May 9th Meeting
Rose Room, Loose Park 5200 Wornall Rd., KC MO
10:00 AM – Regular Meeting
10:30 AM – Show & Tell / Treats
11:30 AM – Program
Reminder: Inclement Weather Policy
When the Kansas City Missouri School District schools close due to weather, the monthly guild meeting is cancelled. Check your local paper, radio stations and the district website.
Weavers Guild members who present a program for the Guild receive a certificate for a free membership next year.
May – Tammy Taylor: “Kumihimo”
June - Carla Tilcgman (lapintextiles.com) will be presenting
July - Midwest Wrap-Up and Show & Tell presented by attending members
August - Michele Berg works with silk from raising to finished product, she travels across the US teaching and demonstrating
September - Lolly Buxton presents "Reflections from Japan"
October - Leesa duby presents "A Sampling of Global Textiles"
November - "From Your Dreams", member participation and drawing for free membership. Election of Officers
December - Holiday Party and gift exchange
May - Bill Goodman, Ginnie Toone, Marne Close
June - Sheila Everman, Gail Stafford, Carolyn Budd
Midwest Weavers Conference - Prairie Winds Classes
Prairie Winds Weaving Conference
June 20-22, 2013 Emporia, KS
The conference classes are now available on the MWA website. You can go to this link: http://www.midwestweavers.org/conference/index.asp and then click on the ‘Classes’ button. The teachers’ bios are posted as well. The registration booklet will be available online as soon as we mail out the hard copies. With such a great list of classes, it will be very hard to choose which to take!
It would be wise to make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
OUR GUILD DISPLAY AT MIDWEST from Carol Ann Parker The deadline is May 9 to get your towels to me or to Becky Gaskill for our guild display at Midwest. I think that we have captured the exhibit theme, ad astra per aspera ( to the stars through difficulty), by depicting a pioneer scene during family wash day on a homestead. Antique washtubs and washboards will be the background to show off your magnificent tea towels strung along a clothes line. The simple, plain background scene will show off the tea towels beautifully, so keep those shuttles flying and those embroidery needles working to finish your tea towels. We have no qualms about getting enough towels from you for the display, however, we have received contributions from only one person, thus far. In the past we have always received numerous fine products for the guild displays, and I am sure that you will come through with equal enthusiasm and numerous tea towels this time. Three prizes are given by Midwest for the top 3 displays. First place prize is $100, and wouldn’t that be nice to add to our guild’s bank account !! Let’s go for first !! Feel free to submit more than one towel, we may use all or may select one, depending on the number of contributions. Remember to include the following information on the handwoven towels:
2. yarn and size
5. your name
6. colors in the towels (for our information in cataloging)
For the now-woven towels, such as embroidery, huchtoweling, crotcheted, etc, include appropriate information on technique descriptive of the towels.
KAWS (Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners)
KAWS 2014 from Carol Ann Parker
I am working with Leslie McLaughlin from the Fiber Guild making plans for KAWS 2014, which will be hosted by the 2 Kansas City guilds. We don’t have the firm date or location for KAWS 2014 yet, but it is not too early to start compiling a list of our potential keynote speakers. I am soliciting recommendations from the most important source that can give me suggestions on speakers, and that is you. You are the ones who will benefit most from the best possible speaker we can get. We may have to limit our choices to the midwest to keep the travel expenses within reason, however, we may find a speaker from afar who happens to be in the area for another event. So put your thoughts together and send your recommendations to me by email of phone. email@example.com
816-899-2905 Thanks for your input.
Guild theme for the year: Shadow Weave
Betty shared a project she completed using one of the patterns in the 1000+ Shadow Weave Pattern book. With one threading she was able to obtain 11 different designs. I'll post a different design each month.
Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez Workshop
Nilda Alvarez will be visiting from Peru in January 2014. She has agreed to do a two day workshop on backstrap weaving for us on January 10 & 11, 2014. Nilda does amazing work in Peru promoting indigenous weavers, she is a renowned scholar, educator, community organizer, presenter, and author. In 2007 she opened the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, as a museum, market, and center of learning and research. She also established weaving co-ops in nine remote mountain villages in Peru that perpetuate traditional techniques and foster economic development in the region. Her latest booked, published by Interweave, can be found on Amazon. All the profits from her books, workshops, and weavings goes back into the Center to further promote the weaving traditions of Peru and to help artists make a sustainable living. By attending this workshop you will be helping to support these artists, our shared traditions, and you get to learn how to weave on a back strap loom, it's a win-win for everyone!
