Welcome to the
Duneland Weavers' Guild home page!

Come join us: Our meetings are open to the public.  We enourage non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers to come participate in our programs.

Have a great summer and
weave beautiful towels for the exchange at our first meeting on September 10!

To see photos of our April 2016 Style Show click on the Gallery link in the header.

In 2013 we celebrated our 65th Anniversary.  The photo below was taken at our May 2013 Luncheon.


A Member Answers: Why Belong to the Guild?

When I knew I would be moving to NW Indiana, I did some research about weaving in the area.  When I saw there was a Weavers' Guild that met in Chesterton, IN, I was sure fate was smiling on me!  What were the chances?  I had to check it out!  I came to my first meeting in December of 2007 and joined immediately!  The group was so welcoming and really talented!  I knew right away that being associated with this group would help me improve as a weaver and as a person!  It was love at first sight and has been going strong ever since!  Thank you, Duneland Weavers' Guild. -- Chris Acton

December 2015 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Sue and Suzy!)

Congrats to everyone who participated in our silent auction at the December meeting!  The auction made $681.50 for the Guild and the raffle made an additional $39.  At the end, Kathy O. energetically made sure that almost everything went home with someone :-).

December Show and Tell

Marianne wove this fringed shawl on her rigid heddle loom.

Suzy has been making felt pieces.  She is holding "Pine Tree", on the right below is "Two Dog Day", below on the left is "Fall Foliage" and on the right "Eye of the Cauldron".

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Joyce wove this beaded scarf for the April Show President's Challenge and described how she wet finished it.

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Sharon combined tan yarn with a Noro yarn when she knit this lace scarf. She also made this felted purse with a felted daffodil.

Christina knit these handwarmers on her sock knitting machine
 which dates back to the early 1900s.

November 2015 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)

Kathy O'Neal brought her extensive and very interesting collection of Japanese textiles and clothing  to our November meeting.  In her program she described for us how the elegant textiles were produced in addition to providing some information about Japanese culture and language.

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Among the many wonderful textiles Kathy showed us were these two that she stencil-dyed in a workshop. This very long (more than 12 yards) strip of shibori cloth is the 14 inch wide fabric for a single kimono.

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Members of the Guild were invited to try on the kimonos and other items of clothing.  Here is Jacque in an elegant kimono.

More kimonos and some jackets on Marilyn, Yvonne,
 Kathy, Marcia, Jackie G. and Shelby.

A colorful assortment of jackets of different styles
 on Suzy, Roz, Ellen, Pam and Jackie B.

Yvonne is modeling a cowl of double-woven cotton from
 Kathy's collection of Japanese textiles and clothing.

November Show and Tell

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Not exactly Show and Tell, but Sue couldn't resist
 photographing these two very creative treats!

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Marcia decided to work with darker colors than she usually does.  On the left Suzy is modeling a cocoon Marcia wove, and on the right Marcia is holding two scarves in the same colors but slightly different weaves.

Chris showed us two new bags in her line of messenger bags.


Jackie B. knit and felted a bag and, using several skills, created a lumberjack (see her fingers for a sense of its scale).

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Shelby has reassembled her 14-shaft loom and wove this turned taquete towel. Here are 2 of the many (at least 12) rugs Mary wove on her 12- shaft loom on a single warp.

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Mary also brought these tapestries to show us.  She is working on her Certificate of Excellence from the Handweavers Guild of America. Lizz showed us several loop necklaces she made for holiday sales, including these 2 made with "Fun Fur".

Yvonne, an avid cyclist and recycler, wove this rug
 with recycled inner tubes as weft.  

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Marilyn wove and sewed this kimono jacket as a class project when she was a student at the Art Institute School. Here is the back of the jacket showing more of the complexity of weaving patterns and Marilyn's use of color.

Marilyn also showed us a latchhook rug she had made
 using many colors of yarn from her stash.

October 2015 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)
Rita Hagenbruch presented a fascinating program on Scandinavian weaving and showed us many photos of her travels there as well as elegant examples of Scandinavian woven pieces of different types and weaves.
Many of Rita's pieces were handed down to her in her family, and some had been more recently woven by relatives and by Rita herself.

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Above are a few examples of the beautiful woven pieces Rita brought to show us.

October Show and Tell

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Sue knit fluffy scarves and wove an 8/2 cotton runner in crackle weave.

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Laura showed us some scarves she had woven while experimenting with different sock yarns, and she had also knit a shawl in perfect fall colors.

Lizz wove a Berber wool rug with a cotton warp at 5 epi.

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Ellen wove scarves using fine silk yarns and experimented with color shifting in the warps.

Kathy knit her marled yarn sweater/jacket and also
 made the copper pin that acts as a closure on it.

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Here are both sides of the 8-shaft rep weave rug which Paula wove and brought to show us.

Shirley showed us several woven pieces, including this scarf which she wove using a variegated sock yarn weft with a brown warp.

