October 10, 2018 | "Garments Combining Felt and Woven Fabric" with Joan Berner

Guild  Meeting

9:30 a.m., First Baptist Church

Joan Berner

Joan has a number of pieces where she uses both felt and woven yardage together – having started as a weaver long before she became a felter.  We will enjoy a number of examples and talk about basic design considerations to make an effective, combination garment.  She will briefly discuss the different types of felts and how they differ in construction.

Joan passionately creates contemporary garments and accessories from traditional hand-produced dyed, felted and woven fabrics, and enjoys teaching these skills associated with these processes. Having moved to Hendersonville, N.C., after living in our area (a Guild member, too), she continued to develop her craft. We will see how Joan's work on HGA Convergence Fashion Shows, Costume Drama with the Asheville Community Theater other fashion shows may influence some of her creations!


October 10-12, 2018 | "Creating a Felt and Handwoven Garment" with Joan Berner

Guild  Meeting

First Baptist Church

Garment by Joan Berner

No felting experience necessary, but basic sewing skills is assumed. On Wednesday afternoon we will be making felt samples appropriate for garments.  On Thursday we will be doing garment pattern selection, discussion about pattern modifications, making and fitting a muslin, pattern layout for wool and woven fabric. On Friday we will be creating felt for garment, cutting out, and hearing sewing tips for With both felt and handwoven sections.  The garment would likely need to be finished at home.


October 15, 2018 | Dyeing to Tie One On! with Sheila (Sam) Shrestha

Guild Evening Meeting

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

With a background in science and art, silk dyeing was a natural for Sheila Ann Munson (SAM) Shrestha. Join us as this talented artist leads us through a presentation on the process of dyeing heliotrope scarves (ie, sun-dyeing silk scarves with natural elements). Plus bring a favorite scarf to learn a few tying techniques that will show off your collection to its best advantage.

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.


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

Guild Evening Meeting

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

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.


Coming Up 2018-2019 


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

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

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

February 18, 2019 | Fun Fiber Video

March 13, 2019 | "Textile Roadshow" with Regina Lewis-Middleton

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

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"