More info about Nilda's work:
Do you have ideas for a workshop? Whether it is a weaving technique you'd like to explore, dyeing, or something completely different please let me know ~ Becky Stevens
Betty reminded everyone to be considering what we would like to do for our Charity Project this year.
We will again support Michael with donations of yarn for his Afghans. He needs 6-8 skeins for one afghan. Yarn may be given to Michael throughout the year. Last year he made 57 Afghans.
Photos, Photos, Photos!
Check here for photos from last month's meeting.
Guild Window Stickers
We still have window stickers for sale. These stick right on the inside of your car window. At $5.00 a piece you can afford more than one! It's a great way to support and advertise the guild. Contact
to arrange a purchase.
If you need a mentor or are willing to help a guild member, please contact Christy Berry @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting 2nd Thursday Each Month
Meetings are held at the *Rose Room, Loose Park 5200 Wornall Rd., KC MO
Go to the Map and directions
Coffee Time/Set Up
Show & Tell
Treat Break/Social Time
Program (1 hour)
Newsletter items are due by the 20th of each month. Send an email to the Newsletter Editor. Copies of current newsletters are available at the meeting. If you do not receive your newsletter by Friday the week before, please contact the Editor and she will get a copy to you ASAP.
If you are the contact person for a fiber group and want to keep current with KCWG events, please e-mail the Newsletter Editor.
Send newsletter items to the Newsletter Editor:
c/o Mary Limpus
Rt 1 Box 137
Amsterdam, Mo 64723(660) 267-3341
Buy Sell or Trade
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10 am - Weavers Guild Meeting
Rose Room, Loose Park
5200 Wornall Rd KC MO
7 PM - Fiber Guild Meeting
Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Road, Fairway, KS
What's New in the Material World
Fiberart International 2013
Cutting-edge (no pun intended!) fiber art exhibit. Fiberart International is a benchmark exhibition presenting the best in contemporary fiberart.
Weaving by Inge Dam - Hand dyed, hand-woven silk/tencel shawl with four tablet bands 85" x 25″
A triennial exhibition sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Fiberart International 2013 will showcase works by established and emerging artists at both
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) in Shadyside and the Society for
Contemporary Craft in the Strip District.
A one-of-a-kind exhibtion founded in 1979--and the only triennial for textile artists from around
the world--FI2013 provides a rare opportunity for the public to explore
both contemporary trends and the latest innovations in what is an
ever-evolving artistic medium. Half of the exhibition will be on display
at Contemporary Craft, while the other half will be simultaneously on
view at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Produced by the volunteer-run Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh--which
recently celebeated its 53rd anniversary--the global showcase features
work by several acclaimed fiber artists--such as Elin Noble, Anna Goebel
and Ann Nyberg--as well as 52 artists who are brand new to the
exhibition. Top fiber artists living around the world are represented,
including makers from Hungary, Italy, Poland, Argentina, Japan, Canada,
Sweden, France, and the United Kingdom, and ranging in age from 27 to
Kansas City Art Institute Senior Shows
Come out and join us send off our lovely senior class with events all
throughout the month! Our graduating class features surface
designers, weavers, garment-makers, photographers, installation artists
and performers. MOre info can be found on their website:
100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present, and Future
My name is Jennifer Marsh and I teach art at Washburn University in Topeka. I'm interested in creating art opportunities for individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. I'm reaching out to you because I just recently received a small grant from the Kansas Humanities Council to coordinate 5 exhibits around Kansas that highlight textile art/craft, submissions that use Agriculture as a theme.
This is one among many themes being explored as part of a larger project called The Dream Rocket Project. Depending when submissions are received they will be included in either one or more of the exhibits listed below and then travel onto other exhibits until a larger show is held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in 2014.
I would like to invite members of the Kansas City Weavers Guild to participate by submitting one or more pieces. I'm working on collecting 100 works to represent Kansas in the following shows.
The title for this series of exhibits and talks is 100 Years of Agriculture; past, present, and future. We would like these submissions to tell the stories of those families and/or individuals affected by this theme.
Who: Adults. This invitation is only to the adult non-schooled segment of Kansas. No students in k-12 or college please.
Cost: Free. Because of this grant individuals are able to participate for no cost other than their own materials and mailing in their works.
