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!
April 10th Meeting
Kansas City Art Institute - Fiber Building
4218 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO
Inclement Weather Policy
When schools and public events are closed due to weather, the guild meeting will not be held that month.
For our April meeting we will be visiting the Kansas City Art Institute. We will meet there at 10 a.m. but it might be a good idea to be a few minutes early. We will be viewing a presentation by Shenequa Brooks on weaving with hair. After that we will tour the new facility. We will be visiting the building called The Warehouse at 4218 Walnut Street. There is parking on Walnut street or in the H&R Block parking space.
If you are not familiar with KCAI and the area, please click on the map links below.
Campus map July 2012
Fiber Building map
May - Jeanne Miller, Quilt Retrospective
June - KAWS Show and Tell
July - Bonnie Steele, Trichinopoly or Viking Wire Weaving
August - TBA
September-Leesa Duby & Rebecca Lawrence Hats
October - Amanda Dake, Handmade Lace
November - Member Participation Project, textiles for the home OTHER than dishtowels and napkins.
December Holiday Party
A housekeeping reminder – bring plates & napkins.
May Linda-Cole Howard, Barrie Mason, Becky Gaskill
Weaving Tip of the Month
By Mary Limpus
Cleaning a Rusty Reed
I use old tee shirts that you can throw out when you’re done. Saturate the rags in white vinegar, wring out and place them along the length of your rusty reed. Then wrap up the whole thing in plastic and leave it for 24 hours. Remove the plastic and rub the rust off with one of the rags and an old toothbrush. Now dry the reed completely I use a hair dryer or my wood stove.
Replacing the Paper on Weaving Reeds
Parchment paper, the type used for baking makes a good replacement. Cut a piece wide enough to cover the reed edge about 1" wide works, enough to wrap around from front to back, put some tacky glue on the paper, folded it together to spread the glue around and then wrapped it around the edge of the reed, smooth out the wrinkles and let dry and your reed is like new.
May Abe Buddish
June Carolyn Budd
July Cheryl Davis
August Lolly Buxton
Kansas Alliance of Spinners and Weavers (KAWS) 2014
June 6 - June 9 in downtown Parkville, MO
The KAWS 2014 registration information is now up on the KAWs website. Please visit the website for the latest information:
Donwload the registration form here.
Susan Bateman, from Lawrence, KS, is our keynote speaker. She will discuss the fiber business in terms of experience, years and years of experience. The fiber knowledge that she passes on will be insightful, interesting, and surprising. Stay for her post conference workshop, weaving a useful tool holder, which starts Sunday afternoon and continues through Monday, June 9.
The theme of the KAWS Conference this year is Second Chances and it means that you will never look at your trash can in the same way again. Several of the workshops are about recycling and you will learn several ways to take those tossed items from your trash and repurpose them into something artful and/or useful. Go green and make our planet greener! We have over 20 workshops (recycling, knitting, felting, weaving, etc.) for you to choose from. The registration packet and the workshop descriptions are on the KAWS website www.kansasweavers.com. Registration closes April 30, with late registration closing on May 15.
Anyone with a fiber business who is interested in being a vendor at KAWS can contact Jeanette Campbell, vendor chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For clarification, the KAWS Fashion Show showcases wearable works of individual KAWS members. The Guild Exhibit is a collective work of a guild or a study group that showcases some work done over the past year. The exhibit should be presented in light of a unifying theme chosen by the group.
