Fiber Notes Jan 22 2019

Lily Hope, Mellon Indigenous Artist at UVa’s Fralin Museum of Art, January 22-25, 2019

Lily Hope weaves Ravenstail and Chilkat textiles. Her ensemble, Little Watchman (on display in the exhibition Reflections: Native Arts Across Generations at The Fralin Museum of Art) blends the two styles. Lily is Tlingit Indian, of the Raven moiety; following her matrilineal line, she’s of her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan,  originating from the Snail House in Hoonah, Alaska. She teaches both styles of weaving in the Juneau community, in the Yukon Territory, down the coast of SE Alaska and into Washington and Oregon, and lectures on the spiritual commitments of being a weaver.

Lily Hope is a Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Artist at UVA from January 22-25, 2019. The residency program schedule includes:

Questions about the program? Contact curator Adriana Greci Green or administrator Amanda Wagstaff,

February 1 is the Deadline to apply for HGA & Dendel Scholarships for Fiber Arts Students

Each year the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) provides over $4,000 in Scholarships for students enrolled in accredited academic programs in the United States and Canada. With the goal of furthering education in the fiber arts, including textile research, history and conservation; scholarships are awarded on artistic talent and technical excellence rather than financial need. If you are a student we hope you will consider applying. If you know of a student who may qualify, we hope you will forward them this email. This year’s Scholarship deadline is February 1, 2019. Apply Now.

HGA’s scholarship program is part of our mission to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community. We recognize that students are an integral part of our fiber art community and as such we invite students to get involved in the many opportunities HGA has to offer.

  • Join HGA for our international fiber arts conference: Convergence® 2020 in Knoxville, July 24 – 30, 2020. Convergence® Internships connect Student Interns with internationally known Convergence® Leaders to assist in their classes. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the full Convergence® experience, including taking classes in their spare time. Transportation and accommodations, with limitations, is provided.
  • Students are invited to enter their work in one of HGA’s juried exhibits. Entry fees are waived for all students registered in accredited academic fiber programs.
  • HGA offers discounted annual student memberships for $25. Benefits include grant opportunities; 4 issues of our member magazine, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot; and much more. Join now.

For more information about HGA and our student opportunities, visit our website,, or call (678) 730-0010.

Remember MAFA 2019 Conference Registration opens at 9am on February 2nd!

Find complete conference info here

Or download the catalog here

Natural Dyes Podcast with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

Gist Yarn & Fiber’s Podcast
Episode 33: Natural Dyes with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

This week on the podcast, I’m talking to Kathy Hattori the founder of Botanical Colors. Botanical colors supplies artisans and the textile industry with the materials and knowledge to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and bio-degradable. They sell beautiful high-quality natural dyes for weavers and makers. Kathy and I had a lovely and wide-reaching conversation about why she’s so passionate about natural dyes, how she thinks about ethics and sustainability in sourcing, her tips for weavers who want to try out dyeing for the first time, and so much more. Comment below to continue the conversation!

New Tapestry Classes announced at Joan Griffin Tapestry

Hello Fellow Guild Members…

The new year is the time we think about our creative directions and new ideas for the coming year. I am offering several tapestry sessions for anyone who is interested.
I think it is important to have a good foundation in the basics of tapestry weaving so that a student can then move on to a more personal expression using the techniques they have learned. The classes are held in a friendly, learning atmosphere in my studio in order to see a working studio as well as the opportunity to try various types and sizes of tapestry looms. Students also have access to a large library of tapestry books, different kinds of yarns and various approaches to designing.


The 2 day class concentrates on the basic techniques of tapestry weaving on a portable loom. We cover the basics of tapestry weaving such as warping the loom, finishing and various design shaping techniques. Tapestry weaving is a unique , timeless technique but can be adapted in a multitude of colorful ways to the challenges of contemporary designs. Each student will take home a tapestry sampler they completed during the weekend for future reference. Students may also take their loom home to continue work for a few weeks and then easily ship back to me if not local. Classes are 10-4 on Sat. and 10 – 4 on Sunday. $198 for both days and all supplies included. A student only needs to bring lunch each day. No previous tapestry experience is necessary. The classes are very very small so that each person has the necessary personal attention. contact me via email to register in advance (

Dates for early winter and spring:
February 3/4 or April 7/8 or June 2/3.

Consider trying tapestry!

Joan Griffin
Charlottesville VA