May 2021 Program – Judy Newland – About Cloth And Me

Judy Newland – About Cloth And Me

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
May 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

Culture and the environment are the two main topics Judy addresses in her textile art. She has been working in textiles for more than forty years as a maker and later as a textile historian. Her background in textile history and museum anthropology allows her to bring a deep cultural engagement to everything she produces. “I don’t just dye fabric in an indigo blue dyepot, I look in the dyepot and see world history, science, fashion, medicine, ritual and your latest pair of jeans! It’s an entire world to explore and share.”

• Exploring the Meaning of Textiles Through Time & Place
Through textiles, we can explore art, society, politics, religion and more, making connections between cultures and through time. Textiles surround and swaddle us from birth to death, a part of the social fabric, bringing meaning to our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. The stories of our lives can be told through textiles. Culture and history can be explored through the study of textiles. Cloth is part of our past, present and future.

• Navajo Weaving – An Enduring Tradition
Navajo weaving is a mirror of the social, economic and political history of the Navajo people of the Southwest. Life experiences woven into cloth give us insight into a long and changing cultural experience. Together we will take an illustrated look at the history and development of these textiles – the important stylistic periods, the influence of trading posts on design and styles, and examples of rugs. From an anthropologist’s point of view what can we learn from the designs, motifs and iconography of Navajo textiles? We will share the story of these textiles by exploring the amazing landscape of the Navajo, their creation stories, cosmology and worldview.

More of Judy’s work can be viewed at clothgirl.com

Photos & Credits: Judy Newland


  • May 10, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Exploring the Meaning of Textiles Through Time and Place
  • May 11, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Navajo Weaving – An Enduring Tradition
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

April 2021 Program – Liz Spear – Handwoven Art to Wear

Liz Spear – Handwoven Art to Wear

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
April 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

Liz Spear is a maker of handwoven fabrics, and more recently has been incorporating nuno felt into her designer creations as well as surface design fabrics from fellow fiber artists. These collaborations, known as Liz Spear & Friends invigorate her creativity and emphasize the one-of-a-kind nature of her clothing. She exhibits these garments mostly in North Carolina as well as the HGA Convergence conference.

She grew up in Minnesota, in the Mississippi River Valley attending Winona State and St. Cloud State University. She became a full- time craftswoman in 1978, working with clay. While in Iowa she made “pots” in the Earthworks studio of Alexander.  During that time her weaving interests prompted her to collect yarn, threads, fabrics, looms and begin weaving a few rag rugs.  In 1992, Liz attended Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program in Western North Carolina, where she developed her studio practice of weaving yardage and cutting and sewing that yardage into comfortable, classic garments for women.

Liz spends part of each year teaching and mentoring students through workshops and demonstrations. She is a member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild. She has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School of Craft, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

• Inspiration and Practical Suggestions for Sewing Your Handmade Fabrics
Creating your dream garment, from your created fabric will be possible, after watching this presentation. She will share pictures and stories, some about garment development within a professional weavers business, some about working with custom orders or special fabrics. This virtual presentation will provide inspiration mixed with practical suggestions.

• Sewing Your Handmade Felt Fabric or Other Special Fabrics
This virtual presentation will follow the learning journey of making fine nuno felt which can be added to a weaver/garment-maker’s tool box.  And the ability to incorporate additional special fabrics to the mix.  Inspiration mixed with practical suggestions amidst visuals and stories!

More of Liz’s work can be viewed at lizspearhandwoven.com

Photo & Credits: Liz Spear


  • April 12, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Inspiration and Practical Suggestions for Sewing Your Handmade Fabrics
  • April 13, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Sewing Your Handmade Felt Fabric or Other Special Fabrics
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

March 2021 Program – Flora Carlile-Kovas – Felt Art & Design

Flóra Carlile-Kovács – Felt Art & Design

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
March 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

Flóra Carlile-Kovács grew up in Hungary and now resides and works in Seattle, WA. She originally studied ethnography and museology because of their relationship to textiles.  However, she ultimately followed her passion for creating with fiber. She has been teaching various levels of felt making for 15 years as a full-time profession. She also leads annual Felt Tours to Hungary.