September 2015 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa and Yvonne!)
Our first meeting for 2015-16 was very ably and enthusiastically led by Lisa, our President for this year.  After extensive show and tell, Suzanne Halvorson presented a wonderful program on using color.

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The photos above show some of the ~30 people who attended the meeting, including several people new to the Guild.

Suzanne brought an extensive collection of scarves with lovely and artful combinations of colors to illustrate her presentation.

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Above are photos of some of Suzanne's very attractive scarves.  Some were inspired by paintings and some are for liturgical use.

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A few more of Suzanne's scarves: Some with bold contrast, some more subtle.

September Show and Tell

Lisa wove this chenille shawl for a friend and described her 4-year saga working, on and off, on it.  The effort clearly was worth it!

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Ginni handspun natural-colored wool and combined it with many colors of yarn in this crocheted afghan.

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Lizz wove this scarf using a ladder ribbon warp. Phyllis has been knitting this shawl with a single skein of variegated yarn.

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After weaving three scarves using 20 shafts, Paula painted each of them with slightly different dyes. Among the scarves Paula showed us was this one she wove in an 8-shaft twill.

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Manda has been making hats, including the pink veiled one on the left and the navy one she modeled above.

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Margaret and her husband wove a series of towels as gifts for guests at their 50th wedding anniversary party, and the guests were also invited to weave. Janice wove this twill scarf and was concerned about its thickness.  There was a consensus that the scarf would be fine for winter wear.


Using red cotton yarn with purple textured yarn, Pam experimented with a striped pattern using different widths of weft stripes. Laura showed us her first weaving class project and also this variegated yarn shawl she knit with a red border.

May 2016 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)
Our May meeting was a luncheon at the Sand Creek Country Club.  Murlea Everson presented a very interesting program on the history of a business that produced elegant liturgical garments (including one worn by Pope John Paul II in 1987).  She currently works for the company which bought that business and has continued to produce the original designs and some new ones as well.  Murlea weaves the fabric on a historic loom and brought samples of fabric as well as a selection of the  very impressive garments.  Murlea is on the right in black in the photo below.




May Show and Tell

Paula brought another "Echo and Iris" scarf she had woven using 20 shafts.

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Using Noro sock yarn, Suzanne knit this "Wingspan" scarf. Tonya is modeling a cocoon  Margaret wove for the Style Show.

The photo above shows Suzy's 3-dimensional felted piece "Tree Hugger".  It is 37" wide and 27" high.  Could it be a self-portrait?  See it in person at the SSAA show in June. 

Sue brought yet another baby outfit: a sweater, hat and booties she had knit for a lucky new baby.

April 2016 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)
Kati Reeder Meek presented a program on rigid heddle looms at our April meeting.

In the photo above Kati, wearing her Michigan tartan, showed us how to double yarns without using a doubling stand.


To show the versatility of rigid heddles, Kati attached a backstrap type of loom around herself (above) and (below) showed us how it was possible to form three different sheds when using a rigid heddle.



In the photo above Kati showed us how to measure out the length and width of a warp when using a commercially available rigid heddle loom, and below she threaded the warp through the rigid hedddle, alternating slots and eyes.


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Among the examples of items Kati wove on a rigid heddle loom were an elegant lacey scarf (on the left) and a lovely transparency (on the right).

Kati also wove this handsome square on a rigid heddle loom.
She made the subtle color shifts by altering the ratios of threads
of two different colors in a tabby weave.

April Show and Tell

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Among the items Sue showed us was this cozy sweater she had knit. Tonya is knitting this baby blanket with a yarn combination that gives it three dimensions.

Ellen wove three scarves using a 20/2 silk variegated warp.  This scarf had a purple weft.

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Suzanne knit this necklace using many, many, very fine beads. With her new 8 shaft floor loom, Yvonne wove these chenille scarves.

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Phyllis showed us this shawl she was knitting. Using two different chenille yarns, Kathy M crocheted this sample.

Although this wasn't a show and tell item at the April meeting, it's included here as a reminder about our April Show and Exhibit.  Roz wove an 8 shaft bamboo scarf for the Show and decided not to add beads to it.

March 2016 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)
Our March program was three mini-workshops led by Margaret, Sue and Marianne, all very talented members of the Guild.

Margaret's mini-workshop focused on how to deal with knots when weaving.  In the photo above, Jackie is working on a knot in a warp on the loom Margaret brought to help illustrate how to deal with "knotty" problems.

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That's Margaret on the left with Jackie, Sherron, Elaine, Bobbie, Marcia, Suzanne and Pam. Sue's mini-workshop was focused on knitting issues.  Here she's demonstrating the Kitchener stitch.

Marianne's mini-workshop focused on a technique for doing card weaving on a warp of whatever length one chooses.  In the photo above she is setting up the warp with the cards.

