Past Meetings


October 21, 2017 - Nicolette provides the history of baby wraps throughout the world, with examples.










TAPESTRY WEAVING with Rebecca Mezoff

September 16, 2017 - September Guild Meeting will be a video from Rebecca Mezoff, tapestry artist, on her weaving journey. After the video, Rebecca will be available for discussion and questions. If you are not familiar with her work, check out her website, . She does beautiful work and also teaches classes (in person and via internet). We are the guinea pig for this type of program, so it should be interesting.










WHAT IS HONEYCOMB WEAVE ? with Lindamarie Hanson

August 19, 2017 - An exploration of Honeycomb Weave is the topic of our August meeting. This ancient texture is noted for its dimples or cells, which have a resemblance to the hexagonal honey comb found in bee hives or supers. This texture can be enhanced by loose weaving and effective wet finishing. Many weave structures, such as Bronson Lace, Monk's Belt, and Overshot, can take on this texture when woven as Honeycomb.

Research shows many structures are labeled Honeycomb and many others look similar. Come travel through the research done by LindaMarie Hanson. With handouts and slides, it will be an interesting overview.










Sharing the Midwest Weavers Conference Experiences

July 16, 2017 - This meeting is a group sharing of all our experiences at the MWC 2017 conference that we hosted at Butler University in June. Tell us about your classes and your awards! Please bring your photos on a USB drive and any projects you did at the conference.









Color Theory with Susan Weickum

May 20, 2017 - Color theory is our topic for the May meeting. Susan Weickum will lead us in covering some basic vocabulary and topics such as hue, shade, value etc. Please bring any weaving that you feel was not as successful as you wanted, as well as bring any weaving that delighted you. We'll share tools and tips. Feel free to bring samples of yarns under consideration for upcoming projects.

It is time to begin thinking about the Indiana State Fair. Registration for weaving entries is done online with a deadline of July 1.




NETWORK DRAFTING with Sue Parker Bassett

April 15, 2017 - Network drafting is a way for shaft loom weavers to make curves in their cloth without the use of blocks. You do not need a computer, a dobby or a gazillion shafts on your loom to weave the designs you create. Bring a pencil, eraser and a ruler to the meeting, and we will practice this designing technique.





March 18, 2017 - Since the guild committed to sponsor the Midwest Conference and also agreed to make items for the goody bags, the March meeting will include a work time on those items. If you have any of the following to bring, please contact Ruth Salmons, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We need: sewing machines (4) Iron and small ironing board or mat for the iron (4) Rotary cutter and mat with grid (4-6) Please bring scissors and any handwoven fabric that can be used. 5/2 weight cotton or finer is good.

We will also have a lot of discussion time for everyone and will have Pizza for lunch! (Provided.)

For the discussion, please consider sharing on some or all of these questions:  

  • How long have you been weaving?  
  • What got you interested in weaving?  
  • What has been your most successful project?  
  • What weaving project do you want to do next?  
  • What has been/is your biggest problem in weaving?  
  • What is a favorite tip you have learned from someone else or discovered on your own?  
  • Name a non-weaving ‘tool’ that you use frequently in weaving  
  • What programs would you like to see during the guild meeting?  
  • Would you be interested in the guild pursuing podcasts for programs?




Introduction to Designing Weaving with Photoshop with Linda Adamson

February 18, 2017 - I love to learn new things and I have heard weavers talk for several years now about designing with Photoshop. I do not normally work with Photoshop software but wondered how this could happen and what are the advantages to using it. When I won the Guild Scholarship to Midwest Weavers Conference in 2015 one of the classes was on Photoshop. Here was my chance to find out what the excitement was all about. My goal is to introduce you to the program and let you see for yourself if this is an application you would find useful. Who knows where this will lead!




Soumak with Anne Reaves

January 21, 2017 - After some delightful eye candy slides of tapestries with soumak, we'll shift to making samples of several different types. If you have a small loom of any kind, warp about 6 inches wide. If you don't, I'll have 15-20 pieces of pre-warped cardboard. Bring any knitting or weaving yarn (not too big, not too small) and we'll start the weaving with soumak, then you'll make a shape like a hill or something else, and try another type of soumak. Should we be cancelled for ice or snow, I'll bring the "kits" to the next meeting. No fee. (I have bought calendars with cardboard inserts!)




Swatch Swap!

November 19, 2016 - Bring your show and tell and swatches for the Swatch Swap PLUS any items woven in recognition of Indiana’s to the general meeting on November 19.

See you there!





MAKING A CHINESE BOAT with LindaMarie Hanson

Messenger 2016 10October 15, 2016 - We will make yarn ornaments, like the samples brought to Sept meeting. Fun, fun.
Bring to October WI meeting:
• Sharp scissors
• Tacky or other fast glue
• Tapestry needle, small
• 5/2 or finer smooth yarn (10 yds each of 2-3 colors you like together)
• 2-3 hanks of DMC embroidery





September 17, 2016 - In September, bring weaving projects you really liked doing (or thought you would) but which turned into a disaster of some sort. We'll share the humor and disappointment, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll inspire each other.


This is open to all guild members. Friday night presentation with Tom Knisely is Sept. 16th from 6:30 to about 9:00 pm.

Topic: Using novelty yarn and how to incorporate into deflected double weave
Where: Allisonville Christian Church
Address: 7701 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Area held: Fireplace Room (previously called main sanctuary- can hold up to 100 people)

It has its own entry close to kitchen area. Please see map.


August 20, 2016 -- Sheep around the world are beautifully diverse with fleeces ranging from long, lustrous ringlets to short, deliciously fine locks. Breeds like Merino and Shetland are commonly used by fiber artists, but Spælsau, Columbia, and many other breeds are less familiar. Join Kate, who loves all things ovine, for an introduction to a range of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their wool. You will have a chance to handle fleeces and yarns from primitive, longwool, down-type, medium, and finewool sheep, giving you a better understanding of how wool type impacts the durability, resilience, and drape of your textiles.

