Category Archives: Upcoming Programs

November 18 – Catharine Ellis

Series of handwoven panels dyed in a range of color from yellow on the left to scarlet on the right, using shibori technique.
The Intersection of Weaving and Dyeing

Although weaving and dyeing are two distinct textile skills, the combination and integration of these processes one can vastly expand a design vocabulary. The result is a more complex and personalized finished textile. Applications for these weave/dye combinations include ikat, woven shibori, and cross dyeing. The primary focus of this talk will be the use of natural dyes, but synthetic dye use is also applicable. Catharine will share her thought process, her dye choices, and talk about the evolution of her woven and dyed work over more than 40 years.

photo of Catharine EllisCatharine Ellis has been a weaver and a dyer for over 40 years. After three decades of teaching the Fiber Program at Haywood Community College in NC she is now dedicated to studio work, focusing on natural dye processes. She also does specialized, selected teaching, in the U.S. and internationally. Recent projects include teaching natural dyeing in Guatemalan through Mayan Hands.

Catharine is the originator of the woven shibori process and author of the instructional book, Woven Shibori (Interweave Press, 2005) and The Weaver’s Studio – Woven Shibori: Revised and Updated (Interweave Press, 2016). Her most recent publication is The Art and Science of Natural Dyes: Principles, Experiments, and Results (2019). All three books are available to borrow from the guild library.

Catharine’s Website
Catharine’s Blog

2021-2022 Guild Programs

The Programs Committee is happy to announce our 2021-2022 programs. At this time, all guild meetings will be conducted via Zoom until it is safe to meet in person again. Meetings are on 3rd Thursdays of each month, beginning at 7PM. Zoom links are available in the Member’s Calendar.

  • September 16, 2021 – Ginger Summit: Felting
  • October 21, 2021 – Deborah Corsini: Wedge Weave
  • November 18, 2021 – Catharine Ellis: The Intersection of Weaving and Dyeing
  • December 16, 2021 – Holiday Party (in person if safe, Zoom social if not)
  • January 20, 2022 – Mayumi Fujio: Mushroom Dye
  • February 17, 2022 – Andean Textile Council Board Member: Textile Traditions of the Andes
  • March 17, 2022 – Miriam Omura: Warp Painting
  • April 21, 2022 – Marilyn Romtka: Uzbek Ikat
  • May 26, 2022 – CNCH 2022 Shared Experiences (note changed date due to CNCH 2022)
  • June 16, 2022 – Elections, Guild Sale / Social (in person if safe, Zoom social if not)