Flóra describes felt making as a combination of sculpture and painting.  The world of nature, its colors and materials are one of her inspirations, along with historical traditions in felting.

Flóra enjoys experimenting with materials and teaching herself through trial and error. She feels that, “felt, as an expressive medium, is conducive to an instinctive and spontaneous creative process.” Because of this, much of her work feels organic and living. She has taught a variety of classes, examples of which can be found on her website, florafelts.com. She is currently teaching a jewelry felting workshop for HGB members.

• Her Felting Journey
Seattle-based Flóra Carlile-Kovács will share experiences from her world of felting and teaching. Over the past 15 years, she has taught a wide array of felting classes, including slippers, patterned rugs, project troubleshooting, and jewelry. Flóra also has an impressive portfolio of functional art and larger textile pieces. In many of her works, she beautifully captures texture and color inspired by nature. She seeks to elevate and demonstrate the versatility and artistic potential of felting.

• A Hungarian Felting Trip
Flóra will be sharing with us her experiences during her felt tours to Hungary. She guides clients on a 12-day Felt Tour where they spend 5 days doing project-based wet-felting classes from internationally recognized felt masters while immersing participants in Hungarian culture. Flóra, a native of Hungary herself, provides unique tour opportunities including “craft markets, thermal baths, a special private trunk show and other seasonal programs.”

More of Flóra’s work can be viewed at florafelts.com 

Photo & Credits: Flóra Carlile-Kovács


  • March 8, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Her Felting Journey
  • March 9, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    A Hungarian Felting Trip
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

February 2021 Program – Elizabeth Morisette – Using Fiber Art to Create Community

Elizabeth Morisette – Fiber Art From Upcycled Materials

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
February 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

Elizabeth Morisette has been exhibiting her weavings and sculptures for 25 years. In the fall of 2020 she was featured in Hyperallergic for her work in the University of Denver’s “Mask” exhibit. She has also been featured in American Craft Magazine, the Denver Post and the New York Times.

An important aspect of Morisette’s work is the use of repurposed materials. As a child she was constantly making environments out of found objects. Other people’s trash is truly her treasure!  She uses upcycled materials such as bottle caps, hair rollers, and bread tabs in her work.  These items are not only readily available, but also add whimsy and a larger message to her work.

She explains: Materials inspire me.  Every work I make starts with a box of ‘stuff’ often set aside as trash by many.  My quest is to make this pile of stuff into a beautiful weaving or vessel. Using pieces with history draws viewers in to experience objects in a new manner. The viewer is invited to remember a time, place, or person that they once knew. Though the objects are common, the memory invoked by the work is as varied as the individuals who view them.

Bringing art to the community is also an important part of Morisette’s career. Currently, she works as the Education Coordinator at the Museum of Art Fort Collins. Previously she has held positions at Marilyn State Arts council, The JCC of Greater Baltimore, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College and The Denver Art Museum. Morisette is a graduate of NCSU College of Design and received a Master’s Degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.

• Materiality:  Material Based Basketry
Morisette will discuss her basketry work and installations that incorporate a variety of alternative materials.  The presentation will include a question and answer session at the end to further discuss process and materials and their place in the Art and Craft of Basketry.

• Weaving a Community:  Using Fiber Art to Create Community
Morisette will discuss some of her Community Engagement work.  By using textiles as a medium, she teaches the Community about the concepts in the Museum of Art/Fort Collins’ exhibits through installations and hands-on activities.  Historically, textiles have often been an entry for Community Members to engage one another while learning new techniques.  Morisette uses these Textile processes to help communities creatively tell their own stories.