Calling all Creative Hand Artists
Our informational meeting for Creative Hand Artists will be
April 27th at 2 pm, at the Plaza Library – 4801 Main Street, Kansas
City, MO 64112. Pick up a full packet
with application, guidelines, and committee roster. For questions call Barrie Mason, 816.900.1197 or email@example.com. Hope to see all of you there ~ Barrie
Surface Design Study Group February 18th
Loose Park Rose room
****10:30 AM - 2:30 PM****
April 15, 2014 Coordinated by Lynette Beebe
Loose Park Rose Room 10:30 to 2:30
Surface Design April Study Group
The term collage originally came from the French word “coller” meaning to glue. Come and be a Collagist by gluing fabric swatches together to create a creative fabric design. You can apply what you have learned in the March stamping study to embellish the top of your beautiful glued fabric. Feel free to bring your own scraps of fabric, dyed and stamped quarters from previous classes for cutting, gluing, coloring, stamping and reassembling or just plan on using selections from the hundreds of fabric swatches (free of cost) that Lynette will be providing. You just need to bring your creativity and a few simple supplies. Come ready to play, experiment, share, and learn from your fellow designers. We will need some people to bring irons, iron boards, and hair dryers to share to speed up drying times and apply Fusible Bonding Web.
Freezer paper to stiffen fabric
Fusible Bonding Web/Transfer Web
Paper towels and normal study group supplies
Additional supplies if wanted;
Stamping supplies, ink, and clean up equipment
Sequences, beads, ribbons, lace, old silk flowers, yarn scraps
Rotary cutter and mat
Sites to explore
Pinterest- Altered & Collage Fabric Art
Etsy- Fabric Collage
Inspired from Sherrill Kahn’s Book FABRIC COLLAGES
Mary Zicafoose Tapestry Workshop
Vibrant Tapestries: Designing, Dyeing & Weaving for the WOW!
August 21-22-23, 2014
Cost: $145 (includes hand dyed silk & wool weft yarn from the instructor’s studio)
Rose Room, Loose Park, KCMO
Registrations for the workshop will be available at the March meeting.
Mary Zicafoose will share her favorite techniques and tips from two decades of tapestry & rug weaving. Students will design and weave a contemporary weft-face sampler utilizing tapestry techniques on a harness loom. Instruction will include tapestry, rug and weft faced ikat techniques, design & color theory, and complete steps in finishing work for exhibition and sales. This is a very comprehensive workshop that offers technical solutions for the creative, non-loom controlled process, and inspiration for all who weave.
If you are not familiar with Mary's gorgeous weavings, please visit her website, a treat for the eyes and soul!
Photos, Photos, Photos!
Check here for photos from last month's meeting.
Community Service Project
We are continuing our support of Michael by providing acrylic yarn for the Afghans he crochets for charity. If you have an idea for a service project for 2014 please bring it to the group.
We need to select our project for 2014. Two possibilities were discussed. Betty Haeberle has contacted the Cancer Action organization concerning the knitted breast prothesis. Cancer Action has three offices; one in Wyandotte County, one in Johnson County, and one on Independence Avenue. They suggested dropping off 3 or 4 of the knitted prothesis at each office and they would call us when they need more.
The second possibility was support for the Farmer’s House Market which will be opening at the Alexander Major house at 82nd and State line this year. They provide jobs for disabled youths, including the sale of produce from the garden they maintain. They would like us to demonstrate fiber arts at their open house. Sandy Cahill mentioned that the first Creative Hand sale was held at the Alexander Majors house.
There is a table set up at the front of the room designated for the library. This will be available for members to check out and return books 1/2 hour before the start of the meeting and then again after the meeting/program. Please do not do library business during the meeting. Whatever books are returned that day may also be checked out that same day. If you would like a particular book we have, please email Abe or call a few days ahead of the meeting date, and we will bring the book for you ~ Debbie & Abe.
