Special Events

Color Workshop

with Ruby Leslie

October 25, 2019

 Friday                9:00-4:00

Saturday            9:00-4:00

Sunday              10:00-4:00


St. Michael and All Angels Church

4911 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL

Class Fee

Members of the Handweavers’ Guild of Peoria $200 + $95 Materials fee

Non-members $250 + $95 materials fee

There Must Be 50 Ways to Weave Your Color…
(with apologies to Paul Simon, we’ll go beyond white and blue, Sue, and do more than red, Fred)
Format: 3-day workshop (includes “Lost in Translation” as the Guild lecture.)

Weavers seduced by gorgeous colored yarns often fail to use them successfully. The usual approach to this problem is to learn color theory — a huge and daunting undertaking. Learning terminology is NOT the equivalent of learning to use color well. What is needed is a method to translate color theory, terminology and yarn wrappings into actual weaving. You don’t need to master color theory to use color masterfully.

Using one color palette and a myriad of weave structures, we’ll take a layman’s approach to color theory and the principles of optical blending for a facilitated, semi-scientific investigation of color design. Weaving in round-robin format on pre-warped looms (with custom-wound warps provided by Ruby), participants will explore the effect different fibers, yarn grists and structures have upon a single colorway. By weaving a color sampler at each loom, everyone will produce the equivalent of a case study in color and weave structure — reference tool for weavers to successfully integrate color and design into their cloth-making repertoire.

Registration Form

Marcy Petrini Workshop

Re-inventing Twills- In this workshop take the concept of a twill in all its configurations and learn how to use the treadling of one twill on the threading of another as well as learning how to apply treadling methods to a variety of twills.

April 6-7. 2019


Doubleweave Workshop with Suzan Halverson

November 17-18, 2018

For more information email the guild at peoriaweavers@gmail.com

Cutting Loose with Tied Weaves

Robyn Spady Workshop

November 19-20, 2016

Sample Workshop

April 1-2, 2016

Six weavers, seven looms, 42 samples and one unexpected bride weaving! A great time was had by all!!



Boys Can Weave!

The Handweavers’ Guild and Hopewell Weaving teamed up to offer hands-on weaving. We had a great day with scores of adults and kids weaving on four-harness looms!



Extreme Warp Makeover

What a great workshop! Thanks, Robyn, for sharing your knowledge, humor and insights. We hope to see you again in Peoria in the future!

April 11-12, 2015

AmericInn, Peoria, IL

$150 Handweavers Guild members

$175 for non-members


On April 11-12, 2015, the Peoria Handweavers’ Guild of Peoria is sponsoring a workshop featuring the nationally known instructor Robyn Spady. The workshop, “Extreme Warp Makeover” is for the beginner to advanced weaving student. In this workshop you will warp your 4-shaft loom in one of 3 different 4 shaft threadings and perform an extreme makeover and weave many different ways….from twill, lace, and overshot to swivel, corduroy, deflected weft, and double-faced. A four-shaft loom is required.

Robyn Spady has been weaving for over 40 years. She has taught extensively at seminars and conventions across the United States and written numerous published articles.


The cost of the two day workshop is $150 for members of the guild or $175.00 for non-members which includes a one year membership to the Handweavers’ Guild of Peoria.

The workshop will be held at the AmericInn in Peoria.

We have a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $89.99 (normally $129.99). Breakfast is included and full use of the facilities, including the pool. These rooms will be held until March 11th at this price.

For more information or to register email the Guild at


Weaving Day at Dunlap Public Library

302 N. First, Dunlap, IL

Saturday, October 4, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Handweavers’ Guild of Peoria will demonstrate weaving, spinning and other fiber arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Peoria Riverfront Museum Weaving Demonstration

Members demonstrated weaving at spinning at the Riverfront Museum on April 26th. Demonstrations and hands-on activities were offered throughout the day. Kids were taught how to weave on a cardboard loom that they could take home with them. People were fascinated with the variety of looms and the process of carding fleece.

2014-04-27 16.16.58


Garment Construction and Finishing Techniques for Handweavers and Other Fiber Artists

by Daryl Lancaster

Friday – Sunday

April 5, 6, and 7, 2013

at Three Sisters Folk Art School in Chillicothe, IL

For more information contact Lise Mundwiller at pooh6673@aol.com



Stepping Out of the Shadows

Shadow Weave Workshop

September 23-25, 2011

Joan Quigg, Teacher

For Beginning to Advanced Weavers

Dates:  Friday through Sunday September 23 – 25, 2011

Times: Friday 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.

            Saturday 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

            Sunday 10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Place:  Jennie Hawkey’s House, Hopewell

Cost:  $28  plus $10 material fee per participant.

 Food:  Potluck lunch Saturday, Bring your own bag lunch Sunday.

Email the guild for more information or to register at hgp@mchsi.com or call Joan at (309) 253-6678


International Weaving Day – UK Day

Celebrate the culture of the United Kingdom as the Handweaver’s Guild of Peoria gathers to eat, study and perhaps kick up their heels!

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Place: Jennie Hawkey’s in Hopewell, Illinois

Call 309-274-6150 for directions or for more information



Third Annual International Day


August 4, 2012

St. Francis Church, 12200 N Brentfield Dr., Dunlap, IL

10:00 – 3:00


Japanese Weaving  Japanese Embroidery  Tea Ceremony
 Calligraphy  Sushi-making demonstration  Kimono Displays
 Martial Arts demonstration  Dance Participation  


10:00 – 12:00 Presentations and activities

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (must be ordered in advance)

1:00- 3:00 Presentations and activities


Deadline for registration: July 30, 2012

                **Registration at the door will not include lunch


Scarf Workshop 2011

Our Scarf Workshop was a smashing success! Friday night was spent dying several small items and Saturday we used resist to make beautiful patterns.

Thanks to our skillful and fun teacher, Karen Snow who led us all to beautiful, creative projects.

Click here for more pictures.


Community Event
Weaving at the Library

Saturday, March 12, 2011

10:30 – 12:30 a.m.

Dunlap Public Library


Color Workshop
September 25th and October 23rd

Email hgp@mchsi.com for more details!


August 27th Old Settlers Day in Lacon found several members of the Handweavers’ Guild of Peoria spinning, weaving and making lace. Here is an article that was in the Lacon Home Journal.

Old Settlers Weaving Demonstration
Members of the Guild participate in Old Settlers Day in Lacon, IL


Kara Jorgensen <prncssbat@gmail.com>
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