December 5, 2018 – 1pm

The guest speaker will be Sally Kallin from Pine Island Primatives to tell us all about rug hooking.

Weaver’s Study Group meets at 12:00.

New Location! Find us on the ground level – come in the west door and turn to your left.

October 24, 2018 – 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Willow Creek Golf Course & Event Facility
1700 48th St SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902

This meeting is to celebrate and show our paint chips color challenge finished objects and have some social time to get to know each other better.

Setup will start at 4:30. Please include any props you feel will show your items better. Tables will be provided.

A buffet menu has been selected and will cost (tbd), payable to ZRFAG and given to Leslie Hall. Dinner will start at 6:00.

September 26, 2018 – 1pm

KSMQ will be filming this meeting for their Off 90 program. Bring in process or finished examples of your craft to show and demonstrate.

This is an opportunity to make Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild to be known throughout the viewing area and maybe attract new members.

– – Think about how you want to present your fiber work/works.
– – If you need extra space to set up loom, spinning wheels, or whatever, we can arrange the room for you.
– – Everyone will have a space to sit and show your items and demo.
– – If you have a business and sell your items, plan on promoting that also.
– – Demos would be a great way to feature the variety of fiber techniques.
– – Will have a display area where accomplished things can be shown. Bring display racks or stands to better show items.

More information about the program:

August 22, 2018 – 12pm

Silk Fusion

For our annual pot luck please bring a dish to share, your beverage, plate and utensils.

After lunch and a short meeting Leslie Hall and Norrie MacIlraith will demonstrate silk fusion and give us an opportunity to try it. Details to follow.

July 25, 2018 – 1pm

Representatives from Join the Journey and Mayo Clinic Oncology will share information about their organization and talk about the chemo caps initiative. Weaver’s Study Group meets at 12:00.

June 27, 2018 – 12pm

Funny alpaca faceThis event will be a field trip to two fiber farms! First will be at the Clear Spring Farm in Welch where Melodee Smith will introduce us to yaks which produce ‘fantastic fiber’ for spinning. We’ll start with a picnic lunch (BYO) and short meeting and then turn it over to Melodee.

Next we will travel to the Pauley Alpaca Company farm in SE Rochester. Brett will show us his herd and talk about the luxurious Alpaca fiber.

Car pooling will be planned at the May meeting. No Weaver’s Study Group.

May 23, 2018 – 1pm

We will be introduced to Furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Furoshiki embraces the philosophy of eco-friendly living by challenging us on how many items we really need. This beautiful and ingenious art allows one object to have many uses simply by folding and tying the cloth in a different way.
Treats: May 23 – Anne Black-Sinak and Joann Ronningen

Wednesday, April 23, 2018 – 1pm

Boro jacketThe program this meeting will be an introduction to art of Japanese Boro. A traditional patchwork style, boro grew out of necessity as opposed to aesthetics. Meaning “ragged” or “tattered,” the boro style was favored by nineteenth and early twentieth-century rural Japanese. Cotton was not common in Japan until well into the twentieth century, so when a kimono or sleeping futon cover started to run thin in a certain area, the family’s women patched it with a small piece of scrap fabric using sashiko stitching.

Treats: April 25 – Roxi Ziecina and Laurice Johnson

March 28, 2018 – 1pm

Embroidered FlowersSlideshow about English Needlework by Sandy Evans at her shop in Zumbrota, All in Stitches. We will be meeting at Sandy Evans’s quilt shop, All in Stitches, at 308 South Main St., Zumbrota. Sandy will be presenting a slide program on English needlework techniques in the classroom on the lower level at the store. Be sure to allow plenty of time to shop as well!

Weaver’s Study Group will meet at 12:00 at the alley entrance of the former Beelighted (268 Main St South) shop. It will be the door with the giant painted Gnome. If you park on 3rd St you will be able to walk to All in Stitches.

February 28, 2018 – 1pm

Machine knitting presented by Chris LaPlante, Gayle Holter and Carolyn Barsness. We are pleased to demonstrate a flatbed knitting machine. A brief history and demonstration also on a new and antique circular sock knitting machines.
Knitting in America

For centuries hand knitting was the means to supply people with the needed socks, shirts, caps and more. In has been estimated that at the end of the 16th century there was an annual need in England of 10 million pairs of stockings, allowing two pairs per person per year. At the time hand knitters could turn out six pairs of stockings a week which England exported for many years. During this time a ‘knitting machine’ was invented. This machine was still very manually operated. After many years and many revised versions a domestic knitting machine became available for the home. These machines knit flat pieces that could be sewed together. A circular knitting machine was developed which could produce a tube of fabric. Since the mid 19th century, knitting machines have been available for the home. In America, the circular sock knitting machine gained in popularity during World War I. In 1917 the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for knitted goods to help fight the war. The need for socks was paramount. For American soldiers in the trenches, warm socks made all the difference. Wearing dry wool socks help prevent ‘trench foot’ for the soldiers. The Red Cross had women knitting socks for soldiers a pair in an hour using a circular sock knitting machine. Women picked up their knitting needles again as World War II entered the lives of Americans. After the War knitting was popular for awhile and then lost its popularity . In recent years people have again picked up their knitting needles. Circular sock knitting machines which were built over 100 years ago are still going strong. In recent years there have been ‘new’ manufacturing of the original circular sock machine and once again socks are being cranked out on circular sock knitting machines.

April 25, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017   —Color Trends Talk by Ginny’s Fabrics

July 26, 2017 —Explore Slow Stitch Movement

August, 2017 —Dyepot at Lands Church and Potluck

September 27, 2017 —Hand Embroidery Presentation

October 25, 2017 —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!