Program Calendar


Calendar & General Meetings

All are welcome! 

All 2021 programs are Online using Zoom.
Until gatherings are safe for our guild, 2022 in-person meetings will be held via Zoom.

All Guest Speaker meetings will be virtual, via ZOOM for 2021 and 2022. Members will receive an email with the meeting link a week before the meeting. 

We do not offer guest membership. However, if you would like to attend one or all the Guest Speaker sessions, we invite you to join the Guild and be a part of our community. Annual Membership fees are $30. To become a member, contact our membership chairs

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    2021-2022 (see Speaker Program Details below)

    July 10, 2021: Gyöngy Laky: Peripheral thinking – Life with Art (60 minutes)

    August 7, 2021: Bag Lunch – in-person outdoor meeting Swap/Trade & Guild Fundraiser

    September 11, 2021: Virtual Zoom Program with Robyn Spady: Great Weave Structures for Color and Texture using Novelty Yarns (60 minutes)

    October 2, 2021: Virtual Zoom Program with Janet Phillips: Designing Woven Fabrics 

    (60 minutes)

    November 6, 2021: Virtual Challenge Presentation via Zoom: The Challenge theme: Gratitude & Celebrating Community

    December 4, 2021: Virtual Zoom Program with Janney Simpson: Deflected Double Weave: Connections: Layers & Pockets (90 minutes)

    January 8, 2022: Virtual/ ? In-person Guild meeting: Show & Tell/Member discussion topics: What to do after a project comes off the loom/Ergonomics for weavers/Brainstorm Guild Challenge for Fall 2022

    February 5, 2022: Virtual Zoom Program with Sally Eyring: 3-D Hand Loom Weaving (60 minutes)

    March 5, 2022: Virtual/ ? In-person Guild meeting: Show & Tell/Member discussion topics: Replacing a warp/Floating selvedge/Sett/To Sample of not to Sample

    April 2, 2022: Virtual Zoom Program with Daryl Lancaster: Doup Leno (90 minutes)

    May 7, 2022: Virtual/ ? In-person Guild meeting: Show & Tell/Member discussion: TBA/month of CNCH

    June 4, 2022: Virtual Zoom Program with Deborah Silver: Split-Shed Weaving (60 minutes)

    Speaker Program Details

    September 11, 2021

    Great Weave Structures for Color and Texture using Novelty Yarns

    Robyn Spady

    Walk into most yarn shops and it’s easy to become fascinated with stunning novelty yarns. But if you’re a weaver, it can be a challenge to figure out how to incorporate them into weaving projects in order to showcase the yarns without breaking the bank. In this program, a variety of weave structures will be reviewed to add new dimensions to your weaving and let you take advantage of fun and exciting yarns.

    Robyn Spady is a national treasure in the arts and crafts field. Robyn is often the keynote speaker at conferences and meetings across the country, and she also does hands-on teaching. She is the author of numerous books and writes regularly for various fiber publications, including Handwoven. In 2016 Robyn launched Heddlecraft®, a digital magazine for handweavers to fill the void in educational resources for the intermediate-to-advanced weaver (and adventure-seeking beginners)

    October 2, 2021

    Designing Woven Fabrics 

    Janet Phillips

    Janet Phillips, from England, will be talking about “Designing Woven Fabrics”. Janet also has a deep commitment to teaching others to be creative with their weavings. She has authored two books, Designing Woven Fabrics and Exploring Woven Fabrics, which encourage weavers to really understand how a woven fabric is constructed guiding the weaver to develop their own designs and structures.

    Janet has been designing and weaving for over 40 years after studying Industrial Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles, graduating with a First Class Honors Degree. Color and texture are still the foundations that keep her weaving. She dyes most of the yarns she uses and continually experiments and samples to find new weaves and textures. 

    December 4, 2021 

    Deflected Double Weave: Connections: Layers & Pockets

    Janney Simpson

    Deflected Double Weave is a weave structure that has regained popularity in the repertoires of contemporary weavers. Why is this structure appealing? How does it work?  What else can we do with Deflected Double Weave? There are several approaches to designing deflected double weave patterns as well as different tie-ups to make it happen easily at the loom. Deflected Double Weave can also be combined with traditional double weave to create connections, layers, and pockets all in the same piece. This technique may be used to weave dramatic shawls, scarves, and cowls with a variety of fibers and colorways. A skeleton tie-up allows you to tie-up your loom just once for these exciting possibilities with Deflected Double Weave. Janney’s article on the beautiful DDW scarf is in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Handwoven.

    Janney has presented many workshops and lectures on Finishing and Embellishing Handwovens, Knitted Beaded Bags, Sakiori, Deflected Double Weave, and Weaving with Fibers of Micronesia. Janney strives to create one-of-a-kind pieces using a variety of fibers and weave structures on many types of looms.

    February 5, 2022 

    3-D Hand Loom Weaving

    Sally Eyring

    The world isn’t flat, so why should you think of your weaving as always being flat?  You have spent years learning the rules of two-dimensional weaving; now learn how to break those rules to weave 3-D sculptural forms. Basket weavers have been weaving three dimensional objects since antiquity, but Sally will explain her techniques for weaving specific shapes on a hand loom.   

    Her techniques allow the shape to be actually woven in, and do not depend on differential shrinkage or sewing for their shape. For example, in one weaving the resulting fabric had a selvage of 54 inches on one edge and 11 inches on the other!  Although she sometimes uses non-traditional materials such as copper wire for more artistic pieces, this weaving can be done with standard cotton / linen / wool / rayon yarn.

    Sally’s book, 3-D Hand Loom Weaving, Sculptural Tools and Techniques was published by Schiffer Publishing in 2020.

    Sally Eyring has been working with fiber and cloth since childhood. She has been improving techniques and inventing tools for almost as long. Trained as a mathematics teacher, she later earned her MFA in fine arts for Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She frequently teaches and lectures on various weaving, sewing and loom construction topics and is a winner of the Complex Weavers Award for Excellence. Eyring does glass casting in addition to weaving and sewing and has been published in weaving and glass periodicals.

    April 2, 2022 

    Doup Leno
    Daryl Lancaster

    Let the loom do all the work! Beautiful lace effects can be achieved by creating half heddles or doups and with the press of a treadle, or lift of a lever, threads magically cross themselves in the warp. This technique is possible on four shafts and with eight shafts the possibilities are even better! Learn how to create doups, thread for doup leno, and how to treadle some wonderful lace fabrics based on the lengthy article featured in the January/February 2019 issue of Heddlecraft Magazine.

    Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and including Threads Magazine. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews, where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. Daryl maintains a blog at 

    June 4, 2022 

    Split-Shed Weaving

    Deborah Silver

    Split-shed weaving allows one to break out of blocks, create freeform designs and blend colors, using only 4 shafts. There are dozens of split-shed weave structure combinations, all using continuous wefts. This presentation covers an explanation of the split-shed weaving technique, a sample show of the different weave structures that can be created with the technique, and a talk about Deborah’s artwork and creative process.

    Deborah has transformed a traditional pattern into a signature method of hand-weaving, using a split-shed technique. All horizontal yarns travel from edge to edge, differentiating this fabric from tapestry. The work is inspired by the increased cross-culturalism in our world, with an emphasis on our collective history. Deborah’s weavings have been shown in numerous local and national juried exhibitions. In 2015, she received a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship award. In 2017, she received third prize in the ARTneo national juried competition. In 2018, she received the Complex Weavers Award and First Place at Complexity 2018. Deborah is the recipient of a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of The Technique of Split-shed Weaving, a book that illustrates pictorial weaving using a split shed on four shaft looms.