Associations, Guilds, Organizations, & Conferences
Museum sites to visit (you may have to hunt to find fiber on some sites):
- George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum: https://museum.gwu.edu/ classes and workshops, some free, some not. Once at the site, click “Explore”.
- MAD Museum of Art & Design: https://www.madmuseum.org/ online learning lab with some free articles. Click “online learning”
- The MET Museum: https://www.metmuseum.org/learn/adults lots to explore here. Click ‘art” the “online features”. Exhibition previews, curator talks, etc. can be found at https://metmuseum.org/metmedia
- The Museum of FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology): https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/index.php lots to explore here too.
- National Museum of American History: https://www.americanhistory.si.edu
- Fabric Workshop and Museum: https://www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org
- San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/ click on #museumfromhome to explore the fun of Textile Talks, Making Masks, Quilt Zoom Backgrounds, Fiber Art 101, and Makerspace!
- New Britain Museum of American Art: https://www.nbmaa.org/visit click on the Education tab, or the Exhibitions tab, or the Digital Museum Access tab. Again, lots to explore!
- Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center: http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/museum-from-home/ a wide variety of art here, including some textiles.
- Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles: https://www.lacismuseum.org/ “The collection includes thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru, the finest from the 17th c. European courts and examples of the machine laces exemplifying the 19th c. industrial revolution.”
Online Instructional (many are Videos) to Investigate:
- Woodlands TV (YouTube) – you’ll find films and tutorials woodland activities such as Making Hazel Hurdles, Making Earth Pigments, How to Make a Feather Paintbrush, and How to Make a Rug Using a Peg Loom. The site is UK based. I think it’s great fun: https://www.youtube.com/user/WOODLANDSTV
- Flying 8 (YouTube) videos posted by Andreas Moller. I think the most interesting one shows how to easily create a hanger for your towel as you are weaving it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA0CSAM3RNw
- Taproot Video – Taproot Folk Arts has offered in-person instruction in many folk art techniques across the nation for over a decade and is now presenting their newest reincarnation: Taproot Video. Most are paid courses but not all! https://taprootvideo.com/
- Jane Stafford Online Guild. Weaving instruction from beginning to end. New videos released each month, most accompanied by supporting PDF information. Membership runs for one year and permits access to all previous seasons’ episodes. Cost is $99 Canadian, which right this moment works out to $72.57 US: https://janestaffordtextiles.com/
- Grist – look for resources for beginning and intermediate weavers – it’s an extensive list! https://www.gistyarn.com
- School of Sweet Georgia online platform designed to deliver video-based fiber arts education: https://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com
- Fun with Spikes! Hackle Color Management Pattern System – free workshop on how to use a hackle for color management and yarn design: https://www.fiberygoodness.com/hackleworkshop/
- Modern Daily Knitting’s tutorial on how to insert a zipper in your knitting: https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/on-zippers-in-knits/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Summer_Already%3f&utm_medium=email
- Rosalie Nielson (weaver) has her game “Block Time” for free on her website. The game is a downloadable PDF. A design game for creating symmetric patterns: https://www.rosalieneilson.com/
- Festivals & Shows
(see calendar for dates)
- Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia (Montpelier)
- Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
- Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
Guild Member Sites & Blogs
- Reedesigned -Lynette’s site, showing her paintings, jewelry, and fiber projects.
- Elizabeth Creates – Elizabeth W’s artsy blog!
- WovenGems – natural fiber yarns including alpaca, cotton, silk and bamboo blends. Custom handweaving.
- Ravelry – an online knit and crochet community
- SpinOff Community – the online community just for spinners!
- Handweaving.net – site contains in excess of 50,000 hand weaving drafts, with more being added all the time. Each draft includes the standard threading, tie-up, treadling, and color drawdown. Drafts can be viewed, printed, and downloaded in WIF format. Weavolution – new site intended to be similar to Ravelry but emphasis is on weaving
- Weavezine – online weaving magazine – complete with articles, projects, etc.
- Weaving World Forum – a place to talk about everything involving any kind of weaving!
- Vavstuga Swedish Weaving and Folk Arts – weaving school in western Massachusetts.
- Handweaving.net – oodles and oodles of drafts, etc.
- Handwoven Magazine – from Interweave Press
- Interweave Knits Magazine
- MAFA 2019 Towel Exchange E-book
- Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Magazine – from the Handweaver’s Guild of America
- Spinning Wheel Sleuth
- SpinOff Magazine – from Interweave Press
- Joy of Handspinning – a plethora of information about spinning fiber
- Knitting Help – nice videos!
- Knit Picks – here you will find wonderful video tutorials as well as fun shopping!
- Vavstuga Swedish Weaving and Folk Arts – lots of mini videos showing a variety of weaving tips/tricks.