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at

Dye Day with Carrie May

July 16, 2016 - And enjoyable day of learning and dyeing. Even if you don’t want to dye a warp, the information from Carrie will be interesting and informative.


June 18, 2016 - This is a fun and fascinating weave structure! Come find out what it is and how to create your own drafts. You can create beautiful, intricate patterns on just four shafts. If you have eight shafts, you will learn some tips on how to use your extra shafts and treadles to make the process even simpler.


May 21, 2016 - Where do you start if you don’t have exact instructions from something like Handwoven magazine or a kit? With the yarn you bought? With a draft that interests you? With a picture containing colors you like?

I would like this to be a program with lots of participation, so, if you do projects from ‘scratch’, bring one or more to show. Also, please bring something that could be used for inspiration: a yarn, a draft, an art object, or a picture.

We will discuss appropriate yarns and setts, color combinations, weave structures and yarn calculations. Whew! At least we will try.

Basic Inkle Loom and Simple Pick-Up with LindaMarie Hanson

April 16, 2016 - This is a HANDS-ON presentation; everyone can learn by doing or join the fun if you already know how to use an inkle and pick-up to create your own unique designs.

SO, bring your dressed inkle, favorite tools, and sharp scissors. If you already brought it to me, I will deliver back your loom, pre-warped with heddles and ready to weave. If I’m not dressing your loom, please do so BEFORE the meeting. Use 2 contrasting colors and dress for horizontal stripes. You could have a solid color border if you want. Add your heddles, grab your tools, and sharp scissors, and come for fun and photos and learning and sharing.
    Heddle D D D D D D D = dark color
    Open L L L L L L = light color

The sell/trade/give away event is scheduled for the April meeting. So any stash you may have that you want to give away or sell bring to the April meeting, and come early to add to your own stash. If you would like to donate some or all of your proceeds from the sale to the Guild scholarship fund, that will be a benefit to the guild.


March 19, 2016 - This slideshow will survey the three known types of tapestry techniques used and found in Scandinavia during the medieval period: double weave, traditional tapestry, and soumak (for the designs, not outlining). Be inspired!

ISOLATED OVERSHOT with Alice Burr/Patti Mink

February 20, 2016 -- Overshot inlay, aka "isolated overshot," allows a weaver to extract a portion of a traditional overshot pattern draft, thread that portion of the draft in a particular area of the fabric, then weave it as a medallion, accent or frame for the rest of the plain weave fabric. It can add a little drama to otherwise plain garments, table linens, or household décor. Alice Burr and Patti Mink will offer samples of the technique and provide instructions and tips for easy weaving.

Properties of Linen by Donna Hudson

January 16, 2016 - Flax is an amazing plant that provides a wonderful fiber. Unfortunately, linen has gotten a tough reputation as a difficult fiber to tame. The program will include a brief history of linen, the process of turning the flax plant into linen yarn, and helpful strategies for weaving so that you will be a successful weaver of linen.

Scarf Exchange and Swatch Swap

November 21, 2015 - November 21 will be a busy meeting with the showing of different scarves by those who participatedin the 2015 challenge. I think it will be interesting for everyone to see how the same materials can be used to create very different items.

Also, the swatches for the Swatch Swap will be exchanged. Participating members should bring their swatches with the information sheets so that everyone can assemble their notebooks.

Looking at Overshot with Patricia Mink

October 17, 2015 - Come and learn the mechanics of threading and weaving in overshot. Learn to weave something that is not copied in industry and is truly the weaver’s own possession. Think new colors and new yarns. See many real examples and coverlets in overshot. Think big or small, Learn how to manipulate a pattern to fit your needs. Get a helpful handout and take copious notes.


September 19, 2015 - We all have them - those small amounts of leftover yarn from projects that we just can't bear to get rid of. These small bags or boxes are a great way to use some of them up and you don't even need a big loom! Ellen and Dagmar will show how to make small bags and boxes using cardboard looms and leftover yarns. They make great gifts or even a way to bag a small gift - and you can do this while traveling or sitting in a waiting room or just in your favorite chair at home.

Please bring some of your favorite weft-overs. You will receive written instructions and those who want to can begin their bag at the meeting. We'll also bring some materials. Cardboard looms will be provided or bring your own piece of cardboard or small box, and we'll show you how to make your loom. For bags, I'd suggest a firm piece of cardboard 8" x 8". This does not have to be woven with thrums, but can certainly be a planned design/stash-reducer and could even include some tapestry techniques.

Summer and Winter with Nicole Burgess

August 15, 2015 - Nicole Burgess will present on the Summer and Winter weave structure. It is a unit weave and has been used to create beautiful coverlets in the past. Whether you have a four shaft loom or more, there are many patterns you can create with this structure. Come learn some basics about this "seasonal" structure. If you have done a Summer and Winter project on an eight shaft or more, would you please bring it to the August guild meeting? Nicole has completed four shaft projects, but would LOVE to see what others have created on more shafts. Thank you in advance if you decide to bring your work.

Midwest Weavers Conference 2015 Instant Replay! with Donna Hudson, Anne Reaves, JoAnne Tuffnell

July 18, 2015 - Be inspired! Come hear about the classes, the guild and member exhibits, the fashion show, the vendors and volunteers.....and even Potluck and the Hot Dishes!

Beiderwand by Dagmar Frerking and Ruth Salmons

June 20, 2015 - The June program will be on Beiderwand. Beiderwand is a weaving technique that was woven in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and also in the very south of Denmark since the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Come learn the meaning of the word, how to pronounce it as well as its historical significance and use. Samples will be available to see and feelthis unusual weaving structure.

