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
- Sunday, October 13, 2019
Category Guild Event
October 2019 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
A video tour of Lyn Day's studio and a lesson on warping a segmented warp beam using a warping wheel.

- Saturday, October 26, 2019
Category Local Event
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
  Held at Ferrum College
For 46 years on the fourth Saturday of October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has brought together a host of musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region.

The guild participaties in this festival by demo-ing weaving and allowing attendees to get on the looms and give weaving a try.

For more information, check out their website below:
https://www.ferrum.edu/blue-ridge-folklife-festival/

- Sunday, October 27, 2019
Category Local Event
A Smithfield Halloween
  at historic Smithfiled Plantation in Blacksburg, Noon - 6
This is a fall festival on site at Smithfield called "A Smithfield Halloween" and will include an artisan fair on the front lawn for visitors to enjoy and to shop from.

For directions, go to Smithfield's website:
https://www.historicsmithfield.org/

- Sunday, November 3, 2019
Category Guild Event
November 2019 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
A program about the earlier industrial age of weaving , presented by Paul Scott.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019
Category Local Event
YMCA Craft Fair 2019
  Come visit guild booth at this event!
Every year the guild purchases a booth at this event, where members bring their lovely handwoven products to sell. This year the event is at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg, VA. http://vtymca.org/craft-fair/

Friday, November 15, 2019 - Saturday, November 16, 2019
Category Guild Event
Sarah Saulson Doubleweave Workshop
  Double Your Pleasure: Welcome to 4-Shaft Doubleweave
This is a wonderful workshop for anyone (especially new weavers) who wants to learn the basics of doubleweave and some basic weaving techniques. See the details below.

Double Your Pleasure: Welcome to 4-Shaft Doubleweave

Date: Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 8:30 Arrival

Cost: $125 Member $150 Non-Member

Location: New Horizons Healthcare, 3716 Melrose Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Maximum Number of Participants: 15


Description: In this workshop, we will learn about four-shaft double weave by weaving cute doubleweave projects. Each item is actually a sample of a different doubleweave technique. We will weave double-width cloth, connect layers on the top, bottom and sides, weave tubes and flaps, stuffed items, and more. By the end of the workshop, you are guaranteed to fully understand the simple logic of 4-shaft doubleweave, and you will have had lots of fun along the way. Level: participants must be able to warp a loom and understand the basics of 4-shaft weaving and drafting.

For more information, please contact us at the "Contact Us" link.


- Sunday, December 1, 2019
Category Guild Event
December 2019 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
Christmas mini Mart of members fiber products/creations preceding the guild meeting.

Also a book sale to benefit the guild library.

- Sunday, January 12, 2020
Category Guild Event
January 2020 Guild Meeting
  Held at the Meadowbrook Center in Shawsville from 2pm - 4pm
What is Damask and how is it woven? A video tour of Krystal's weaving space and a demonstration of her draw loom.

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

- 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.

May schedule a second session 4/1 and 4/2 if enough interest.

More information at her website:
https://www.anastasiaazure.com/

- 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
TBA

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:
https://weavespindye.org/convergence/

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - Monday, August 3, 2020
Category Guild Event
Daryl Lancaster Workshop
  Garment Construction Intensive
This is a 7 day workshop where participants learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven fabric.

Location TBD

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

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