CHG Tapestry Study Group

Tapestry Study Group Info

The Tapestry Study Group has been meeting via Zoom during the pandemic on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Our focus as a study group is to share tapestry design ideas, explore techniques, present topics and talk about what inspires us. 

For more info on the CHG study group and the Zoom link contact:
Jean Clark, jeansclark@comcast.net
Terri Bryson 2brysons@gmail.com

Meeting of February 22, 2024
  • For this meeting we had 7 members joining via Zoom.
  • Betty wasn’t able to join us today, but had sent photos of her completed tapestry (front and “finished” back) she started in a class by Terri in October.   Nice job Betty!
  • And this got us into a discussion of some finishing techniques.   Terri says she will be teaching a more advanced class that will focus on dealing with slits and ways to avoid them. 
  • While some of us learned that certain design elements could possibly influence how we orient our design for weaving, slit avoidance being one of the considerations, in the HGA’s Textiles and Tea interview on Monday with Elizabeth Buckley, folks shared that Elizabeth always weaves her tapestries so they will hang with the warp running horizontal.   Hmmm.  Also from that interview, we learned:
    • Elizabeth is working on a book
    • for her large format designs, she works out the major lines and curves in her design process, and works out the details as she weaves
    • to add sheen, she will add #8 pearl cotton or Silk to her weft bundles
    • she like to use linen in her wefts for grasses
    • the strongest part of a curve is a straight line   
  • Sue discussed a technique for stabilizing the surface of a tapestry woven with small shapes, as you weave it.  Weave one pass (back and forth) with a transparent or coordinating fine thread, every half inch or so.  Extend that stabilizing thread 3-4 warp ends beyond the small shape
  • Another finishing technique discussed was possibly lining the tapestry.  Mary Alice had recently read in Jean Pierre Larochette’s book, Anatomy of a Tapestry, (p 114-116).  The need to protect a tapestry that was hung against a cold damp castle wall and extend its lie is just one reason for the lining probably not applicable to modern day tapestries.   He says “for a lining to be successful, it should allow the tapestry to hand fully extended in a vertical position and accommodate expansion and contraction as environmental fluctuations dictate.  It should also conform to rolled storage without causing distortion.”  And that in one system of doing this “the lining is attached in a grid pattern with an allowance of 2 percent or more,…the thread connecting the lining to the tapestry is left long…to allow the lining to move freely during the rolling process…”   Partial linings are also an option for consideration.  Sue said the connecting thread should only be catching the weft if the tapestry.   Sue also discussed the use of hand stitching a twill tape along all four sides of a tapestry to add stability to the tapestry.  Terri spoke of first hand experience with trying to hang tapestries with linings for a show, where the linings were skewed, and thus would be visible from the front, if not addressed in the hanging process.  
  • Tapestry weaver Sarah Swett was the guest on the Nearly Wild Weaving talk this week that Sue has watched.  Sue the talk was more about Sarah’s evolution in tapestry weaving,  starting with learning from JoAnne Hall and also Carol Russell’s book.  Sarah learned weaving with a clean front and back, and has continued that way.  Another little tidbit,  Sarah always weaves little squares of the colors used in the tapestry (just for full size pieces? ) that are visible on the front of the tapestry,  rather like the color samples printed on the selvedge of printed fabrics.
  • Inspired by Sarah’s 4-letter words tapestries, Sue also had done several.  Sue got her guidance from Sarah’s blog posts,  using a typewriter font she downloaded, with each letter 5 ends wide with two ends between letters, woven at 8epi.  Sue is now moving on to practicing numbers, as she is planning to us them in tapestry challenge for the year.
  • Did you know,  Weavers Bazaar is changing ownership?   It was announces in their recent newsletter.
  • ATA’s book club discussion scheduled for March 19th at 7pm eastern, had some interest by our group.  The book is The Creative Act: A Way of Being  by Rick Rubin.  Terri already owns this book and showed us the table of contents and some of the interior, as some ideas are only a single page, while others are just a few pages long.  To participate in the discussion, you will need to pre-register via the ATA members only section of their website,
  • Mary Jane was telling us about a YouTube series, “The Outstanding Artist” that she has been watching.  She warns us however to start watching it from the beginning of a season’s challenge, rather that from the most recent episode,  as it is an elimination challenge.  They are currently doing Season 3
  • The next ATA Members Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd.  The presenter will be Thoma Ewen who is the author of The Living Tapestry Workbook. Learn more about Thoma’s approach to weaving and what inspires her practice
  • Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, March 14th, on Zoom.

Our next scheduled Hybrid meeting is Thursday, April 11th

Meeting of February 8, 2024
  • For this meeting we had 5 members joining via Zoom and 6 in person.
  • Welcome back Mary Jane!  While she is convalescing, she is back at it making her pot holders, but with a new look.  Deb had introduced her to something she had come across,  pickup weaving with loops on a potholder loom.  Check out the many designs on  this website, and also Margie Duffy’s YouTube site.
  • Jean was reminding us of this video that Kenitta Tully has (from a zoom meeting?) about her class she took with Maximo Laura.  Jean also picked up on an idea of using a temple with the tapestry weaving from the video (mentioned at 13:13 in the video) and gave us a mock demonstration of what it entails, a sturdy tube the width of the weaving, and strong pins that insert into the weaving from the front at the selvedge, that insert into the tube at the back.  Here is a blog post from Lavern Waddington (backstrap weaving) that discusses the same type of temple with photos.
  • Pat was weaving on her second O’Keeffe tapestry at today’s meeting.  She has it on the same warp as her first piece.  
  • Pat has been in communications with the CHG board regarding possibly relocating the display case. Visual access to the Display case has now been unblocked and its contents updated. A sign was added to NOT block the case. Hopefully that will help.  Colleen Casey reports that one of her students has offered to be in charge of changing the display case and they are going to talk about themes and have people submit things at the meeting. So it is still a possibility for the future that we exhibit our O’Keeffe collection there some day.  Thanks Pat.
  • And on the O’Keeffe topic,  the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, will have a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit this fall,
    • Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks” celebrates the renowned artist’s five-year period of experimentation through paintings and works on paper.
  • Jodie showed her Kennita Tully workshop sampler that she did with Epic yarns.  She is anxious to get something going on her new-to-her Mirrix Joni loom.  (Hurry up and heal body!)
  • Jodie also discussed a book, Art Quilt Maps by Valerie Goodwin and inspiration for possible future tapestries.  The idea is looking at maps, or google earth and interpreting into abstract landscapes, or a road map, or some symbolic representation about a place.
  • There was more discussion about the Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination project of Line DuFour, an international tapestry installation.  Sue showed us a piece she is submitting , and YES, they are still accepting submissions!  These are “shaped” tapestries, and Sue is trying to find out any specifics for “finishing” them so they can be mounted in the exhibit. Her tapestry was woven at 8epi using 4 strands of Eco Vita (a DMC 2-ply wool that is naturally dyed) yarn.
  • Rebecca’s recent “tapestries” have been mini-tapestries with Beads.  She has taught another class at CHG and showed us some examples of “caterpillar” bracelets.
  • Anne, another weaver on the mend, shared with us a book, Weaver of Worlds: From Navajo Apprenticeship to Sacred Geometry and Dreams : A Woman’s Journey in Tapestry by David Jongeward.  Looks interesting.
  • Anne also told us about a free talk on Feb 24th about “Vagirehs (rug samplers) … probably the quirkiest and funkiest of all antique carpets.”, offered by the Hajji Baba Club
  • Mary Alice showed a brief section from the Nancy Harvey Tapestry Weaving: Level II DVD, asking if anyone was familiar with this technique in tapestry weaving.  Rather than a meet-and-separate approach,  all yarns were traveling in the same direction.  When time to change the color,  (using 2 colors as the example)  color A is dropped to the back of the tapestry, and then in that same space between the two warps,  color B is brought forward where it is woven,  and then dropped to the back when time to change back to color A,  where the two yarns exchange places within that same space in between the warp threads.  The nonwoven yarn is just carried along the back side of the weaving loosely, until needed again.  I believe she called this a seeded technique.  Seems like the back could be pretty full of unwoven yarns.  Harvey indicated that in finishing the completed tapestry,  the loops could be cut.   We were discussing how full the back side could get with unwoven yarn,  making it possibly more difficult to lay flat due to the bulk.  I suppose that if only one color is carried along the back it wouldn’t be too bad, but if the same technique were done with multiple colors,  it could get rather thick. And care would need to be taken to provide ample slack to keep the tapestry from puckering or drawing in.  Perhaps something to play with
  • Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 10 -12 EST via Zoom!
Meeting of January 11, 2024
  • For this meeting we had 10 members joining via Zoom
  • Our wrist/hand/shoulder injured members on the call are happy with their mending.  Anne still has a bit more mending to go, but is pleased with her progress and happy she can get back to her fiber persuits, in moderation.
  • Donna and Mary Alice attended the MAFA Movie Nights on Wednesday the 10th, where the theme was Anni Albers, the videos and slide show from that evening are all accessible on their website (at the link above), as are others from the past, available to the public for free viewing.
  • A few offered some of their New Year Resolutions INTENTIONS:
    • Anne hopes to work on her collection of UFOs;
    • Rebecca is just intending to stay flexible,  with no stress and have fun;
    • Jodie says No Deadlines and No pressure is her gig for the year;
    • Donna is similarly wanting to just enjoy;
    • Mary Alice is vowing to utilize her Bullet Journal to capture her ideas of things she wants to try,  before they get lost/forgotten;
  • Jean reminded us that the CHG program for the month will be Friday evening, 1/12, with Mary Ziccafos.  And that more information regarding the planned CHG Members show will be provided during that business meeting.
  • Rebecca taught a 2 day Bead Weaving class at CHG recently with nine students.  The class fee covered all materials needed.
  • Mary Alice show a simple line design she attempted to weave in tapestry.  Her first attempt was with eccentric weaving, and the second attempt was with meet-and-separate.  She was using some naturally dyed yarns she  dyed this past fall.  And to turn it into a finished landscape, she added a large setting sun, using the technique for weaving a circle, taught by Nancy Harvey on her Tapestry Weaving DVDs. 
  • Sue was telling us that Rebecca Mezoff’s Change The Shed series in back on, and the one this week she was using eccentric weaving to build a shape on a current work in progress.  Eccentric weaving is also the subject of the Tapestry Discovery Box for January 2024, and the subject for her most recent blog post.
  • Sue has finished weaving her second in the series on the 1st Lunar Landing (we didn’t get to see it yet) and is working on the finishing of it.  Sue says the third piece in this series is about 1/3 woven.
  • Mary Alice asked a question regarding the use of double half hitches to secure the weft.  She was saying that in the Nancy Harvey videos she was watching,  Harvey wraps the half hitches around pairs of warps, but Mary Alice said she was taught to do them around single warp ends.  Sue indicated that she was taught by Archie Brennen to also do them around single warp ends.  Others also echoed the single warp end approach.  Which prompted another question, are the half hitches used in weavings that have exposed warps?   Yes, they could be,  but they will show.  It was explained that exposed warp tapestries are typically woven on a “grabbier” warp, like wool or linen, and also with weft materials that won’t float up without the reinforcement of the double half hitches.
  • And what about our Georgia O’Keeffe pieces?
    • An option to display them in the ATA Tiny But Mighty exhibit at Convergence this year.  But this would require the weaver to be a member of ATA, and requires an entry fee, as well as membership fees for non-members.
    • Another option would be for the CHG members show this spring.  There is no entry fee to submit a piece, but you would need to be a current CHG member.  Up to 3 pieces can be submitted per person.  Membership fees are $20 for the remaining fiscal year, through May. 
    • Or the Guild display cabinet is now accessible..
    • Or we discussed one of the display windows in the Library.

I’ll be taking a poll,  sent via a separate email.

  • Do we have a Challenge for 2024?   Your journey…Finding your voice?   Or how about Just Weave!