Some ideas....when it comes to agriculture you could explore:
-notions of property
-sentiments about the agriculture life
-express personal or public history
-genetically modified crops
-re-emphasis on local agriculture
-dry land farming
-weather that continues to threaten crops and agriculture
-a downturn in the number of people farming
-your relationship with the land and the climate
-notions of work
-chance/risk involved in the occupations of farming and ranching
-relationship to state and federal governments
If you or your group is interested in participating please fill out the below information and email it back to me:
I/our Group would like to accept this challenge!
Group Name (if applicable):
How many works do you plan on submitting?
Number of individuals that may be involved?
Would you be interested in receiving free packet of information to help understand this project further? (Yes/No)
Our latest deadline is August 15 for the September 2013 State Fair but we also have the other exhibits..
West Wyandotte Library, deadline May 15
Salina Public Library, deadline July 15
Kansas State Fair, deadline August 15
For example, if a submission came in right before the Salina Public Library show then I would include it in that and then place it in the Kansas State Fair.
So the earlier the better, but with that said, we do have until August 15.
Thank you Becky and the Kansas City Weavers Guild, anything like this that we can get into these libraries and inspire our communities helps us all!
Jennifer Marsh - email@example.com
Xila, Local Fiber Artist
Xila has a couple of pieces in the Vine Street Studio at 2033 Vine Street. KCMO Everyone is invited to attend the Opening Reception on May 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you are unable to attend or are interested in viewing the works in the show ...The online gallery is posted at www.NorthEastArtskc.org
May 24th Downtown Lees Summit is the night of their Art Walk. Xila's work will be featured for a month from May 24th to June 19th. The reception takes place the 24th of May at The Mingle 209 SE Main St, Lees Summit starting at 4:30 pm.
Xila will also be demonstrating
Saturday, June 7th, from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at the Lees Summit Art Fair.
Evening Shade Farms 12th Annual Herb Days in May Festival & Artisan Affair
May 25 & 26 , 2013. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Admission. The festival includes: Working artists & Craftsmen, Natural & Organic Body Care, Heirloom Plants, herbs, Trees, & Shrubs, Fahrmeier Vineyards, Hand Crafted Garden Art, Living History Events, Doc's Famous Rootbeer, Homemade Ice Cream, Evening Shade Farm's famous Lemon Verbena Cake (order whole cakes ahead of time), food by Smokin JT's, Bear Creek Blue Grass & Open Pickin Porch will provide music in a beautiful relaxing country setting. Saturday Highlights: Fire dancing by Fire Worx Group, at dusk, Pot Luck dinner – everyone invited, bring a covered dish & lawn chair and enjoy the fun & excitement! Donations appreciated. Located at Evening Shade Farms,12790 SE Hwy TT, Osceola, MO.7 Miles East off Hwy 13 on TT Hwy, 417-282-6985. eveningshadefarms.com
Popular Heights Farm Living History Summer Fesitival
Butler Mo. Our Summer Festival will be June 8th and 9th of 2013. Free booths to demonstrators, if you sell your products booths are $15.00. We strongly suggest that you and your group dress in period appropriate clothing. We do have dresses for rent at $5.00 a day, or $8.00 for both days. You can learn more about our charitable foundation at www.poplarheightsfarm.org. Or join us on Facebook, listed under Poplar Heights Farm. We are the result of a 100 year old dream of the Seelinger family who owned this property from 1884 to 1998. If you are interested in joining us, or would like more information, please call me at 660-464-0523 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alicia Frost Program Director
Fiber “U” 2013
July 13-14, 2013
Cowan Civic Center, 500 E. Elm Street, Lebanon, MO 65536
Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm
Free Parking Free Admission
www.mopaca.org Click on Fiber “U”
email@example.com phone: 417-533-528030
Vendors, 42 Classes (opens mid-March and pre-registration is required- no walk-ins) Fiber “U” promotes fiber arts education in the Midwest.
3rd Fiber Daze
Mt Vernon, Mo Sept 20 & 21, 2013.
Please go to our web site, www.fiberfolksofswmo.com and click on the fiber daze tab if you are interested in teaching a class or having a booth. Please pass this information along to anyone else you know that might be interested. Hope to see you all there!
Felting Study Group
The Felting Study Group is comprised of members of the Weavers Guild and Fiber Guild. Members of both guilds can join, there are no fees. We pick a felting technique each month to explore, then meet at a member's house and share. We're a small but dedicated group.
For more info on the Felting Study Group contact:
Judy Santner, Becky Stevens, or Carol Ann Parker.