2022 – 2023 Meetings & Workshops

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 11, 2023
    Weavers’ and Spinners’ Challenge
  • March 11, 2023
    West Side Study Group program
  • April 15, 2023
    Leslie Goddard who will present a historical portrayal of Georgia O’Keeffe at our annual luncheon
  • May 13, 2023
    Deb Essen – Introduction to Supplemental Warps

Past Meetings

Show and Tell of Members’ Summer Work & Welcome Back

On September 10 our members shared the beautiful projects they completed over the summer.

From Cone to Clothing, One Weaver’s Journey by Dianne Totten

On October 15 Dianne inspired all with her experiences as a innovative and respected weaver. Dianne also taught a Crimp & Create Workshop that weekend. Examples are shared at the October Show & Tell.

Frame Loom Weaving Techniques in Folk Costumes throughout the World by Melvenea Hodges

On November 10, Melvenea, owner of Traditions in Cloth and a member of the Duneland Weavers’ Guild shared her research on frame loom weaving techniques used in folk costumes throughout the world. Melvenea’s mission is to honor and preserve our fiber arts heritage through practice.

Melvenea was born and raised in Benton Harbor where she began learning about fiber arts through experimenting with hair braiding, beading, and weaving. It was through these experiences she found joy and realized her talent in creating with her hands. Over the years she has learned many skills and earned a bachelor’s degree in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University. Today creates clothing and accessories using traditional techniques such as block printing, sewing, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. She was inspired to begin growing, spinning, and weaving naturally colored cotton as a way to reclaim an undocumented heritage of fiber arts as a Black American maker.

Melvenea has published articles in Spin Off magazine, was featured in Handwoven magazine and a Gist Yarn and Fiber podcast. She is one of the first Artists in Residence at Gist.

Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auctions

On December 10 we enjoyed an amazing number and variety of dishes shared by our members.

Twining Rugs

On January 14, Renee Tripp presented an informative and practical program on weaving twined rugs. Attendees had the opportunity to practice on one of her creations currently being woven.