The HandWeavers Guild
of the New River Valley

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Members Meeting

We generally meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Please confirm the date and location of the next meeting below.

Calendar of Events
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Saturday, February 8, 2020
Category Guild Event
Freedom of Expression: Painting Warps on Loom
  offered by Sarah Saulson
This is the 3-day workshop we had originally planned for April 2019 and is now rescheduled for February 2020. Registration is now open for this workshop. With registration of 12 people, the cost of the workshop will be $175 per person.

In this dyeing and weaving workshop, we will have lots of spontaneous fun painting warps with fiber reactive dyes, after the loom is warped. This wonderful technique allows weavers to work with color and pattern in a loose, free, expressive way, creating large-scale abstract forms. We will paint enough warp to explore the possibilities of the technique, and for l or 2 scarves. Using Fiber Reactive dyes, we will learn how to mix our own colors working from primary hues. The workshop is primarily hands-on, but includes lectures and handouts on dye technique and safety, basic color theory, and special considerations when weaving painted warps. Students bring pre-warped table or floor looms to the workshop.

Level: Participants should be confident with warping the loom and have a basic understanding of 4-shaft weaving.
The workshop space will have running water nearby and table space for each student.

- Sunday, February 9, 2020
Category Guild Event
February 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
We are excited to have a guest lecturer, Sarah Saulson, present her lecture, "The Fabric of Life". Sarah Saulson is a very well-known weaver who is presenting a workshop on dyeing a few days ahead of this meeting. In this illustrated lecture, cloths lead us on a universal journey through space and time. We examine how cloth and the process of cloth-making has permeated virtually every aspect of life on earth. Examples are drawn from archeology, art history, contemporary living weaving cultures, and more. A very inspirational talk that truly celebrates cloth-making and its makers.

- Sunday, March 8, 2020
Category Guild Event
March 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Roddy Moore, from Ferrum College, will share the weaving history of our surrounding areas.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Saturday, April 4, 2020
Category Guild Event
Weaving the Unexpected with Alternative Materials
  wirh Anastasia Azure at New Horizons Healthcare, Roanoke
Workshop Description:
Tackle the challenge of loom weaving using unconventional materials such as plastics and wire. Each Participant will dress a loom with a fishing line warp and play with plastics and wire in the weft. Basic weave structures such as tabby and twill will allow for courageous experimentations with new materials. Finishing techniques will be covered. Projects may evolve into small sculptures or jewelry.

Workshop Level: Advanced Beginner- participants must be able to warp a loom independently and fully understand the basics of 4-shaft weaving.

There will be a second session 4/1 and 4/2.

More information at her website:

- Sunday, April 5, 2020
Category Guild Event
April 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Anastasia Azure will present a program related to her workshop on weaving with wire.

- Sunday, May 17, 2020
Category Guild Event
May 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Guild Sale

- Sunday, June 14, 2020
Category Guild Event
June 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm

Friday, July 24, 2020 - Thursday, July 30, 2020
Category National Event
Convergence Knoxville 2020
  HGA biennual international fiber arts conference
Sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of American (HGA). Exhibits, seminars, workshops and more. This year's conference is the closest to our region in many years (about a 4 hour drive from Roanoke).

For more information, visit the website:

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - Saturday, August 8, 2020
Category Guild Event
Garment Construction Intensive
  Wrap your body in clothing from your own hands, Offered by Daryl Lancaster
Learn to fit and sew clothing from your handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. Students will construct a basic unlined jacket, while learning of techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity.

- Sunday, August 9, 2020
Category Guild Event
August 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm

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