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    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Rabbit Goody, Owner, Designer, and Master Weaver of Thistle Hill Weavers, a custom weaving mill providing historic reproductions of fine fabrics, carpets, drapery, trims and bedding to the museum field, the film industry, home owners, and custom woven textiles to designers.  She is a historian on textiles and has lectured nationwide and has written many articles about textiles, has published a book on modern weaving and still finds time to teach classes in weaving. Goody will share with us her love of weaving on 19th century looms and her knowledge of reproduction of historic textiles.   https://thistlehillweavers.com


    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Linda Cortright, Editor & Publisher, Wild Fibers Magazine has traveled to all seven continents, pursuing the role of natural fibers in remote and indigenous communities. Cortright’s experience led her to serve on the Steering Committee of the International Year of Natural Fibres, a global initiative sponsored by the United Nations in Rome, and ongoing work with the IWTO (International Wool and Textile Association).. In 2020 she published her first book, The Eye of Fiber: an uncommon story from around the world, focusing on the impact of culture, climate, and politics within the fiber industry. With Cortright’s irrepressible blend of humor and heart, she will share her delightful anecdotes and magnificent photography.   www.wildfibersmagazine.com




    • 8 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Celeste Chalasani, the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Director of Education, will join to talk about the educational opportunities that EGA offers. She will walk us through the different programs that EGA offers to its members. She will also give us a taste of what an EGA class looks like with a short presentation on shisha embroidery and a demonstration on how to attach mirrors or other flat objects to fabric.  If you would like to learn how to attach a mirror or coin to fabric, join the meeting with the following:

    1.  A piece of cloth such as cotton or linen in a small hoop.  Canvas is the only type of fabric that won’t work with the method that I demo.  Also, it is possible to work this in hand but it would be easier in a hoop.

    2.  ½” circular mirrors or a coin (quarter or nickel) to attach to the fabric.

    3.  Thread in an appropriate size needle.  If you are working with a quarter or a nickel, use size 8 or 12 pearl cotton with a size 2 crewel (embroidery) needle.  If you are using a ½” mirror, two strands of cotton in a size 8 needle works really nicely.

    Carole Overton, Carolinas Region Director, Janet Noble, EGA’s President and Marge Kelly EGA’s Vice President will be present if you have any questions.   egausa.org 


    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Wilma Malcolmson, Shetland Designer shown wearing the ‘Katie’s Kep,” a hat she designed for Shetland Wool Week in 2020.  Malcolmson will talk about her journey in the knitwear world from being taught to knit as a child by her mother and school knitting, to forming her own business Shetland Designer.  Malcolmson was particularly interested in Fair Isle patterns and the use of color. Over the years she has been inspired by photographs, paintings, landscapes and even seaweed on the beach. She has used these images to design colors in Fair Isle patterns.  It is her hope to show us some examples of these during her talk.  Malcolmson was asked to be Patron of Shetland Wool Week in 2020.  Due to the pandemic Wool Week had to be made virtual.  Shetland Wool Week was started from very small beginnings 12 years ago.  Today, it is now known worldwide and many visitors come to Shetland at the end of September. Many friendships have been made through knitting!   https://www.shetlanddesigner.co.uk/



    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Tien Chiu, Expert Weaver and Color Ninja. Her work has been exhibited in museums and featured on the cover of Handwoven.  She is obsessed with color, and has woven hundreds of swatches and dyed over 2,500 yarn samples in a quest to understand color in weaving.  She teaches online courses about color in weaving.  In addition to her color work, she is the author of Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work, a book about the creative process in craft. She is a former President of the Board at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Her handwoven wedding dress is part of the permanent collection at The Henry Ford Museum.  Chiu will talk to us about why people often find color in weaving to be so complicated that it feels downright mystical. But it’s not. Color in weaving follows rules, and once you understand the underlying rules, you can design beautiful work.  Painted warps are beautiful. But they can be difficult to design with. Painted-warp colors can change radically when woven, depending on your weft yarn colors and your choice of design. This program explains the basics of how color works in weaving and then covers how to choose weft, weave structure, and sett to showcase the colors of your painted warp – either by preserving the original colors or by blending them with a carefully chosen weft color to bring out their beauty.     www.warpandweave.com



    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Eileen Hallman, Weaver, Spinner & Dyer of Cotton with Colors of Indigo

    A little known fact about indigo is that it can dye the primary colors—blue, red, and yellow.  Hallman has been researching the capabilities of this magical plant since taking a fresh leaf indigo workshop with Rowland Ricketts in 2005.  Ricketts is the Associate Dean of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University and trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan.  Most of Hallman’s research dealt with getting indirubin, the pink color, onto cotton.  Having finally broken that barrier, she turned her attention to the green she obtained with an overnight soak in the fresh leaf juice.  In the summer of 2020 she was able to segregate the yellow component that produced that green from what was originally a blue bath. Hallman will share with us the amazing ways Indigo can produce a rainbow of colors.


    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Brandy Clements,  4th generation chair caner & shameless chair nerd. Owner/chair minion at Silver River Center for Chair Caning in Asheville.  The nations’ only chair caning school and museum in Asheville, NC.  We are a couple of chair nerds on a mission to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art.  We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs.   And so, we expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum!  Clements will share with us her story about the love and restoration of caning chairs.  (Pictured below is Brandy Clements and her husband and partner, David Klingler)  www.silverriverchairs.com



    • 19 Sep 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Johnson Farm, Conf. Rm, Hendersonville, NC (guild members only)

    Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving at a young age. She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® a digital online magazine for weavers.

    The Devil’s in the Detail will present ways to make your fiber art projects more intriguing, see different ways to incorporate fiber into other projects, or look for simple ways to improve your projects and set yourself apart as a fiber artist.  Sometimes the most understated detail or accent can make the difference between something ordinary and something extraordinary. In this talk, participants will be presented with a variety of fiber techniques for adding a little detail to create exceptional results.

    This in-person program is to be determined due to the ongoing pandemic in 2021. Previously scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2020.



    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Johnson Farm, Conf. Rm, Hendersonville, NC (guild members only)

    Extreme Warp Makeover taught by Robyn Spady, Master Weaver in this 2-day workshop  Hate to warp, but love to weave? Want more versatility from a single warp? Then this is a workshop for you! In this workshop, participants will warp their loom with their choice of one of three four-shaft threadings and perform an extreme makeover and weave it many different ways from twill, lace, and overshot to swivel, corduroy, deflected weft, and double-faced. At the same time, participants are presented with the basics of different structures and how to adapt a single threading to weave a number of different weaves, including concepts such as star vs. rose fashion, weaving on opposites, and echo treadling. Four-shaft loom required. (Note:This is not a round robin workshop-bring your own loom) Level: Beginner to Advanced 

    This workshop class is FULL  

    This in-person workshop is still to be determined due to the ongoing pandemic this year in 2021.



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