  • Our next meeting is scheduled for January 25th from 10-12 via zoom. 
  • Our next Hybrid meeting is scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Meeting of December 14, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 6 members joining via Zoom, and 2 guests
  • We had Katie Arnold and Eric Dwyer join us this morning, and we had a discussion regarding a potential tapestry workshop for Spring 2025.  We were able to give them some suggestions as to possible instructors and types of workshop that would be valuable to the current members of the study group, but not necessarily ruling out newer tapestry weavers.  A techniques class on Soumak may be able to bridge tapestry weavers and floor loom weavers as those techniques are usable for rug weavers.  Following the meeting, Terri emailed them our list of potential questions for their discussion with potential instructors, since neither are overly familiar with tapestry weaving.  Looking at a Spring 2025 timeframe for the workshop, Terri is thinking that planning to teach another beginning tapestry weaving class earlier in 2025 may help with filling the workshop.
  • Speaking of Soumak,  Jodie shared photos from her Kennitta Tully workshop she just took at the Yarn Barn.  Her sampler was woven at 8epi using 5 strands of Epic yarn in her weft bundle
  • Jodie also shared a photo of her completed Georgia O’Keefe tapestry.  Yay!
  • Sue shared photos of one completed and one tapestry in progress, of her 3 tapestry series commemorating the Anniversary of the 1st Lunar Landing.  Woven at setts of 12epi and 14epi, using Appleton Crewel yarn with two strands per weft bundle.
  • Jean shared photos of the finished tapestry of Mary Jane in a yellow daisy field.  She used photo transfers onto fabric for the image of Mary Jane and few of the daisies that were applied to the completed woven tapestry to finish it off. 
  • Deb has been working on some back to basics tapestry weaving,  revisiting some Rebeca Mezoff courses she had previously done.
  • Jodie said she was able to try out the Schacht Arras tapestry loom at the Yarn Barn, while she was taking the class there, and she was not feeling the love for it.  But there was another student in the Soumak class that had a 32” Joni Mirrix loom at home she was wanting to sell, and it now has a new owner, Jodie!

 

Upcoming news:

  • And as for our O’Keeffe challenge,  (I didn’t have this info at my fingertips for the meeting…) please consider entering your completed piece in the ATA Tiny But Mighty unjuried exhibit to be held in conjunction with HGA’s Convergence in July of 2024.  Follow the link above for more info but here are some key dates:

March 1 – May 1, 2024 – Call for entry is open for completed tapestries, images, and fees.

June 15, 2024  – Tapestries shipped and scheduled to arrive at Envisions Gallery.

July 1 – 29, 2024 – The exhibition is open to the public. Reception details to follow.

August 1, 2024 – Return of tapestries begins.

We will still need to discuss and try to coordinate setting all our entries submitted as a group, but may I suggest we utilized our  scheduled  hybrid meeting of April 11th as our cutoff to have entries available in hand to whom ever will be coordinating this for mailing.

  • Also, with regards to ATA and Convergence and scheduling:
    • the ATA Speakers’ Session is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th at Convergence, if you would like to plan to attend
    • And the post-conference Member’s Retreat is scheduled for Monday-Thursday, July 15-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Our next meeting is scheduled for January 11th from 10-12 via zoom.  This will be with a new link for the year, which has not been made available yet.
  • Our next Hybrid meeting is scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Meeting of October 26, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 9 members joining via Zoom.
  • Reminder of Tapestry Tuesday gathering in Spruill Arts Room 1 on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 10-1.  All are welcome.
  • Rebecca encouraged us to watch the October guild program recording.  The speaker was a tapestry weaver who was living on a sailboat for numerous months of the year. 
  • Jodie sent pics of her small copper pipe loom with the modifications made by her husband…LEGS!
  • Sue wanted to call our attention to an article in the Norwegian Textile Newsletter archives, Weaving Light and Meaning: A Conversation with Artist Soile Hovila  by Mandy Pedigo.  There are some spectacular images of light captured in tapestry in this article. Plus the newsletter looks to be a beautiful source of inspiration 
  • Anne, Sue, and Mary Alice signed in to view Nearly Wilde Weaving’s  Tapestry: In Conversations on October 25th, where the guest artist was Elizabeth Buckley.  A couple of the take-aways were that a)Buckley design’s in gray scale, rather than in color;  and b) her cartoons are drawn in full scale, and loose enough to allow for changes to be made as she weaves;
  • Finding Your Voice:
    • Anne likes the idea of having 3-5 sketches of a subject, with different view points, as is done by Frances Crowe, an Irish weaver, and then can discern which speaks to you the most.
    • Sue did a review of her tapestry weaving inventory and says she likes working in a series, likes larger vs smaller tapestries, likes flowing curvy lines and likes included letters and/or numbers in the designs.  By reviewing your personal archives you will notice not only what you like or don’t like, but also can do some self evaluation of what you might want to work on to do things better.
    • Mary Alice says at this point she likes to copy/emulate other’s works as a tool for learning techniques.
    • Izumi says she is also like Mary Alice, and offers that the Getty Institute is a good resource for your studies.
  • A book you may be interested in, Contemporary Weaving in Mixed Media by Rachna Garodia
  • You might want to check out Kennita Tully Tapestry Journeys on Facebook, where she was posting in October daily photos of her work from a Maximo Laura workshop.
  • Izumi shared a couple images from this large hardbound catalog she has Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction of the exhibit organized by the National Gallery of Art currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • And another museum of interest Thousand Islands Arts Center Home of the Handweaving Museum in Clayton, NY. Sue was telling us about their recent 28th Annual Weaving History Conference which was online and that she attended. 
  • And we ended the meeting looking at slides of entries in the Tapestry Touring International exhibit, an invitational exhibit, which includes a piece from Terri!
  • Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th on Zoom, 10-12 (Eastern) and will be our only November meeting.
  • Our only December meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th on Zoom
  • Our next Hybrid meeting (in-Person + Zoom) is scheduled for February 8th, 2024
Meeting of October 12, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 8 members joining via Zoom.
  • It was mentioned that the entry deadline into ATA’s “Beyond: Tapestry Expanded” has been extended to the end of this month.  The ATA page still says 10/15 (today) as the deadline, but Café has the extended date. Beyond: Tapestry Expanded will be exhibited at the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) from August through December of 2024.
  • The MAFA (MidAtlantic Fiber Association) virtual learning via Lessonface, will have Molly Elkind teaching a virtual class Essentials in Tapestry Design, that starts on Saturday November 11 from 2-4pm(eastern).  It continues Thursday the 16th from 7-9 pm, and the following Saturday, the 18th from 2-4. 
  • TWS (TapestryWeaversSouth.org) is planning to have Molly Elkind lead a Designing with Collage workshop in Elkin, NC the first weekend in June.  (sorry, I couldn’t find a link to include for this)
  • “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  This quote from Georgia O’Keeffe  is on the Artfields website page (Lake City, SC) with info about submitting entries for their 2024 exhibit before November 1st.
  • Any interest in the guild scheduling an in-person tapestry class? Jean said she reached out to Kennita Tully but hadn’t heard anything back yet.  She also suggested maybe some “local talent”, with someone from TWS,  and Mary Alice suggested maybe Beverly Walker, who was a guest for one of our meetings earlier this year, to tell us about Snakeskin weaving technique.  Sue suggested David Heustess, who took the Maximo Laura workshop this year.  There didn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for one, so maybe this is something that we don’t want to pursue at this time.
  • Sue completed weaving on 6 more of her word tapestries, and she had 5 of them handy to share with us during the meeting😊
  • We did a slide show of the entries in the current HGA Small Format 2023 exhibit.  While it was fun viewing together, and getting everyone’s comments,  here’s a link to where you can view on your own on Facebook if you cant get there in person to see them.
  • Chilkat weaving.  The warp hangs free, unlike our tapestry weaving, and the piece is worked from the top down.  And the “weaving” is more like  a braiding or twining.  Here’s an interesting YouTube video of Lily Hope, an Alaskan Chilkat weaver.   Check out other videos on her YouTube channel here.
  • Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 26th on Zoom, 10-12 (Eastern)
Meeting of September 28, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 11 members joining via Zoom.
  • Sue shared
    • info about an online exhibit Weaving Has a Heartbeat that she came across, from the Arizona State Museum (there is a link to the exhibit in the text at this website)
    • Murray Gibson Artist Talk  An Artist Talk of Murray Gibson, which is available still for viewing
    • The recent issue of VAV magazine  (2023 #3) has an article about Helena Hernmarck and her “Afterwards” tapestry.
  • Jodie is enrolled in Kennita Tully’s 3 day workshop  in Soumak Techniques at Yarn Barn the first week in December.
  • Sue told us of an hybrid Tapestry Weaving with David Johnson class that will cover Plain weave, Soumak, and  knotted Pile.  Students can be in-person at Longmont Yarn Shoppe or via zoom.  The $225 fee for the class also includes a warped tapestry loom and weaving yarns that will be shipped to you. (You will need to register before Oct 7th to get things shipped to you before the start of the class Oct 21st. ) There are 3 3-hour sessions scheduled for this class.
  • HGA’s Spinning and Weaving Week starts Monday, October 2nd
  • Second Tuesday Tapestery gathering is scheduled for 10-1 in Room 1 of Spurill Arts and open to anyone.  At the Last gathering, Jean demonstrated warping her Terri&Ken made tapestry loom as a continuous warp,  a warp that is Taller than the physical height of the loom.
  • Lynn asked about a historical technique where tapestry weaving is embeded in a woven garment yardage.  Several ideas were briefly discussed, including possibly using a doubled warp that can be split to allow for a finer sett for the tapestry to be achieved,  or woven as doubled for a larger sett.  (see Rebecca Mezoff’s Hot Flashes)  Lynn was also asking about tapestry sett, and how to achieve it.  If woven on a simple frame/pipe loom,  simply controlling the placement of the warps on the frame is how sett is done.  With a Mirrix style loom, springs on different sizes are used to guide the warp placement, but Jean indicated that you can “push” those setts a bit one way or another since the springs are flexible.  On looms that have a fixed denting like the Mirrix Saffron loom,  it is still possible to deviate from that sett by varying the number of warp ends placed in the dents.  When doing this it is important to use some waste weft and also twining to lock in an even sett prior to weaving your tapestry piece. 
  • Jodie Shared that the Spruce and Linen YouTube channel has little clips that provide clear and basic instructions for weaving on a frame loom
  • Sue showed us the 5 additions of  “samples” in her 4 letter word tapestries collections 😊
  • Jodie shared progress photos of her O’Keeffe tapestry (and its regression)   And once again, Jodie says she LOVES the Gist Array yarn, which she is using with 3 strands at 8epi
  • Jean asked for suggestions to tightening up outside warp end on her loom.  If the initial and ending warp knots are carefully made so they will slip/slide along the warp, as Rebecca Mezoff teaches,  then the tension can be easily adjusted that way, but Mary Alice says she has not always been successful in keeping the knot from flipping when she ties it, which then prevents the know from sliding up the warp.  Wedging some sort of spacer under that warp end might also be a possibility?  Jodie showed some fishing weights that have some clamps on them that could be used to add more tension.  Sue said one of Kathe Todd-Hooker’s suggestions is to start out with the most uniform tension possible as you warp the loom,  then crank up the tension on it as tight as you can get it and let it “rest” like that for an extended period of time to let it even itself out.  Then just relax the tension to your normal weaving tension before beginning to weave.
  • It was suggested that our O’Keeffe tapestries be submitted to ATA’s Tiny But Mighty exhibit at Convergence 2024.   March 1st thru May 1st is the call for entries dates.  We’ll discuss at a future date organizing for a group submission of our pieces
  • And how about a new challenge??  Sounds like yes, there is interest.  There was discussion on…
    • Select another “artist” that we all would use?   Or everyone select their own inspiration artist?   Possibly using a tapestry artist as inspiration rather than a painter?   Or possibly a Tapestry book that inspired? Possibly an artistic “style” of the inspiration?
    • Where we seem to be heading is towards “Find Your Own Voice”.   Jean brought up this article “Strategies for Finding Your Voice in Tapestry” by Sharon Marcus in the ATA Tapestry Topics Fall 2015 Vol 41 No.3 issue, pages 11-13.
    • Before the October 26th meeting…
      • Read the article and do the “homework” it suggests
      • Do some serious reflection about what speaks to you
        • Review your own works, other tapestry artists, and even painters…and try to capture What do you Like/not Like
        • Do you have strong tendencies to certain creativity themes?   Certain colors?  Techniques? etc.?
        • Make lots of notes you can revisit and put under the microscope
    • At the 10/26 meeting, we will discuss what we’ve learned.
  • Our next scheduled Tapestry Study Group meeting is Thursday, October 12th at 10am EDT via Zoom.
Meeting of January 25, 2024
  • For this meeting we had 9 members joining via Zoom
  • Our O’Keeffe Tapestries exhibit discussions:
    • Due to lack of interest,  we will NOT be submitting our tapestries as a group submission to the ATA Tiny But Mighty exhibit at Convergence 2024.  However, anyone that wishes to submit their piece individually is certainly welcome to do so.
    • Due to lack of interest, we will NOT be submitting our tapestries as a group submission to the CHG members exhibit this spring.  However, anyone that wishes to submit their piece individually is certainly welcome to do so.
    • There is still interest in pulling together a group display in the CHG display cabinet.  The poll taken prior to the meeting indicated we have 10 currently completed tapestries that could be potentially displayed, but that number might be reduced if out of towners choose not to participate or if tapestries do individually bet submitted to the upcoming ATA or CHG exhibits. 
      • Rebecca initiated discussion, asking what the draw was for entering an exhibit, as she has never done so.  Responses included: 1.) potential credentials / notoriety, for someone to put on their Bio, especially if they are teaching or wanting to get into teaching tapestry;  2.) of a juried exhibit/competition,  receiving feedback from  the Jurors, which could be helpful for future improvement considerations; 3.) Simply to promote the organization hosting the event,  allowing the planting of more seeds of interest to prospective viewers; 4) or even just a sense of community and support of others.
      • There was also discussion about the current location of the cabinet in the lobby between the library and the arts center.  Some comments received were that it doesn’t get much visibility, kind of stuck in a corner, that folks eyes wouldn’t’ tend to travel to it when they enter the arts center or the library; that that entrance is not a primary entrance for those heading to the arts center,  even those of CHG members heading to classes or meeting; some expressed that the prior location outside of Room 1 was a better location, but that is now occupied by the guild library cabinets, and to try and fit something else that crowed area may not be feasible.  Pat volunteered to bring up the location of the case at the next board meeting, and see about the feasibility of moving it nearer to rooms 1&2.  The Library display window also does exist as a possible location for the exhibit, and it would certainly be visible to the public entering the library.  But because of its size,  it would require more than just our postcard sized tapestries, possibly a loom, some books, or even other tapestry examples.  If we do go that route,  we would have a firm commitment to honor.  Our first meeting in February is a hybrid meeting,  so the folks will have be able to view the various display options.  A committee needs to be formed that could work on pulling this together, if it is to happen.
    • Sue showed a piece she completed as a result of the educational aspect of Eccentric weaving instructions from Rebecca Mezoff, as part of the January Tapestry Discovery box.
    • Terri showed her bead weaving piece she was working on, (from our Rebecca’s recent class) and her success in going back and correcting some errors.
    • Sue talked a bit about the Damascus Fiber Arts School monthly talks (primarily on tapestry) that started up new this year.  For a $10 fee,  participants will have live ZOOM access to the talk as well as viewing of the recording for almost a month afterwards.  Info about the January lecture by Elizabeth Buckley was sent out to our group, a couple days after our meeting.
    • Sue located a free webinar some might be interested in attending offered by the Vesterheim Folk Art School of the Vesterheim museum in Decorah, Iowa.
      • Decoding the Baldishol Tapestry: Learning to See the Hidden Stories, Symbolism, and Techniques in the Textile (Webinar) with Laura Berlage; Online, April 12 (Noon-1:00 pm CT)
      • Link to catalog of their April to September 2024 offerings (where this webinar is listed)
    • Sarah Swett is scheduled for Feb 21st to be the speaker for the next Nearly Wild Weaving Tapestry: In Conversation
    • Have a look at Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination , an international tapestry installation.   “Thus far, 971 completed shapes have been received from 43 countries, and a total of about 576  people have participated in the entire project.”
    • So what do you do with your ideas, before they drift away and evaporate?  From the group we heard:
      • Park in a notebook; Screen shot for a visual record; Draw a cartoon; Sketch it; Trial weaving; Park in a digital file folder
    • Izumi had us stretching our brains as she introduced us to an idea of tying words to a simple form/shape/Images. A neighbor of hers has transitioned from drawing into writing poetry is doing just that.  She showed us her book INFUNDIBULUM (the Latin word for funnel, btw). 