If you need a mentor or are willing to help a guild member, please contact Christy Berry @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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)
10 am - Kansas City Art Institute
7 PM - Fiber Guild Meeting
Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Road, Fairway, KS
Wevaers Guild Member Debbie Barrett-Jones showing at the Leedy-Voulkos
One Thread At A Time
Hand-woven Textiles by Debbie Barrett-Jones
April 4-May 31, 2014
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center Back Gallery
2012 Baltimore Kansas City, MO 64108
Weaving is an art that emphasizes process. One Thread at a Time represents
the tension between control and happenstance during the process. From
the start of a project – drawing out the plans, drafting the pattern,
dyeing yarn using a color-mixing and percentage-gradation process
–Barrett-Jones’ woven panels reveal not only the communication that
passes between one color thread intersecting another, but shows the
range of control in both the complete and deconstructed. Barrett-Jones’
ultimate goal is to let the viewer see not just the complete, clean
finished project but give the viewer a glimpse of the pre-weaving
process, much of which can be painstakingly tedious. However, this
attention to detail is equally essential to the actual work on the loom.
Debbie Barrett Jones is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute Fiber program and has run her weaving business, Billy Sue Textiles,
since 2008. She has also exhibited her work widely and completed
commissions in the Kansas City area for Children’s Mercy Hospital,
Community Christian Church, and more.
SDA Journal Editor Curates Contemporary Fiber Exhibit
Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home
February 7- April 20, 2014, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103
“Fail Safe features
a range of art forms made with seemingly ‘safe’ and comforting
materials from everyday life but loaded with incendiary content,” McDade
explains. The exhibition includes a range of work by 13 artists covered in Surface Design Journal or FiberArts magazine
during McDade’s tenure as editor. All of the works on display were made
since December of 2007 when the U.S. housing bubble burst—a pivotal
starting point for conversations many of the pieces aim to ignite.
More info can be found at craftalliance.org.
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.
The next meeting is April 27th, 10:30am. at the home of Donna Putnam.
For more info on the Felting Study Group contact:
Judy Santner, Becky Stevens, or Carol Ann Parker.
"CHANGE THE TRUTH" Exhibit
Members of the Weavers Guild have been invited to contribute fiber pieces mounted on 8 x 8" pieces of Birchwood panels (supplied by Leesa Duby) to support the following: The National Art Honor Society and Coalition of Shawnee Mission East High School welcomes your support of our Gallery show to benefit "CHANGE THE TRUTH". The show will take place Friday, April 4th @ the Locust Factory, 504 E. 18th st. KC,MO. All art will be on sale and all proceeds will benefit Change the Truth. For more information about the goals of the charity please visit: changethetruth.org.
If you wish to have a panel, please contact Leesa Duby @ email@example.com. Please bring your donations to the next Weavers Guild meeting on March 13th. Thank you!
Knitting in the Heartland
April 4-6, 2014 Knitting & Crochet classes and Vendor Market put on by Sunflower Knitters’ Guild
Featured Teacher & Keynote Speaker: Fiona Ellis
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215 Classes fill up fast, register online:
Fiber Guild Retreat
April 11, contact Debbie Dubinsky.913-451-8737 firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri Fiber Artist 2014 Conference
Country Club Hotel
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
April 15, 2014
Hotel room reservation deadline:
April 1, 2014
See the flyer here.
More information about Missouri Fiber Artists:
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.
Blue Ridge Fiber Show 2014
This is a Call for
Entry to the Blue Ridge Fiber Show 2014 taking place at the North Carolina Arboretum
in Asheville, NC in the fall of 2014. You may have seen some of the ads in
recent Handwoven, VAV, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, and Complex Weavers
This is an
international, biennial show of handweaving, felting, and spinning open to both
amateurs and professionals. The theme is “Mountains and Meadows.”
The show is not
juried. We rely upon you to send us your very best work, and we will show it all;
however, all entries are judged in their categories for First, Second,
Honorable Mention and for various special prizes with specific criteria. These
are cash awards. Our judge this year is Lynn Pollard of Broadwovens in Atlanta,
The Western North
Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild sponsors th sow with its many volunteers. More
details including the prospectus, entry forms, and photos of the 2012 show
winners can be found at the website: wncfhg.org. Click on the menu item “blue
ridge fiber show” from the home page. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Deadline for entry is August 1, 2014. We hope to have you join us.
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
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