Workshops/Study Groups

November 4-6, 2016: Gamp Weave-In Weekend 

Laura and Betty weaving

Laura and Betty hard at it. Laura on the left wove a beautiful color gamp in muted blue/purple and aqua and Betty, a spectacular tea towel.

A little over a month ago we held our Gamp Weave-In Weekend. We got together on the first weekend in November and although not a big group, we were a lively one. There were six of us in all and between talking, joking and eating we actually got a lot of weaving done.

Not all of our projects were gamps, but that was okay too. The point of our Weave-In Weekend was to give us a chance to work together in a fabulously creative atmosphere away from all those everyday distractions we have to cope with at home.

And it worked–let’s do it again next year.

May 23td & 24th, 2015, Acadian Weaving Workshop

Melissa Weaver Dunning

Melissa Weaver Dunning

Please click on the link above to read all about the terrific workshop we had with Melissa Weaver Dunning this past weekend. Eleven of us learned an enormous amount about the Acadians and their weaving traditions. 

They have a rich, but troubled, history. There was a time when they could no longer rely on support from France and had to become self-sustaining. Thus, spinning and weaving became an essential part of their lives. Although mostly limited to looms with only two treadles, their creativity knew no bounds, and the textiles they produced were exquisite.

And for two glorious days, that’s what we explored.

A few of the many variations of Acadian Weaving we'll explore

A few of the many variations of Acadian Weaving we’ll explore

We learned a whole new weaving vocabulary such as couverture de marriage, à la planche, boutonne and cordonne. And then wove samples of each.

Weaving sessions were punctuated with lectures  and a slide show of Acadian textiles from various Canadian museums and private collections in Louisiana.

It was a memorable weekend of weaving, instruction and good friends, old and new. Thank you, Melissa.

 November 1st & 2nd, 2014, Doubleweave Workshop

Jennifer Moore

The Ball Gardens Visitors Center classroom at Sandhills Community College was once again transformed into the best-ever weaving studio as three Guild members moved their looms into the classroom and set them up for a weekend devoted to learning the basics of doubleweave. Our guide was Jennifer Moore’s Doubleweave book. She is the ultimate authority on doubleweave and a terrific teacher.

By 10:00 a.m. we were ready to get down to some serious learning and weaving. But it wasn’t all work. It turned out to be one of those lovely, relaxed workshops, punctuated by good conversation and great food. Thank you, Kate. You’ve raised the bar on Guild snacks!

In addition to learning the principles of doubleweave, everyone practiced a multitude of different techniques, including making tubes, two layers of cloth, double-width cloth, color and weave patterns, piqué, and quilting.

On Sunday we had almost finished working our way through the basics when the lights went out. There simply wasn’t enough light to do any more weaving so we decided to pack up and head home.  And, wouldn’t you know it, just as we started to load up the cars, the power came on again. However, we had completed 95% of the program, we had all learned a lot and done some serious weaving. It really was time to say our goodbyes. Well done everyone.

The Banner worked in doubleweave pick up

 Workshops in our past

During the past several years the Sandhills Weavers Guild has averaged approximately one workshop a year. Before we had a permanent home at Sandhills Community College, we held a couple of them in members’ homes. Now we hold them in a wonderfully lit classroom with all the amenities close at hand, including a kitchen. And best of all, no steps to negotiate with looms.

Sandhills Handweavers Guild fiber workshop study session

Thus far, we have conducted four workshops: The first was Tartan weaving taught by Marjorie Warren, a professional tartan weaver from Western North Carolina. That was followed by a Twills and Tweeds workshop and then a Huck workshop. And finally, last November we had another Tartan Workshop, again taught by Marjorie.

Workshops usually start on Friday evenings with participants moving their looms into the classroom. If time permits there is also an introductory talk. On Saturday and Sunday the workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Throughout the day weaving sessions are interspersed with lectures or media presentations. We bring our own sandwiches for lunch, and the coffee pot and kettle are always on, with plates of cookies and other delectables on the counter!