Programs, Presentations, and Meetings:
During part of the year, we hold special meetings focusing on a particular aspect of weaving and/or fiber arts. These meetings are led by invited expert guests or knowledgeable fiber artists from within our own ranks. These programs run September through April with a few exceptions noted in the calendar listing. We also have guild gatherings during the busy holiday months and the summer where we kick back to enjoy good food and company. If you share (or think you might share) an interest in weaving and fiber arts, please feel free to drop in and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you.  

UCC: Unitarian Universalist Church. 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville.

2022-2023  Program

For questions about programs, you can contact Barbara Zory or Carol Turner


Date Time Speaker Topic Location
7:30-9pm Margaret Ross
My artistic journey through the Springs of North Central Florida UCC
October 22, Saturday 10:30 am -12:30 pm Linda Nickel Hands on activity: color study using paper, color pencils, color wheel. $10 (requires sign up) Harn
November 17 7:30-9pm Linda Nickel Weaving with Nature UCC
December 1
7:30 pm Valeria Kleiman Holiday Party and silent Auction Valeria Kleiman’s
January 14, Saturday am Ginger
Intro to Spinning with a  drop spindle Gillian Hills house
January 26, Thursd. 7:30-9 pm Grayson
History of Weaving with demonstration of weighted loom. UCC
February (date TBA) TBA Malgorzata Deyrup Dyeing (requires registration) TBA
25, Saturday
1-5pm Cathy
Workshop: a sampler of how to properly do 5 or 6 embroidery stitches.         UCC
27, Thursd.
7:30-pm Valeria
(Intro) Software for designing your weaving project UCC
25, Thursd.
7 pm   Pot Luck UCC


2021-2022.   various zoom meetings.   Do you want to do in time of pandemia?   Check out this page.



    Every Thursday and/or Friday 2:00- ~3:30 pm. 
    We meet chat show & tell and encourage each other .
    Open to everybody, Contact  Linda Nickel to get the ZOOM link
  • Sept. 23 Wednesday 7- 8:00 Textile Month in NYC

Zoom      Discussion of events viewed via Zoom Links provided in email.

Listed below are the Topics ( w/ my examples ) ~ that will be up for discussion during our September 23 meeting at 7:00.


Based on your Virtual Tour of NYC Textile Month, please choose 1 or 2 topics that sparked your creative energies.

We will spend about 15 minutes on each topic – sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.

Please send me any links, emails, websites that you found useful and I will make a list to send to GHG members after our meeting.



* Techniques that we may want to try as a Guild –          example –  Natural Dyes

* Exhibits that were stimulating –                                     ex. Anni Albers – New Britain Museum of American Art   In Thread and On Paper

* Fiber Artists to Follow on Instagram / Facebook –        ex. Rachel Snack  Weaverhouse  in Philadelphia

* Interesting talks and presentations – your thoughts-    ex.  Feedback Fridays with Botanical Colors

* Sustainability in the Fiber world


The ZOOM meeting invite will be sent on Wednesday, September 16.  The Business meeting will be the 1/2 hour prior to each monthly meeting / workshop.

  • Oct. 24 Saturday 10:00 Workshop – Needle Felted Acorns

Zoom  Kat Hampson



” I have been needle felting for over a decade. My two amazing children are now teens, which affords me a bit more time for creating.          I am certainly the “see it and want to learn it,” type of woman, so I have quite a few hobbies.

 Happiest when my hands are creating, or volunteering.

More of what I have done is on Facebook at Kat Hampson Creates “


” I chose this acorn design because it requires no glue and can be easily adapted to strawberries or pumpkins. It is also makes a quick garland.”


 ” If you have acorn tops on hand, I can show you a quick method to Felt and glue the top on with Aileens tacky glue.”



  • 3 felting needles (needles of reasonable quality can be purchased for a low price on amazon. ).
  • Wool roving, brown for the top, or actual acorn tops .
  • Two ounces of merino roving…. this is a great way for spinners  to uses leftovers.  Most wool felts well.
  •  Just avoid anything too fine, or very short microns.
  • Felting pad, sturdy packing styrofoam blocks work well.      They are also sold alone or in kits.   I use a pad made of Felt.



  • Nov. 18 Wed. 7- 8 pm Studio Tour – Weaver Fever / Quilts & more

Zoom       Mo Mourton

Bio:   My name is Maureen Mourton but my friends call me Mo. I am 69 and have been quilting for over 20 years.  Quilting is my passion. I started in Maryland and my machine and I moved to Florida in 2014. When we travel, I always look for quilt shops. It’s amazing how different the fabric styles are from one part of the country to another. I like to say that I am addicted to 100% cotton.


    • Dec. 9 Wed 7:00 pm or Dec. 12 Sat. 2:00 – Holiday Party TBA.

Cookie Recipe – Exchange / Stash exchange .


Below is a link to the wonderful book of exchanged recipes. Try them all and let us know!

Handweavers Guild Cookie Swap recipes

    • Jan 23 Saturday 9:30 am  What have you created from your stash? 

      Zoom :  Please plan to share your most recent Fiber Project and send a photograph to Grayson for Instagram 



  • Feb. 24 Wed. 7-8:00 pm – Studio Tour + Mini Workshop

Zoom.     Lisa Vetter

  • March 27 Sat. 10:00 Workshop

Florida Tropical Weavers Feedback

    Share your workshop experiences.  Show us your projects !    Tell us Stories !  



  • April 28 – Wed 7-8:00pm Textile Photographer Joe Coca

Zoom or Mtg video and e- bookThe Human Thread

    • May 15th   10:00 am to 2:00pm  – Natural Dyeing  with   Brittany Boyer.  Registration required

You can arrive at 9:30 to set-up and visit the sheep. We will meet outside at Rusty Bee Ranch  in Alachua. Masks and Socially Distancing will be needed during parts of the workshop.  

