Guild Programs - Meetings

Monthly Meetings

The Weavers' Guild of Boston year runs from September through May, with a winter break in December and January.  The guild meets the second Wednesday of the month.  Events run from 10am to about 3pm at the Congregational Church of Westborough. (Address and Directions.)

Guests are welcome to visit, meet members, and attend the open events as well as the registered workshops (space permitting.)  There is take-home information about the guild and a membership desk if you want to join.  We ask that visitors sign in.

Morning Events, 10am - 12pm

  • Single and multi-session Morning Workshops.
  • Weavers Helping Weavers (an information-sharing session)
  • Browsing in our extensive Library (members.)
  • Yarn Sample Library - sample books from several popular yarn vendors.
  • The yarn table is not being held for the 2015 - 2016 year. If you are interested in managing the yarn table, please volunteer!
  • A bulletin board of textile-related announcements and brochures.

Lunch

From noon-12:45pm members socialize and enjoy coffee, tea, and irresistible baked goods to complement their bag lunch.  About this time, knitting, hemming, fringe-finishing projects, etc., start to emerge as some members love to stay busy.  Others stroll over to the sample table to see what Guild members have been up to lately, or browse information about the afternoon speaker.

Short Business Meeting

Officers and chairpersons deliver reports.

Afternoon Speakers

From about 1:00pm to 3:00 pm a guest speaker shares his/her knowledge on some topic in textiles.

Guild Challenge

September 13, 2017 - Guild Challenge Announcement "Profile Draft"

This year's challenge involves PROFILE DRAFTS. Using the profile draft provided, weave a piece in any structure. For example: summer and winter, huck, bronson, turned twill, repp. No limit on number of shafts. The draft may be repeated or enlarged. Treadling sequence is up to you. A terrific learning experience and great fun. Please let me know if you will be partcipating. Adele Harvey can also answer any questions about the challenge.

Document your work as usual (threading, tie-up, materials, sett etc). Date for delivery is the May 2018 Guild meeting.

If you are interested in participating in this challenge, or have questions please email Adele Harvey.

Weave! Study! Learn! Enjoy!

February 14, 2018

A note for February. In deference to the iffy weather, there will be no workshops or speakers in February.

Informal Gathering: Work on Those Unfinished Projects! This is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along. So bring a sack lunch and one of those unfinished projects of yours and enjoy the camaraderie and get inspired while you work. We encourage those of you that need help finishing your project, as there is sure to be someone on hand to help you. At a future meeting, it would be great to share the results at the show and tell. Also if you’re new to weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual, the library will be open.

Leader: Mary Mandarino

May Meeting - May 9, 2018

The May Meeting is an annual celebration of the Guild's programs and members. A description is below, and a full agenda is announced in the Spring.

Annual Business Meeting


The Guild Dean will conduct the annual business meeting and celebrate the year's accomplishments prior to the summer break.  Committee chairpersons deliver their annual reports to the members.  Awards for both weaving accomplishments and guild work are presented.  The ratings chairperson introduces members who have earned Apprentice, Journeyman, and Masters ratings this year.  The new slate of officers is presented and voted in.

Guild Challenge: "Profile Drafts" Finale

Led by: Adele Harvey
If you participated in the challenge, bring your finished pieces to the meeting (along with your documentation). Guild members, and visitors, will be eager to see your creations.

Fashion Show

This is a no-stress, light-hearted chance to display what you have been weaving this year and receive extravagant compliments.  Artists bring and model their creations; an emcee describes each work.  Fashions may be modeled by the weaver or a friend.  Non-clothing can be held up or worn as a drape.  Creations from classes and workshops welcome.  Treat us to as many pieces as you wish. To help the emcee describe your work, please print and fill out one Entry Form for each item, in advance, and bring completed forms to the meeting.  If you would prefer to complete the 'e-form', click here, and then print the form after you have completed it.

If you would like a photograph of you and your work to appear on the Guild's website -- optional but fun! --  arrive early, before the Business Meeting, to get ready and be photographed. For more inspiration, have a look at the Fashion Show from the May Meeting 2016.

Potluck Luncheon

Members are encouraged to bring a mug, plate, eating utensils, napkin, and - if you enjoy gracious living - a hand woven placemat.  Each member should bring a dish, beverage, or dessert to serve 4 – 6 people, along with serving implements.  (Please secure an ingredients list for your dish to help people with dietary restrictions - thank you.)  Coffee and tea are on the house.

If your Guild Number is below 1000 or your birth date is before 1923 (here's to you!) please be our guest - you are exempt from bringing a food contribution.

Meeting Cancellations

In case of severe weather, guild meetings are cancelled if the Westborough Public Schools are closed. Boston television stations and WBZ AM radio broadcast school closings. The guild also sends an email to members in case of cancellation. You may call the Dean or Associate Dean to verify. Please do not call the Church Office.  Speakers/Workshops for cancelled meetings are sometimes rescheduled over some of the May Meeting activities, so stay tuned as we make our way through the snowy winter.

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