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October's Program -- ON MONDAY!!!!

"Totally Twill: Beyond Basic"

We will be watching the DVD of this presentation by Robyn Spady.


Workshop: "Cutting Loose with Tied Weave" by Robyn Spady -- 2 Days
Location: Congregation Etz Chaim Temple

Workshop Details: Tied weaves provide a new whole group of different ways to create patterned fabrics with floats of limited lengths. One threading can provide a multitude of different treadling options--from singles and pairs to Dukagang and Taquete. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of tied weaves and explore a wide variety of treadling techniques to create different results. For weavers interested in understanding terms like summer and winter, single two-tie, taquete, samitum, and exploring Quigley or Bergman tied weaves, then this workshop is for you! Four-shaft loom minimum; eight shafts recommended. NOTE: This is not a round-robin workshop.

Workshop Times:Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM to 4 PM

Spotlight on Fine Line

by Roving Reporter, Kate W

We opened our 2015-2016 year with guest speaker Ellen Ljung from the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. She began by giving us a short narrative of its beginning, first starting out as a small gallery in Geneva by Denise Kavanagh, a nun from the order of School Sisters of St. Francis in 1979. Denise Kavanagh was an avid weaver at the gallery and before long visitors wanted her to teach them weaving and so began Fine Line as a teaching center. After outgrowing the gallery and a storefront, the Fine Line community moved to their present location in St. Charles. As the years passed more classes and teachers were added. Today weaving is still being taught along with a range of other fiber arts; knitting, crocheting, dyeing plus ceramics, blacksmithing, glass work, and woodworking. The center is run mostly by volunteers, some who have been there over 20 years. Along with the classes, the center hosts a fashion show in the fall, Christmastime at the center, a Raku weekend and guest artist workshops. With so few teaching centers dedicated to the fiber arts and spread across the country, it is a generous gift Denise Kavanagh and her community have given us.

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