November 14, 2018 | "Zapotec Weaving of Oaxaca, Mexico" with Jose Buenaventura Gonzalez Gutierrez/Sarah Gotowka

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

José Buenaventura González Gutierréz

José Buenaventura González Gutierréz is a Zapotec Master Weaver from Teotitlan del Valle, in the state of Oaxaca, México. He learned to weave from his father when he was ten years old. Weaving has been a family tradition for at least seven generations, and probably many more.  The Zapotec people have used two pedal looms to weave for over 500 years, since the looms were introduced by the Spaniards, but they have been weaving and dyeing for far longer using the “back strap” method still seen in his village and other parts of Mexico, as well as in Guatemala.


November 14, 2018 | "Intro to Zapotec Weaving" with Jose Buenaventura Gonzalez Gutierrez/Sarah Gotowka

Guild  Workshop

1–4:00 p.m., First Baptist Church

José Buenaventura González Gutierréz's rug loom

More details of the Zapotec Tapestry Workshop: This is an introductory weaving course on the techniques and materials used in Zapotec weaving. Participants are invited to bring their own frame looms. Jose will teach how he warps the loom, his process of designing patterns and combining colors, and his specialized techniques of weaving. Participants are encouraged to purchase a material package that gives them a pound of Jose's naturally dyed yarn (a combination of indigo, and cochineal).


November 19, 2018 | Tools of the Trade- Homemade Hacks for Weaving, Spinning and more with Joyce Robards

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Niddy Noddy

Fiber artists aren always coming up with new and innovative tools to improve their craft. Some are quite unique and expensive, while others can be easily duplicated in a home workshop. Joyce Robards will lead us through a few of the more imaginative tools that have been used to give interesting results. Please bring your homemade/handmade fiber tools to share with the group.


6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

December 17, 2018 | Cookies and Quilled Card Making with Barb Snios

Guild Evening Meeting

quilling sample

Our own evening member, Barb Snios, makes beautiful quilled cards.  Quilling involves coiling and shaping narrow strips of paper that are then combined in fanciful designs. Join us for this "make and take," and create a unique card to share with a special friend! Since we'll be meeting in the holiday season, you can bet on some festive cheer as well.

January 9, 2019 | China's Minority Cultures and Their Craft with Lorraine Justice

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Lorraine Justice

Lorraine will take you on a “tour” of some of the remote villages of China where women work in the fields during the day and work on their crafts at night. Come and see the rural minority villages in western China and the craftwork they produce. She will share incredible images of the country and work, and stories about lessons learned in helping the villages.

January 14, 2019 | When Winter Gives You Snow and Ice... Dye! with Peg Cherrie

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

ice dyeing

Koolaid and ice are more than a kid’s beverage. In fact, they can both be used to great effect in dyeing! Join us for a fun and easy program, and leave with your own dyed silk scarf!

February 13, 2019 | The Travels of a Wool-a-byte with Judy Fox

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Judy Fox

Subtitle  "We stop for all sheep, goats, yarn shops and interesting fiber places". I have be on three trips with Loom Dancers. My plan would be to put together a photo collage along with a narrative about the countries and their relationship to fiber and fiber arts. One of the highlights in Scotland was a to visit the historical textile collection in a folk art museum with textiles dating back to the early 1700's along with other things you might expect to see and visit.  (travels to Scotland, Norway and  Iceland and Wales). I probably should explain that a " Wool-a byte" is the name the leader of Loom Dancer developed on the trip to Scotland.                      

February 18, 2019 | Fun Fiber Video

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

As in the past few years, we'll be sharing a video this month, just in case the weather prevents us from gathering.  More details to come.

March 13, 2019 | "Textile Treasures and Their Care, Display and Enjoyment" with Regina Lewis-Middleton

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Regina Lewis-Middleton border=

Explore the wonderful world of weaving and textiles, through the eyes of a Textile Conservator & Expert! Join us, as we celebrate and learn how to store or display some of our historical and cherished artifacts. The presentation will be followed by a discussion time, where Guild members will be able to ask about some of our own special textiles. Regina may help us to bring out those stored & hidden fabrics, allowing us to “hang out with our own textiles”.


Regina, textile conservator, is currently the Director of the John D. Barrow Art Gallery, in Skaneateles New York. She joined West Lake Conservators, in 1994, as a technician on a large textile project and stayed on to develop a variety of textile conservation and framing skills, through the spring of 2018. Besides textile treatments, she also assisted the painting and paper conservation clients with frame selections. Her formal training was in fine arts and textile design, graduating from Dean Jr. College and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She has a keen interest in a wide variety of fiber related arts and crafts.  She enjoys presenting textile conservation talks to a variety of historical societies, antique clubs and fiber guilds. She continues to educate herself through workshops, conferences and classes.


March 18, 2019 | Explore the Fibers of Lithuania with Marcia Weinert

Guild Evening Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m., Weaving and Fiber Arts Center

Travel to central Europe without leaving the comforts of East Rochesters! Join Marcia Weinert as she presents her recent fiber experiences in Lithuania.


Coming Up 2018-2019 


April 10, 2019 | "Painting Warps on Two Continents" with Sarah Saulson

April 10, 2019 | "Understanding Sett" with Sarah Saulson

April 15, 2019 | "HGA Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing" with Mary Ann Proia

May 8, 2019 | "The Devil is in the Details" with Robyn Spady

May 8-10, 2019 | "A Parallel Threading is the Weaver's Playground" with Robyn Spady

May 13, 2019 | Potluck at Bolcko Fiber Barn

June 12, 2019 | Annual Picnic

June 17, 2019 | "Journaling for Inspiration"