Meetings: When and where we meet
We meet the 2nd Saturday of the month in September, October, November, February, March, April, and May at the White River Craft Center at the Kimball House, 50 Randolph Rd, Randolph, Vermont. See map
People are welcome at 9:15 to socialize, check out the library, have a cup of tea or coffee, before the start of the meeting at 10:00, followed by a business meeting from 11:30 to noon, and library access from 12 -1:00. Food is not available at the meeting location so bring a bag lunch and socialize over the lunch break.
Morning meetings are free of charge to guild members and the general public.
Programs and workshops occur in the afternoon and usually begin at 1:00. Learn more about the guild's upcoming schedule of afternoon workshops. Please register for workshops using the Workshop Registration Form.
September 2019 - May 2020 Meeting Schedule Overview
September 14, 2019
Norma Smayda—Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes
Norma Smayda will be presenting on the sample collection and handwritten drafts of early 20th century weaver Bertha Gray Hayes, who designed and wove miniature overshot patterns for four-harness looms. The presentation will include her charming history, asymmetrical patterns and name drafts. Bertha Hayes attended the first nine National Conferences of American Handweavers (1938-1946). She learned to weave by herself through the Shuttle-Craft home course and was a charter member of the Shuttle-Craft Guild, and authored articles on weaving.
October 12, 2019
Cameron Taylor-Brown—Anni Albers: Life and Legacy
Cameron Taylor-Brown will present on Anni Albers, a German-born American textile artist and printmaker. Her presentation will include and overview of Albers’ life, design philosophy and legacy, and will include examples of work by some contemporary American weavers who are influenced by her.
November 9, 2019
Weavers Helping Weavers—Warping
February 8, 2020March 14, 2020
Morning Speaker TBD
Mary Ann Sanborn—Textile Traditions at Canterbury Shaker Village: 1792-1992
The history of the Canterbury Shakers, a unique utopian society, is intricately tied to textiles. Whether produced by hand or in Shaker mills yarn, cloth, and specialized products were fabricated to meet the needs of the Shaker community and for sale to the world’s people. Canterbury Shakers were involved in textiles from the time the community was “gathered in” in 1792 until its final days in 1992. The Shakers raised sheep and planted linen, designed and produced textile tools and spinning wheels, and created textiles remarkable for both beauty and practicality. Yarn and yardage by hand and machine, dyes and dyeing, Shaker rag rugs, Dorothy Cloaks, Shaker Sweaters, knit and crochet goods, sales trips, patents and trademarks, all are part of the rich textile history of the Canterbury Shakers.
April 11, 2020
Suzi Ballenger will talk about her 2018 experience and thesis earning her MFA from UMass Dartmouth.
May 9, 2020
A monthly Guild meeting may be cancelled in the case of severe weather conditions or other uncontrollable Craft Center building issues.
The Executive Committee will decide by noon the Friday before the Saturday meeting if we need to cancel due to bad weather or other conditions beyond our control.
The announcement will be posted on the front page of the Vermont Weavers Guild website, on the Vermont Weavers Guild Facebook page, and under Guild Business on the Vermont Weavers Guild Member Forum.