Guild supported workshops

Weaving Twills on 3-8 Shafts

Taught by Guild member Lisa McLane, students will will explore twill weaves using from 3 to 8 shafts. We’ll talk about design considerations including sett, balancing/closing a pattern and when to use a floating selvedge. We’ll also explore tips to make your weaving more efficient and comfortable.

Instructor: Lisa McLane has been weaving for 30 years in both professional and hobby settings. Production weaving gave her a grounding in efficient methods across the entire weaving process. Through seminars and personal experimentation, she has explored multiple weave structures and fiber types. Her focus is on fine yarns for clothing and block weaves. She enjoys integrating textiles into other crafts such as book binding and ceramics. She has taught beginning weaving at Parkland College and other classes in less formal settings.

Dates: Friday, April 20- Saturday, April 21, 2018

Location: 503 S. Country Fair Drive
Champaign Il 61821, above The Piano People

Cost: It is the Guild’s goal is to break even on costs. Therefore registration fee will not exceed $75 for guild members. A deposit of $60 from
members and $85 from nonmembers is required at registration with the understanding that up to an additional $15 may be collected at the workshop.

For more information see class details.


Spinning Retreat at Allerton Park

The Champaign-Urbana Spinners & Weavers Guild invites you to a Spinning Retreat with Sarah Anderson, author of The Spinner’s Book of
Yarn Designs, at beautiful Allerton Park and Retreat Center near Monticello, Illinois. Come join us for an amazing opportunity to relax and
improve your spinning skills at the Mansion, as well as enjoy the formal gardens, grounds, and trails at Allerton.

Instructor: Fascinated by all things fiber since childhood, Sarah Anderson is the author of The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs. She
has contributed to The All New Homespun Handknit book and Spin Off, Handwoven and Ply magazines. Sarah’s enthusiasm for spinning techniques and constructions has driven her to create an extensive library of different yarn constructions that she loves to share with other spinners. She is a regular at Madrona and has taught at SOAR, Fibre East in England, Golden Gate Fiber Institute, CNCH, NWRSA’s Spinner’s conference, and for many guilds and shops. She has also filmed several videos with Interweave Press including “The Building Blocks of Spinning,” “Power Spinning” and “Exotic Blends.” Sarah lives, spins, knits and weaves in the Pacific Northwest with her husband in
a small house FULL of fiber, wheels and spindles.

Dates: Monday October 15 – Tuesday October 16, 2018

Location:  Allerton Park & Retreat Center is
located at 515 Old Timber Road,
Monticello, IL 61856.

Allerton is a stunning park and retreat center located in central Illinois. It has been described as “a vast prairie turned into a personal fantasy land of neoclassical statues, Far Eastern art, and huge European-style gardens surrounding a Georgian revival mansion.” The Park
comprises 1,500 acres of mixed woodland, riparian areas, and prairie with many interpretive and primitive hiking trails. The grounds also include a mansion and reflecting pond, several secondary lodging facilities, and a 10-acre meadow. Just a short walk from the mansion, visitors will find formal and statuary gardens and a large greenhouse; a few of the many other features include the Golden Buddhas, the
Sunken Garden, and stand-alone statues The Sun Singer and The Death of the Last Centaur.

Allerton’s beauty and tranquility provide a very special opportunity for an inspirational and creative learning experience.

Retreat fee: $400/person (maximum of 18 participants)
Materials Fee: $25

Fees include two full days of instruction, lunch and dinner on Monday, lodging at Allerton on Monday night, and breakfast
and lunch on Tuesday. Check-in is at 9:30 am on Monday, October 15, instruction begins at 10:00 am, and the retreat ends at 3:30 pm on


For more information please see class details.