  • Our next meeting is scheduled for February 8, 2024 at 10 -12 EST, in room 1 at Spruill Arts Center AND on Zoom!
Meeting of July 27, 2023
  • We had five members joining on Zoom!
  • We hope that Mary Alice and Donna are having a great time at Vavstuga and look forward to hearing about their weaving experiences.  
  • We picked up from last meeting about talking tools.   Jodie loves her LeClerc weighted metal tines tapestry beater.   Deb discussed some yarn she got a few years ago from https://timeless-textiles.com/product-category/feature/ which has 114 colors.  It is now $400 but it less a few years ago.
  • Nancy is working on a wedding ring quilt for her son.
  • Rebecca is resting up after a wonderful visit with her grandchildren and visiting the beach and Disney world.
  • Jodie has done a color blending array for her Georgia O’Keefe subject to define which colors and the gradations she will use.
  • Jodie was also the “star of the meeting” when she discussed some volumes (plural!) of samples and design documentation her mother-in-law did decades ago when she was in a master weaving program at Kansas University.   The studies range from Thailand to Swedish/Norwegian to South African designs.   She will be photocopying them and having them scanned professionally to document them for the university and the family.  Rebecca offered to help her compile a presentation to be used at guilds and meetings.  So….  there will be more to come on this!
  • Jodie also did a 3×3″ tapestry piece of a river in her area.
  • Jean reviewed the Nigerian artist, “African Blues” exhibit of works by Gasali Adeyemo at the SEFAA center in Chamblee.   She also commented on how inspiring the mid-century tapestry designs she saw recently in Milwaukee.
  • Jean showed her floor loom weaving using her fan reed and demo’d how the beam is raised and lowered.    She is also working on a tapestry based on a Degas print and using different types of colors and fibers.
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday 7/13 on Zoom at 10am EDT
Meeting of November 9, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 7 members joining via Zoom.
  • Anne is thinking surgery is going to be necessary for her wrist, so we wish her well so she can resume her fiber fum.
  • Anne also told us about some double knit pattern designs from Nifty Knitter Designs that are so adorable!
  • Question:  when you have multiple projects on deck waiting for their time, how do you keep things “found”? Anne and Rebecca both build “Kits” of pattern yarn, supplies, etc. so things stay together and the yarn doesn’t get mistakenly used elsewhere.
  • Jean had a show and tell on a tapestry she is currently weaving.  The visual inspiration is a photo of a field of daisies that she and Mary Jane visited.  Something she is doing is to spread a previously packed area (of pick and pick) to needle weave in additional spots of color, to try and achieve the look she is wanting that the pick and pick wasn’t delivering.
  • Jean had listened to an interesting ATA talk about an old school in Egypt that has  been training their community in tapestry, batik and pottery skills.  Here’s the recording.
  • Sue is scheduled to take an online workshop with Joshua White, offered by the American Craft Council and she is continuing to inventory her past tapestry works.
  • Discussion continued with regards to selecting an instructor for an in-person tapestry weaving workshop to be offered by CHG.  It was suggested that if possible, a hybrid class would be nice to consider, if the instructor is comfortable with that format.  Some names that Terri had suggested were: Jennifer Sargent, Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Elizabeth Buckley, Susan Iverson, Ruth Manning.   Jodie had previously suggested Kennita Tully.  Mary Alice suggested that we all look at the classes they currently offer, to see what is of interest IF you were able to attend, to be more specific in our recommendations.   During the meeting Mary Alice looked at Elizabeth Buckley’s website, and her classes might be longer than the guild is considering.    We also discussed that any required skills/experience levels be clearly outlined.  The thinking is to not consider a beginning level class since the guild is currently offering those with via local instructors (aka Terri)
  • Our next December meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th on Zoom
  • Our next Hybrid meeting (in-Person + Zoom) is scheduled for February 8th, 2024
Meeting of June 22, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 9 members joining in on Zoom.
  • Looking forward to 2024,  there were no objections to scheduling hybrid meetings for the second Thursday of the month, starting in February, and subsequent even numbered months.  Mary Alice will see about getting Room 1 scheduled for those meetings.
  • Rebecca Mezoff’s Summer of Tapestry course is being attended by Sue and Jodie.  Sue decided to take the course hoping to get her out of her dessert of weaving.  She shared some of the little pieces she has woven since.  Jodie is using the course to change the way she looks at things,  being more observant and focusing on the details,  and would like to play with patters, shapes and colors in her pieces.
  • For weaving on the go, Jodie has an assortment of yarns wound on small plastic knitting bobbins, but when the bobbin is closed, the colors are not visible.  It was suggested she leave little tails hanging out for visible color samples.  Jean showed the plastic floss bobbins she uses, all stored in a case for travel, where color selection is easier.  The ability to toss several color candidates into a pile and see what “speaks” is an added plus.  Mary Alice has a couple of Vavstuga’s Yarn in a Jar collections and echoes the benefits  of being able to easily see how various colors go together.  Its also great for identifying a color you “need” that don’t have yet 😊.
  • Jean is working on a new tapestry, and changing things up a bit.  Inspired by a landscape painting by Edgar Degas, when she printed out an photo of it, all the colors inspired her to try something different.  She is weaving this with the printed color cartoon, and is playing with moving colors around, without being fussy about it, sometimes swapping or dropping strands from the weft bundle with others when two weft bundles come together in meet-and-separate.
  • This playing with colors discussion sparked a nice discussion.  Izumi said in Rebecca Mezoff’s color gradation class,  Rebecca says not to be afraid to float colors across the back side of your piece.  Deb has an old hatbox she now wants to pull out, that is full of her mother’s old embroidery yarns that she wants to play with, and have something visible to remember her mother.
  • Terri had just come back from seeing the ATA Biennial 14 exhibit in Smithville, TN.  This kicked off an interesting discussion of just what “IS” a tapestry.  Terri searched the ATA website for a definition, curious about a few of the pieces that were contained in the exhibit, and why they were there.   In one place on the website, it spoke of “woven tapestry”, perhaps to differentiate it from embroidered/stitched tapestries?   In another place, it spoke of “mixed media”.  What does that mean? In relation to tapestries?   It was said that Connie Lippert did not consider her wedge weave pieces as tapestries, but now we all seem to label them that way.  So what about Navajo weavings?   Are they tapestries?   How would YOU define a tapestry?
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday 7/13 on Zoom at 10am EDT
Meeting of July 13, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 8 members joining in on Zoom.
  • Sue showed us a cute little tapestry yarn spool holder she picked up from Its All About the Tools.   Nice that the posts are threaded and thus easily screw out for storage.
  • O’Keeffe Challenge:  we are looking to display the completed pieces in the September/October time frame in the CHG display cabinet in the Spruill lobby.  For this, we would ask folks to please mount your completed tapestry, along with a picture of your inspiration piece to a piece of 8×10 foam core. Attaching of the tapestry can be with some stitches at the corners,  or perhaps simply pinned.  Please also include the name of the inspiration picture (if known) as well as YOUR name on the display board. 
  • So,  are we going to do another challenge?  Another O’Keeffe inspired piece?   Other artist? Something different?
  • Terri came across a quote that reminded her of Nancy’s “Just Weave” advice.  From the painter Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs.  The rest of us just show up and get to work.”   Thanks Terri for the additional nudge/Kick 😊
  • Jean attended the International Folk Art Festival in Santa Fe, NM.  (no pictures to share)
  • Jean’s piece that was submitted to the Square Foot show at SEFFA placed!   YAY Jean!
  • Terri shared a picture of a tapestry she completed that is on display at the Tapestry Weavers South exhibit in Elkin NC until September.  The piece is titled “Codes”.  She just wanted to weave, and use yarns she had.  It contains a variety of symbols along with some pulled warp.
  • Terri also showed us the cover of the July/Aug 2023 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine,  “American Tapestries – Three artists creating bold new versions of a cherished art form”.   However, none of the artists are doing tapestry as we in this group define tapestry.  This got us on additional conversations regarding the current ATA Biennial exhibit in Smithville, TN, and the pieces contained within it that are also not “tapestry”. 
  • Deb hasn’t been playing yet with the hatbox of embroidery yarn scraps that were her mothers.  She has been working through the self-directed Rebecca Mezoff course on Color Gradations.
  • Sue showed us an inspiration photo of some tree bark and her wedge weave interpretation of it, thanks to Rebecca’s Summer of Tapestry course.
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday 7/27 on Zoom at 10am EDT.  Since Mary Alice will be taking a class at Vavstuga that week with Donna, Deb volunteered to send the meeting reminder email and take the notes for the recap.
Meeting of June 8, 2023
  • This was a Hybrid meeting, with 5 of us in-person and 3 additional joining on Zoom
  • Jodie encouraged us to watch a couple Nova episodes, (Season 50, episodes 9 & 10), Your Brain: Perception Deception and Your Brain: Who’s in Control?
  • Jean shared photos of some contemporary tapestry pieces by Sheila Held she was able to see in person.  In the one titled “Family Circus” we all were seeing different things. 
  • Mary Jane shared a couple drawings from her sketchbook related to a recent bird banding event.   She is inspired by Rebecca Mezoff’s Change the Shed May 31st episode, as Rebecca was weaving a small piece based upon the birds in her yard.
  • Pat is only about 2 inches away from completing the tapestry she has been weaving during our Tapestry Study Group meetings! 
  • An interesting discussion of weaving outside today, with many tangents. 
    • Jodie is all geared up ready for portable and hopefully outdoor weaving in conjunction with Mezoff’s Summer of Tapestry course.  She has several knitting bobbins wound with her tapestry weft yarns. 
    •  We then got into a discussion of something that several of us did a few years ago, where we would take multiple pages of a spiral bound Strathmore Visual Journal watercolor notebook, glue them together, cut out a window in the glued pages, poke holes above and below the window and then thread it up as a portable tapestry weaving notebook.
    • Mary Alice commented about a recent Nearly Wild Weaving post where they were somewhere that had a large tapestry loom set up outside for folks to use,  and how at the John C Campbell Folk School there is an installation in the trees outside the textile studio for weaving with objects of nature.
    • Jean shared a photo of a nature based weaving she did on a weaving adventure in Sardini
  • For the Georgia O’Keeffe Challenge
    • Mary Alice has completely finished her piece and brought it to pass around for the folks in the room and photos shared for those online
    • Jodie had changed her inspiration piece to one of the Evening Star series of paintings, and has her colors selected.
    • Donna is contemplating changing her inspiration piece as well
  • After the meeting, Mary Alice and Mary Jane headed over to SEFAA to view their Square Foot Fiber Art Pin Up 2023 exhibit,  taking photos of all the pieces to be able to share at a future meeting.   HOWEVER,  all these photos are currently available from website, so… from THIS LINK, look for 2 additional links on the right to view the gallery and also to vote for your favorites!  The exhibit  closes 6/30, so don’t delay!
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday 6/22 on Zoom at 10am
Meeting of August 10, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 11 members joining in on Zoom.
  • Sue has been playing with weaving words on small pieces, using info that she gleaned from Sarah Swett’s older  and newer blog posts. (there are certainly others blog posts were she shows her word tapestries ) We all got a kick out of Sue’s “Just weave” piece, words of wisdom from Nancy earlier this summer.  Pieces were woven using some 2-ply Harrisville yarn she had on hand.  Unlike Sarah Swett, Sue has been sewing her slits.   Her biggest challenges come from the math, the counting needed, as well as the letter K.
  • Talking tapestry with Sarah C. Swett and Rebecca Mezoff is scheduled for September 7th at 1pm (EDT?) on Rebecca’s YouTube channel
  • O’Keeffe Challenge:  Jodie and Mary Jane are working on their pieces. 
  • We had some more discussion regarding the collective showing of our O’Keeffe challenge pieces.  
    • We anticipate having 8-12 pieces for the display.  Pat had previously reached out regarding us using the CHG display cabinet in the September/October time frame, but now there is questions if the construction project at Spruill is going to render it as not available.  Pat will follow up some more regarding this.  As a possible alternative,  Rebecca will reach out to the DEKALB library to see about possibly displaying in their display window instead, if the CHG case isn’t feasible due to construction.  We should have more information at our next meeting so we can plan accordingly. 
    • It was also suggested that we see about possibly displaying at SEFFA after that. 
    • Originally we were talking about each participant mounting their finished tapestry with a photo of their inspiration piece and its title, as well as the weaver’s name.   But at this meeting it was decided that the pieces and photos would be artistically mounted and arranged by a couple members of the group (Jean? Mary Jane? Rebecca?).  Photos of the inspiration art pieces will all be printed by Jodie as 2×3 adhesive backed images (later, now just yet), so submitters will need to forward images of their inspiration art to Jodie.  Any text on the display will be in Ariel font for ease of reading.  
    • So for the moment, we will hold onto our own tapestries until we learn more at our next meeting.  I’ll forward a mailing address when we finish getting our ducks in a row.
  • Rebecca Mezoff’s Summer of Tapestry class that Sue and Jodie attended, is now concluded.
    • Having taken the course the prior year,  Sue said she did not enjoy it as much this year, but she did show us the 4 completed pieces she wove for the 4 prompts.
    • Jodie enjoyed the class and the prompts very much. She said she received good ideas for looking at things with a weaver’s eye for possible subject matter.  Doing her pieces in a 3×3 size, the intensity of focus on value and color were learning challenges, as well as learning how much detain can/can’t be included in a small space.  She said thanks to the course, she established a practice for future weaving.   This class triggered her to go down the watercolor rabbit hole.  Jodie said she didn’t watch any of the class video’s live, but the online chat, questions and dialogs were all valuable learning for her.
  • Mary Jane has been sketching and watercoloring trees lately, and showed us some of her recent pieces.  She also is participating in the “Inchie Challenge”, a slow drawing/painting daily email prompt based activity on 2×2 inch pieces of watercolor paper.  This started on Monday this week and runs through August 18th, by Mindful Art Studio.  ( in addition to the website,  Mindful Art Studio can be found on Facebook and YouTube.  Most Wednesdays at 1pm eastern, a live slow drawing/painting session is conducted on her YouTube channel, and replays are available until 5 on Friday’s with the link from her weekly newsletter)
  • Anne is out of commission with her textile endeavors (hopefully a temporary thing) due to a severe case of tendonitis.  Anne is thinking this slow drawing thing might be something she could possibly do to keep her entertained, along with online videos, as she heals.
  • Jodie and Jean offered Anne a recommendation of a compression type fingerless glove, Handeze,  that may be helpful.
  • Mary Alice shared photos of the rep rug she wove and a few of the samples she wove at Vavstuga in the Rep Rally class.  For those that asked,  the warp of 8/2 cotton was threaded 2 ends per heddle , 4 ends per dent in a 60/10 metric reed, for a density of 24 ends per cm.  The rug has 5 blocks and was woven on a Glimakra counterbalance loom, with 4 shafts and 4 treadles.
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday Aug 24th  on Zoom at 10am EDT
Meeting of April 13, 2023
  • We had seven of us online for this Zoom Meeting.
  • Sue had sent pictures of her Maximo Laura purchased tapestry, but I was having some technical difficulties and was not successful in opening them.   Of course, after the meeting I WAS successful, so we’ll just mark that as something to look forward to for our NEXT meeting.
  • Jodie had pictures of her selected O’Keeffe painting, “Starlight Night” a 1917 watercolor, photos of her weaving color samples, and sketch of her weaving plan, with specifics where known and questions still to be answered.   On her woven color samples,  she left the weft tails hanging out along one side of her weaving which will give her the ability to see what all went into each particular weft bundle.
  • Mary Alice asked for input on various ways to achieve color changes/gradations, aside from variations in the weft bundle.  The sampling she was doing was still producing too pronounced horizontal lines.  From a recent episode of Rebecca Mezoff’s “Change the Shed”, one technique yet to explore was Rebecca’s method of weaving every other half pass with a different weft bundle color combination.  Other suggestions were to utilize Pick and Pick and also Hatching techniques. 
  • Jodie was showing a sampling she was doing on a small copper pipe loom her husband built her,  and was saying she was experiencing the warp slipping on the top pipe as she was weaving.  Suggestions received were to a) tighten the tension on the warp;  b) cover the horizontal pipes with paper medical tape, which provides some grip on the warps preventing them from sliding around; c) attach a row of twining at the TOP of the warp, similar to what we do at the bottom of the warp before we start weaving, to help hold the warps in position.  And Sue indicated this top twining is also good on a Mirrix loom below the spacing spring, since the spring alone does have the ability to expand and contract to reflect what the warps below it are doing as you weave. 
  • In areas where you are doing frequent color changes, it was suggested to carry the weft as floats across the back of the weaving rather than starting and stopping the wefts which will be introducing more weft and causing the weaving to spread out.
  • Jodie is assembling a “Sketch Tapestry Kit” of a small warped loom,  a limited number of weft yarns that she has wound into small knitting yarn bobbins, and necessary tools, all contained within a pouch.  She was inspired by Rebecca Mezoff’s Sketch Tapestries and now will have something easily portable to work when away from home.  Her key concept was in learning to work with what you have available.
  • Again the question of warp yarns and setts came up for discussion.  There is an article by Archie Brennen available to the public on the ATA website regarding this.  The article,  The Space Between the Warp (which is available for download as a pdf) basically suggest that using your selected warp yarn, see how many wraps of it you get within 1 centimeter.  Then use that number as the ends per inch that you warp your tapestry loom.  But please read the full article to learn why you may want to deviate from this rule of thumb.  Using a thicker warp will possibly give you more of a bead to your tapestry. Mary Alice pointed out that on the  video (Elizabeth Buckley on Heading as Foundation for Well-Woven Tapestry…..at 3:25) on Elizabeth Buckley’s website,  she says for French tapestry cloth, the space between the warps is the same as the size of the warp yarn itself.  Our discussion continued with some pointing out that the French tapestries ARE very flat,  not having a bead to the weaving.  On the first video on Buckley’s site, winding the bobbin, she says the diameter of the weft bundle fits between the warps (at time 1:35) and that is the same Rule of Thumb many of us have been taught.  But since there is no “Tapestry Police”  sample and go with what you like best.
    • Sue likes using a 16/3 linen warp woven at 10epi
    • Mary Alice has a sample card of all her cotton seine twine warp yarns labeled with the yarn and how many wraps per cm each is for easy reference.  She also weaves up reference samples with a given warp yarn at different sets, and then weaves stripes with her default tapestry yarns, varying the number of ends in the weft bundle,  increasing until she reaches a point of failure, where there is consistently warp showing.
    • to compare 2 weft (bundle) sizes,  fold a length of each weft back over itself, where the two fold point are interlocked/clasped.  Then run your pinched fingers back and forth over the area that include the clasped area and let your fingers tell you if one is larger that the other
  • Mary Alice was commenting that as she was selecting candidate yarns,  the color she was seeing on the ball was not the color she sees when it is woven.  Was it because of the small size of the woven area vs the size of the ball?  Possibly that, as well as the effects of surrounding colors.   Sue suggested that she do some yarn wrappings where she can see the yarn flat, rather than in a ball where the light will be reflecting differently.
  • A few of us were attempting to do some weaving during the meeting, so we got to see a sneak peak at Nancy’s Peacock
  • The Damascus Fiber Arts School Summer lecture programs from 2012 and 2022 (when COVID prevented them from having in person classes) are still available for viewing here
Meeting of September 14, 2023
  • For this meeting we had 5 members in-person and 3 joining via Zoom.
  • ATA’s  Meet-up from September 9th– Sue indicated this was a disappointment due to technical difficulties with the presentation.
  • ATA does have a Fall Speaker Series via Zoom scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 7 pm Eastern with Simone Elizabeth Saunders, a textile artist based in Mohkinstsis – Calgary, Canada.   You will need to register on the ATA site.
  • A bit of discussion on the Rebecca Mezoff/Sarah Swett live session from September 7th that a few of us were able to connect to.  For those that missed it, it is still available for viewing on Rebecca’s YouTube channel.  The topic was mainly about weaving “Fringeless” but also some hopes for more education in the future from Sarah about weaving letters.  There was an interesting discussion about what Sarah uses for her warp, as she finds the cotton Seine twine too hard/harsh for her hands.  And we all know we must take care of those precious hands IF we want to continue weaving!
  • Speaking of weaving letters,  Sue’s collection of 4 letter word tapestries continues to grow.  As of this meeting she was up to 14, and was able to get a couple more fiber based word suggestions for those at the meeting.
  • Exhibits & Events:
    • Tommye Scanlin’s “Because of Memory” exhibit at Piedmont University in Demorest, GA. is up until September 28th
    • Tapestry Weavers South has a solo exhibit of Beverly Walker at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center in Elkin, NC, whicl will be up until September 30th.
    • Nearly Wild Weaving’ s Tapestry: In-Conversation on October 25th will be with Elizabeth Buckley with tickets currently available on Eventbrite
    • HGA’s Small Expressions 2023-24 traveling exhibit will be at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC, is now up and available until November 9th
    • Molly Elkind  will be teaching an on-line workshop via LessonFace on The Essentials of Tapestry Design for a cost of $110. The class will meet for two weekly 120-min live online sessions on Saturdays, November 11 and 18, at 2 pm ET , plus a class check-in on Thursday, November 16, from 7-9 pm ET.

