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April 25 Guild Meeting

As a group we will learn how to create Japanese Temari balls to use to decorate a Christmas tree. Some supplies (styrofoam balls and embroidery thread) from a donation will be available but bring threads (sewing & embroidery), yarns, metallics, scissors, ball head pins, etc. which will also be needed. Prior to the meeting watch some YouTube videos such as or to get familarized with the process.

As usual the weaver’s study group meets at 12:00.


May 24 Guild Meeting – a Field Trip to Decorah

When: Wednesday, May 24 Rochester area members will meet at the Hobby Lobby parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for carpooling. We will discuss carpools from Zumbrota at the April meeting. Once in Decorah, we will meet at the Vesterheim Museum main building at 10:00 a.m. We will be given a tour of the main building at 10, and then will be shown the storage area, where we will see a variety of textiles and equipment. About a block away is the Old Armory BBQ where we will meet for lunch. After lunch, we could visit the Red-Roxy quilt shop or Blue Heron Knittery. Also, the open air buildings of Vesterheim will be open if anyone is interested in touring. Coordination for the shopping, etc. will need to be discussed with those who do the driving. Group rate admission for fifteen or more visitors will be $8 for seniors and $9 for adults. Members are free. Don’t miss the trip: it will be lots of fun!


June 28—Color Trends Talk by Ginny’s Fabrics

July 26—Explore Slow Stitch Movement

August—Dyepot at Lands Church and Potluck

September 27—Hand Embroidery Presentation


October 25—Saori Weaving and Color Challenge




March 22, 2016

Weaver’s Study Group meets at 12:00
At this meeting some historical re-enactors will introduce us to nalbinding and weaving with a lucet.

February 22, 2016

All Day Fiber Time – We will have our all day knit, spin, weave or whatever meet-up that we had to postpone in January due to the snow. Bring your craft, lunch and join the fun. The business meeting and show and tell will be held at 1:00.

Attic Yarn Sale items are welcome, too. Items for sale should be marked with the owner’s name and the price.

December 7th, 2016:Katie Manduca on her textile-related fellowship in Europe and Latin America

For our November/December meeting, we are looking forward to a presentation by Katie Manduca.  Katie will be speaking about her recent textile-related fellowship in Europe and Latin America.  She sent us the following short bio to whet our interest (and it has):

My name is Katie Manduca, and I grew up in Rochester. I graduated in 2010 from Century High School and was a computer science student at Middlebury College. I was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend the twelve months following graduation traveling in order to pursue a personal project that explored the intersection of craftwork, computation, and tourism. Over those twelve months I studied different styles of knitting, crochet, and weaving in Northern Europe and Latin America, as well as seeking to understand the roles of textile work and folk costume in the modern cultures of these places. Already an avid knitter, this was an incredible opportunity to learn from a number of kind and interesting people about new styles of textile work as well as opening my mind to different ways of life.  -Katie

 After Katie’s talk, we’ll be doing our usual show and tell. If some of you have holiday projects to show off, bring them!  If you’ve made something but have already mailed it off, bring a photo. Treats:  Coleen Johnston and Terry Erredge. 


May 25, 2016: Organizing Your Workspace

1:00 PM, Oronoco Community Center
12:00 PM: Weaving Study Group Meets

Our May meeting will feature Deb Lansdowne, interior decorator and organizer, who has been decorating and organizing spaces as a profession for over 10 years. She will share information on organizing your craft/sewing/fiber art space. Please bring a photo to share of your craft space whether it is weaving, spinning, beading, sewing, etc. Don’t be shy! We can learn from each other. Also: Those who went on the Wabasha trip, please bring items purchased during the tour for show and tell. This can be anything you picked up at Cultural Cloth, Black Cat Farmstead, Wind Whisper West or any other stop you made that day and also during Shepherd’s Harvest Festival.

Weaving Study Group meets one hour before the regular meeting. All are welcome to come and see what’s happening, work on a project, etc. For more information, contact Nancy Ellison,507-732-5281.


June 22, 2016, 7 PM: Vintage Textiles at Carolyn’s Cabin!

June will be our only evening meeting of the year. We will meet at Carolyn’s cabin which was built by her husband, Roger. Address is 6130 31st Ave SW, Rochester.

Bring a treasured vintage textile to share. There will not be a Weaving Study Group this meeting.


July 27, 2016: Tour of the Dye Garden at the History Center

Held at 1195 W Circle Dr SW, Rochester MN.

Tour by: Leslie Hall
No Weaver’s study group
1:00 Business Meeting

We may meet earlier for a picnic lunch. More information soon.


August 24, 2016: Dyepot & Potluck

Everson Park, Zumbrota, 12 – 4:00

10:45 – 11:45 Weaver’s Study Group
12:00 Potluck (bring a dish to pass)
12:30 Business Meeting
1:00 Dye Pot

More information soon

This meeting is held in the park shelter and outside at Everson Park located next to Lands Church on Hwy 60 in Zumbrota.

Bring a dish to share (+ serving spoon if needed), your own drink and your own plate/silverware. Show and tell is always welcome too.

Dyepot information will be emailed out closer to the date.
Be sure to sign up for our email to get the latest information about meeting times, locations and ride sharing.


September 28, 2016: Video & Election of Officers

Lower Level Room in the Oronoco Community Center

11:45-12:45 Weaver’s Study Group
1:00 Annual Meeting & Election of Officers.

September Topic: Fiber Art Video


October 26, 2016: Your Favorite Tools

Bring in your favorite tools that you use, or bring in that mystery tool that you picked up along the way and see if someone can tell you what it is used for!