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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: May 5 2018: Weaving Fabric for Garments: Getting Started - Manon Pelleter & Judy Schaefer

Many questions come to mind when an idea for a hand-woven garment is formed. Choosing the best fiber, weave structure, and pattern are all important points to consider. Sometimes these questions are answered at the beginning of the process, the "Planned" approach. Other times at the end, or the "Unplanned" approach fiber, sett, and weave structure are picked at the start and the rest of the questions answered after a fabric has been woven. These two approaches are both creative and challenging - this talk will explore each method and provide a foundation for those interested in garment construction to move forward in creating their own unique clothing.

Manon Pelletier is a Master Seamstress with over 40 years experience in garment construction.
Judy Schaefer is a seamstress with over 40 years sewing experience with teaching credentials from a major sewing manufacturer. Both Manon and Judy are weavers and guild members whose passion and focus is on handwoven cloth for garment construction. Manon's approach to projects is mainly from the "Planned" perspective; whereas Judys creativity comes from the "Unplanned" angle. Either method produces beautiful one of a kind garments.




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.