  • So we entered into a discussion of using Cotton as weft.   Pat’s recently completed fall tapestry was completed using the 8/4 Mayfield rug warp as both the warp AND the weft (hope I got that right Pat).  She indicated that the finished piece was certainly “softer” as in more “drapey” that other tapestry pieces.    Sue has used DMC Floss,  the full 6 strand bundle as weft, weaving at 12 epi,  and she has also used textured cottons at an 8epi.  Mary Alice has even woven with cotton chenille  as weft on a cardboard loom warped with 10/2 mercerized cotton,  just using what was available….try it and see.

  • Another question prompted discussion, regarding the new small Mirrix Chloe loom.  This loom is similar to the Saffron loom with a single threaded rod post for tension adjustment, but the upper and lower bars on Chloe are the aluminum square stock rather than wood, and it has the ability to change out the combs for ease in changing the warping set.  Don’t remember anyone saying they had hands on experience with this loom yet.

  • O’Keeffe Challenge

    • Pat is working on a second O’Keeffe piece,  utilizing the rest of the warp on the loom after her first piece.

    • Mary Alice is in the color selection/playing phase with her second piece. 

      • Sue offered that she uses 2×8” pieces of matt board to do her color sampling wraps, that can easily be labeled

    • Deb has switched up her approach to just playing with color and not using a cartoon for her “inspired” piece.

    • The CHG display cabinet is still not accessible,  but the Library display cabinet looks promising.  Jean is going to inquire about it’s availability.  But we can just wait until after the first of the year when the construction woes quiet down for our display.  

  • Jean showed her wire bound Visual Journal book of watercolor pages that she likes to use for a nice compact travel tapestry loom.  A couple pages are glued together to provide some rigidity, and a weaving area “window” in cut from them.  Holes are then poked above and below the cut window and the warp is threaded thru then for weaving. 

  • A bit of discussion on Soumak weaving.  Anne says a soumak woven piece does not have the same tension as a traditional tapestry work,  it is softer.  But soumak could also just be incorporated into a tradidional tapestry piece,  as special design areas, for outlining, or to achieve some thin lines.   Kennitta Tully was her instructor for the workshop she took at the Midwest conference this summer.

  • Are you open to taking an in-person instructor led class in Tapestry via the guild in a year or two?  (it takes time to get the planning/logistics worked out)   Who sounds interesting?  What topics spark interest?   Please give this some serious thought so that planning can be set into motion SOON!