DESIGNING IN HUCK by Susan Weickum and JoAnne Tuffnell

May 16, 2015 - After a review of huck, its structure, its adaptability, and its beauty, we'll move into how to design with huck. Will your initial translate? If not, why not? Come to the May 16 meeting to learn all about it.

Remember to bring your warp for the scarf exchange to the May meeting. It should be labeled with number of ends, fiber, and suggested sett. If you did not get a gift bag at the May meeting, they will be available before the meeting for you to drop your warp into. This is an anonymous grab bag and in November you will reveal whose warp you grabbed at the May meeting. Remember to make an identical warp for yourself and to bring the finished scarf to the November meeting to compare the two scarves from the same warp.


April 18, 2015 - Workshops: for better or for worse, most of us have taken them. Now, more and more online workshops are available, as well as local, regional, and national conferences with workshops. Share your stories, particularly about your favorite workshop and what made it so for you.

(This is not meant to be a "Don't ever take a class from X," although it can include information without the teacher's name about what didn't work for you. For example, I once signed up for a knitting software class at a big regional convention, and it was the most frustrating one I have lost money on: Word 7 had come out more than a year before, but the teacher had no idea of the problems created by it, which most of us in the class had. Grr. I mean, more than a year.)

M's and O's with Ruth Salmon and Donna Hudson

March 21, 2015 - M's and O's is a traditional weave structure. We hope to give you some information on its origins, its many variations, how to distinguish M's and O's from other weave structures, and ideas for creating your own unique woven items. Samples will be shared to (we hope) get everyone excited.

Meeting Cancelled

February 21, 2015 - This meeting was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The subject has been moved to the April meeting.



January 17, 2015 - We'll have a two-part program: discussions of what each of us would like to learn or do in weaving this year, and a presentation on our Weaving Midwest project and what we could make. Both could result in items to expand our State Fair entries so others can see what we enjoy making.

For Show and Tell, don't forget any new books or other goodies bought or received during the last two months.


Doup Leno and Bead Leno with Sue Parker Bassett

November 15, 2014 - Leno weave (pronounced Lee-no)is a structure once quite popular but seen infrequently these days. It has at least two warp threads crossed and held in that position by the weft thread producing a strong, yet sheer, cloth with almost no slippage or movement of the yarns. Leno is also known as gauze.




October 18, 2014 - You will do interpretive fiber studies as an extension of the Fibonacci color sequence exercise you did a few months ago. In this exercise, you will wrap strips of mat board with yarns that you choose, interpreting an image you have selected. Let your image inspire you!


  1. A selection of art postcards, old National Geographic magazines and other magazines that have interesting and colorful pictures. We need enough images for people to choose from, so magazines might be torn up as more than one person finds an inspiring image in a magazine. If you have art postcards or art magazines, those are great sources of images. Really any printed photo will do, but images from art and nature seem to be the most inspirational. You can bring books with interesting and colorful photos, but we WON'T take apart those!! (And if you don't want your magazines to be taken apart, please say so and label the front of the magazine as such. We can put the magazines which are ok to take apart on one table and those that need to be kept whole on another, for example.)
  2. A good variety of yarns of all colors, types and weight. The more the better! Label your yarns. You can bring small bits of yarns, too—the exercise doesn't require much. Fancy yarns are great. Different weights are great. Anything goes!
  3. Marking pen to mark your yarn cones. Or bring them pre-marked. Or wind off a quantity and bring that.
  4. Scissors and Scotch tape.

Nina will explain the process at the meeting. This is a personal interpretation of an image that you like into a wrapped strip. Nina did this exercise when she studied at Pacific Basin Textile School in Berkeley, California. They did these to "loosen" themselves up for fiber studies.


Swatch Swap with Linda Adamson

September 20, 2014 - Last year a group of 12 members participated in a Swatch Swap. What's that? We each found drafts we liked and "swapped" our samples with each member of our group. This way we actually had pieces of fabric we could relate to for future weaving. We learned a lot about fibers, shrinkage, colors and other facts, which we will share with the group. We really enjoyed the experience and will share what we learned with you.

We agreed to do another one next year, so come see what it's all about and if it is something you would like to do as well.

Tablet Weaving with Anne Reaves and Pat Troth

August 16, 2014 -The first part of the Tablet weaving program will be a PowerPoint presentation on the history and techniques of this form of band weaving. Once the lights are back on, Anne and Pat (along with anyone else with a project under way) will show different kinds of tablet weaving and equipment.

Members are asked to bring their inkle looms and cards threaded with 3 colors. If you haven't done it before, warp eleven cards SZ: one color in holes AB, a second strongly contrasting color in holes CD, and the weft in the shade of the outermost cards. Cotton is a better choice if you are just starting out. (If you have an inkle loom, you will probably find it much easier to do than with backstrap setup.) A handout will include a few basic patterns, sources, and links for supplies and information.

Tips, Tricks and Show and Tell

July 19, 2014 - So now it’s your turn to present to the guild. Share the tips and tricks you have learned over the years you have been weaving, whether that is twenty years or one. We have all learned ways to be more efficient, to make our weaving better or easier, to finish the ends of our weaving, or to finish the fabric itself. And then there are various tools that support our weaving—weights, shuttles heddles, etc. Share your experience, and if you can put it down on paper and bring copies, that would be even better.


June 21, 2014 - On June 21st, after our monthly meeting, Weaving Indiana is sponsoring a 3.5 hour mini-workshop titled “TAPESTRY TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS.” Barb Gallagher of Weavers Loft will be teaching the class. You will learn how to weave some of the most common techniques like hatching, warp & weft stripes,
weaving with several different colors and slit tapestry.

