Programs and Workshops

February 8, 2023 | "The Loom Room France - Woven Optical Illusions" with Stacey Harvey-Brown

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and Program on Zoom

Stacey Harvey-Brown

Woven Optical Effects are a source of wonder and curiosity for many people. Weavers are certainly no exception and studies have been made looking at visual effects in weave for many years. Here we also look at optical effects from the standpoint of printed optical effects, digging deep to find the design nuggets that give the essence of the effect and which can translate successfully into the subtle dimensionality of weaving.

Katharina and Stacey have been collaborating in exploring the wonderful world of optical illusions and visual perturbations in an ongoing 3-year project. Various optical effects from the fields of op art, visual effects and visual effects in weaving have been explored, including op-art movement effects, Twisted Cord effects, classic effects and depth illusions to name but a few and translating them into different weave structures and colour experiments, including multicolour taqueté, Summer & Winter, 4-colour double weave, colour-and-weave, shadow weave and deflected double weave.

In this presentation, Stacey will share their journey, discoveries and the fascination of woven optical illusions.

Stacey Harvey-Brown has been an insatiably curious weaver for nearly 30 years who loves to explore themes such as growth forms, phase transitions, and optical effects, diving deep into the fascinating worlds and technical paths that these open up. She develops artwork, books and teaching materials from her research and passes on her discoveries in studio and online courses from her studio in SW France. She has been joined in the optical effects project by Katharina Krönig, who has designed textiles for industry, and together they have written a book on many different forms of optical effects and illusions published in 2022.


March 8, 2023 | "Scholarship Report Go Big! Go Bold!" with Cheryl Molesky

Guild Monthly Meeting and Just-the-Ticket auction

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and on Zoom

Cheryl Molesky

Cheryl attended a 5 day workshop at Quilts by the Lake 2022, taking a class with Pat Pauly (Rochester artist).


I will share my learning experience with the guild by displaying and speaking about the work produced during the workshop. Here is the class description-Join Pat Pauly for this five-day workshop where we print large scale fabric throughout the week. With a myriad of printing techniques using fiber reactive dye on fabric we’ll use large graphics to produce whole cloth works. Silk screen, mono-print, stencil – along with a few more techniques – are used to print large images that can become the finished whole cloth. This class is for those already experienced with printing, and is designed for intermediate or advanced printers. Print with an eye on the whole design and Go Big, Go Bold. 


Plus- Our annual Guild Fundraiser

“Just-the-Ticket” auction-

be saving your Textile Treasures (books, yarns, tools...) to bring!


April 12, 2023 | "From Shepherd to Roving" with Ellen McCarthy

Guild Monthly Meeting 

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and on Zoom

Ellen McCarthy

How did I get here? I spent my youth in suburbia, not on a farm. This is the story of my journey as I learned about sheep, fleece, and fiber prep from the ground up.  All the trials and errors, success and failures along with the wonder and joys of life. Sheep came into our lives with my daughter’s 4-H horses and are showing no signs of leaving.

Being drawn to the creative process that starts with finding the raw ingredients has added interest (and time) to everything I do. I have answered my question of “How do I stay warm without stores?”   I will be talking about the process I use as the wool comes off the sheep and ends up at the spinning wheel or loom.  Sorting, washing, carding, and dyeing in all its mess keeps me happy.  I will have samples from one stage to the next right up to something off the loom.

I first was introduced to weaving in a junior high school art class.  The instructor had the class work on cardboard looms with thick acrylic yarn.  It was wonderful!  I made an absolutely horrible shag rug that I kept for years.

I am still weaving.  Most of my work is done in natural fibers now, cotton, linen, and wool from my small flock of sheep.  Spinning, felting, dyeing with natural dyes and basket weaving also keep my hands in fiber.  I enjoy the process of working from the start of a concept through to the finished piece. 

It is important to me to share what I have learned about fiber arts to the next person, young or old, to keep the skills alive.  Spinning and weaving contributes to our survival as well as our comfort.

Ellen is a weaver, spinner, dyer, felter and basket maker living in Western NY.   Sheep are her fiber animal of choice with a focus on natural colored sheep and dyes from nature. 



April 12, 2023 | "Hanging Pouch" with Ellen McCarthy

Guild 1/2 Day Workshop 

1:00pm, First Baptist Church in person

Ellen McCarthy's Basket



This is a small pouch that is nice to hang on or near your loom.  It has a twined bottom with a plaited body.  Finished with a lashed rim and wrapped handle.  

Students should bring an old towel, small bucket, scissors and a small flat edge screwdriver.  A sharp pocketknife or rim shaver is useful but not necessary as I will bring tools to share.

Sign up will be available to members on our website by Feb. 15 for 15 lucky participants! Cost $24, to the Weavers' Guild of Rochester $10, to Ellen for materials fee.



Coming Up: 2023 

May 10, 2023 | "Shifted Ikat" with Mary Zicafoose

May 10-12, 2023 | "Shifted Ikat Scarf" Workshop with Mary Zicafoose

June 14, 2023 | Picnic and Annual Meeting