Welcome to the Duneland Weavers' Guild!

Our meetings are open to the public and we love visitors,
including non-weavers and not-yet weavers as well as weavers and other fiber artists.


 Have a good summer and weave, weave, weave, knit, knit, knit and spin, spin, spin!

Guild meetings will resume in September after the summer break.
 Our first meeting on September 8, 2018 will be 1:00 - 3:30 in the afternoon at our usual location in the Library Annex.
** From our Program Committee: "Summer Show and Tell and More" will be our September 8 program. **
Besides your show and tell, please bring your favorite textile (can include purchased cloth, anything....)!
Also, clean out your stash for a 50/50 sale at the September meeting.
Bring not just yarn from your stash but anything related to fiber.  50% to you and 50% to the Guild!
The Program Committee would like our September meeting to be a fun-filled afternoon to begin our Guild year!

For more information about the Guild, including the location and time of the meetings, click on the About link (above).
Click on the Gallery link (above) to see photos of our 2018 annual show and sale.


May 2018 Meeting
(Thanks for the photos, Sue!)
We celebrated the Guild's 70th anniversary year at our final meeting for 2017-18.  Below are photos Sue took of the members who came and enjoyed the delicious lunch which was followed by a fascinating program on
 Viking Age textiles and the looms and other tools used to make them.
 
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Table 3 Table 4

Julie Watkins, accompanied by her husband, presented the very lively and interesting program on medieval life and warp-weighted looms.  Both were dressed as living history re-enactors in clothing characteristic of the Viking Age (approximately 1000 years ago), and they brought Julie's warp-weighted loom and other tools patterned on those used at that time to produce fabric for clothing and other fiber-based items that were needed for day to day life.

Loom1
Julie and her loom are in the photo above.  Note the warp chains are being kept under tension by the donut-shaped weights and there are three heddle rods for forming sheds for the weft. Julie's loom is a small portable model.  It is likely that the actual Viking looms were much larger.

Loom 2
After Julie's presentation we were invited to come up and look more closely at all the tools and samples of fiber work, including fabric, which she had brought.  Above Chris is holding some fabric hand woven of wool, linen, hemp or nettle, the fibers that were used in the Viking Age.

Naalbinding Tools 1

On the left, Roz is holding a very sturdy mitten Julie made with naalbinding, a method that was used for making items like mittens and socks.  Naalbinding involves only a single needle and predated knitting and crocheting.  On the right, are a variety of tools and items Julie brought to show us, including wool combs for cleaning and straightening wool fibers,  a niddy-noddy for making skeins of yarn, a net bag made with sprang and a length of very strong cord made using a lucet.

Tools 2
Julie also brought a variety of other tools like those used in the Viking Age which are shown in the photo above: a wooden drop spindle, two combs made of bone, an elegant shawl or cloak pin, and other finely crafted small metal tools useful for a weaver.