The Reno Fiber Guild has a long history with public weaving demonstrations. In 1972, a couple of women had their looms at the Nevada State Fair and found that the public was so interested in what they were doing that they decided to form an organization devoted to spinning and weaving. The result of their efforst was originally called Northern Nevada Spinners and Weavers Guild. Members found so many interesting things to learn and do that involved fiber so eventually the guild changed its name to Reno Fiber Guild. Today, the guild's main emphasis is weaving, although we are still interested in other fiber activities such as dyeing, braiding, beading and surface design on cloth.
On September 24th, Reno Fiber Guild partners with the South Valleys Library in Reno (15650A Wedge Parkway) to give the public a chance to try their hands at the ancient art/craft of weaving. Between 11AM and 2PM the whole family is invited to watch and participate in what we are doing. The guild plans to have several looms for hands on weaving, an inkle loom, some rigid heddle looms and a couple of people demonstrating on a Japanese braiding stand called a Marudai. Plus there may be a few more surprises like a backstrap weaver who learned her skills in Mexico.
For our young at heart group (that would be kids of all ages) we will have a cardboard loom kit and helpers to demonstrate how easy it is to weave a small tapestry piece. Your woven piece and any materials left in the kit will be yours to keep.
There will be an exhibit of handwoven items and several knowledgeable weavers who will be able to explain processes and answer your questions.
Please join us to learn more about weaving and experience the thrill of making cloth appear on the loom.