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!
March 13th 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
Inclement Weather Policy
When schools and public events are closed due to weather, the guild meeting will not be held that month.
March - Jessica Cates is a 2011 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in Art History with a minor in Fiber Arts. She is the owner/designer of Collective Individual where she designs, promotes and sells her line of knit accessories through online networking and art show venues. She will be speaking with us about the ins and outs of selling our work online.
April - Annual Trip to KCAI, Presentation will be by student Shenequa Brooks on Weaving with Hair, plus a tour of the new facility for those who missed last year
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.
March Leesa Duby, Rachel Rose’ Christy Berry
May Linda-Cole Howard, Barrie Mason, Becky Gaskill
Weaving Tip of the Month
by Christy Berry
From Madelyn Van Der Hoogt’s video: this has made my weaving setup so much easier: when taking your warp off the warping pegs, switch which hand you chain with for every chain motion. This prevents the threads from twisting. I have found it extremely important when sleying a reed with more than one thread in each slot. It seems insignificant but has saved me from hours of frustration untangling while winding on.
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.
Post Conference Workshop
Double Weave--Work Room Go-To Holder! By Susan Bateman
Double weave is not just about making fabric twice the width of your loom. Learn how to weave stuffed pockets, two layers at once, bringing the bottom layer to the top, and interlocking layers with just 4 harnesses. You will need to bring a 10” or wider 4-or-more harness loom, pre-threaded ready to go. The yarn I recommend is 3/2 Perle Cotton sett at 24 epi (12 epi per layer). A 12-dent reed would be the easiest to use. It is more fun to have 2 or more colors (stripe as you like). For warp and weft, you will need a total of 840 yds.
We’ll be making a useful, hanging tool holder for stashing your tools in. You can hang it on the wall, on a door, in a closet, or even off the side of your loom if you have a high castle. We will make space for all kinds of shuttles (boat, flat, rug, ski), pick-up sticks, scissors, threading hooks, bobbins, and more. Woven casings at the top and bottom will hold dowels to give structure when hung.
The most important thing to this easy project is that you will understand how the layers work so that you can move from one layer to the other as you wish. This can be a great learning experience to refer to in the future.
Surface Design Study Group February 18th
Loose Park Rose room
****10:30 AM - 2:30 PM****
March 18, 2014 Coordinated by Susan Myers Loose Park Rose Room 10:30 to 2:30
"Playing with Your Food" Stamping
Supplies: Cotton fat quarters (18"x22") washed. It will be easier if you iron the shiny side of a piece of freezer paper to the wrong side of the cotton before the study group. Makes the cotton stiffer. You will need to heat set the fabric with an iron when you get home. If you use a lot of ink/ paint, the fabric may be damp, so be prepared to get the fabric home.
Rubber gloves and dye apron
Table covering and paper towels
Dye-Na-Flow fabric paint in jars
Plastic plates or a flat surface to pour a little paint on for preparing stamp
Bowl for water to keep stamps clean
Veggies/fruit with which to make stamps. Potatoes, radishes, celery, apples, limes, and corn are fun choices. Hope we can share.
Bring wine bottle corks and we can glue rubber pieces on to make stamps. I use E6000 and will I will bring the glue and the rubber.
Knives/cutting boards/small cookie cutters. Be careful!
Other fun things you can think of to apply the paint. Brushes, stencils, etc. If you don't want to invest in the Dye-Na-Flow, let Susan know. She could bring a textile medium to be mixed into craft acrylic paint. There would be a small cost for the medium. Dye-Na-Flow usually produces a thinner, more flowing result than a stiffer acrylic medium result.
Please let Susan know if you think of other items to bring.
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.
Hand-Loom Weaving In America by Annafreddie Carstens, parts 1-3
We should really be taking advantage of Abe bring our library items to the meeting. He brings a nice variety each month to choose from ~ Mary
If you need a mentor or are willing to help a guild member, please contact Christy Berry @ email@example.com.
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.
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
Fiber Guild in the News
Please click the link below to view the KC Star article on the Fiber
Guild. It came out in the 913 Magazine on 2/19.
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 March 29th, 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your donations to the next Weavers Guild meeting on March 13th. Thank you!
Missouri Fiber Retreat
March 7-9, 2014 Located on the university farm near Jefferson City, MO. Registration starts Dec 1st and it usually fills up quickly.
MOPACA Invitational Alpaca Show
March 29th and 30th, 2014
Volunteers are welcome to come & demonstrate their fiber arts’ skills at the Crafters Corner at the MOPACA Show at the Hale Arena, KCMO. Alpaca fleece, yarn and roving will be provided. Laura Mayes will be the volunteer coordinator, so please contact her by phone, 913-626-5898, or email, email@example.com if you would like to participate. We look forward to seeing you there.
Jeanette Campbell Fleece Show Superintendent.
For more information click here to see a flyer.
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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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)
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Come and visit the Kansas Fiber Works in Ottawa!
KANSAS ALPACA COMPANY
3510 Kentucky Road
Ottawa, KS 66067
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Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thurs. til 8:00 p.m.
Sun. 1:00-4:00 p.m.