The Kansas City Weavers Guild was organized in 1954 to promote hand weaving, spinning, and other fiber interests in KC area. We warmly welcome all fiber enthusiasts. The Kansas City Weavers Guild members are weavers, spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers, basket makers, quilters, sewers, doll makers, tatters, felters, sheep and goat herders, alpaca and rabbit breeders, jewelry makers, and lace makers. We paint, dye, embroider, embellish, batik, bead, marble, and cross stitch. If you work with fiber, we have a place for you!
October 9th Meeting
Rose Room, Loose Park, KCMO
5200 Wornall Rd., KC MO 816-784-5300
10:00 AM – Regular Meeting
10:30 AM – Show & Tell / Treats
11:30 AM – Program
Inclement Weather Policy
When schools and public events are closed due to weather, the guild meeting will not be held that month.
October - Amanda Dake - Handmade Lace
November - Member Participation Project - textiles for the home OTHER than dishtowels and napkins.
Are you planning ahead for November's meeting? Remember there will be three $25 gift certificates from Yarn Barn for the winners of three
Beginner weaver - less than 2 years
Members choice by popular vote
Best of show chosen by the attending life time members.
This should be a hand woven article in the category of Household Textiles. Let's stretch our boundaries a bit and not include napkins and
December Holiday Party
Jacqueline Jacobson would like ideas for programs for next year.
October - Jeanette Campbell, Jeniffer Potts, Betty Boudreau
November - Debbie Buddish, Anita Turner, Vonda Sager
A housekeeping reminder – Please bring plates & napkins. We need cups for hot drinks at our meetings. If you have any left over that you would like to donate, please bring them to Lenore Hammer at one of our meetings. Suppliers of monthly treats usually bring plates and napkins, but we do run out of cups. Thanks.
Slate of Officers for 2015-16
The Nominating Committee submits the following slate of officers filling expired terms on December 31, 2014:
Becky Stevens, President;
Lynette Beebe, 2nd Vice President;
Becky Gaskill, Secretary.
As per the Constitution, election of officers will be held at the November meeting.
Surface Design Study Group
Loose Park Rose room
****10:30 AM - 2:30 PM****
October 21, 2014 Coordinated by Judy Santner and Becky Stevens
Loose Park Rose Room
Our project which will extend over the next 4-5 months. We will be working with a nicer fabric such as linen, rayon, or silk and applying various techniques to the same fabric. Techniques to be explored over the coming months include base color, clamping & resist using soy ink, print & stamping, metal foiling, and embellishing using stitches/beads.
In October we will apply a second layer to your fabric using dyes, soy wax, and stitching. Soy wax will be provided for everyone - Becky will buy 5 pounds of soy wax, we'll split the price at the meeting ($31 + shipping). If there’s enough left over we can split that up also.
Previously dyed fabric.
Two colors of pasted dye. Colors should be darker than your first layer. Use one teaspoon of fiber reactive dye mixed with one tablespoon if water. Be sure to use your mask when working with powder dyes, mixing outside is the safest. Label your dye.
Scrap fabric to sample with.
Buttoned hole thread and sewing needle with eye big enough to accommodate buttonhole thread.
Old paint brushes of varying sizes to dip into wax.
Containers to dilute dye into (you may need more than one per color). Our buckets will work nicely.
Usual dye supplies - table cover, gloves, rags, paper towels, etc and your lunch.
Are you participating in a solo or group show? Doing some demos at fairs and art sales? If you would like to hand out some Weavers Guild brochures, just ask Leesa Duby for some at the next Guild meeting!
Weaving Tip of the Month
By Leesa Duby
In order to keep track of how much I’ve woven, particularly if it’s a longer piece, I decide on a unit of measurement, say 1 foot (3 feet, whatever you decide).
Then I write down a number (1-…..) on each of those sticky white hole reinforcements generally used for hole-punched paper. The number corresponds to the chosen unit of measurement; for example, the first one would have a 1 on it for 1 foot, the second a “2” for 2 feet and so on.
As I weave I attach these reinforcements to my warp in sequence, usually folding them over a small thrum which I tie on loosely to the selvedge or an outside warp thread. These are easily removed once the cloth is removed from the loom.
If I leave the loom and forget how many feet I have woven I can peek at the last ‘sticker’ before it goes under the cloth beam.
By Cheryl Davis
Keep a notebook/binder of all your projects with plastic sleeves for samples; Info on where you got the pattern; what materials you used, invoices for expenses and a picture of the finished project. Also sale of the item or gift recipient. Kind of fun to look through and great if you want to repeat a project or share with a fellow weaver.
If you are lucky enough to have two looms keep a project on both...I am dressing one loom while weaving on the other....makes it much nicer to not be dressing two at once and keeps you weaving.
November Ron Hutchinson
Becky Stevens reported the Mary Zicafoose workshop was AWESOME. She is looking into two possibilities for future workshops; one by Robyn Spady (2 years away) and one by Debbie Barrett-Jones. The Community Christian Church on Main Street has many of Debbie’s weavings in their side chapel and altar. She dyes her own warp and weft. Her weavings are not tapestry, but have the feel of it.
