The Frances Irwin Handweavers Guild was founded in the mid 1960’s to foster the art of handweaving and related fiber interests. More than 40 years later, that mission continues. We honor those who have kept this art form alive, yet there is excitement about the collaboration and exploration enjoyed by our growing membership.
Meeting Time and Date:
Second Monday of the month
September through June
9:30 a.m. coffee, with meeting to start at 10:00 a.m.
Catherine Dickson Hofman Branch of the Warren County Library MAP
4 Lambert Road
Blairstown, New Jersey 07825
Library Phone: (908) 362-8335
Frances Irwin is primarily focused on weaving, but monthly programs may include other fiber-related topics. A sampling of our yearly calendar includes the following:
• Professional programs in the form of a lecture, demonstration, or workshop by a regionally or nationally known textile artist.
Past programs have included Sharon Alderman, Jason Collingwood, Sharon Costello, Robyn Spady, and Marjie Thompson.
• Occasional “Round-Robins,” where members bring table top looms warped for a particular fiber focus. Participants then share their looms, increasing everyone’s experience and skill level in the selected topic.
• Show 'n Tell, a monthly opportunity to see projects in progress, finished items, or share challenges and solutions discovered when weaving.
• Swatch samples, with detailed warp and weave instructions, are available for a nominal fee.
• Periodic field trips to museums, suppliers, or distributors of fiber-related products.
• The Holiday Luncheon and woven gift exchange, held in December.
The Frances Irwin Handweavers Guild is a tremendous resource for the beginning weaver. Experienced weavers will appreciate the challenge an active and growing guild can provide.
We would like to welcome your contribution to this craft. We hope you will choose to join us!