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Welcome to our Website!

Welcome to our web site! Please explore the pages of information and enjoy the photographs of members and their beautiful handwovens. We hope you will be inspired to weave, and even consider becoming a member of our guild.

A Little Bit About Us...

The Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild is an association of weavers and textile artists who teach, encourage and inspire each other, sharing their experience, knowledge and resources. We began as Joliet Weavers Guild in January 1949, and, as we grew and changed locations, we renamed ourselves the Illinois Prairie Weavers in 1994. Our guild is a very active one, with a large library and an assortment of looms and equipment available by loan to members. We meet monthly, September through June, and our meetings are open to anyone with an interest in weaving.

Our guild membership includes highly accomplished weavers who own weaving businesses, teach weaving or have been published or honored by the greater weaving community. We also bring in nationally known speakers for programs and workshops. If you are a beginning or novice weaver, we welcome you to come to learn and be inspired. Our members weave on a variety of loom types, from 32 harnesses to finger weaving and everything in between. So, no matter what your skill level, we invite you to join us at one of our meetings and be welcomed into our weaving community.

September's Program

"Jacket Trunk Show" by Mary Sue Fenner

Enjoy a Trunk Show of one-of-a-kind jackets, tops and coats. You will be able to participate by trying on a number of hand woven, dyed and pieced garments. Newly rescued items will be featured also. Rust dyeing and transforming blankets into garments will be discussed. Bring your camera and notepad.

HOSTESSES: Paula B and Maxine M

June's Photos

Free Spirits: Coloring Outside the Lines... Thinking Outside the Box

Click here to view the pictures from the program!

Show & Tell Photos

Click here to view the latest Show & Tell pictures!

Blast from the Past!

(1) Challenge projects, (2) "Luck of the Draw" piece, (3) art fair display

(1) Art fair display, (2) Kaye L. modeling in the Margaret Roach Wheeler Fashion Show, (3) inkle loom and bands

Click here to view individual guild member's photos as well as photos from previous programs and events.