About the Guild and How to Get Started Weaving
DWG meetings, followed by programs, are
on the second Saturday of each month from September through May from
10:00 - 12:00 noon in the Westchester Public Library Baugher Center
(100 West Indiana St., Chesterton, IN). Workshops are offered
following selected programs. Please use the web site "Events"
link to see
information about the current year's programs, workshops and shows.
dues are currently $25 per
year for members who want to receive a newsletter sent to their e-mail
address but do not want a paper copy. Dues are $30 per year
for members preferring to receive a paper copy sent by U.S. Mail.
you would like to join the Guild, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or simply attend a meeting.
DWG Library Collection: Our extensive collection of books, magazines and video tapes on weaving and other fiber arts is available for members (only) to borrow. A list of the collection is available on this web site. Use the web site "Library" link to access it.
I Want to Learn How to Weave -- Where do I Start?
If you want to immerse yourself in 5-day workshops there are various schools such as Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, Wisconsin that offer such workshops. Sievers' phone: 920-847-2264; website: www.sieversschool.com. Check the advertisements in Handwoven magazine (available at our guild library) for other options.
Convergence: This is the biennial international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA). It is held every two years. The 2018 Convergence was held July 6-12 in Reno, Nevada. The 2020 Convergence will be July 24-30 in Knoxville, TN. Information about the conferences is available at the HGA website www.weavespindye.org. Convergence is expensive to attend, but it is a wonderful experience if you have time and money. The conference includes world-class fashion shows of garments made with handwoven fabrics, workshops, lectures, and vendors.
Midwest: This is like a smaller version of Convergence. It is sponsored by the Midwest Weavers Association (MWA) and takes place every two years alternating with the Convergence years. The 2017 Midwest Conference was in Indianapolis on June 12-17, 2017. The 2019 Midwest Conference will be in Grinnell, Iowa June 20-22, 2019. For more information about MWA conferences see the MWA website www.midwestweavers.org including information about the scholarships that are available for attending the Midwest conferences.
Michigan League of Handweavers Conference: This is a smaller, more affordable, version of Convergence and Midwest. It's offered each summer in one of two formats: one summer as a workshop-only conference and the next as a full conference with a fashion show, special exhibits, mini and full workshops, etc. It is usually held at Hope College in Holland, MI. The 2019 MLH conference will be held at Hope College on May 31-June 4. Check www.mlhguild.org for more information about upcoming conferences.