About the Guild and How to Get Started Weaving

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Our Purpose:
· To stimulate interest in handweaving and other fiber arts within our membership and in the community;
· To encourage high quality of workmanship and originality in handweaving and other fiber arts;
· To make information on handweaving and other fiber arts available to members;
· To recognize and stimulate interest in special interest groups and activities in the fiber arts, such as study groups, exhibitions and group sales.

Our meetings: DWG meetings, followed by programs, are generally held on the second Saturday of each month from September through May from 10:00 - 12:00 noon in the Westchester Public Library Baugher Center (100 West Indiana St., Chesterton, IN). Workshops are offered following selected programs. Please use the web site "Events" link to see information about the current year's programs, workshops and shows.

Membership: DWG membership dues are currently $25 per year for members who want to receive a newsletter sent to their e-mail address but do not want a paper copy.  Dues are $30 per year for members preferring to receive a paper copy sent by U.S. Mail.  If you would like to join the Guild, please send an email to smh154@yahoo.com and/or simply attend a meeting.  

DWG Library Collection: Our extensive collection of books, magazines and video tapes on weaving and other fiber arts is available for members (only) to borrow.  A list of the collection is available on this web site.   Use the web site "Library" link to access it. 

 I Want to Learn How to Weave -- Where do I Start?

 
    Books, magazines, DVDs and videotapes are available for members to check out at our guild’s library. 

  Classes/Tutoring
    DWG members may be willing to give you private tutoring.  You can put a notice in our newsletter if this is something you would be interested in.  Chris Hadaway is our newsletter chairman. Send your notice to her by e-mail preferably (which saves Chris from having to type it out) at CLH2873@gmail.com or by U.S. Mail to Chris Hadaway, 1692 California Ave., Michigan City, IN  46360.  One member who is willing to tutor is Margaret Jones.  Margaret charges $15/hour (several members could arrange to attend sessions and split the cost).

     The Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois (suburb of Chicago) offers weaving classes.  Check out their website at www.finelineca.org or call at (630) 584-9443.

     If you want to immerse yourself in 5-day workshops there are various schools such as Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, Wisconsin that offer such workshopsSievers' phone: 920-847-2264website: www.sieversschool.comCheck the advertisements in Handwoven magazine (available at our guild library) for other options. 

     Conferences

    Convergence: This is the biennial international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA).  It is held every two years.  The 2018 Convergence was held July 6-12 in Reno, Nevada.  The 2020 Convergence will be July 24-30 in Knoxville, TN.  Information about the conferences is available at the HGA website www.weavespindye.org.  Convergence is expensive to attend, but it is a wonderful experience if you have time and money.  The conference includes world-class fashion shows of garments made with handwoven fabrics, workshops, lectures, and vendors.

    Midwest: This is like a smaller version of Convergence.  It is sponsored by the Midwest Weavers Association (MWA) and takes place every two years alternating with the Convergence years.  The 2017 Midwest Conference was in Indianapolis on June 12-17, 2017.  The 2019 Midwest Conference will be in Grinnell, Iowa June 20-22, 2019.  For more information about MWA conferences see the MWA website www.midwestweavers.org including information about the scholarships that are available for attending the Midwest conferences.

    Michigan League of Handweavers Conference: This is a smaller, more affordable, version of Convergence and Midwest.  It's offered each summer in one of two formats:  one summer as a workshop-only conference and the next as a full conference with a fashion show, special exhibits, mini and full workshops,  etc.  It is usually held at Hope College in Holland, MI.  The 2019 MLH conference will be held at Hope College on May 31-June 4.  Check www.mlhguild.org for more information about upcoming conferences.