April 20 – April 23, 2018
Hosted by Manhattan Areas Weavers and Spinners Guild
The Four Points by Sheraton, Manhattan
530 Richards Dr, Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(KAWS info and registration link)
…organized by the Kaw Valley Fiber Guild, was held in Lawrence in June. Many interesting workshops/classes were scheduled, and attendance was good. Local fiber artist Traci Bunkers gave the keynote address at lunch on Saturday. For Sunday the event moved to near Kansas City for a dye day.
Mother Earth News Fair – October 21 & 22, 2017
For 2017 the Topeka Handweavers were again offered a large booth space by Mother Earth News for the 2017 Fair held at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The space is given to the Guild at no charge and in exchange for demonstrations. Many members demonstrated weaving and spinning, and we scheduled a couple of “classes” for beginning weaving, with basis looms made from popsicle sticks/tongue depressors and assorted available yarns. Thanks to Barb B. for organizing.
“An Afternoon at Linda Lee’s Sewing Workshop” — October 16, 2016
Sunday afternoon, October 16, Guild members are invited to participate in a program at Linda Lee’s Sewing Workshop; 1:30 – 4:00 pm; 301 SW Kansas Avenue. Linda will discuss sewing with handwoven fabrics. She will talk about pattern selections, interfacings, seams and hems.
Linda is doing this program at no charge; therefore, the program is offered at “NO CHARGE”. Barbara Beyer explained the only fee is brownies and other refreshments. Tina, Barbara and Carol brought food and drink.
The Sewing Workshop is located is across from the Topeka/Shawnee County Law Enforcement Center. Parking is available along Kansas Avenue. Please contact Barbara Beyer or Tina Davis by October 10 and let them know if you plan to attend. Spaces not used by our Guild members will be opened to the Manhattan and Lawrence Guilds.
Mother Earth News Fair – October 22 & 23, 2016
Late last Fall, Topeka Handweavers were offered a booth space by Mother Earth News for the 2016 Fair being held at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. We accepted. As many of you know, our booth drew a large number of visitors in 2015. The space is given to the Guild at no charge and in exchange for demonstrations.
Barbara and Carol have contacted members and asked for volunteers. Several of you responded and have agreed to help provide demonstrations and a presence in the booth Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. Our booth has grown from one space to four spaces. We’ve invited members of the Kaw Valley Fiber Guild (KVFG) to assist us. Members of KVFG will be demonstrating along with members of our Guild. The Guild’s booth location was moved. We are along the west wall of the Exhibition Hall in spaces 1903 – 1906.
It is not too late to volunteer. Please contact Barbara or Carol.
Tapestry Talk – November 1, 2016, Mulvane Art Center
Guild members are encouraged to attend the Tapestry Talk at the Mulvane Art Center, 1700 College Avenue, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, November 1, 2016. (Nov. 1 is the opening of the exhibition, American Tapestry Biennial, so it will be an opportunity to enjoy a “first view” of the artworks.)
The Museum hopes people who have a passion for fiber arts of all kinds will attend. The Conversations Program is designed for guests to sit in a circle with a few expert artists on hand. A current exhibit, American Tapestry Biennial, will be discussed. People share ideas, interpretations, knowledge of techniques and the joy of being with people who are interested in learning and sharing!
Members of the Potwin Fiber Artisans will also participate.
The exhibit runs through December 23, 2016.
Apple Festival, October 2, 2016, at Old Prairie Town/Ward Meade Park (Topeka, Kansas)
A huge “Thank You” to the Guild members who helped make Guild participation in Apple Festival – 2016 a success. Members included Tina, Lois, Jo Ann, Regina, Marcia, Nancy, Barbara, Bobbie and Carol. Regina arrived early with her spinning wheel and to make sure the loom was ready to go. She and Lois made final adjustments and corrections. Tina and Marcia demonstrated weaving. Regina worked on her wheel spinning wool and “working in” cotton from a nearby cotton plant. Other members worked on knitting. Bobbie arrived and involved a group of children in making God’s Eyes. “Thank you” to Regina, Tina, and Marcia for putting the loom to bed late Sunday afternoon after the rest of us had to leave.
Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka (2015)
The Mother Earth News Fair has made an in-kind sponsorship for KAWS 2016! They donated a double booth at the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka last October, which was held at the Kansas Expocentre. Several guild members helped set up the booth using loaned hand-woven, -spun, -knitted, -crocheted or other items. Members also were on hand all day providing information and demonstrations, with hands-on weaving a small loom available for those interested in trying it. Also in the booth was a full-sized floor loom weaving a test run of the Sheep-to-Shawl planned for the KAWS annual meeting/conference upcoming in April 2016. We feel it was a very successful weekend, and have been invited back for next year. A photo of the finished shawl is on our Facebook page. Shawl from 2015 Mother Earth News Fair
Apple Festival at Old Prairie Town/Ward Meade Park (Topeka, Kansas)
Several members of the Guild were at the Apple Festival, October 4, 2015, demonstrating spinning and weaving and perhaps other pioneer skill/crafts at the log cabin. Many festival attendees stopped to chat and view the demonstrations.