Members who have not signed up to participate but would still like to benefit from the presentation are more than welcome to stay and observe and ask questions. The workshop will begin at 11:00 am and end at 2:30 pm.

Participants may want to bring a snack or lunch to eat before the workshop begins. There should be enough time to have a quick bite between the meeting and the workshop. Participants should also bring a metal kitchen fork to use as a beater and 1 or 2 blunt tapestry needles as extras.

Weaving in the Shadows with Mindy McCain

May 17, 2014 - vest-detailShadow weave is a block weave woven mostly as a balanced plain weave (tabby), with occasional small floats where blocks adjoin. The “shadow” effect is produced by the alternating light and dark warp and weft threads.

At the May meeting, we will delve into the many variations of shadow weave following one weaver's process in understanding this weave structure from 2 to 16 harnesses.

Crackle Weave with Jessica Madsen, Alice Burr & Patti Mink

March 14, 2014 - Crackle weave is a variation on a twill threading. It allows for repeated use of units or blocks, similar to overshot, but with the advantage that the maximum float length is only 3 threads.

In this presentation we will discuss the basic threading units and some of the many treadling options, as well as introduce some of the polychrome styles of weaving Crackle.

Join us!


April 19, 2014 - Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Swatch Swap presentation, but it will occur in September. So we will spend our meeting time in April on our planned Swap/Trade/Sale.

We did a Swap/Trade/Sale for guild members a couple years ago and it seems like it is time to de-stash again! So, at the April meeting we will have the time to find new treasure amongst everyone's castoffs. Bring your "de-stash" to trade or sell and then see what others have to offer to add to your current stash!

Join us!

Meeting Canceled

Febrauray 15, 2014 - The February, 2014, meeting was canceled due to weather conditions.

A Color Study with Kris Seel & Cindy Wilson

January 18, 2014 - Think you know what colors complement others? Or do you always return to the few you always choose? While several of us were at Rosalie Neilson’s workshop, she had us use colors to create a study of complements that we never thought would work, and we had a great time doing it. So we are going to conduct the same study with the guild.

Come and experiment with us. What you need for this is to bring all the skeins of 3/2 or 5/2 cotton
that you have in your stash. We will only use a few yards, but we want as many color choices as possible. Each of you will have a chance to do two different color studies, and we will discuss the expected and the unexpected.

Join us!

INKLE WEAVING WITH PICK-UP (and a little "Inkling Around") with Carol Purdy and Friends!

November 16, 2013 - Our November guild meeting's program will include a general overview of some basics of inkle weaving along with a special focus on pick-up techniques. Members are encouraged to bring their own inkle creations to share for show and tell, to help us illustrate the endless variety of patterns and products we can weave on this simple loom!

We will extend our time after the meeting is over. Pack a lunch and come prepared to inkle! You will have the opportunity to practice warping, weaving, and pickup on an inkle loom. Bring your inkle looms from home, either pre-warped or empty. We can help you warp your loom, please bring your favorite yarns to create the pattern you desire. 5/2 cotton or rug yarn work very well, or any smooth, strong fiber.

Also at the November meeting - Towel Exchange!

Bring your handwoven towel for the towel exchange during the meeting. If you bring a towel, you will take home a towel. If you don't bring a towel, you will still get a chance to see all the beautiful towels to inspire you next time!

Western Ukraine and Ural Mountain Weaving, with Nina Suntzeff

October 19, 2013 - In 1991 and subsequently each year during the 1990s, I went to visit family in Western Ukraine where the textile traditions were still very strong. I made friends among a number of artists in my family's city, and we traveled to the Carpathian mountains numerous times. I also visited other parts of western Ukraine, especially villages that were known for their textile traditions. I was able to buy handwoven and hand embroidered textiles and traditional clothing in many villages. I have also bought from collectors and so my trove of textiles is pretty large. I'd like to share some of them with the weaving guild and talk about some of the symbology and of course, the traditions.

Also at the October meeting: Mayan Weaving Sale

All over the world, Mayan weavers are recognized as talented textile artists, but most of them live in conditions of extreme poverty. Mayan Hands’ mission is to assist these women in their quest to rise from poverty. Working with fair trade, the women can count on a modest and regular income. With an income, they feed their families better, send their children to school, improve their homes and even save a little. By selling their handwoven textiles at a fair price, the women are gaining control over their lives.

Come to the October meeting and do some early Christmas shopping! To find out more, check out the Mayan Hands website


September 21, 2013 - Remember when software became available for weavers? Those of us who were fighting learning the computer first said "Oh no, not another program!" Then computer usage became easier (thank you, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates) and (Drumroll Please!) we could actually create designs of our own and see the results ahead of time.

The question for me, as for many others, is not whether to use weaving software but which program is the best. Joining me to delve into this question are Mary Alice Donceel, Tina Hilton, Anne Reaves and JoAnne Tuffnell. We will each talk about our software programs and share with you some pros and cons of five different programs. This will be followed by a hands-on time at different stations, so that you may get a feel for each one and try it for yourself. You can enhance this opportunity by bringing a list with you of what you want a software program to do. So write down those questions and come ready to try them all.


Doubleweave Pleats by guest speaker Sara Nordling

August 17, 2013 - Sara has a BFA and MFA in textiles. Some of her accomplishments include: teaching at Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference, publishing articles on weaving in Handwoven and Complex Weaver's Journal, and showing her work at area and national fine craft and textile shows. Sara says she is a weaving addict because there is always something new to learn and be curious about.

