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Meetings / Mini-workshops


Upcoming Meetings & Mini-Workshops

Date Day Time Presenter
Sept. 12, 2015 Saturday 10:00 a.m. Madelyn Van der Hoogt
October 17, 2015 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Michael White
November 21, 2015 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Katlin Rothacher
January 16, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Workshop Instructor
February 20, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Ashley Callahan
March 19, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Donna Hardy
April 9, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Liz Spears
May 21, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Geri Forkner
June 18, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. "Last Day of School"
October 15, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Jennifer Moss
November 19, 2016 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Elizabeth Williamson


Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild meetings are generally held on the third Saturday of the month. Occasionally, the meetings are moved to Friday night to accommodate a weekend workshop. There are no meetings in July, August, or December.

Refreshments are followed by a short business meeting, Show and Tell, and the program speaker. Programs include lectures and demonstrations by guest and member speakers on topics related to fiber arts. Visitors are always welcome!

Saturday Meetings: Refreshments are served at 10:00 am
Meeting begins at 10:30 am
Friday Meetings: Refreshments are served at 7:00 pm
Meeting begins at 7:30 pm

The Helen Woolman library is open both before and after meetings for members to browse, check out and return materials from the Guild's extensive textile-related collection.


February CHG Meeting

Ashley CallahanDate: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ashley Callahan will present her research that led to her newly published book, Southern Tufts The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion.

Ashley has an MA in the history of American decorative arts from Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, and a BA in art history from the University of the South. She was the Curator of the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Musuem of Art for 8 years. As well as being a educated and entertaining speaker, Ashley is also the author of Georgia Bellflowers: The Furniture of Henry Eugene Thomas, Modern Threads: Fashion and Art by Mariska Karasz, and Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz.


March CHG Meeting

Donna HardyDate: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Our past president and old friend, Donna Hardy is returning to share with us her extensive research and work with indigo in the Charleston area. She will discuss the history of indigo in Charleston coast and her work in sharing the joy of growing and dyeing with indigo.

272 years after the first successful indigo crop was planted in the Carolina colonies, Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo got an idea to research and track down the original strain of indigo plants that were grown in colonial Charleston. Her research and persistence located a few remaining varieties in isolated areas that had been grown for generations: a pretty but humble shrub hiding its secret blue dye. (from "Botanical Colors")


April CHG Meeting

Sewing with Handwoven

Liz Spear, weaver of cloth and maker of garments will present the development of her line of classic and comfortable clothing, over the last 20 years. Additionally, she will discuss a selection of tips for weavers/sewers to add to their garment-making toolboxes, including the use of interfacings, various tools and equipment, other artists' cloth, etc.


May CHG Meeting

Geri ForknerIn November Geri Forkner and Judy Dysart went on a 2 week journey to Peru that focused on the weaving villages in the Peruvian highlands. Along with visiting 5 weaving communities and interacting with all the weavers, they also visited some of the greatest archaeological sites of the Incan Empire. The tour benefited the weaving communities affiliated with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco begun by Nilda Challanaupa 20 years ago. Her goal was to revitalize the traditional techniques and materials of weaving that dated back to pre-Columbian times. Come see the images of this wonderful journey.


June CHG Meeting

Remember the last week of school when you were a kid? Class parties! Crafts! Fun! The June meeting will be our last day of school for fiber lovers. Lets have some good food and make a few beautiful, easy crafts. On the agenda will be felting a book to hold pins, necklaces made out of washers, and easy to make dyed scarves. We never seem to have a chance to talk to everyone at a meeting. Come relax and chat!


October CHG Meeting

Jennifer Moss is a fiber artist, sculptor, educator and curator based in Savannah, GA.

She received her BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Western Michigan University in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. She has participated in residencies at the Paducah Arts Alliance in Paducah, KY and the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.

Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the United States and Italy, and has been publishes in 500 Felt Objects from Lark Books and World Wide Colours of Felt from Textile-link.  She has won numerous awards, including Fantastic Fiber's Best in Show in 2011, the 2011 London International Creative Competition Shortlist and a 2013 Student Niche award.

She currently manages the studios and gallery at Sulfur Studios and is a part-time professor in the Fibers Department at SCAD.


November CHG Meeting

Elizabeth Williamson is the new Executive Director for the Handweavers Guild of America since June 2015.  Before joining HGA, Elizabeth was the Ex Director  of the Aiken Center for the Arts in South Carolina. Prior to Aiken, she served as Managing Direct of Columbus (Ohio) Children's Theatre. Elizabeth will share with CHG the future plans for Handweavers Guild,  Education Programs, Convergence® and other key programs in HGA.



Mini-workshops are free to CHG members and are held two or three times a year after regular meetings. They last an hour or two and cover a wide variety of topics — from beginning spinning to kumihimo to sewing with handwoven fabric. Regardless of the topic, mini-workshops are always interesting and enjoyable.

Mini-Workshops are approximately 1 hour in length and will begin at 1:00 PM following the regular CHG meeting.  Mini-Workshops are free to all CHG members.


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