More of Elizabeth’s work can be viewed at elmorisette.com


  • February 8, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Materiality:  Material Based Basketry
  • February 9, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Weaving a Community:  Using Fiber Art to Create Community
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

January 2021 Program – Linda Cortright – Wild Fibers

Wild Fibers Magazine

Linda Cortright – Wild Fibers

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
January 2021 Day & Evening Program

 

As editor and publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine, Linda Cortright has traveled to the seven continents, pursuing the role of natural fibers in remote and indigenous communities. Cortright’s experience led her to serve on the Steering Committee of the International Year of Natural Fibres, a global initiative sponsored by the United Nations in Rome, and ongoing work with the IWTO (International Wool and Textile Association).

In 2015, Cortright opened the first —and only— cashmere spinning and weaving center in the High Himalayas, The Pangong Craft Center, providing employment to more than 130 semi-nomadic women. In November 2020, Cortright published her first book, The Eye of Fiber: an uncommon story from around the world, focusing on the impact of culture, climate, and politics within the fiber industry.

• Wild Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan
From the largest to the smallest fiber animal, natural fibers play a vital role in sustaining women and community in extraordinary ways, including Oomingmak, the Alaskan knitting cooperative started in 1968 that exclusively uses qiviut, to a silk weaving company in northern Afghanistan, which began under Taliban rule. Plus, a look at New Zealand’s wool industry, which has had to adopt new strategies due to a decline in the global demand for wool, the consequences of which stand to have tremendous environmental impact in an area increasingly stressed for natural resources.

• The Real Polar Fleece: the unusual history of natural fibers from Antarctica to the Arctic
Prior to the advent of the now ubiquitous “polar fleece,” (which contains not a thread of natural fiber), fibers from the polar regions have predominantly been in the form of skins and hides. By the strangest of all coincidences, and a near catastrophe, the story of seal wool from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia during the early 1800s has now come to the fore as the result of Cortright’s first trip to Antarctica in 2018.  Meanwhile, to the north… the far north, on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic, the last known place where the musk ox roamed alongside the wooly mammoth during the last Ice Age approximately 40,000 years ago, Cortright explores this remote outpost in a gigantic moon vehicle accompanied by two Russian rangers in search of the largest fiber animal that produces the finest fleece.

Both lectures are filled with magnificent photography, delightful anecdotes, and Cortright’s irrepressible blend of humor and heart.

For more information: www.wildfibersmagazine.com


  • January 11, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Wild Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan
  • January 12, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Real Polar Fleece: the unusual history of natural fibers from Antarctica to the Arctic
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

December 2020 Program – Marilyn Romatka – Uzbek Ikat

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Marilyn Romatka – Uzbek Ikat

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
December 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

Marilyn has a passion for folk art. She has a long history of teaching spinning, weaving, and other ethnic crafts to both children and adults throughout the Pacific Northwest and at national crafting conferences.

Her passion is to kindle the love for the beauty that we can create with just our hands and a few simple tools.

A new website for streaming of her classes is now live. Visit Taproot Video a co-operative of national instructors.

• Uzbek Ikat: The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth
Experience the exotic in your own hometown; travel to Central Asia in this multi-media presentation. We have all seen Uzbek Ikat on the runway in New York and London, now travel back to Uzbekistan with Marilyn to watch the process of its production. Each thread manipulated, dyed, and woven into exquisite cloth–truly hand-crafted.

• The Handicrafts of Gujarat
Travel to India in this multi-media presentation. We weavers and crafters will delight in items crafted by the human hand and the traditional crafts found in the state of Gujarat are a wealthy inheritance all makers can enjoy. Weaving techniques, pit looms, silk, and camel throughout!

Learn more about Marilyn by visiting her website: taprootsfolkart.com

Photo & Credits: Taproot Video


  • December 14, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Uzbek Ikat: The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth
  • December 15, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    The Handicrafts of Gujarat
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

HGB Artist Members at Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market

Foothills Art Center 2020 Holiday Art Market

Visit HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale Artists

November 20 – December 29, 2020

Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street, Golden, Colorado 80401

Thursday hours are reserved for FAC members

Please consult website for COVID considerations

Timed tickets and curbside pick up available


One-of-a-kind juried artisan crafted gifts supporting Colorado artists and the non-profit Foothills Art Center.

