. Prior to this, she taught high school art for ten years in the public school system and operated an arts focused shop in Portland, Oregon. She studied art at Willamette University with an emphasis on printmaking, and she has a master's degree in arts education.  As a native of Portland, Cathy draws inspiration from her travels throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The great mountains and the open sea represent a constant in her life.

Cathy enjoys working in multiple art disciplines, particularly drawing, painting, photography, and weaving. Cathy is also conscientious about using materials that are easy on the environment. Her art prints are custom printed in her home studio using premium bamboo paper, and she weaves on vintage looms using reclaimed yarn and fabric remnants.  Cathy McMurray's work has been part of art exhibitions in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and Austria. Her collaborations include Urban Outfitters, One Kings Lane, Kashi Foods, Atomic Skis, and prAna.

February 9, 2017

Rescheduled from the canceled January meeting,

 Cathy McMurray

will share ideas and strategies for marketing yourself and your work online. Cathy has a successful Website and sells on Etsy.

Cathy McMurray launched her art career in 2009. Prior to this, she taught high school art for ten years in the public school system and operated an arts focused shop in Portland, Oregon. She studied art at Willamette University with an emphasis on printmaking, and she has a master's degree in arts education.  As a native of Portland, Cathy draws inspiration from her travels throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The great mountains and the open sea represent a constant in her life.

Cathy enjoys working in multiple art disciplines, particularly drawing, painting, photography, and weaving. Cathy is also conscientious about using materials that are easy on the environment. Her art prints are custom printed in her home studio using premium bamboo paper, and she weaves on vintage looms using reclaimed yarn and fabric remnants.  Cathy McMurray's work has been part of art exhibitions in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and Austria. Her collaborations include Urban Outfitters, One Kings Lane, Kashi Foods, Atomic Skis, and prAna.

March 9, 2017

Jannie Taylor  Echoes & Iridescence: Designing Rainbows

 

Even a brief look through Marian Stubenitsky’s amazing book, Weaving with Echo & Iris, will leave most weavers breathless.  The next thought is usually “I want to weave that!” and then comes the reality check – OMG this is really complicated!

 

That’s when your weaving software comes to the rescue.  In Echoes & Iridescence: Designing Rainbows”, Jannie will demonstrate several ways to let your weaving software do the heavy lifting in the design process.  We’ll look at everything from expanding, mirroring and /or advancing a basic design line to applying the line to a network; from crafting a multi-structure liftplan to adding echoes in a multitude of colors.  Learning to use your weaving software more effectively will leave you more time to do the weaving and for accepting compliments.

 

(FYI: Marion Stubenitsky, the author of Weaving with Echo & Iris, has graciously given Jeannie her permission to teach classes based on the design concepts found in her book.)

 

Jannie has been a handweaver and designer for over 40 years.  Her fascination with textiles and handweaving began in the heady 1970’s and has only increased in the intervening years.  Sitting at the loom, throwing the shuttle and watching the amazing process of threads being interlaced into a textile that began as an idea in her head is still, after all these years, a joyful and amazing experience.

Jannie’s second love is teaching.  She teaches advanced weaving classes at the AVL Weaving School and has been an instructor at Convergence 2008 through 2016.  Her philosophy as a teacher is to meet each student at their own level and help them achieve their goals in a relaxed supportive atmosphere.  Her goal as a teacher is to help weavers find the tools they need to turn their ideas into woven reality.

April 13, 2017

Rosalie Neilson The Power of Block Design

 

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. Learn how weavers interpret block designs in color and texture in a variety of different weave structures. Find out how one weaver used the binary number system and the textures of 4-shaft shaft huck lace to develop the definitive number of two-block designs, and how these simple designs become the building blocks of more elaborate designs. The lecture illustrates the construction and deconstruction of complex designs by showing how to use the printed design pages and transparent overlays from a book in progress called An Exaltation of Blocks by Rosalie Neilson.    

 

ROSALIE NEILSON BIO

Rosalie Neilson loves using color and geometric design in her kumihimo and weaving, her specialty being rep weave. An avid designer and teacher, she was featured in a 2-hour DVD by Interweave Press called Rep Weave. She publishes regularly in weaving and braiding journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States, Canada and England.

Rosalie has shown her work in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, and in Canada and Japan. Her most recent exhibit of Japanese kumihimo was at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival 2016. She has juried many exhibits, both functional and fine art, and will serve as juror in 2017 at the Conference of Contemporary Handweavers of Texas. Her mathematical interests lead her to develop the 1,024 four block symmetric motifs, in addition to the 1,157 unique 2-color patterns for the kumihimo braid structure Kongō Gumi. She recently published her kumihimo designs in the book Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines. She is about to release another book called An Exaltation of Blocks, exploring unique patterns with the aid of printed design pages and transparent overlays.

May 11, 2017

WOVEN STRUCTURES IN SOUTH AMERICAN TEXTILES by Laverne Waddington

 

Simple looms do not necessarily mean simple textiles. Weavers in South America use rustic looms to create complex cloth employing a wide variety of techniques using complementary-warp structures and both supplementary warps and weft. Even plain-weave textiles are not in any way ‘’plain’’ when incorporating ikat or finished with intricate knotted fringes, colorful joining stitches and tubular edgings.

In this program Laverne will walk you through the various woven structures she has encountered while learning to weave in South America, and show examples of how she has used these in her own work on the backstrap loom.


Laverne is an Australian weaver based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  She has traveled around South America to learn various methods of weaving bands with a backstrap loom  Through slides and short videos, she will illustrate how such intricate patterns are woven on such a simple loom and the advantages this loom has in the Andean culture.

June 8, 2017

Strawberry Social and Annual Business Meeting


The evening meeting will be the official business meeting of the year. We will vote on the budget and elect officers for the 2017-2018 year.
The PHG Board has prepared a Cash Plan for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 and will ask the members to approve it at the meeting on June 8. Planning for a year of unknown opportunities and challenges requires that we consider where we are and how we can best serve our members in the coming year and beyond.

The cash plan includes our estimate of cash we can expect to receive through the year and what we may spend.

Please note this important difference: The "cash outflows" are not what we intend to spend but rather the not-to-exceed amounts. This approach allows us to take advantage of opportunities, meet challenges, and provide for the Guild's future. Follow this link for a copy of the 2017-2018 Cash Plan.

There will be strawberries and the winner of the 2017 Study Grant will be announced. Bring your items for Show and Tell!

 

                      

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Tom Knisely - handwoven Baby Blankets

Jannie Taylor

Rosalie Neilson


Laverne Waddington

Sharon's Peru trip