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Programs/Workshops 2013-2014
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Sept. 5, 2013,  10 AM Meeting and Lecture
Marzena Ziejka: "The International Fiberart Shows"  
'From Lausanne to Beijing,' 7th International Fiberart Biennial in Nantong, China 2012 and the 14th Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland 2013 - coverage of each event: participating artists, winners, and a short history of fiberart which started in Lausanne.

 

 

Oct. 3, 2013,  6 PM Meeting and Lecture

Laura Foster Nicholson: "Successful business of designing beautiful textiles"

Laura Foster Nicholson, an award-winning textile designer whose handwoven brocaded tapestries are in many permanent museum collections, will present LFN Textiles: extraordinary ribbon embellishments and trims. They are ornate and elaborate, her "tiny textiles," beautiful little tapestries in miniature.

 

 

Nov. 7-10, 2013,  Fine Art of Fiber

Sponsored by the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, Illinois Quilters, Inc., and the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild, the Fine Art of Fiber will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden to show and sell gorgeous textile-related items. Click on link on the menu at the left.

 

 

Dec. 5, 2013,  10 AM  Meeting  at 6140 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

WGNS visits Frank Connet at his art studio

Hear the story how the Chicago-based artist Frank Connet became interested in textiles - the influence of pre-industrial cultures on his work, the overlap between conservation of historic textiles and the making of his own art, and the most recent evolution of his work into sculpture.


 

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY

Jan. 2, 2014, 10 AM  Meeting and Lecture

Bobbi Shortlidge: "Easy Advanced Double-Weave Plaid"

 

January 2, 2014, 1 - 4 PM and January 3, 2014, 9 AM - 4 PM Workshop

Advanced double-weave class, simple and easy to learn double-weave plaids: two different plaids each side and different size of plaid, woven simultaneously, using stitchers to hold the layers together. It started when Bobbi was asked by a co-worker how the fabulous double-weave plaid sold at Vogue Fabrics was made. It was a larger plaid on one side and check plaid on the other. So our master weaver figured it out and she will share.


 


Feb. 6, 2014, 10 AM  Meeting and Lecture

Bobbi Shortlidge: "Easy Advanced Double-Weave Plaid"

 

February 6, 2014, 1 - 4 PM and February 7, 2014, 9 AM - 4 PM Workshop

Advanced double-weave class, simple and easy to learn double-weave plaids: two different plaids each side and different size of plaid, woven simultaneously, using stitchers to hold the layers together. It started when Bobbi was asked by a co-worker how the fabulous double-weave plaid sold at Vogue Fabrics was made. It was a larger plaid on one side and check plaid on the other. So our master weaver figured it out and she will share.

 

 

March 6, 2014, 10 AM  Meeting and Lecture

Natalie Boyett: "From Cloth to Draft: Walk Backwards to Move Forward"


March 6, 2014, 1 - 4 PM and March 7, 2014, 9 AM - 4 PM at 4201 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641

You've happened upon an inspiring piece of cloth, but don't have any idea how to weave it yourself. What do you do? Reverse drafting is the answer. Pick-by-pick and end-by-end, we will move through the process of figuring out the draft for an existing piece of cloth. We will also go over strategies for figuring out how a cloth was made when you don't have the luxury of pick-by-pick analysis. Worksheets and drafting materials provided.



April 3, 2014 (Time TBD) 633 Sheridan Square, Evanston, IL 60202

WGNS Anniversary: "Guess who's coming to dinner!"

Potluck dinner at Eleanor Skydell's house. Members should bring their first weaving sampler or piece to the dinner - besides a potluck dish.

 


 

May 1, 2014, 10 AM  Meeting and Lecture

Dagmar Klos: "Fiber and Yarn Basics"

There are so many yarns out there - what are the differences? What is a worsted yarn, woolen yarn? What is a fingering yarn? What is a protein fiber? Cellulose fiber? Synthetic yarns? What are the characteristics of the different fibers? What are blends all about? Is there a difference between yarns for knitting and weaving? 10/2, 5/2, 2/30, 2/12 - what do the numbers mean? Have your questions answered - whether you are just curious or need some help troubleshooting.


May 1, 2014, 1 - 4 PM and May 2, 2014, 9 AM - 4 PM

Dagmar Klos: "Fun with Yarns"

There are all sorts of yarns out there - bamboo rayon, ramie, paper moire, wool & linen, stainless steel with wool or silk or linen, copper with bamboo, plus many, many novelty yarns. The focus of this workshop is to weave with yarns you might not be familiar with or even aware of . So come and have some fun in this day and a half long workshop.

 

 


June 5, 2014, 10 AM   2nd Annual Members' Exchange Extravaganza

Exchange of ideas, tips, tricks, yarns and tools.

 

 

 

 

Note: For more details on workshops, write or call Bobbi Shortlidge or Linda Madigan..
This information was correct at the time of writing, but adjustments and variations may occur as the year progresses. Please check your Newsletter for dates.
All programs will be held at Techny Towers unless otherwise indicated. Addresses for this and other locations are on our Home Page.

It is the policy of the Weavers Guild of the North Shore to avoid meeting dates that conflict with any major religious holidays that would affect our members. Members who anticipate such conflicts have the responsibility of letting the Guild president and the program committee chairs know about them, 12 months in advance so that the schedule can be adjusted.

Watch your newsletter each month for details.