Guild Programs - Outreach

Part of the guild's mission is to acquaint the public with the art and craft of weaving.  To this end, the guild sponsors its own outreach programs and also responds to event organizers wishing to have guild member(s) provide presentation(s) of an educational nature. 

Guild Sponsored Activities and Events

Workshops and Classes Open to Non-Members

The Wednesday Morning Workshops and Multi-Day Workshops are open to the public at non-member rates (modest), space permitting.  In addition, anyone who would like to meet weavers and see the guild in operation can visit on a Wedneday and audit Weavers Helping Weavers and the Afternoon Lecture. The Education menu has more information.  We ask that visitors sign in at the meeting.

Annual Exhibit and Sale

This long-standing event in early November is open to the public for free. There is a new exhibit each year on a specific topic as well as an extensive sale of handwovens.  The event is distinct from crafts fairs in that it is almost entirely hand weaving.  The collection is fun to explore and informative as it contains a wide range of weaving techniques, color schemes, fibers, and innovative designs.  Members are on hand to describe the exhibit and answer questions about their work and weaving in general.  Information about the guild is available to take home.

Plimoth Plantation

The Guild has an an ongoing relationship with Plimoth Plantation providing handwovens used in the daily life of their 17th century village.  Guild members contributed prolifically in the 1970s and 1980s.  In recent years the program languished.  However the spirit and commitment have been rejuvenated with a group of members (any member is welcome to join) sketching out plans with Plimoth for new blankets, linens, chair pillows, and perhaps even yardage during the winter of 2010-11.  More information and photos.

Plimoth Field Trip

Field Trip to Plimoth
Barbara Provest chatting it up
with Governor Bradford

 

 

Support for Non-Guild Events

Guild members are available to demonstrate fiber art skills, including weaving, dyeing, and spinning, at venues such as schools, 4-H clubs, museums, libraries, fairs, and farmers' markets.  For public events where a guild member provides educational services, event organizers have the option of publicizing their events on this page in the form of an announcement and small captioned picture. For more information please email the guild at:  Outreach@weaversguildofboston.org.

 

General Textile and Weaving Questions

The Guild responds to textile-related inquiries sent to info@weaversguildofboston.org.  We do our best to provide prompt, helpful, accurate answers.  We have fielded queries as diverse as:  How do I start weaving?  Who repairs moth holes?  Can you connect me with some weavers on a visit to Boston?  Can someone come inspect our historical society's antique loom and spinning wheel for any missing parts?

 

Members Volunteering on Their Own

From time to time the guild would like to acknowledge textile-related work done by members who volunteer to organize or participate in events on their own.  Perhaps their contributions will inspire others. 

Coming soon:  a profile of our tireless new Outreach Coordinator, Barbara Provest.

 

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