Beginners Tapestry Workshop!

Registration open for Beginning Tapestry Workshop

Our own Bobbie Shafer will lead us in learning all about getting started in tapestry. tapestry2 If you were inspired by the Silvia Heyden video or the Helena Hernmarck lecture, now is your chance to participate in a hands-on experience.  See attached flyer for information.


New Rigid Heddle SIG

Because of so much interest, the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild has decided to start a Rigid Heddle SIG (Special Interest Group).   While there is no one to teach us new skills, and update the old ones, this SIG will be members helping and challenging each other as we explore the possibilities of the looms.

You must be a member of the WRSW Guild to join this group.  If you are not a member and would like to join WRSW, the membership fee is only $15 if paid prior to December 31st; after that it is $20.  For more information go to   

Once you are a member of WRSW, membership in the Rigid Heddle SIG is FREE!  It will be led by Linda Christopher and JoEllen Salkin.  We are planning an initial meeting on January  15th, 2-4 at the Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Please let us know if you are interested (unless you have already done so) by calling Linda at 440.781.2046 or sending an email to  Details will be sent to those who sign-up.

For your 2017 Calendar!

Before things get too crazy with the holiday season, I wanted to ask everyone to mark their new calendars for our special get-together on ROC Day, Saturday January 7th, a.k.a Saint Distaff’s Day.

 This day spinning-women1is a gathering of friends with common interests in fibers… a celebration of the New Year, specifically for their art, and a way of paying homage to the past.

Hope you can come, bring a dish to share, a gift for exchange (if you want to participate) and an afternoon of festivities and yummy food!

Willoughby Hills Community Center (in the library) 

11 a.m to 3 p.m.


Guild Meeting – Nov. 15th at Farmpark.

Yes, it ‘s November already and our meeting is a week early.  Join us for a great video, A Weaverly Path: the tapestry life of Silvia Heydena documentary.  silvia

“Kenny Dalsheimer’s A Weaverly Path captures a privileged and intimate slice of time observing Silvia Heyden, providing an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear what she experiences during a period of deep involvement with her Muse, the Eno River. Heyden’s quest is not to weave a representational depiction of the river, but to interpret the river’s fluid patterns, shapes, sounds, and ever-changing nature, to represent its movement and flow with the yarns of her tapestries.”   (

* Don’t forget to check out last month’s minutes posted on the “member’s only” side.

2017 Roster is Up

Please check the 2017 Membership Roster (scroll down past the 2016 Roster) to see if you have paid your 2017 dues and verify your contact information. Contact Nora Eason if your contact information needs to be updated. Your Password is required to log onto the Members website. Click on “Forgot Password” if you do not remember it.

If you do not see your name, then you have not renewed your membership for 2017. After December 31, 2016, membership dues will be $20 for individuals and $25 for families.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, November 15th!

“My tapestries are not paintings. They unfold on the loom within the possibilities and limitations of weaving. Once on the wall, my tapestries express their own identity in a woven composition.”  – Silvia Heyden

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th – one week earlier than usual! This is to accommodate Farmpark in their staging and set up of their annual Holiday Lights event, as well as to move our meeting off of Thanksgiving week this year.

Please make it a point to join us at 7PM in the Theater to view a documentary on the life and creativity of tapestry artist, Silvia Heyden!  There had been a question raised in our October meeting as to the location, and I can confirm that we’ll be in the Theater.  See you then!

Nancy – 2016 Program Committee chair

Guild Meeting tomorrow! (Tues, 10/25)


Hope you will  be coming out to Farmpark for our WRSW Guild meeting tomorrow. It’s a beautiful drive this time of year and we have a wonderful program on hats. This meeting also marks the time for our annual election of nominated positions!  See you there!!




2017 SIG Newsletter

The 2017 Special Interest Groups (SIG) newsletter is now available here.

Remember, the SIG’s are for members only, so get your dues to Nora at the November meeting! After December 31, the dues go up to $20 for individuals and $25 for families.


Helena Hernmarck Lecture – November 2nd





Lecture:   The Process of Weaving a Commissioned Tapestry Helena Hernmarck

Date/Time:  Wed, Nov 2, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Place:  CMA Recital Hall  (Park on Level P2)

Cost:  Free to TAA members and students; $5 at the door for nonmembers.  TAA members may wish to join the artist for dinner at Provenance at 5:15 p.m. (notify Emily Rebmann, 216-707-2579, for dinner reservations)

There is also a viewing of one of her large tapestries at 6:15 p.m. (notify Bobbie Shafer if you plan to come for viewing- the museum wants a head count)

Internationally renowned tapestry artist/maker Helena Hernmarck has created many stunning large works that were usually commissioned by clients and architects to dominate a lobby or interior space. She developed her own combination of weaving techniques, totally separate from the traditional way of weaving tapestry.

Hats, Hats, Hats . . . . Tues., October 25th Guild Meeting

Date:  Tues, October 25, 2016felted-hat3

Time:  6-7 social time, 7-9 meeting/program

Place:  Lake Farmpark

Program:  Hats, Hats, Hats! 

Presenters:  Deb Henry, Jan Gibson, and Bobbie Shafer

Hostesses:  Donna and Laramie 

(Don’t forget to check out the minutes from September meeting via the member only link)