  • Our next schedules Tapestry Study Group meeting is Thursday, September 28th at 10am EDT via Zoom.
Meeting of March 23, 2023
  • Our attempt at a hybrid meeting was a success!  We had four of us in room 1, and 4 connected via zoom.  Many thanks to Rebecca for her technology assist and “toys” to make this happen.  After the meeting we tried a few different things so our next hybrid can be even better.
  • Jean has finished her O’Keeffe Challenge tapestry and brought it in for us to see.  While she was struggling with how to weave the clouds the last meeting, she stumbled across some thrums in her stash that worked perfectly for her!
  • Jean also brought in a completed tapestry for show and tell that she previously spoke about so we could see how she mounted it on a couple pieces of bamboo that she split in half lengthwise and glued back together around the warp hems.  She also brought in what she was weaving on the Terri and Ken built looms that were used for the recent guild class.
  • Jodie was inspired by what she saw at the last meeting,  and is working on some side by side samples at 8 and 10 epi
  • Jodie also showed us a mounted piece she completed after the Molly Elkind class she took at Convergence last July.  It contained not only some areas of painted warp (that she did with textile paints while it was on the loom), a stone, and a large piece of driftwood.  It was beautifully mounted on an artist’s canvas that she covered with some cork fabric.
  • We learned that Nancy was juried into the guild’s show with one of her Grand Canyon pieces that we had not seen.  The show opens May 6th at The Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning with an opening reception that day from 2-4pm.  The exhibit will contain 39 entries, and will be judged by Tommye Scanlin.   Thank you Pat for sharing this info and CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy for being selected for the exhibit.
  • Anne showed us a book she is enjoying, Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance.  Ryggen was a Scandinavian tapestry artist who “made radical political statements against Fascism and Nazism before and during the Second World War.”
  • The new Second Tuesday in-person tapestry study group we learned about at our last meeting has met, with looms in hand….So as an idea…why don’t we plan to have at our next zoom as an active weaving zoom meeting.  We should be able to talk/listen and weave at the same time, right?  Maybe you wouldn’t want to work on a complicated piece where you would need to really concentrate, but if we can all have something to weave on or warp up during the meeting, then we will all have something tangible for our time together.  Maybe its just some color sampling you are wanting to work through,  a new technique you want to play with, or if you’re game, an actual tapestry you have in progress.   Our next zoom meeting is April 13th, so you have a bit of time to mull over what might be your active weaving activity for it.  Granted,  we might not be seeing lots of faces, but that’s Okay!
  • At some point during the meeting, a reference was made to a Facebook group, Minimalist Photography.   That got me thinking, it might be nice to compile and share a resource list of an assortment of things we can relate to our shared tapestry world, things such as newsletters subscriptions, Blogs, Facebook Groups, Instagram feeds, websites, etc
Meeting of February 9, 2023
  • We had 10 of us joining on the Zoom call for our meeting.
  • The guild’s Tapestry Newcomers class is off and running, thanks to Terri, Jean and Terri’s husband, Ken.  Also a thanks to Sue for the donation of the FRID yarn for the students to use during the class.  The class is starting out weaving with a needle and using a table fork as their beater.
    • FRID is a 6/2 wool yarn from Norway,  distributed in the states by Sidsel Moreb of Norsk Fjord Fiber
  • Many weavers start out with a kitchen fork and continue using one. This got us into a bit of a discussion and show n’ tell of various beaters we are using, as well as some discussions on the use of bobbins and various alternatives to the needle for passing our weft yarns in our tapestries.
  • Are there any books recommendations for the guild to add to their lending library?   Kathe Todd-Hooker’s books were recommended for their good example illustrations, and Nancy Harvey’s DVDs on weaving Tapestry.   Fortunately these already DO exist in the library.   It is nice to be able to look and learn from different sources, and we all do tend to learn differently, and one may resonate more with you than another.  I just did a search of our library for “tapestry” and came up with 39 hits so there is much already available for us to explore. (Now that I’ve said that,  I’m probably going to have to wait in line to get them checked out! )
  • We had a recommendation for a future meeting discussion topic from Izumi: Do you have any routines you use to make you feel production, or to even want to weave?   So start thinking about this.
  • For our O’Keeffe inspired postcards sized tapestry challenge,  Jean couldn’t be with us, but had sent a lovely photo of the various weft options she has started playing with to see what works, or not, for her cloud inspired piece.  
  • Three of us on today’s call had attended the Zoom presentation by Nearly Wild Weaving (UK) with the subject of Hatching and Hachure.  Mary Alice said she had learned about and done some hatching exercises, but never Hachure, and was contemplating how to use it effectively.  Studying how it is used successfully in finished tapestries was the recommended approach.  This includes pieces by Jean Pierre Larochette,  Elizabeth Buckley’s pieces and her blog.  Perhaps the addition of Larochette’s book, Anatomy of a Tapestry , would be a nice addition to the library?  Izumi indicated that Rebecca Mezoff’s online course on gradation does include using the Hachure technique.
  • Mary Alice had visited the Tapestry Weavers South (TWS) exhibit, Follow the Thread, in Asheville NC earlier in the week,  so the remainder of the meeting consisted of viewing the photo’s she shared.  Discussion continued regarding the textures achieved,  the various methods and techniques used (including Hachure 😊) as well as the variety of materials.  Folks that would probably not have the opportunity to see the exhibit in person seemed to enjoy the photos.
  • Our NEXT meeting is scheduled for February 23, 2022 at 10 am, EST via ZOOM
  • Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2023 in Room 1 at the Dunwoody Cultural Arts Center.  Rebecca volunteered to look into the technology for us to do a Zoom session at the live meeting for those unable to attend live.
Meeting of February 23, 2023
  • We had 11 folks on the call, including one guest, Betty Hilton-Nash, from Asheville, NC
    • Betty is starting up a new Tapestry Study Group at Local Cloth in Asheville.
    • Local Cloth “is dedicated to growing and supporting the fiber economy in Western North Carolina through education, inclusive programming, and services which add value to local products. We advocate for our regional community of farmers, artists, makers and designers.” They have a shop at their facility too, so if you’re in the Asheville area, be sure to stop by.
  • Mary Jane shared pictures of her yarns and samplings for the O’Keeffe challenge, and talked about them
  • For the topic: Do you have any routines you use to make you feel productive, or to even want to weave?
    • Mary Jane shared a quote from the book Listen To Him by J.D.Walt: “Discipleship always leads from inspiration to intention and from attention to action.”     We feel that the word Creativity could replace Discipleship, and voila, you could be talking about what we do for our tapestry process.
    • Mary Jane like to journal about her “themes” to help keep her seeing beyond to next steps and staying on track.    But some folks don’t do journaling.  Rebecca likes to keep track of where she is and where she is going via the computer.  Mary Alice likes the mind mapping app Simple Mind on her tablet,  so she can easily get ideas our of her head which never seem to flow in a linear progression.  With the mind mapping,  all thoughts and ideas can be easily captured and related to others when the thoughts arrive randomly.  Rebecca also is a fan of mind mapping, using the Mind Manager software on her computer.  Basically, it seems we were saying that we were wanting to a) to get our thoughts and ideas out of our head and onto some capture media, be it paper or digital, and b) have those notes easily retrievable, to be able to further build upon them, rather than having to re-think them over and over.
  • Jean was not liking what she was getting with the silk roving she showed in the photo from last week, so several suggestions were offered:  do not cut the fiber, draft apart to separate out specific colors, having your hands far apart to pull the roving apart; hand cards are not a silk fiber friendly tool;  strip off small sections from the side of the roving and work with then rather than the entire bundle; try simply winding the fiber around a dowel, and then pulling it off from the end to bring in twist, repeating as necessary to add more twist instead of using a spinning wheel; add in something else to the weft bundle with the silk; try core spinning the silk around a previously spun yarn;
  • There was discussion regarding the technical aspects of getting our upcoming March 23rd meeting able to be a combination in-person and Zoom.  Rebecca will bring an external microphone to help those on zoom to better hear those in the room.  Rather than using the speaker/audience setup as is done with the regular guild meetings,  those in-person will just gather around a table or two, hopefully in such a way that they will be able to be seen by the camera and that a screen of zoom participants will be seen by all.  It was suggested that those who are joining via zoom come to the meeting with more of an observer perspective rather than as an active participant.  We’re just going to have to see how this all works out, and learn from our experience.
  • Our next zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th at 10am EST
    • We will be joined by Beverly Walker, who had several pieces in the recent TWS exhibit.  For one of those pieces, she included a technique she called “snakeskin”  which no one at the Feb 9th meeting was familiar with, so she will be giving us a little demo.
Meeting of January 26, 2023
  • We had 9 of us sign-in on zoom for this second meeting of the new year.
  • Sue was not able to share image of her Maximo Laura purchase due to it size and not yet being hung. (looking forward to seeing it at some point in the future).  She did indicate that the colors used were very vivid and bold, and the weaving very dense with texture.  The yarns are very fine and she speculates that there may be 8 or more strands in the bundles.  His techniques are certainly not the rather flat surfaces most of us are accustomed to seeing.
  • This got us into a discussion about how we are accustomed to seeing very bright colorful woven attire we seem to think as typical for the Central and South America handwoven clothing.  Much of it is due to the influence of commercially dyed yarns.  Jean owns several pieces woven by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez (author of the book, Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands) and says Nilda has promoted the return to natural dyes in the cooperatives under the umbrella Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Nilda grew up in Chinchero and that’s the specific co-op Jean visited and met her there.
  • Jean showed some sampling she was doing on the loom Terri & Ken built (the loom they will be using for the upcoming CHG beginning Tapestry Weaving class).  Another creative adaption of the loom is the use of a couple hardware spring clamps on the back side of the upper bar.  This allows the loom to be in the weaver’s lap with the top of the loom resting easily on a table top, without any abrasion to the loom or the table.   One of the yarns she was weaving with was a handspun, and so irregular in diameter.   This gave some interesting variation in the color blending with surrounding yarns, as well as some variation in texture.
  • Pat says she typically single threads her projects,  sticking with one until it is done, and currently that her focus is on a 4-shaft scarf project, but she was taking advantage of this zoom call to multi task and spend a bit of time weaving on a tapestry project.
  • Jodie has started work on a sampler from ideas/techniques from Tommye Scanlin’s book that we are focusing on this year.  Rather than doing multiple samplers,  she is going to try and combine the various things she learns into a single sampler.  She is thinking she will create a carton of sorts, probably with geometric shapes, and then use the different shapes to illustrate the techniques as she learns them.  She’s warped up at 12 epi with 12/6 cotton seine twine, and wants to play with yarns she already owns.
  • Speaking of using yarns you already own, Sue has been working on creating a collection of postcard sized pieces, one each for the letters in the alphabet (Sue also contributed to the  Follow the Thread by Tapestry Weavers South exhibit discussed in the Jan 12thmeeting recap).  Seems that weaving with some gold metallic yarn Sue was trying to use for some gold coins on one of the pieces was providing a bit of a challenge.
  • We then got into a discussion of viable yarns to use for weft on tapestry, especially for newer tapestry weavers. Lots of input on that topic.  
    • Cotton vs wool?  Cotton will typically provide a crisper image, with wool a “softer” image. 
    • Caution away from using a stretchy yarn as it becomes too easy for an insufficient length of weft to be places in the shed, even with bubbling, and that causes problems with drawing in of the selvedges.  
    • Look at the gap between warp ends on the loom.  The size of the yarn used, either a single yarn length or of numerous yarn lengths within a weft bundle, should just fit within that gap. 
    • Changing the size of the warp yarn and/or changing the sett of the warp will affect the size of that gap.
      • Archie Brennen’s guidance for sett for a given warp yarn is to determine the number of wraps of that warp yarn within 1 centimeter should then be used as the warp sett in terms if inches.   i.e.   a warp yarn that wraps at 8 epc (ends per centimeter) would be viable for a sett of 8 epi (ends per inch)
    • Using a finer yarn that allows for multiple strands to be used within a weft bundle allows you to produce new “colors” by combining several different yarn colors within the weft bundle
    • Appleton Crewel yarn is a nice fine yarn and is available in many colors
    • Harrisville Highland is also a commonly used tapestry yarn
    • Gist Array yarn seems to be the new kid on the block receiving high regards, but as discussed at the prior meeting, is expensive
    • An inexpensive cotton yarn, from someplace like JoAnne’s, can work nicely at an 8epi set.  It is not a stretchy yarn, but had enough loft to pack in nicely
    • If/when you do find a yarn you like but it needs to be ordered,  the purchase of a color card is a good investment
    • Jodie had received a suggestion of using sock yarns, as they are similar in diameter to yarns such as GIST Array yarn but no one at the gathering had any experience using these yarns.
    • Anything goes! Embroidery floss,  any floor loom weaving yarns, blending different types of yarn in your weft bundles like thick and thin,  cotton or silk or metallic with wools, and the list goes on.  Be brave and just try what is already in your stash.
  • Speaking of warp setts, I am attaching PDFs for a couple of different SETTs that can be printed on acetate/transparencies, and then as you are designing, you can use the in conjunction with your proposed cartoon get an idea if your design is going to be too detailed for your sett.   Jodie provided these for us in a meeting last year.  (if you want to create an grid overlay for a different set,  here’s a link to a website that will allow you to create graph paper, in other grid sizes, among other things).
  • Rebecca showed us a PowerPoint presentation that she is building to document her journey with our Georgie O’Keeffe weaving Challenge this year.  She is also keeping a word document to further provide details for her.   She included the knowns, such as the desired size, and several O’Keeffe floral images that spoke to her, and also several of her own photographs.  She is wanting to use the O’Keeffe images as inspiration only, rather than attempting to duplicate.  She is hoping to use one of her own images as the subject matter.   Rebecca also included a list of various techniques that she would like to consider for potential inclusion in this piece.   She showed us how she is taking the ideas out of her head, and capturing them, lest they get forgotten.
  • Rebecca offered that she assist with any presentations or with building PowerPoints for any slide shows we may find the need for in the future, utilizing her DropBox account that would be password protected, and not open to the public.   We should keep her in mind as we individually work thru our experiments from Tommye’s book, or with the progression of our O’Keeffe challenge.   As we had discussed this past fall, we are not wanting to retain images for viewing external to our online meetings, but certainly as we work on things and wish to share during the meeting, Rebecca may be able to help us out.  Thanks Rebecca.
  • Jodie shared something of interest we should check out,  The Weave a Real Peace (WARP) Migrant Quilt Project.  Here’s a link to the website that describes the project, and another to just the video.
  • Anne reminded us that Nearly Wild Weaving (a tapestry group in the UK) will be conducting an online workshop in two parts, Feb 25 and Mar 11, with the topic of Eccentric and Wedge Weave.  Cost is 55 pounds (abt $67 USD) and paid via Eventbrite.  Check out this link for more information and to register.
  • Also, the next Tapestry Together presentation and discussion, also by the UK group Nearly Wild Weaving, is February 8th with the topic of Hatching and Hachure. This link will take you to their site info about this, which contains the link to Eventbrite to signup.  There are two live discussion times to select from (both are shown in GMT time) and the minimum suggested donation comes out to about $6.35 USD.   Also on their site is info about past presentations that are recorded and available for the minimal fee.  The January topic was Using Photography for Design.