While the HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale has been postponed until 2021 we hope you will visit and enjoy the work of HGB members as they participate in local events.

 


Browse in a relaxed gallery atmosphere while observing COVID 19 mask and social distancing precautions.

Fiber Arts | Weaving | Quilting | Basketry | Knitting and Crochet | Felting | Handcrafted Clothing | Ornaments | Jewelry | Cards | Pottery | Woodworking


November 2020 Program – Gayle Roehm – Japanese Knitting

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Gayle Roehm – Japanese Knitting

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
November 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

Gayle teaches knitting classes around the country, with a focus on using Japanese patterns. She loves to introduce knitters to the pleasures of Japanese designs, and her knowledge of the subject is unmatched.

Her article about Japanese knitting appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was among the first information to appear in English on the topic. She prepared the Japanese section of the book Knitting Languages, and for some time she was the translator for Dancing Fibers, importer of Diakeito yarn.

Now that Japanese books and magazines are readily available online, Gayle has been teaching knitters across the country how to understand and enjoy these intriguing designs. She has taught for Stitches events, Interweave Knitting Lab, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Vogue Knitting Live, Knitter’s Connection and numerous other national, regional and guild events.

Her designs for garments and accessories have appeared in Knitter’s Magazine, Interweave Knits, A Gathering of Lace, and for yarn companies such as Jamieson & Smith. She is a member of Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Alexandria, VA, where she sells her original handknits.

 

Learn more about Gayle by visiting her website: gayleroehm.com


  • November 9, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
    Hand Knitting Design in Japan — slide show
  • November 10, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
    Behind the scenes: translated Japanese knitting books
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.

HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale

A Celebration of Fiber Art
Juried Showcase Exhibit
2020 Showcase Theme – Colorful Colorado

We regret to inform our loyal patrons and friends that the 2020 Fiber Art Show & Sale will be unable to proceed this year due to COVID-19 concerns impacting our communities.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you November 3-7, 2021!

 

Techniques
Appliqué & Quilting • Basketry • Bead Weaving • Dyeing & Surface Design • Embroidery • Felting • Fiber, Yarn & Tools • Knit & Crochet • Lace & Knotting • Handmade Paper • Handspinning • Weaving

Sample Categories
Accessories • Jewelry • Baby & Children’s Items •Clothing • Footwear • Hats • Scarves • Mittens • Home Accessories • Kitchen Textiles • Placemats • Potholders • Wall Hangings • Pet Accessories • Yarn & Fiber • Holiday Items • Cards


October 2020 Program – Kathy Hattori – Natural Fiber Dyeing

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Kathy Hattori – Natural Fiber Dyeing
Botanical Colors

Handweavers Guild of Boulder
October 2020 Day & Evening Program

 

The way that conventional color is applied to clothes is broken. “Wet processing” as industrial dyeing is called, is one of the top polluters in the world, consuming enormous amounts of energy, water and petrochemical based colorants.

Botanical Colors supplies artisans and industry with the materials and know-how to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and biodegradeable and draws its incomparable color palette from humble plants and natural sources. All colors are sustainably derived, many from agricultural and food waste products.

Botanical Colors studios are located in Seattle, Washington where they offer production dyeing and do fulfillment.

Botanical Colors offers guidance, support and consulting for emerging designers, brands and artisans. Feedback Friday is a weekly online series providing hour-long video discussions with guest experts.

 

Learn more about Kathy by visiting her website: https://botanicalcolors.com/


  • October 12, 2020 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
  • October 13, 2020 – Night Guild Meeting 8:00 pm
  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public – please email programs@handweaversofboulder.org for Zoom access information.