Photos, Photos, Photos!
Check here for photos from last month's meeting.
Barrie Mason reported they have 60+ artists signed up. You can still sign up - October 13
is the deadline. It is also the deadline to switch from full production to limited or limited to full production. If you are a returning artist and have not been juried in the last 2 years, it must go through the jury process before the end of October. There will be a mandatory presale meeting on November 2 at the Johnson County central library. They will discuss work assignments, security, etc. Barrie also has business cards and a signup sheet for anyone who wants to be on the mailing list. I hope you're having a happy, creative day!
KC Renaissance Festival
They do a good job of promoting the Guild at the Festival by distributing business cards and brochures. Gordon Tompkins has his booth up for sale.
Community Service Project
We are continuing our support of Michael by providing acrylic yarn for the Afghans he crochets for charity.
Lynette Beebe has not received many items and will be sending out a reminder email. November 16 is the date she will be taking donations to Sunflower House.
Sunflower House Mission: to protect children in our community from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, forensic and medical services.
We are collecting items listed on the Sunflower House's wish list to help this non-profit organization meet their children's many needs. You may bring the items to any of the Weavers Guild meetings, Surface Design Study Groups or deliver them to Lynette Beebe's home (please call first). You will find her phone number and address in the guild directory. Those of you who would rather create gift items for the children than purchase gifts could knit, crochet, or weave hats, gloves, or mittens. Please remember, all items must be new.
Gift Cards (Increments of $10, $15, $20 preferred)• Wal-Mart, Target• Pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS)• Fast food (McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, etc.)
• Grocery stores• Gas stations• Shoes (Payless, etc.)• Home Depot and Lowe’s (to help with our facility maintenance or family needs)
• Other hardware or landscaping stores (to help with our facility maintenance)
• Spanish Language DVD’s and Books for children and teens • Facial Tissues • Crayons
• Book shelf/bin
• Individually wrapped snacks: crackers, cookies, chips, Fruit roll-ups, etc. • Juice boxes/pouches
• Bottled water • Soda (for parents and partners)
Miscellaneous (All items must be NEW)
• Sweat suits or tee/short sets for girls and boys (ages 3-17).• Socks/Underwear (girls and boys ages 3-17)• American Flags• Recordable DVDs
• Slim CD/DVD Cases• AAA Batteries• Copy Paper, 8.5 X 11
Gloves, Mittens, Hats
Sunflower House is a 501 c 3 charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Our library is available for members to check out and return books 1/2 hour before the meeting and then again after the meeting/program. Please do not do library business during the meeting. If you would like a particular book we have, please email Debbie or call a few days ahead of the meeting date, and she will bring the book for you. We have a new book, ‘Harvesting Color’ donated by Jean Hartley.
If you need a mentor or are willing to help a guild member, please contact Christy Berry @ email@example.com.
10 am - Weavers Guild Meeting
Rose Room, Loose Park, KCMO
5200 Wornall Rd., KC MO 816-784-5300
7 PM - Fiber Guild Meeting
Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Road, Fairway, KS
Rigid Heddle Classes at The Yarn Barn
Three Beginning Rigid Heddle
classes this fall: Oct. 25-26, and Nov. 29-30.
Cost for the 2-day class is $65.00 and we furnish the loom and
equipment you need for the class. Materials (2 skeins of worsted
weight yarn) can be purchased class day. For a complete listing
of fall classes visit go to http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/
For more info contact:
Yarn Barn of Kansas, Inc.
930 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Felting Study Group
The Felt Study Group (Felt Makers Federation of Kansas City) will be featured at the Eclectics Gallery, October 11 – November 1. There will be a wide range of felt items.
Come support your fellow Guild members. Opening reception is 4 – 8 pm on Saturday, October 11, Eclectics Gallery, 7015 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64113, (816) 361-6643.
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.
The next meeting is October 25th, 10:30am. at the Waldo Library.
For more info on the Felting Study Group contact:
Judy Santner, Becky Stevens, or Carol Ann Parker.
Buffalo River Gallery in Parkville, Mo
We would love to have some weavers work to display and sell. Also have studio space available and would love to have artists work there. The business is set up as a coop.
Save the Date - Midwest Weavers Conference 2015
Urban Fiber with a Minnesota Twist June 18-20, 2015 University of St Thomas, St. Paul Minnesota
Dues need to be paid this year. The application is on their website. You need to submit your membership by October to receive the hardcopy conference booklet for 2015.
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. If you are the contact person for a fiber group and want to keep current with KCWG events, please e-mail the Guild Webmaster.
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
Looking for weaving equipment items for sale or trade?
Go to the Classified Ads
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.
Please support these Guild members!
Come and visit the Kansas Fiber Works in Ottawa!
KANSAS ALPACA COMPANY
3510 Kentucky Road
Ottawa, KS 66067
KNITTING & WEAVING YARNS
ACCESSORIES & TOOLS
Open 7 days/week
Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thurs. til 8:00 p.m.
Sun. 1:00-4:00 p.m.