  • Reminder of some current and future tapestry exhibits:
Meeting of May 25, 2023
  • We had ten of us online for this Zoom Meeting.
  • What’s been happening?
    • Cork Cloth…(Now how did we ever get side tracked on this topic? )  Anyway,  there were several places referenced for where to acquire some.  JoAnn Fabrics has a couple basic ones, but other sources referenced are: Sallie Tomato, Sew Many Creations, and MB Cork.  Some possibly age/wear better than others, so read reviews before using.
    • Anne has been doing some tablet weaving and came across some cute cat and dog printed cards at Windhaven Farms on Etsy, and has also signed up with a Tour de Fleece challenge group, that coincides with the Tour de France bike race event in July. (the fiberholic’s version of spinning😊)
    • Rebecca showed some jewelry and Dorset buttons she made from thrumbs that she demonstrated at the last Guild meeting
    • Sue showed us a new book she acquired,  The Art of Tapestry by Helen Wyld, which “tells the history of tapestry in Britain and Europe from the 15th to the 20th centuries through the National Trust’s outstanding collection.”  Sue was telling us how gold thread, along with silk and fine wool threads are used, and so she has purchased some gold thread (from Mirrix), some 30/2 silk to dye, and 60/3 linen to use as a warp sett at 15-20 epi.  So why is it that real gold threads tarnish in old tapestries???
    • Mary Jane shared a book she has been reading, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz, by Lucy Adington,  the story of the women who survived Auschwitz thanks to their sewing skills. 
    • And Rebecca shared a story of a soft spoken speaker she had heard, a child survivor of the Holocaust, who survived thanks to her sewing skills. Rebecca showed us the book Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobal, by Jody Savin that contains images of the embroidery pieces she stitched at the urging of her therapist to deal with the memories that haunted her.
  • Info was sent to the group earlier in the week regarding a workshop Maximo Laura is scheduled to teach in May of 2024 in Cusco, Peru.  Nancy had taken his workshop in New Mexico, and she brought out the sampler she wove.  He provides the yarns, a 2-ply wool that is very fine and weft bundles have about 8 strands, and her sampler is woven at about 8 epi.  It was woven on a frame loom Maximo built, similar to a copper pipe loom but it had a shedding device similar to the Mirrix looms.
  • For the Georgia O’Keeffe Challenge
    • Mary Jane has started weaving her O’Keeffe challenge tapestry, and Mary Alice says her loom is warped!
    • Nancy got the “finishing” done on her piece she showed us at the last meeting, so now its DONE done!
  • Rebecca Mezoff has offered a freebie mini-course on Sketch Tapestries (the first class from last year’s 2022 Summer of Tapestry course).  She has a 2023 version of the course starting up in June, and Jodie has signed up for it.  The completed piece(s) will be 3”x3” which Jodie says forces you to Simplify!
  • So any tapestry weaver’s BLOGS that folks are following?  (….I’m learning that blogging isn’t as popular as it once was, and it surely can be time consuming to produce/maintain.   Artists these days appear to be  keeping their face in front of their fans with things like Instagram.  So the links below do contain Website/blog sites.  You’ll need to provide your own Instagram or other “social media” links)
  • Our next meeting on June 8th will be a Hybrid In-Person/Zoom meeting, in Room 1 of Dunwoody Cultural Arts Center.  Be advised that construction at the site as well as on the road in front of it are going to make access and parking “challenging”.  Any volunteers for organizing a park and ride from offsite parking?
Meeting of April 27, 2023
  • We had seven of us online for this Zoom Meeting.
  • What have folks been busy doing???
    • Anne is planning to weave velvet
    • Sue is exploring Deflected Weave
    • Rebecca taking a floor loom weaving class at the guild
    • Terri is taking Kennita Tully’s online Soumak course, The Many Faces of Soumak
    • Jean is working on a “Marsh” tapestry
  • Sharing pictures of Sue’s Maximo Laura purchased tapestry, with much discussion on some of the techniques.  Sue assured us that where there were large floats on the face of the tapestry  the back didn’t have any.   She brought out a sample she wove that proved it for us 😊. One half pass would contain a float across the front, and the second half pass is all plain weave, no floats.   Sue purchased this PDF publication Mentored by Maximo Laura: A Weaving Experience in Barranco, Peru by Carole Greene (and then took it to be printed for her for her).
  • Shared pictures of Terri’s completed O’Keeffe Challenge. 
  • That makes TWO completed O’Keeffe tapestries, so the rest of us need to get busy!!!  There was some discussion as to where and when we would display the pieces, as well as possibly putting something together for a guild program regarding our journey. 
  • Terri shared that there is a new book being released in May, Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time , and we talked about O’Keeffe being more than just flower,  seeing the details,  and sensory overload!
  • Rebecca shared the animal prints  bead woven bracelets that she created, as well as the little CHG emblem fob.
  • Start thinking about what you would like for the group beyond September… In-person hybrid meetings?   Zoom only?  
  • Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th. Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for June 8th.
Meeting of December 8, 2022
  • We had 8 folks on for this meeting (not counting Mary Jane who had technical difficulties)
  • More Georgia O’Keeffe inspiration photos were shared and discussed for 2023 challenge.
  • For this challenge, the Weaving Indiana Tapestry Study group is also taking this on for their annual challenge and will also be creating a working journal used to document the various stages, challenges, solutions, and more as a part of their challenge. Just throwing out this idea in case you would also like to incorporate a journal into your execution of this challenge.
  • A recap of the survey results future meeting topics from Tommye Scanlin’s book Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond was sent prior to the meeting. And we discussed our thoughts during the meeting. The best I can summarize that discussion is that since there were so many different primary topics/exercises of interest, it didn’t seem as if formalizing any plan for what we would attempt to cover as a group activity was going to work out. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to spend their own time devouring the book and selecting and actually attempting exercises that speak to them on their own. Then, at future meetings, the results of and thoughts regarding those exercises can be presented/shared with the group, and group discussion can ensue
  • Jodie shared a technique she learned at a Molly Elkind class she took, using grids of various sets printed on transparencies that can be used as overlays to help assess the weave-ability of a sketch/photo/cartoon. This will be helpful as we work on planning our Georgie O’Keeffe tapestries
Meeting of October 27, 2022
  • We had 8 folks on the zoom call
  • Sue indicated she had dome some additional research regarding the lining of tapestries following our Oct 13th meeting.  She found a reference from a museum’s curator that they now use a “Down Cotton” rather than linen for the linings.  This is because of the chemicals that are used these days for the processing of the linen.  This “down cotton” is a tightly woven fabric used for making things like Down comforters, pillows, etc. that are down filled.  Sue also indicated that it is a rather pricey fabric.
  • Anne mentioned that Rebecca Mezoff mentioned on one of her recent Change the Shed live streams that she has tried, and liked, using Jameison & Smith yarn for tapestry weaving.  Even though this is a knitting yarn, it is not as stretchy as other knitting yarns and works well for tapestry weaving, AND comes in many colors.  Anne, I missed it if you said, but was this the 2-ply Jumper weight yarn?
  • A reminder that our NEXT group meeting will be an in-person meeting at The Barn, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA.   But the zoom link will be available for use during that time of those that can’t attend in-person would like to meet on-line.  The Barn does not have internet access, so it is NOT anticipated to be a hybrid meeting of in-person and on-line.
    • Who is planning to be in attendance for our in-person meeting???
  • There was a little discussion about the MAFA 2023 conference and the interest in Elizabeth Buckley 3-day workshop, Hachures in Contemporary Tapestry that is on the schedule.   Sue has taken her online course Weaving Water in Tapestry  before (which is a 12-week long course that will be offered again in 2023)  This took us into a bit of a discussion regarding learning to see things with an “artist’s” eye as we observe our environment and attempt to interpret it in tapestry, either with defined shapes, or perhaps with just visual suggestions that lead the viewer into “seeing” what is not actually there.  (oh, and Buckley sells a Anahara Tapestry yarn on her site that Sue says is very nice.  The description says it is “similar to the former Paternayan crewel weight yarn that is no longer available.”)
  • And we have come up with an quasi-plan for our meeting topics for the upcoming year.   For those of you that have Tommye Scanlin’s book, Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond,  I am asking that you please spend some time and LOOK at it before the end of November,  and send a list of 3-5 topics that you would absolutely love to explore, working thru the accompanying exercises.   From the feedback I receive, I will compile a list of the meeting topics we will go into some depth on.  We anticipate that there will be a bit of an introduction of the topic at one meeting, the each of us, on our own time BEFORE the next meeting, will work thru the exercises and play.  Then on the following meeting we will share what we did,  what we learned, and be inspired looking at other’s “play”.  So your assignment again is…
    • Before the end of November, send Mary Alice your top 3-5 exercises/play from Tommye’s book Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond
  • And on a parting note,  Anne told us about a website she subscribed to where she receives daily, multiple pictures and the color palette for it  (in DMC floss colors) in her email.  I went out to have a look at the site, Krisztina’s Stitch Palette.  I like that I can look at the color card of all the DMC colors, and generate a color palette,  or submit a picture and have a color palette generated for it.  Or just explore pictures and palettes by color family.  Have a look and maybe even subscribe to some eye-candy emails yourself.
Meeting of October 13, 2022
  • We had 9 folks on the Zoom call
  • Some interesting questions were asked that prompted some discussions: should you line your tapestries? Should you framing your tapestries under glass? (and there was one more that I failed to capture)   The discussions gave reasons both for and against with the conclusions boiled down to “it depends” 😊
  • Show & Tell was of Pat’s completed rug she wove on her large Navajo upright loom.  It took her 8 months to weave it. Lots of texture achieved by multiple techniques,  Rya, twining, and looping, with the traditional over-under plain weave for the background
  • Pat gave us a rundown of the upcoming CHG Juried show May 6th – July 15th.  Entries can be submitted beginning Nov 1st.  The Juror will be Tommye Scanlin..  Show theme is “Transformations” and pieces must have been completes since Nov 2020. The MAXIMUMs for any entry is 60” in all directions and 80 pounds.
  • Jean and Terri are tentatively planning to do a program about tapestry weaving at the regular CHG meeting next May or June, hoping to spark some new interest, and possibly having a mini workshop that afternoon after the meeting. 
  • Word is,  Tommye is working on a new book about “marking time”.
  • I had written down that the Surface Design Assoc. has an upcoming program on Staying Motivated for Nov 4th, but when I went to their website,  I couldn’t find it to provide a link.   Hmmm.  But there was lots of interesting things on their site if you care to have a look.
  • We had a very interesting discussion, spurred by our O’Keeffe Tapestry Challenge.   Initiated by a comment from the prior meeting about “reframing your thinking”  and asking yourself WHY you want to weave a particular image, we heard about Susan Martin Maffei finding a “purpose” for a piece, and Kathe Todd-Hooker’s recommendation to write 12 things about the tapestery BEFORE you weave it.   Those 12 things could include things such a goal you wish to achieve, such as mastery of meet and separate.  Then this notion, of defining your parameters took us then to Molly Elkind’s Blog post of Oct 12, 2022, about a body of work by Norwegian fiber artist, Solveig Aalberg, her Continuum series, 100 small pieces that she calls “miniatures” each featuring horizontal stripes in some form.  Molly provides a link to the Textile Forum Blog post that references a book that contains these pieces. Boy did we ever run the with that discussion thread!
Meeting of August 25, 2022
  • We saw 8 folks on the Aug 25,2022 Zoom meeting and everyone seemed to enjoy Jodie’s slideshow of the tapestries from Knoxville.   Personally, I was not remembering all the weavings, so this was a good review for me.   I’ll be anxious for obtaining the ATA catalog of the Tiny But Mighty exhibit, so if you hear anything about it being available, please give a shout out to the group. 
  • One slide that seemed to strike some interest was that of the Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild Challenge entries. I’m including a photo of their challenge description for you to read, as well as a photo of their entries. We were so inspired that we are wanting to do our OWN challenge.  There is no target destination for any display except for perhaps the display cabinet at the Spruill Center, like we did when we did our Post Card challenge in 2016.  So we discussed making these tapestries postcard sized again, and the artist we will base our inspiration upon is Georgia O’Keeffe.  Each weaver will select their own piece upon which their tapestry will be based, so start reviewing O’Keeffe’s works and consider joining us for this challenge.  Certainly more discussion will be happening at our September meetings. 
  • Jodie got back with more info regarding posting photos on places like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  (hopefully I get this right) It’s not that you loose all “ownership” of your photos,  its just that these venues are at liberty to use those photos you post for their own purposes.  Additionally,  the general public is able to copy and save the photos in their own libraries and subsequently use them without your permission and even use them without giving credit to you.  So just be aware if and when you do post photos.  One other option Jodie is going to research is the Google Photos app, thinking that your photos may remain private, with only visibility to someone that you explicitly “share” them with.   This might be something we could use for our group.
  • Show and Tell included a look at a tapestry Jodie is working on,  from a workshop she took with Molly Elkin.  In it she has a center section with exposed warp, but these warps have been PAINTED to resemble a rock.  Very cool!  Jodie says she used Jacquard Fabric Paints for this.
  • Also to inform everyone that The Barn has successfully be reserved for some in-person meetings, so mark your calendars. Address is 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody GA
    • November 10, 2022
    • March 23, 2023
    • June 8, 2023
    • September 28, 2023
Meeting of May 11, 2023
  • We had ten of us online for this Zoom Meeting.
  • What’s been happening?
    • Deb was able to go to WEB’s and says she bought NO YARN (but there were other purchases 😊 )
    • Rebecca in planning a crimp cloth garment following her class at the guild.  She has been enjoying her floor loom weaving classes so much that she sees an 8-shaft Mighty Wolf as an upcoming purchase for her.
    • Sue is having fun exploring with Deflected Doubleweave, and is hoping to add an ice dyed warp into that play following a upcoming class on ice dying she is taking.
    • Jodie is looking forward to Rebecca Mezoff’s Sketch Tapestry class.  In the meantime she is working on training her eye now to look at things differently, and is making her own sketchbook journals.
    • Mary Alice showed some journal covers she is making for an online class she is doing in May where they will be making 3 journals in 5 days.
  • For the Georgia O’Keeffe Challenge
    • Deb had photos of her inspiration pictures to share.  She anticipates her tapestry piece to be a bit of blending between them.
    • We re-showed pictures of Terri’s completed tapestry, for those that weren’t at the last meeting
    • Sue showed us the weaving she currently has in progress for her challenge piece.  She said she had to switch up from weaving the piece vertical to horizontal because of not wanting to deal with so many slits.
    • Nancy shared her inspiration photos as well as her woven tapestry! She says she still needs to do the finishing on it, but I think it is done enough to add to the tally of 3 completed Challenge pieces!  
    • And for those of us that can’t seem to get past the planning or drawing phase, Nancy says “JUST WEAVE IT!”  😊
  • Congratulations to Nancy for her “At Home in the Grand Canyon” piece winning the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence at the Guild’s Juried show!
  • We also viewed photos the entries from the CHG 2023 Juried Exhibit – Transformation.    Congratulations to Pat for organizing this wonderful show!  This exhibit runs through July 15th for those that haven’t seen it yet.  (See info below)
  • Things to do/See:

