The Weavers Guild of Rhode Island

The Weavers' Guild of Rhode Island was founded in 1947.
Our goal is to promote the understanding and practice of the art and craft of weaving both for its members and the public.

We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month at the North Kingstown Free Library. Doors open at 9am for coffee and socializing. The meeting begins at 9:30 am sharp with the speaker. We break for a brown-bag lunch about twelve. Everyone is welcome. Directions to the library are linked below

2018 Weaver's Challenge - Click here for the forum

Next Meeting: April 7, 2018: Why use one color when 20 Will Do Photo Inspiration for Creating an Original Warp - Barbara Herbster
Note Location Reverted to Our Normal Location, North Kingstown Free Library
Morning Presentation
Ok, it seems highly unlikely that any of us would use twenty yarn colors in a warp, but many of us are thinking only in terms of one color. For the morning, get out your color shine and think outside your norm. For inspiration, when you look at a blue vase, do you see just one color blue? Can you see that the light shining on the vase causes an area of light blue? Is the light blue centered or off center? Around the sides of the blue vase, does the color become a darker blue? I could translate this into colors for a dishtowel. Dark blue borders, blue center with a stripe of lighter blue. Sharpen your observation skills and put them to use. The end product of a warp winding for a future warp will have the hand of the maker. That will be you.
This is meant to be fun, mind expanding, and there are no wrong answers. After a short talk with samples, about seeing with a new perspective, you will try your hand at the approach. Barbara will be on hand to oversee the plan inspired by the photograph you found. You can work from a plethora of yarns brought for common use. Please see materials list and be prepared to exercise your mind.

Morning Materials List (for communal use)

The Afternoon Workshop has been cancelled

Barbara Herbster has been weaving, contributing to galleries, and teaching for nearly 40 years. Strong interest in color and simple form have been her trademark whether making tapestries, rugs, runners, or producing wearables for sale. Weaving for Barbara is an endless creative exploration of the many roads weaving can take an inquisitive person.

Ondule Book
Be inspired by the only book on Ondulé Textiles, written by our own Norma Smayda and Gretchen White. Follow Norma's exploration with the fan reed and discover the magic of curves woven on a loom. Click on the picture to see a larger image of the cover.

Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes by authors Norma Smayda, Gretchen White, Jody Brown & Katharine Schelleng Original WGRI price of $35.00 has been reduced to $30.00. There are not many books left, and we would like to clear out our remaining stock. All sales go to the WGRI scholarship fund. Contact authors for copies of this book.