Sara Nordling’s current exploration is on double weave pleats and she will be giving a talk on her process at the August meeting. This work is a continuation of her MFA thesis work. Double weave pleats are a variation of double weave and can be done on as few as 4 shafts. A double back beam is required though (or an improvised one) as one set of warp threads is significantly longer than the other. Sara finds excitement in the surface design possibilities afforded by various ways the dimensional pleats can be arranged in weaving. The very tactile and sensual quality of the surface of these woven works emphasize what drew Sara to weaving to begin with, the desire to touch and enjoy woven cloth. To see more of Sara’s work, please visit her website:

Diversified Plain Weave with Mary Alice Donceel and Donna Hudson

July 20, 2013 - Occasionally you come across a weave structure identified in a book or magazine that you really don’t know anything about. That is just what Diversified Plain Weave (DPW) was to Mary Alice Donceel and Donna Hudson. They researched all they could find out about the structure and still had unanswered questions, so they started weaving samples of their own.

A very versatile structure that is completely reversible, DPW is a Thick and Thin structure that allows for allover fabric designs or complex block weaves without having to worry about long floats. Come to the July meeting to hear what Mary Alice and Donna have uncovered about the structure, and let them peak your interests to discover the vast range of possibilities Diversified Plain Weave can offer you.

Sewing with Handwoven Fabric with Cindy Wilson

June 15, 2013 - Handwoven fabric can create some beautiful clothing and unusual and artistic wearable art. We will learn some techniques for sewing with handwoven fabric and discuss the various fibers that might be good for weaving fabric. If you have experience in sewing but are hesitant to use that skill on your handwoven fabric, I hope that this session will help. If you have woven fabric that you would like to sew, feel free to bring it along, and if you have clothing you have already sewn, bring that also to share your experience in handling it.

SHAKER WEAVING with Kris Seel and Alice Burr

May 18, 2013 - The Shakers are known for their fine weaving, using especially even and finely handspun wool, linen, cotton and silk fibers.

The unique weaving contributed by the Shakers were the S twist versus the Z twist  weft stripes, plain weave in fine threads, especially silk, where a different color warp versus weft created either subtle color shading or iridescence and the dogwood overshot, used only at Pleasant Hill. We will share the history and show some examples of this weaving.


April 20, 2013 - The April meeting will be a showing of video by Madelyn van der Hoogt explaining block weaves. For a preview of the video, take a look at this YouTube video"

From the video: "When you understand block weaves, you hold the key to a world of exciting weaving possibilities. In this video, former Handwoven editor and owner of The Weavers School, Madelyn van der Hoogt shows how block patterns work, how to read and weave block drafts, and how you can use blocks to create an infinite number of designs by combining color, pattern, and weave structure. You'll learn to plan a block design to work with your loom, how to weave block designs in summer and winter, turned twill, warp rep, lace, and many other block weaves, and tips to ensure that your patterns will come out perfectly. The projects on this DVD will help you to understand the theory of block weaves and to satisfy your weaver's soul by creating spectacular fabric."

TURNED TAQUETE with Peggy Siders

March 16, 2013 - The March program is about Turned Taquete. I discovered this technique when I bought a pattern from Webs and made a scarf for the Aurora Borealis challenge. I loved the way the wave undulated down the scarf. Even though I put on enough warp for two scarves, by the time I got them woven off, I still had no idea what turned taquete was or how it worked. So the next time I used the pattern I decided to pay more attention and try to figure out just how turned taquete worked.

But first I had to explore Taquete. And then I had to explore summer and winter. And along the way I learned about unit weaves too. I will share what I have learned with you and will have lots of examples and information to see. Hope to see you at the meeting in March!


February 16, 2103 - Be prepared for lots of images of several types of medieval looms, fabric (made with three-harness plus many more harness looms), and details of this unusual form of weaving, different than more recent three-harness techniques. What? You've never used a glass paperweight to finish your fabric?! Hear more about it.

10-year Anniversary Brunch!

January 19, 2013 - We will have brunch served by the board members. We have a great canvas tote bag (large) for sale with our logo embroidered on it (outside pockets) for $25. Optional Initials are $2 extra.

What Is This Thing Called (Huck) Lace?

November 17, 2012 - presented by Susan Weickum (with apologies to Cole Porter). We will talk about what is lace in its various expressions, briefly visit other kinds of lace such as Swiss, Bronson lace, etc. Then we will explore Huck lace in further detail, its distinctions, drafts, treadling and how it might be used; and then try our hand at designing some Huck lace.

Please bring your own samples and explorations of Huck Lace to share at the meeting.


October 20, 2012 - You may have heard of Boundweave and perhaps seen the attractive rugs that can be woven or the charming images in figurative Boundweave. Yet what exactly is this weave? Is it a structure, a technique, or a particular treadling system?

We will view the excellent dvd about Boundweave by Nancy Arthur Hoskins, and Nina Kennedy and Ellen Germann will do their best to describe the characteristics of this loom-controlled weft-faced weave using examples of Boundweave items they have woven.

September Presentation

September 15, 2012 - Our September meeting will have 2 films, one, weaving in South America and the other, a DVD from the Convergence that Susan Weickum will be sharing from this past July in California.

“Swivel” by Kris Seel and Nancy Berry

Swivel weaveAugust 18, 2012 - “Swivel is a treadling method that produces exquisite designs made up of delicate dots of color--a lot like needleworked petit point. Floats appear on the wrong side of the fabric, but the structure on the right side is plain weave. Many threadings can be used for swivel, but overshot, with its built-in pattern blocks, is an ideal choice. Varying weft colors and treadling orders allow a wide range of designs and is a great way to use up small bits of yarn." (From Handwoven)

Swivel is woven with two wefts, one which matches the warp and a contrasting pattern weft. Therefore you may use overshot (most popular), twill, monk’s belt or huck as examples.

