Towel Exchange Guidlines

How it works:

Weaving Guidelines:
1) Weave one towel for each member of your assigned small group, one for MAFA goodie bags, and (optional) one for yourself.
2) Threads should be cotton (mercerized or unmercerized), cottolin, or linen.
3) Colors – weaver’s choice!
4) Pattern/weave structure – weaver’s choice! Does not need to be original designs – lots of patterns and ideas in Handwoven and weaving books.
5) Finishing technique (fringe, turned hem, hemstitched, etc.) – weaver’s choice!
6) Finished kitchen towels should be from 16-18 inches wide by 28-30 inches long. Take this into account during the planning stages. If you need help – please ask your guild representative or ask me.
7) Please complete a weaving project sheet to accompany each towel (available from the guild representatives or Aileen).

We are planning on having a fun get-together in November 2018 so everyone can see the awesome array of towels before they are distributed to their new owners.
Keep in mind: exchanges require a commitment so that everyone has a happy return on their weaving investment. So, you have to give in order to get… and meet the guidelines!

Overall Coordinator: Aileen Campbell 

Albemarle Weaving Guild Representative: Marla Campbell 

Foothills Spinners and Weavers Guild Representative: Pam Haverland 

Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild Representative: Aileen Campbell

Fiber II, A National Juried Show

Fiber II, A National Juried Show

Submission Fee: $25.00 USD, $15.00 USD

This October, in partnership with the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild, LibertyTown Arts Workshop presents Fiber, an exhibition celebrating everything fiber. We want to showcase the full breadth of fiber art, including but limited to weaving, dying, felting, sculpture, sewing, quilting, knitting,and crocheting. Fiber can be, but is not limited to, cotton, wood, wool, paper, metal, or synthetic materials. Pieces must consist primarily of fiber and be of original design. Kits and commercial patterns are prohibited. The method of displaying the work must be obvious or clearly indicated and easily achieved by our staff. Any specialty hangers or forms must be included with the work. Artists should indicate all fiber media used in each piece.


9/16:             Submissions due by 10PM Eastern Time

9/19:             Notifications sent

10/1:             Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 6PM

10/5:             Opening reception

10/28:           Show closes, unsold work may be picked up


1st Place:          $300

2nd Place:         $200

3rd Place:         $100

Spring Is in the Air – Let the Thaw Begin

Hello All,

I have some information that I need to pass along.

First, it’s that time again, please send any inputs for the April newsletter to me by 30 March. Let me know if you have any questions. Also, if you know of a guild member that has not received this notification (and would like them) please have them get in touch with me so that I can get them added to the site.

Second, Keren passed along that she received a request for volunteers to demonstrate spinning & weaving at the Civil War and Emancipation Day, scheduled to take place at Chimborazo Medical Museum (3215 E. Broad Street, Richmond) on Saturday, April 7 from 10 – 4. They would be willing to pay an honorarium. If you are willing and able to participate, please contact either Keren or me and we will get you the information.

For our education and outreach opportunities, we have electronic sign-up forms that you can use for different events. If you are interested in one (or all?) of the demonstration activities, please submit your interest via this FORM.



FSWG Annual Holiday Party – Plan Change

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There is an Open House and lots of children’s activities planned for LibertyTown this Saturday so we are moving our party to Judy’s house!

Details:   Starting at 10:00 until ??

Please check your email for the details and directions.



Education/Outreach opportunity for the Guild: Spotswood Elementary School Colonial Day

This is regarding an Education/Outreach opportunity for the Guild: I had mentioned at the Guild meeting on Saturday that there is a request from Spotswood Elementary School in Spotsylvania to demonstrate fiber arts at their Colonial Day. They only involve the Fourth Grade, and in multiple groups, so the experience isn’t overwhelming. But the date snuck up on me – it’s Monday, December 14th!

So of course they’d like to know right away if we can be there. I have committed to demonstrate spinning on a wheel, but it would be wonderful to have someone who can demonstrate combing or carding, or weaving or dyeing. Or someone could demonstrate spindle –spinning, or knitting/crochet. Or I could do one of those and someone else could use a wheel. They are especially interested in a Weaver. Or a Seamstress. I know some of you know a LOT more than I do about the Colonial period and clothing of the times, etc.

Your participation would mean a lot to my daughter Sarah, who is actually in the fourth grade this year. Who can come out for a few hours to support the next generation of fiber artists? Keep the crafts alive!

Quick Turnaround Service Project – Update 1

We will be meeting at Artful Dimensions on Friday the 11th from 10- 3 pm.  Definitely a drop in and create kind of thing.  FI you cant join us but want to help, simple stuffies with handles- ie long ears arms or legs and no bigger than about 8 inches- nothing scary, can be dropped off at my studio at Artful dimensions till Dec 30!!

Thank so much for helping me spread the word.

Original Post

Oct planning meeting

From Lynette:
I will be at Libertytown Thursday putting final touches on the fiber show and would like to have a short LET’S STITCH meeting with whomever is available.  Let’s shoot for 2:30 so it does not get too late. 

I understand that some of you will not be able to attend so if there is anything you want us to discuss please let me know.



Archived in museums, stored in collections, kept safe in our very own homes – what is it about objects that make them so special, and what can we learn from them? Tracing Roots is a new documentary that inspires audiences to make powerful connections between environment and art, collecting and living cultures, and between what is on the shelf and the meaning of its origin.  The film focuses on Haida elder and master weaver, Delores Churchill, and her unique discovery of an ancient spruce hat found in a retreating glacier during a warm summer.

Join us for this film screening and discussion with Delores Churchill and producer/director Ellen Frankenstein, as we explore why culture and heritage matters and the rich livingness of objects.

A weaving demonstration with Delores Churchill will follow.  This program is presented by NMNH’s Education & Outreach Department with Recovering Voices (NMNH), The Arctic Studies Center (NMNH), and Artchange, Inc

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Baird Auditorium
Ground floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20560

Registration is free, but required.


Image credit: Dave Rubin