March Show and Tell

Margaret wove 4 yards and 6 inches of boulevard weave using a "Tubular Spectrum" cotton warp set at 24 epi and tencel weft.  She plans to make a jacket with the fabric.  Pam is looking on.

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Ellen showed us a sampler she had woven at a workshop on crackle weave. Sharon brought a felted purse she is working on.

Sharon also showed us a vest she had knit using yarn made up of short lengths knotted together leaving "tails".  Suzanne was her model.

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Mary knit her sweater with a Persian wool. Here is a part of another of Mary's "endless" warps.  This fabric is plain weave, woven for a jacket.

Joyce wove this rug/hanging with roving, fleece curls, alpaca yarn and strips of a felted sweater.

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Phyllis knit her shawl with one skein of an acrylic/cotton blend self-striping yarn. Paula showed us painted roving that she had dyed and also some yarn she had spun using her painted roving.

In the photo above, Sue is holding up the second of five baby sweaters she plans to knit.

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Another cute baby sweater: This one knit by Tonya, and it has a matching hat complete with a pink flower. Sherron wove a tapestry with artfully placed beads for her President's Challenge project.

Here is Liz with another quilt.  This one is inspired by an intricate, prize-winning, 1863 quilt.  To finish the quilt, she will add a border of triangles.

February 2016 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa and Sue!)

Our February program featured 6 skilled weavers from our Guild who responded to the challenge to design and weave in 50 shades of whatever color they chose.

Here are 4 of the 7 weavers: Margaret, Lizz, Shirley and Kathy.  Liz and Suzanne also contributed and were to the left of Margaret and not in the photo.  Shelby was out of town and will show us her project at a later meeting.

Liz worked with many many shades of yellow in this lovely quilt which she pieced and finished for her daughter.  She promised to show us her "50 Shades" woven tapestry when it's finished.

Suzanne used tie-dye techniques to create this very handsome pattern in grayed blues on a rayon scarf she had woven.

Margaret wove periwinkle-colored cotton fabric. Then she made this elegant cocoon using the fabric and embellished it with beads in several more shades of purple. Suzanne is modeling the cocoon.

Here is a view of the back of the cocoon and a shawl Margaret also made with the same fabric.

Inspired by memories of a trip to Riviera Maya, Lizz wove this hanging in shades of blue on a sand-colored warp.  The 118 shades of blue were yarns of very different fibers contributed by members of the Guild and artfully combined as weft in a twill weave embellished with beads and shells.

Shirley wove this beautiful shawl on a 7 shades of sunset warp using a black weft and an M's and W's weave to add interest and complexity.

Kathy, who organized the program, showed us three pieces including this one woven with a soy yarn warp and several warm colors of weft in a variety of weaves: 8 shaft satin and 4 shaft twills.  Even in areas with the same warp and weft yarns, she created a impressive variety of shades by using different weaves.

February Show and Tell

Paula knit this scarf of unknown fiber using fisherman knit patterns.

Having a sister who lives far away myself, I'm a little jealous of Liz (on the left) and Bobbie (on the right) who are sisters and active members of our Guild.

January 2016 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Lisa!)


Our members who attended the meeting were photographed from the north (above) and from the south (below).


Paula Williams presented a wonderful program on how to make different types of jackets while minimizing cutting and waste of handwoven, knit or otherwise precious fabric.


Paula (on the right) demonstrated how to make cocoons (as modeled by Sue on the left) and how to lay out and make bog jackets and kimono-like jackets.


Marcia (on the left) helped Paula construct the cocoon on Sue using safety pins starting with a 2 3/4 yd. strip of handwoven fabric that was 25 in. wide.


Marcia deconstructed the cocoon on her side and showed again how the end of the fabric was pinned to the longer edge.  Paula also provided a handout with a very useful diagram.

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Sue showed us the back of the cocoon, and then Paula went on to describe with handouts how to lay out and make bog jackets and kimono-like jackets. Lisa photographed her bog jacket pattern to remind us that vertical stripes in a fabric would produce horizontal stripes on the jacket.


Paula also passed around some patterns and pictures from websites to show us a variety of jackets that could be made using handwoven, knit or purchased fabric.  In the photo above she is holding a piece of a jacket-in-progress: a piece of handspun silk fabric stabilized with iron-on facing and stay stitching around the edges.

January Show and Tell

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Welcome back, Tina!  The scarf she brought to show us was woven in plain weave with rayon yarns. Christina wove her scarf with a German wool blend sock yarn warp and a black silk weft.


Sue brought her friendship coverlet,  She had it sewn together by a professional seamstrress.  Above and below are two views to show the variety of patterns.


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Sue also brought this linen stitch scarf she is knitting. Lizz showed us this scarf which she wove with a chenille-like yarn.

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One of Margaret's baby wraps was featured in a Handwoven eBook. In addition to weaving her second project, Karen has been knitting this fair isle sampler.

Photos of the September, October, November and December meetings are on the left side of this page.