Using the same threading you are able to achieve different results through the treadling. Here is a sample of the swivel Kris wove in the workshop with Robyn Spady in 2010. Come to the meeting to learn more about this fabulous technique that belongs in every weaver's repertoire!

“Finishing Techniques” with Nancy De Caprariis

July 21, 2012 - Nancy will simply going to cover what to do to finish pieces both before taking them off the loom and after taking them off the loom. We’ll be concentrating on animal fibers and some cotton.

Open Guild Discussion

June 16, 2012 - Since the bus trip to Shaker Village was cancelled, we will hold our regularly scheduled guild meeting at the Fisher's Library. Social time begins at 9:30 and we begin the program about 10:00. Please bring weaving for show and tell. The program will be sharing "what you have learned about this structure when you wove this piece" and also "tips and techniques that make your weaving life easier." If you do not have a piece to share, please come for the discussion.

Some members have in the past had the time to stay for lunch after the guild meeting. Since this has always been very fun and a great way to get to know each other, there will be a lunch trip organized after the June meeting. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the library, and all who would like to join can gather after the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone on June 16!

Summer and Winter
A Presentation by Sharon O’Haver and Linda Adamson

May 19, 2012 - Our May presentation will be on weaving Summer and Winter. This is a technique where the back side of the cloth shows the same pattern as the front, but with the colors reversed (see photo below).

Sharon will discuss usual block patterns and Linda will speak about designs. What a great presentation! Hope to see everyone there.

Loom Controlled Shibori
A Presentation by Peggy Siders

April 21, 2012 - Shibori is a Japanese technique in which cloth is dyed after being folded, stitched, tied, or wrapped to produce a resist pattern. Remember tie-dye, batik, and ikat?

In this program we will move traditional shibori to the loom and learn to create resist using pattern weaves such as monk’s cloth, overshot, twill, and more. We will also use loom controlled shibori to create permanent pleats in interesting designs. Finally, we will take a look at the different fibers that can be used and the dyes that can be mixed and applied in effective ways. There will be many samples and projects to look at, and a loom set up for demonstration. Hope to see you there!

Overshot - Find Out What We Found Out!
presentation by JoAnne Tuffnell and Jackie Morgan

March 17, 2012 - Be sure to come on March 17 to learn what these ladies have discovered about overshot weaving. First, JoAnne will cover "What IS overshot?” Jackie will then take you on a short history of overshot weaving. 

Throughout the presentation, the techniques needed to create overshot will be discussed, and many samples will be displayed. Both ladies will be sharing what they learned along the way.

Weaving With Handspun Yarn
A Presentation by Sue Parker Bassett and Kathy Sheehy

February, 2012 - Handspun yarns give a personalized statement to a woven piece, a sharing of the maker’s skill and vision for its use. Kathy Sheehy and Sue Parker Bassett have been creating handspun yarns for over 50 years collectively.  They will present ideas for working with handspun yarns in your weaving projects and show some of their finished items for inspiration. 

This is not a “how to spin” program.  Even non-spinners can find ways to add these yarns to their weaving work.

Please bring any items you have made using handspun yarns for show and tell.

The new Network Drafting study group will meet after the general meeting. Bring a sack lunch and any information you have about Network Drafting. We will learn what it is and give ourselves projects to try it out. Anyone is welcome (8 or more harnesses needed to actually do the weaving, though weaving software will let you experiment on as many harnesses as you like!)

*** Note different meeting location. Click on this link to view via Google maps.

A Century of Color - Maya Weaving & Textiles, A documentary film By Kathleen Mosman Vitale

The January meeting was canceled due to the weather forecast of snow and sleet for central Indiana. Please join us for the February meeting.

January, 2012 - The highlands of Guatemala radiate brilliantly colored clothing and artisan products. Gustavus Eisen's 1902 collection of photographs and textiles (housed at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California/Berkeley), provides a starting point to examine Maya weaving during the ensuing decades by presenting stunning examples of blouses, skirts, belts, hair ribbons, ikat1, embroidery, and men's wear.

Cultural changes for the Mayan people have been brought about by many forces, including: the recent 36-year Civil War, the introduction of the Spanish language in rural schools, proliferation of mass media, increased tourism and artisan organizations, changes in the role of women, pressure from a globalized world economy, and the importation of vast quantities of cheap, new and used clothing. Interwoven with textile examples from the past century and stunning footage of the present day, this documentary shows the effects of these shifts in culture.

The new Network Drafting study group will meet after the general meeting. Bring a sack lunch and any information you have about Network Drafting. We will learn what it is and give ourselves projects to try it out. Anyone is welcome (8 or more harnesses needed to actually do the weaving, though weaving software will let you experiment on as many harnesses as you like!)

Cotton Comprehensive

November 19, 2011 - Cotton fiber—what starts out as a short fluff of fiber on a shrubby plant—can be spun into a wide variety of yarns readily available for weaving.  After a brief discussion about spinning and dyeing cotton, various uses of the finished yarns, including appropriate setts for various thicknesses and a discussion of finishing techniques, will be presented.

We invite you to bring some of your own handwoven cotton pieces and share your experiences working with this wonderful fiber!

We will also have our election of officers at the November meeting.

New Weavers Workshop

October 15, 2011- Each year, Linda Adamson works with the new weavers to challenge them in learning something new and present it to the group. The October meeting will show you the results.

This year we tackled 3 shaft Krokbradg (sounds like an illness doesn't it.), Double Corduroy (Oh how life piles on) and a surprise. We will share with you what they learned and show their samples and hopefully give you some new ideas to work with as well.

There will also be lots of show and tell from the Workshop with Rita Hagenbruch.

