Showcasing Upcoming Virtual (Zoom) CHG Workshops

Thank you to everyone who have participated in our 2020-2021 Virtual Workshops.

At this time, we are still organizing Zoom based virtual workshops for the 2021-2022 program year.  We will resume in-person workshops when possible.  If you have suggestions for workshop topics and presenters please contact

Important note about ordering –

One benefit of membership in the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild is discounts on workshop registration. As of November 1, 2020 discount pricing for CHG members is automatically applied at checkout. If you are not yet a member but wish to take advantage of the discounted rates, you first will need to order a membership and receive login instructions to the Members Only pages before ordering the workshop.

Karen Donde
Turned Beiderwand, One Threading, Multiple structures

The Sept 18-19, 2021 Session is Sold Out.

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Please continue to send in a Wait-List request if you want to register for the November session.

Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one-shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. In this online workshop, participants will warp a loom using one of three different methods for supplementary warps. Video tutorials about each method will be provided ahead of time with drafts and warping instructions. Live lectures and demos will guide participants through Beiderwand basics, turning a draft and adapting tie-up and treadling to weave at least 10 different structures. Between live sessions, participants will weave samples and post photos on a photo sharing/discussion group. Final session includes a live tour of the posted photos, with participants discussing their results. For 6, 8, or 12 shafts.

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. She has been teaching since 2006, when she discovered how much she enjoyed sharing what she has learned with other weavers.  Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence, Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine, its allied publications and Heddlecraft ®.

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Gay McGeary
Unlocking the Mysteries of 19th Century
Southern Coverlet and Counterpane Drafts

January 15-17, 2022

Early southern coverlets were woven with fine cotton and wool for the cooler months. However, southern counterpanes were woven with fine cotton only for the warmer months. Gay has found several collections of 19th century drafts for overshot/float work patterns and for the various counterpane weave structures. The drafts supply only basic information since it was assumed the weaver knew the standard threading treadling systems. There is a rich heritage of southern coverlets and counterpanes waiting to be explored.

This workshop will include learning how to decipher the early drafts. Next, the participants will prepare drawdowns of the drafts using Fiberworks PCW (downloads are free, but printing & saving are not available without purchasing it). Each participant will warp their looms before the start of the workshop, so they have time to learn the treadling sequence and practice their weaving.

Space is limited to 12 participants.

Gay McGeary has been researching and weaving coverlets for over twenty-five years. Nineteenth century coverlet patterns, weave structures and fringe techniques fascinate her. While the inspiration for her designs originates with early coverlet weaving, she finds that her weaving software is an invaluable design tool. It allows her to visualize a graphical representation of pattern, weave structure and color for her proposed work. She incorporates color, texture and pattern within her finely woven coverlets; combining art with function.

Gay has presented workshops and presentations of her research and weaving for local and state guilds, Complex Weavers Seminar 2012 and Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association Seminar 2015. She contributes articles about her weaving to Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Shuttle & Dyepot and the Early American Coverlet Study Group. For More information about Gay’s work see her website at


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