Sakiori and Zanshi with Tom Knisely

For those of you who have taken classes from Tom Knisely, you’ll enjoy seeing him at our Gulid meeting instead of The Mannings. For those who haven’t had an opportunity to meet Tom, you’re in for a treat!

This is a sakiori hanhaba obi. Sakiori is a traditional Japanese technique of rag weaving.The fabric strips are cut finely and woven into a tweed-like fabric.
Photo by Ichiro Wada.

Tom will provide some background to Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics, discuss the techniques for creating them, and show many examples that he has collected or woven himself. Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics represent some of the finest examples of recycling. Sakiori is a fabric that is woven with very narrow strips of fabric such as silk, much like a rag rug but with a subtle hand that makes it possible to wear as clothing. Zanshi cloth is woven with the left oveFr threads of previously woven fabrics. The broken warp threads, left over bobbins and thrums are tied together to make a continuous length that could then be woven to make a new fabric.
Tom Knisely has been the general manager and resident weaving instructor at The Mannings Handweaving Studio and Supply Center, with his career there spanning four decades. Along with teaching many different aspects of weaving, Tom enjoys teaching spinning and dyeing as well. Tom was voted weaving Teacher of the Year by Handwoven. Tom has done several instructional videos on weaving through Interweave Press and has recently released his book on weaving rag rugs through Stackpole Press. He has just finished a new book Handwoven Baby Blankets that includes more than 40 different baby blanket designs with lots of ideas on what yarns and threads work best for baby blankets.
Tom lives in rural York County, PA. When he is not weaving, spinning or collecting antique textiles for study, Tom loves to work in his garden.

Weaving with Handpainted Yarn

Just Our YarnOctober program
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
November 12, 2015
Introduction to Weaving with Variegated yarns

Cathi Chung and Diane Smith from Just our Yarn will help us explore how the choice of weave structure combined with hand painted yarns can create extraordinarily magical results. Study the effects of hue, value, structure and thread size.

Back to Guild

Summer is drawing to a close and we’re gearing up for a great year of guild meetings, workshops, programs, craft fairs, and exhibits.

A few things you’ll want to add to your calendar

Send news, pictures and reminders to the Newsletter editor for our September issue

  • September Guild Meeting on September 10 is show and tell

October has lots on the calendar

  • Hagley Craft Fair October 17 and 18
    Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Guild Member Exhibits at Convergence

City Skyline, Harriet MemegerHarriet Memeger exhibited her small tapestry, City Skyline, in the American Tapestry Alliance 10th Unjuried Exhibit of Small Format Tapestries, Untitled/Unjuried in Providence, Rhode Island. Her piece (9 “x 8.75”) was among 241 entries from artists from all over the world.

Untitled/Unjuried: Small Format Tapestry 2014

Curated by Jan Austin, the exhibit featured more than 241 entries from 13 countries, 6 continents, 33 of the US states. July 8-August 8, 2014, Gallery Night Reception July 17, 5-9 pm

Congratulations Debbie

Debbie with the Webs poster!I won the WEBS weaving competition, with the red jacket I made at Daryl Lancaster’s workshop in Peter’s Valley last summer! If I felt like a 6-year-old with a gold star when I got into the finals — this was better than making the honor society!!!
The jacket is in tencel, and a design that some of you have seen before, based on the opening measures of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. Webs+Winning+Posterjacket+idema+frontjacket+idema+backThe red jacket I made at Daryl Lancaster’s Peters Valley Workshop won first place in the “clothing” category in the WEBS competition.  The jacket is in a design I call “Basically Beethoven” and is inspired by the opening measures of the Pathetique Sonata.  It’s an 8-shaft networked advancing twill in tencel.

Coastal Visions Exhibit at JCC


Coastal Visions exhibit case at JCCCoastal Visions – an exhibit of art quilts, weaving, embroidery, felting and silk painting
by members of Fiber Dimensions, Ginny Abrams, Arlene Fauvreau-Pysher, Mickey Irr,
Ruth Oatman, Karen Schueler, Barbara Tinsman, Erin Underwood.

Siegel Jewish Community Center, 101 Garden of Eden Road
Wilmington, DE          302-478-5660

January 5, 2014   to  February 26, 2014