From Lapland to Dalsland, a Handweaver’s Dreamland

September 15, 2011 - The September meeting will be presented by Rita Hagenbruch, our guest workshop leader. Rita says:

“Travel on a virtual weaving tour to Sweden and be inspired by many beautiful handwovens. I will share images of my travels to Lapland to meet my penpal, Doris Wiklund, a handweaver and author of four wonderful weaving books. See weavings of the Sami people and view a Norrbotten Hemsjold’s display. You will be amazed at bureaus from Lapland to Dalsland filled with a handweaver’s dream.”

Please note the different date, time and location for this special program. This meeting will be held at the Noblesville Library meeting room (enter through the main door) starting promptly at 7 p.m. Please arrive in plenty of time to chat with friends and find your seat BEFORE the 7 p.m. start time.

Due to the fact that we have limited time for the program (we have to be finished by 8:45pm and out of the program room by 9PM), the program will start on time at 7PM!

Click on this link to view via Google maps.

Even though the Noblesville library’s address is 1 Library Plaza, it is actually on Cumberland Rd just north of Conner St. (State Rd. 32/38). If you are coming from the south you can take State Rd. 37 north (be sure to follow the signs for State Rd 37 to Noblesville when it splits from Interstate 69). At the lights where State Rd 37 meets State Rds 32/38 ) turn left (west) onto St Rd 37/38 (which is Conner St. in Noblesville). At the next traffic light (which is almost immediately after turning onto Conner St.) turn right onto Cumberland Rd. The Noblesville library is on the right just a few hundred feet after turning onto Cumberland.

A Field Trip to the Indiana State Museum

August 20, 2011 - The August meeting consists of a tour of the textile collection at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, on Saturday, August 20. The tour will leave the Grand Hall (main lobby) at 10 a.m. sharp, so please arrive 15 minutes early so we can purchase tickets at the group price.

We will see several paisley shawls plus coverlets, including Sarah LaTourette who wove strongly patterned textiles, and other textiles by known women weavers.

If you arrive after 10 a.m. we cannot guarantee that you will be able to join the tour, because we are going into the private areas of the museum. Meet in the lobby of the Indiana State Museum at 9:45 a.m.

If you would like to carpool, contact president Mary Alice Donceel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than August 14 and she will organize the groups and get back to you.

Midwest Weavers Conference review

July 16, 2011 - The 2011 Midwest Weavers Conference was held in the upper peninsula of Michigan this year. Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, hosted the conference.

The July meeting will be a review of the conference presented by 4 of our members who attended the conference. You will see photos of the fashion show, the members’ exhibit, the teachers’ exhibit, the guild exhibits (where we won 2nd place!) as well as details about specific classes taken by our members.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos of the other guilds in the Guild Exhibit.

Zapotec Weaving, by Ellen Germann

Ellen Germann - Zapotec weavingJune 18, 2011 - In the Southwest, Navajo and Zapotec rugs are both very popular. To those who don’t know the difference, the much cheaper price of Zapotec rugs is often an appealing way to get a little Southwest flavor. In reality, the two types of rug weaving are quite different, although incorporating some similar designs. The Zapotecs are Native Mexicans living predominantly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Their tradition of rug weaving dates back to the times of the Spanish settlements in Mexico. They weave their rugs on large floor looms and the entire process is typically a family affair - from spinning to dyeing to weaving to selling.

Based on her studies under Zapotec weaver Alex Martinez and her love of these rugs, Ellen Germann will share some of the techniques used in preparing and weaving Zapotec Rugs as well as examples of the rugs.

Swedish Lace with Patti Mink

May 21, 2011 -  Patti Mink will present Swedish Lace. In the book, “Handwoven Laces” by Donna Muller, she states that Harriet Tidball categorizes Swedish lace as an extension of simple huck lace threading and then calls Bronson lace “a mulitple-harness interpretation of Swedish lace.”

Guild Exhibit Scarf Review, round 2

May 21, 2011 - Our May meeting will also take a 2nd look at all the scarves we have woven for the 2011 Midwest Weavers Conference guild exhibit project. We want to see what we have now so we can plan the display.

If you have woven a scarf, please download this PDF (AuroraScarf_recordForm.pdf) of the information needed to create the display book showing all the drawdowns and photos of the scarves. Bring this completed form, along with your inspiration photo and scarf to the meeting.

Online resources for the weaver/artist

April 16, 2011 - Web sites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Etsy and more can get your work online, but what is the best way to use these technologies? And what resources for weavers are out there that can help you expand your weaving experience?

Our web weaver, Mindy McCain, will showcase weaving resources found on the internet and also talk about ways to market yourself and your weaving online.

Guild Exhibit Scarf Review

April 16, 2011 - Our April meeting will also take a look at all the scarves we have woven for the 2011 Midwest Weavers Conference guild exhibit project. We want to see what we have now so we can plan the display. Take a look at the sample page in this issue to see a beautiful example.

If you have woven a scarf, please download this PDF (AuroraScarf_recordForm.pdf) of the information needed to create the display book showing all the drawdowns and photos of the scarves. Bring this completed form, along with your inspiration photo and scarf to the meeting.

Weaving a Tartan

March 16, 2011 - Kris Seel and Nancy Berry will provide a brief history of tartan weaving, also showing how to design a tartan, winding the warp, threading, treadling and finishing your piece.  You will learn what constitutes a tartan versus a plaid, how to create your own pattern, should you choose, and how to calculate your yarn and sett.  Nancy has some tips and tricks for winding and threading to share.

Nancy has beautiful yardage she has woven and Kris has taken two workshops, the most recent one with Kati Meeks.  She will have her notebook from that workshop to share.

Kris also has an official tartan map with 136 clan and their tartans.  Come with your family history and find yours, write down the setts and colors and weave a family treasure.

Kris is also weaving a few Super Bowl scarves in blue and white (some liberties taken from a clan).

