love guilds at the Fair... guilds keep the arts alive,
sharing their passion, teaching, inspiring, fostering fellowship.
presenting the demonstrating and teaching guilds
of the 2012 Fair:
Crocheters of the Lakes/Halos of Hope: Crocheters of the Lakes was formed in 2009 when more and more crocheters in the Lake County area wanted a place to come together. At meetings, they share what they are crocheting, gifts they've made for others,and help each other with crochet questions. They also do charity crochet projects. They will have hooks and yarn to teach beginning crochet at the Fair. Members will also be working on blankets for Project Linus and they will have a collection drop box for Halos of Hope at this year's Fair. Halos of Hope supplies handmade hats to those fighting cancer.
Guild meetings are held the second Monday
of every month. Membership is $10 for the calendar year or $3 visitors.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for meeting locations.
Foxy Lady Rug Hooking Guild, affiliated with the Association
of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA), draws hooking artists
from the greater Chicago area. The guild provides a place for
rug hookers to meet and hook together, exchange ideas, learn
new techniques, and give and receive encouragement. Because rug
hooking materials and hands-on teaching advice are not easy to
find in the Chicago area, the guild provides a pleasant and relaxed
meeting place for new and experiences rug hookers.
The guild holds an annual members’ workshop designed to
enhance hooking skills. The guild is also happy to provide demonstrations
and displays for area historic and artistic events, including,
annually, Lisle Depot Days held in September.
Guild meetings are held the second Saturday
of every month (except Dec.) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the historic
Beaubien Tavern at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St, Lisle, IL
60532. Members pay dues of $20.00/year, plus ATHA dues of $26.00/yr.
Contact Beth Morris at email@example.com for
more information. Note: Access to the Foxy Lady website, located
on Yahoogroups.com, is limited to guild members only. However their
group homepage is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FoxyLadyRugGuild/.
Hollow Tree Spinners Guild welcomes spinners, would-be
spinners, and people who don't even understand centrifugal force.
It's all about the fiber. If you want to run your fingers through
fiber, come play with them. They offer workshops, open spinning,
and each fall, a judged and juried show in Woodstock. The show
is co-sponsored by the Woodstock Weavers Guild.
Guild Meetings: Join us at our regular meetings,
every second Saturday, from 10:00 am until about 3:00 pm at The
Fold in Marengo, IL. Yearly dues are $25.00. Curious non-members
are always welcomed.
Contact: Sharon Krengel: firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Toni Neil: email@example.com.
City Knitting Guild is a membership organization
that encourages and fosters knitting in the Chicago area. They
currently have over 300 members.
Guild meetings are the third Tuesday of each
month from 6:45 pm- 8:55 pm. Meetings are held at Sulzer Regional
Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Membership
meetings usually include: refreshments, meeting and greeting, Guild
Business, a program/mini class, and Show & Share.
Windy City Guild membership entitles you to receive the monthly
Windy City Knitting Guild Newsletter. It is loaded with announcements
about knitting events, book reviews, knitting website reviews,
yarn store reviews from all over the United States, class and teacher
reviews, knitting patterns, tips, hints, facts and fun. Many knit
shops in the Chicago area give a 10% discount to Guild members.
Members also pay a reduced price for the fantastic workshops the
guild sponsors. Dues are $25 per calendar year. You are invited
to attend one of their monthly meetings if you would like more
information about the guild before joining.
Contact: Membership chairman, Worna Haywood
Web site: www.windycityknittingguild.com
Woodstock Weavers Guild is an active fiber arts guild
that promotes hand weaving in Northern Illinois and Southern
Wisconsin. Members of the guild share hand-woven projects ranging
from household linens, to rugs and draperies, to "art to
wear" clothing. They encourage the development of artistic
and technical skills in hand weaving, and promote public knowledge
and appreciation of hand weaving as both a craft and as an art
with tangible market value. Through guild activities artist/weavers
are provided opportunities to explore the historical development
of hand weaving as well as the many forms and techniques of hand
weaving employed throughout the world. Opportunities for the
general public to view the work of local, national and international
hand weavers are also created.
Guild meetings are from September through December,
on the first Wednesday of the month at McHenry County Farm Bureau,
1102 McConnell Road. January through June meetings are held at
the Woodstock Library on Judd Street. You can visit their website http://www.woodstockweaversguild.org for
meeting details as well as find their membership form and information
on their yearly dues. They sponsor several hand weaving workshops
each year and publish an informative monthly newsletter. They'll
be presenting their 13th annual Fiber Arts Show this October at
the Old Courthouse Arts Center on the square in Woodstock. The
Show is free and everyone is invited. They also have special interest
groups including a Tapestry Group, an Inkle Weaving Group and a
Color Study Group.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
general information about the Weavers guild and its activities.
fiber arts, fiber art fairs, women, and activism have
a long history in the United States. Sayings, including the one
above were embroidered into quilts and other household goods and
sold at Great Fairs in the North to raise money to support the
abolitionists prior to the Civil War. In the South, women sold
Gunboat quilts to raise money for the army. Groups like the Woman's
Relief Corp that existed right here in Crystal Lake, IL, all got
into the prewar effort.
Further back in American History, we all remember and learned
about the Boston Tea Party, but tea wasn't the only or the first
sticking point between the Colonies and the British government.
More festering still was the bitter battle over the colony's efforts
to begin and sustain textile production. In 1699 the British passed "The
Wool Act" which basically prohibited the colonies from selling
textiles to anyone but the British government, who in turn sold
it back to the colonies. In protest of this act, the ladies of
Boston marched out on the Commons and spun yarn in defiance and...in
public!! (the first "sit in"?)
other interesting fibery facts: do you know...
- according to an article on the front
page of the Wall Street Journal on April 19, 2008 53
MILLION Americans are now knitting. Woo Hoo!!
- knitting, especially those active between the
ages of 40 and 60, may help stave off Alzheimer's disease (according
to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd
- knitting could help alleviate major trauma effects
to British psychologist Dr. Emily Holmes).
- "a group of mathematicians is taking
a new look at some old problems and using crafts like knitting
and crocheting to solve them. From the way the atmosphere generates
weather to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted
models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural
- knitting and crocheting have been proven to
reduce stress according to a study done by Harvard
Medical School Mind Body Institute and another study done
- there's even research that suggests that knitting
induces a meditative state similar to that of Nepalese monks
- who increase the capacity of their brain through meditation.
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"Many thanks and kudos to all you Hollow
Tree Spinners who joined in the demo activities during the last
three days at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair! Every
time I pressed my ear to the “wall” of my booth,
there you were explaining it all to interested folks. You
were entirely generous to share your time and expertise with
the public, and I appreciate your investment in helping our craft
Toni Neil to Hollow Tree Spinning