2022 – 2023 Meetings & Workshops

Show and Tell of Members’ Summer Work

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.

Weavers’ and Spinners’ Challenge

West Side Study Group on Linen

Annual Luncheon

Leslie Goddard presented a historical portrayal of Georgia O’Keeffe at our annual luncheon

Introduction to Supplemental Warps

The final program for the year was by renowned weaver and teacher Deb Essen. Deb Essen described what are supplemental warps and how do they work. She gave an introduction to the weave structures woven with supplemental warps. Deb Essen is the author of “Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps” and a frequent contributor for Handwoven magazine. Deb has recorded several DVDs on Supplemental Warps, Pile Weaves with Supplemental Warps, Unlocking Profile Drafts, and Pin Loom Projects through Handwoven. She has been weaving for over 30 years and teaches at local, regional and national conferences, guilds and shops.