A variety of tartan plaids

HGA Convergence Exhibits Review

February 19, 2011 - At the February meeting, we will view the DVD showing the Enchanted Yardage exhibit from Convergence 2010, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If time permits, we will also view the Small Expressions exhibit and the Eye Dazzlers exhibit.

We will also discuss the Indiana State Fair and the process for entering your handwoven items in the competitions.

Fashion Show Review

Jacket by Linda AdamsonVest by Mindy McCainJacket by Carrie MayJanuary 15, 2011 - Handwoven fashion is the topic for the January, 2011, meeting. We will watch the video from the fashion show at the 2010 Convergence conference in Albuquerque.

Members are asked to bring all their own handwoven clothing (old AND new) to share for show-and-tell. We will talk about clothing patterns and fibers and all the joys and sorrows of making handwoven clothing.

Weave a Real Peace (WARP) and a Mayan Hands sale

November 20, 2010 - Weave a Real Peace (WARP) is a networking organization of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world. The WARP Slide Show includes 103 photographs of Weave A Real Peace member experiences with indigenous artisans, including backstrap weavers of Guatemala; weavers of Chinchero, Peru; weaving apprentices in Ghana; a mohair tapestry cooperative in Lesotho; rug weavers of Morocco; hill tribes of Northern Thailand and much more. Learn more about Weave a Real Peace on its web site:

In addition, Sharon Howell will be bringing authentic Pre-Incan artifacts from her childhood in Peru.

As a complement to the slideshow, we will be hosting a fair trade sale of handwoven Guatemalan textiles from Mayan Hands. You may pay via cash or check, but check is preferable to avoid having to make change. For an idea of the types of weaving offered you can check out the Mayan Hands website

Feel free to browse these fine textiles at the November meeting and remember there is NO pressure to buy!!!!

“Twining” with Sue Parker Bassett

October 16, 2010 - Twining has been known for thousands of years. Weft twining is a method of weaving that creates a strong, decorative fabric. It is often confused with embroidery, because of the type of surface it creates and the wide range of designs that are possible with the technique. It is sometimes called twined tapestry because of the similarity in appearance to tapestry weaving.

Come see how you can apply this technique to your own weaving. There will be samples available so you can try your hand at this age-old technique.

Putting Together a Novelty Act, with Robyn Spady.

September 17, 2010 - Robyn Spady has been weaving for over 40 years and earned the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving in 2004 with a specialized study in loom-controlled stitched double cloth. She comes to Weaving Indiana this month to give a "Fab Four" workshop about using 4 harnesses.

map to Noblesville City HallIn this program, Putting Together a Novelty Act, Robyn will discuss a variety of weave structures that can add new dimensions to your weaving and will let you take advantage of fun and exciting yarns.

*Note the different location and time. Park in the lot east of the building, entering from Road 32 on the north side or from Maple Avenue on the south side. Tip: Allisonville Road becomes 10th Street as it enters the town of Noblesville.

Using hand painted warps and skeins in weaving

July 17, 2010 - Hand painted warps and skeins are beautiful to look at, but do you wonder how to use them? Carrie May will talk about weaving with hand painted warps and skeins, and how to use them effectively.

Review of Convergence 2010 and our first yarn swap/sale.

August 21, 2010 - Several of our members have attended the 2010 HGA Convergence conference and the Complex Weavers meeting in Albuquerque this summer. We will see photos and hear reviews of what they saw and heard during the conference.

Yarn and Equipment Sale

Bring your money and your check book! Following the general meeting presentation will be our first yarn and weaving equipment swap sale. If you have yarn you don't want and equipment you don't need, bring them to the meeting marked with a price. Each member will have a table and is responsible for her/his own sales.

This is a great opportunity to find yarn and used equipment at great prices. Come prepared to go home with new treasures.

Designing Stripes

May 15, 2010 - Suppose you have been commissioned to design a stripe for a cushion, or upholstery fabric or curtains or table runners. Maybe you want to do some fine fabric for suits or fabric for jackets. Where do you start and what are the considerations you need to keep in mind for the projects?

Using a combination of techniques, we will explore how to design stripes and talk about maintaining the integrity of the stipes. You are encouraged to design your own following the lecture.

Rag Rug Tote Bags

Rag Rug Totes by Tina HiltonJune 19, 2010 - Learn more about the rag rug tote bags. Tina Hilton will lead a detailed discussion about the weaving and construction of these totes. After a lunch break (please bring a sack lunch!) everyone will have a chance to weave and sew their own tote.

To participate, you will be weaving on your own loom for this workshop. It should be warped when you arrive and the weft prepared and ready for weaving. I will be bringing my loom and weft for anyone who doesn’t have a workshop loom. We will have sewing machines available too so you can complete your bag during the workshop. For information about warping your loom, please download this PDF and follow the instructions.

Equipment and Accessories

April 17, 2010 - Bring any equipment and/or accessories that you would like identified or equipment show and tell that would be of interest to the weavers. Show how you use certain tools to simplify your warping and weaving chores.

A collection of weaving equipment, looms, wheels, and tools will be shown to trace the history of textile making over the last few hundred years. You might use this showing to identify looms or equipment that you own or wish to acquire.

NOTE: The field trip to the Indiana State Museum has been postponed because of the Race for the Cure event happening at our scheduled time. Stay tuned for more information on when this will be rescheduled.

Beads, Bangles and Buttons - Embellish your Handwoven Textiles

March 20, 2010 - Sue Parker Bassett, Mary Alice Donceel and Kris Seel will present a program to help you add a bit of glitz and glamour to your handwoven work.

Come learn about using beads in your weaving or making some special knot work accents and closures, maybe a little silk embroidery for extra interest. Try your hand at creating polymer clay buttons and beads. It will be a fun time to make it and take it with you.