1560 Craft Center Dr., Smithville, TN 37166
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building #300, Duluth, GA 30097
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • SEFAA Center 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Chamblee, GA 3034

May 01, 2023—Jun 30, 2023

 

  • Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th
  • Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for June 8th …either at The Barn or at Room 1, and it will be a hybrid meeting.
Meeting of July 28, 2022

At this ZOOM meeting we saw Terri, Jean, Mary Jane, Pat, Sarah, Deb, Mary Alice, and two NEW faces, Janie and Jodie, who met Jean and Mary Jane at Convergence.

One point of business we discussed was IF we were going to plan to do any in-person meetings so that Leigh could get our reservations made.  Some still are not comfortable with in-person meetings and with our growing roster of remote faces,  Zoom makes reaching out and connecting with others interested in Tapestry weaving possible.   So, at this point we will meet primarily on ZOOM, but we are going to attempt to have a few scheduled meetings, about one per quarter, in-person, at the Barn.  And we will entertain the possibility of additional in-person gatherings, possibly at an exhibit, or even at the SEFAA facility.  At this point, Terri is going to request Leigh to reserve the Barn for us for 11/10/22, 03/23/23, 06/08/23, and 09/14/23 (subject to its availability).

Of course discussion included all the happenings at Knoxville for Convergence, Complex Weavers,  ATA Tapestry Retreat, and all the EXHIBITS!  A few photos of favorite tapestry pieces were shared.Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00am EDT, via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining us and are not already on the Tapestry Study Group’s email distribution list, request info and the zoom link from one of these contacts:

Jean Clark, jeansclark@comcast.net
Terri Bryson 2brysons@gmail.com

Meeting of August 11, 2022

At this ZOOM meeting we had 7 members connected. There was some discussion regarding ways of providing additional communications to our non-CHG members via possibly a separate website, or a private Facebook group. Due to various concerns, the group will continue with the current method of notifications via email to reach its members. During show and tell, we got to see the rug that Pat is weaving on her Navajo loom for her son. Its almost done!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug 25, 2022 at 10am EDT via zoom. At that meeting Jodie will do a slide show the photos that she took of all the ATA Tiny But Mighty tapestry exhibit entries from Knoxville. In a future meeting, Terri will share her experience from the workshop she took from Fiona Hutchinson. The experiences and exhibits at Knoxville showed us just how non-traditional Tapestry weaving can be, so we anticipate more discussions along this line in the future.

FYI, our meetings on ZOOM are NOT recorded and we have no intention to do so.