  • May 26 Wed. 7:00 pm – End of the Year Event

Zoom or Mtg. Hosted by Barbara Zory

  • June TBAStudio Tour + Spinning/ Tshirt yarn

Zoom       Lorinda Browning

  • July TBA Terrific Tartans –

Zoom or Mtg.        Robert Mathews

  • August – Ice Cream Social

Zoom or Mtg.      Hosted by Myra Hudson




2019 Fall–2020 Spring


      Every Thursday and/or Friday 2:00- ~3:30 pm. 


      We meet chat show & tell and encourage each other .
      Open to everybody, Contact  Linda Nickel to get the ZOOM link

    • The March meeting has been cancelled  so as not to increase contagion of the virus 

March 25th, Wednesday 7:00PM

TERRIFIC TARTANS with Robert Matthews


    • February 29th, Saturday
      9AM (workshop starts right after the regular meeting)
      Workshop- ICE DYEING & DIY LARGE FELTED BAG with Lorinda Browning
      ($25 for members and $35 for non-members.   Registration required)


Supplies: None required.
Optional Supplies:
If you want to get a start on the felted bag.
L Bag  Class  List
1.  2  small  balls  of  scrap  yarn  of  different  colors
2.  Ball  of  yarn  to  knit  a  small  sample  and  practice  the  Kitchener  stitch
3.  Circular  needles
4.  Yarn  needle
5.  Sharp  scissors
6.  Bring  a  ball  of  the  yarn  you  may  be  considering  using  to  knit  the L-Bag, along with  its  label  to  see  if  it  is  a  felting  yarn.

    • January 25th, Saturday
      Workshop- ALL ABOUT YARN Pam Paul


      ($10 for members – $20 for non members. Registration required

Did you ever wonder what those numbers inside a cone of yarn mean? 10/2,2/18,8/4, use it over unmercerized?  What’s the difference between rayon, bamboo,  tencel, and modal buy?  What if you got a great deal on yarn but you have no idea what it is?  Take the anxiety out of buying yarn and planning a project.

    • December 4th, Wednesday
      Potluck/ guild sale at Valeria’s home

    • November 16th, Saturday
        Japanese Bookbinding – with Peggy DiNegro


      Japanese books differ from ours in that the binding holding the pages together is on the outside and becomes an artistic element in itself.
      You begin by designing your stitching pattern.  Fun!  Easy!  I’ll guide you through it.  You will then select a cover to go with your pages, punch appropriate sewing holes and stitch your booklet together using 6 strand floss.  There will be some choice of colors for cover and threads.

      Workshop fee $10.00.

      RSVP would be lovely but you can come regardless.


    • October 30th, Wednesday
      Meeting-PLARN with Veydra van de Leur


Veydra will give a presentation about PLARN and each person will be given the patterns for the bag and apron shown.

  • September 25th, Wednesday
    Meeting- CLASP WEAVING with Malgorzata Deyrup

(for additional questions about programing, you can contact

Wednesday meetings are in the evening and include regular guild business and a presentation by a speaker while Saturday meetings are in the morning and include  the regular  guild business additional hands-on workshops.

Past Schedules

2018 Fall–2019 Spring

September 26,  Convergence and Other Textile Travels
October 31, Weaving Baskets Using Florida Materials – Nancy Gildersleeve
November 17,  Beginning Tapestry Weaving – Jan Hansen
December 6, Holiday Party
January 30,  Dye a Silk Scarf: Fun, Fast, Fabulous – Peggy DiNegro
February 23,  3-D Printing of Textile Tools – Sara Gonzales
March 30Beautiful Hems for Handwovens – Margarete Griffith
April 24, Silk Worms – Neil Harris
May 29,Potluck


2017 Fall – 2018 Spring:

September 26 – Hand spindles workshop – Ginger Clark
November 1 – Tatting is Alive and Well – Laurie Edvardson
November 18, – FTWG Conference Goody bag preparation
December 6 – Holiday Party
January 27 – Bow weaving – Michell Belson
February 27 – Peruvian Textiles – Maya Stanfield Mazi
March 28 – FTWG conference reports/Tapestry group presents
April 28 – Inkle weaving – Jennifer Williams
May 30 – Potluck

2017 Spring:

January 25 – SOUTH AMERICAN TEXTILES, Laurie Welkins
February 22 – IS THAT JUST PLAIN WEAVE?, Judy Jull
April 26 – NEEDLE TATTING, Laurie Edvardsson

2015 – 2016:
September 30 – TOSCA STUDIO REVEALED – Anny Crane
October 28 – WEAVING WITH WIRE – Holly Merton
December 9 – HOLIDAY PARTY – Peggy’s Home
January 27 – MEXICAN WEAVING – Valeria Kleiman
February 24 – ART (LIFE) AFTER GRAD SCHOOL – Erin Curry
March 30 – HEMP: HISTORY & FUTURE – Joan Ruane
May 29 – POTLUCK – Barbara Zory’s Home

2014 – 2015:
September 24 –  MINIATURE QUILTS  – Peg Forgnone
October 29 – WEAVING IN THE 70’S – Jan Haase
December 10 – HOLIDAY PARTY – Peggy DiNegro’s Home
January 28  – CONTRAST: THE KEY TO COLOR SUCCESS – Charlene Schurch
February 25 – VARIATIONS IN JAPANESE KIMONO – Martin McKellar
March 25 – CONNECTIONS – Cindy Steiler
April 29 – NANTUCKET BASKETS – Myra Hudson
May 27 – Pot Luck – Barbara Zory’s Home

Programs from 2013 – 2014

Programs from 2012 – 2013

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