Meeting of September 22, 2022

We had 9 of us at this Zoom meeting.
Terri gave us a slideshow from Tapestry International exhibit that she was a part of! Thank you Terri!
She also shared a quote from Fiona Hutchinson, “…don’t have to weave a picture, just your interpretation of it”. We should consider WHAT is making you want to weave an image…WHAT is your INTENT…WHAT do you want it to SHOW ??? Good things to keep in mind as we consider what we might weave in our Georgia O’Keeffe challenge.
As for the Georgia O’Keeffe challenge we have set some milestone dates

  • Dec 8, 2022: have your Georgia O’Keeffe painting inspiration piece selected
  • March 9, 2023: have your plans firmed up for your version of the selected inspiration piece. This might include a sketch or cartoon, special techniques, yarns, colors, etc, etc. Basically what you need to get you moving forward with the actual weaving
  • Nov 9, 2023: have your tapestry completed…although, we DID say it would be nice if we could exhibit them at the Spruill Center Open House in September, 2023
  • As a reminder, these are to be PostCard size. USPS defines that as at least 3.5” x 5” with max of 4.25” x 6”. Yes, they also define a JUMBO postcard size as 5×7 or 5.5 x 8. But these would not qualify for Postcard postage. Yes, I know, our tapestries would not qualify for PostCard postage either, but can we leave out the JUMBO size from our criteria/specifications?

Mary Jane made mention of a possible Tapestry Retreat for March 2023 in Cashiers, NC.
Held over for the October meeting were some Photos Mary Jane had from Knoxville, but since she is not going to be joining us at this next meeting, I’ll hold them until the second October meeting, 10/27
But I will share photos Pat took of her finished rug! I didn’t see her email with the photos until after the call ended.

Meeting of September 8, 2022
  • We had 9 of us at this Zoom meeting.
  • Terri gave us a slideshow from Tapestry International exhibit that she was a part of!   Thank you Terri!
  • She also shared a quote from Fiona Hutchinson,  “…don’t have to weave a picture, just your interpretation of it”.  We should consider WHAT is making you want to weave an image…WHAT is your INTENT…WHAT do you want it to SHOW ???  Good things to keep in mind as we consider what we might weave in our Georgia O’Keeffe challenge.
  • As for the Georgia O’Keeffe challenge we have set some milestone dates
    • Dec 8, 2022: have your Georgia O’Keeffe painting inspiration piece selected
    • March 9, 2023: have your plans firmed up for your version of the selected inspiration piece.  This might include a sketch or cartoon,  special techniques,  yarns, colors, etc, etc.  Basically what you need to get you moving forward with the actual weaving
    • Nov 9, 2023: have your tapestry completed…although, we DID say it would be nice if we could exhibit them at the Spruill Center Open House in September, 2023
    • As a reminder, these are to be PostCard size.  USPS defines that as at least 3.5” x 5” with max of 4.25” x 6”.  Yes, they also define a JUMBO postcard size as 5×7 or 5.5 x 8. But these would not qualify for Postcard postage.  Yes, I know, our tapestries would not qualify for PostCard postage either, but can we leave out the JUMBO size from our criteria/specifications?
  • Mary Jane made mention of a possible Tapestry Retreat for March 2023 in Cashiers, NC.
  • Held over for the October meeting were some Photos Mary Jane had from Knoxville, but since she is not going to be joining us at this next meeting,  I’ll hold them until the second October meeting, 10/27
  • But I will share photos Pat took of her finished rug!  I didn’t see her email with the photos until after the call ended.
Meeting of November 10, 2022

We had 6 members attend this gathering

  • There was discussion about the beginning tapestry class Jean and/or Terri are looking to give for the guild next year. Discussion included what sort of loom would be most appropriate for beginners. One with an adjustable tension, easy to warp, portable, affordable, and one the students or instructors would not have to build themselves was the goal. They are currently leaning toward the little copper pipe looms that Kathe Todd-Hooker has listed on her website. Additionally, they are looking for a book that could serve as the syllabus and ongoing reference for the students, and the one by Kirsten Glasbrook, Tapestry Weaving, is in the running. There are still some details yet to work out and additional discussion needed with the CHG board, but it looks promising that this class will happen in 2023.
  • Tapestry Weavers South, TWS, will have an exhibit “Follow the Thread” opening at the Folk Art Center (on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in January. Terri and Deb both will have little tapestries that will part of the collage of the exhibit’s title.
  • Terri brought in her voice-print Tapestry for show and tell. This is the one that was on exhibit with Tapestry International that has returned home. Just as wonderful as the tapestry was her story of how the idea came to her and developed, including her use of various non-traditional weaving “yarns” such as audio cassette tapes, speaker wire, and other various types of wire that participate in the transmission of voice.
  • Pat brought in a tapestry that she is currently working on while we are having our study group meetings. She is weaving it on an Schacht Easel Weaver loom and has it set up with her cartoon mounted to a thin piece of cardboard that she has slipped between the warp and the loom frame.
  • Terri brought in some Gelli plate mono prints that she did from a Jane Dunnewold class Backgrounds and Textures that she took. Terri used some high contrast black and white photographic images that were printed on an inkjet printer, and with the gelli plate and a acrylic medium, transfer the image to the plate and enhanced it with an application of acrylic paint for a background color. The effect of the somewhat ghosted images of her husband and of her grandson were very striking. And the unevenness of the acrylic background color is makes it so much more interesti Thanks for the inspiration Terri.
  • Multiple Georgia O’Keeffe books were brought to the meeting, and those who had selected their inspiration art piece showed it with a little discussion of why it was chosen. Note, while we are planning to weave these in a postcard size, they do not need to be mounted in anyway as if they were a postcard to be mailed.
  • Mary Jane brought in a collection of pot holders she has been weaving, using photographs of birds as inspiration. She tries not only replicated the colors of the birds, but also the amount of each color, as well as the color placements, as much as she can with potholder loops.
  • Our NEXT meeting is scheduled for December 8, 2022 at 10 am, EST via ZOOM
  • Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2023
Meeting of January 12, 2023
  • We had 12 folks online for the meeting, including two new faces to the group, and introductions were made.
  • The response was good for the Beginning Tapestry class Terri and Jean will be teaching. Terri showed us the loom her husband built and she had it on a small wooden easel stand.
  • Ken will build one for each of the students.
  • This led to a discussion of tapestry looms. Some like the built-in shedding devices like on Mirrix looms, vs having to use string heddles. Some like using leashes and picking their shed. Some like using shed sticks to hold a shed open. Some would rather spend their dollars on yarns, etc, and prefer to build their own loom to fit their needs. The discussion also included using floor looms for tapestry weaving. Use of a Countermarche or counter-balance floor loom is a preferred to keep even tension on the forward and rear warps, although rising shed looms do also get used. The key components for a tapestry loom is one that is able to hold the warp under strong tension, and having the ability to adjust the tension on the warp is a very desirable feature.
  • A couple members offered some feedback on the Nearly Wild Weaving’s Tapestry discussion from Wednesday, 1/11/23, Using Photography for Design. Both agreed it was worth their time, and reminded us that the presentation is recorded and available for a slight charge. If you “purchase” the recording, you will receive recordings of both sessions. Here’s a link to more info, including future topics as sell as prior topics available for purchase.
  • Also Nearly Wild Weaving will be conducting an online workshop in two parts, Feb 25 and Mar 11, with the topic of Eccentric and Wedge Weave. Nearly Wild Weaving is a group in the UK, so keep that in mind when looking at the times for the workshop. (If my math is correct, that is 8:30pm – 11:30pm EST) Cost is 55 pounds (abt $67 USD) and paid via Eventbrite. Check out this link for more information and to register.
  • Sue asked for opinions on the Gist Array tapestry yarn. Primary reply I heard was it is expensive! This is a yarn the Rebecca Mezoff is now promoting via her Tapestry Discovery Box.
  • And what about our efforts to work on exercises on design from Tommye Scanlin’s book? Jodie confessed to having read the book from cover to cover. (wish I could say the same) She has done some wrappings which were valuable to help her visualize colors. She has also been using colored pencils to sketch on paper. Terri says she hasn’t done any exercises recently, but shared some weavings she did based upon the Fibonacci series that she did when we were working thru exercises for Tommie as she was writing the book.
  • Sue said she splurged with a Christmas present for herself, a tapestry by Maximo Laura. She spoke about how it was “finished”, with a 3” wide satin border on all 4 edges and all ends were trimmed on the back side to 1”. In addition to having a beautiful piece of art, it also was accompanied by his book.
  • Izumi planted a seed of an upcoming book (to be released Aug 1st, 2023) Write It All Down, by Cathy Rentzenbrink. Here’s an Amazon link to the book info.
  • And now for some tapestry exhibits (follow the links for more info)
    • Connie Lippert: Ecological Survey, Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Ashville, NC, January 6 – February 22, 2023
    • Follow the Thread by Tapestry Weavers South, Folk Arts Center outside of Asheville, NC, January 14 – May 3, 2023
    • ATA Biennial 14 – New Dimensions, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN, May 12 – July 20, 2023
Meeting of March 9, 2023
  • Twelve of us were on Zoom for this meeting, including a guest presenter, Beverly Walker
  • Mary Jane’s daughter traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where The Pencil and The Thread exhibit of Yael Lurie and Jean Pierre Larochette was being held, and brought back two of their books for her mom,  The Tree of Lives: Adventures Between Warp and Weft and Water Songs Tapestries – Notes on Designing, Weaving and Collaborative Work
  • And with wild flowers emerging,  Mary Jane shared with us a couple of her sketches she had done in watercolors.
  • Rebecca shared a power point presentation of her process for taking some of her flower photos and getting them into tapestery cartoon formats.   She explained how she was using the “paint” app that comes with the Microsoft operating system on her PC,  a stylus for her touch screen, and the various steps she used to made this transformation.   The powerpoint also included her Mindmaps capture of the various thoughts and ideas for taking the photo to a woven tapestry that contained her high level categories of: Ideas, Skills Needed, Practice/Experiments, Create Cartoon, Materials, Select Colors, and Select Tools.
  • After the meeting Rebecca shared some ideas via email for free to low cost apps we could use on our ipads with an apple pencil, where we could probably achieve similar results.
  • Sue has also been busy with her O’Keeffe challenge,  doing some yarn wrappings, as well as some sample weavings at 10 epi.  She talked about a Rebecca Mezoff “Change the Shed” session from the prior day she watched (03/08/23) and was saying how the technique Mezoff was using for some color gradations up the warp using two different weft bundles were much easier to understand seeing it demonstrated, rather than trying to read about it. 
  • Jodi has been playing with a different kind of loom lately,  a hexagonal pin loom,  with a goal of piecing the hexagonals together to make a sweater/jacket .
  • Jodi also showed us a tapestry she had hanging on the wall at her hours that her late mother-in-law had woven.  Wow, was it ever gorgeous!
  • We had a guest presenter joining our meeting, Beverly Walker, a member of Tapestry Weavers South residing in South Carolina.  She has a piece at the TWS exhibit in Asheville that mentioned it uses a Snakeskin technique.  So we invited Bev to join us to give us some info about the technique and a little demo.  
    • Bev learned this technique from Pat Johns (UK)
    • Snakeskin, Birds eye, and Pin Head are all names of this technique where a much heaver weft is used to make random or patterned dots on the tapestry, using reverse soumak.  This causes the dots to be raised up or bulging out from the surface of the tapestry, accentuated by the finer weft in the background surrounding the dot. 
    • Another interesting technique, the river effect, is achieved by stacking several wraps of reverse soumak on top of each other in the same pass. 
  • Jean let us know of a new tapestry group that will meet, in-person, with their frame looms from 10-1 on the second Tuesday of the month in room 1.  We are all invited to bring our looms and weave along with the students from the recent beginning tapestry class that Terri and Jean taught for the guild.
  • The Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA) is now accepting entries for their 2023 Square Foot Fiber Arts Pin Up Show.  There is no fee to enter and it is open to everyone. Deadline for entry is April 26th
  • Something to consider…. We have an in-person meeting scheduled for June 8th, which will coincide with the SEFAA Square Foot show dates of May 6th– June 30th,  so possibly we could arrange to meet in Chamblee at the SEFAA facility that day so we could see the show in person.   Rebecca believes we could also conduct the meeting as a hybrid meeting.  Sue requested that if we do a hybrid meeting that day,  she would prefer to have photos of the exhibits presented at a subsequent zoom meeting rather than sharing the exhibit during the meeting.
  • Mary Jane said her daughter has a short video of the exhibit mentioned above, as well as photos, so look for this to be an agenda item for one of our upcoming meetings.
  • Our next meeting is March 23 in Room 1.  We will meet in-person and attempt a hybrid meeting on zoom for those that are not able to be there.
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