Workshop Poll

Following are the teachers/workshops that were discussed in meetings. At the end of this post is a poll where you can vote for one of the recommended classes or (hopefully I’ve configured this correctly) you can vote for a different class. Please vote only once. If you know a member who is not in the internet, please pass on this information to them and vote for them. Thanks to everyone for the input and assistance.


Cameron Taylor-Brown

Classes Offered: Fiber workshops explore design, color, creativity and the collaborative process, as well as beginning to advanced weaving techniques. Topics include Color in Cloth, Hands-on Color, Garden Palettes, Ready Sett Go and much more. Workshops are taught at conferences, guilds, museums, retail shops and schools around the country as well as in Los Angeles at ARTSgarage. Starting in 2016 I will offer a series of “skill building” weaving classes through the Textile Center of Los Angeles

Recommended Class – Fiber and Weave

Explore the rich diversity of fibers and their properties in this round robin class where we set up each loom with a different fiber, weave samples and experience the look, feel, and behavior of cotton, linen, wool, mohair, alpaca and more!

Barbara J Walker

Classes Offered: Ply-Splitting Braids, Baskets and Beyond,

Weaving – Color & Weave Duets, Stripes with Attitude, Signature Blocks, Others

Guild Programs – Multiple Warp Design, What’s in a Name Block, A Fiber Artists Mailbox and more

Recommended Class – Color and Weave Duets

This 3 day round robin workshop demonstrates how color sequencing can totally transform the appearance of a weave structure.  Suitable for new weavers and the experienced.

Deborah Robson

Co-Author of the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook

Classes Offered include – Rare Breeds, Surveys of Wool Types, selecting a variety of breeds that give participants different qualities and prep techniques, Down Wools, Longwools, etc.  Extensive Catalog (26 pages).  Fee is $1000 per class day.

Recommended Class – 2 day Overview of Rare Breed Wools

Some of the most wonderful and practical fibers come from what are now rare breeds of sheep.  Discover double coats, singles, luster wools and classics.

We’ll explore the range of fleeces from rare and endangered breeds and we will spin, play and open doors of possibility.  We will learn about how to prepare fleeces for spinning too.

Daryl Lancaster

Daryl Lancaster received her BA cum laude degree in Fine Arts in 1977 from Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ and has been actively working since then as a weaver/fiber artist.  Comfortable with the sewing machine for more than fifty years, she spent 10 years as a production craftswoman, selling her handwoven clothing in craft markets and galleries throughout the United States.  She teaches garment construction and related topics to weavers and other fiber enthusiasts across North America.  In addition, Daryl exhibits her artwork in galleries across the country. She was the Contributing Features Editor for six years, for Handwoven Magazine from Interweave Press and wrote the Fashion and Color Forecast Column. She continues to write for various weaving and sewing publications.

Classes Offered include – Weave Your Own Trim On The Inkle Loom, New! Inkle Loom Weaving Advanced Techniques: The Next Step, Weave Your Own Cloth On A Four Shaft Loom, Muslin Madness!, Exercises And Inspiration For The Color Challenged!, Living On The Edge: Creative Seam And Edge Finishes, Closures, Weave A Memory, Custom Fit And Fabulous: Create A Pattern Custom Fit To You, Pin Fit To Perfection, Jumpstart Vest, Garment Construction And Finishing Techniques, Weave A Wardrobe, What Went Wrong,

Jumpstart Jacket, Vested Interest, Beginning Weaving: Explore Warp Face Bands, Weft Face Tapestry And Shaft Loom Weaving, Summer Camp For Adults! A Fiber, Garment Construction Intensive: Wrap Your Body In Clothing From Your Own Hands, Yards And Yards: Designing And Weaving Handwoven


A crash course in garment construction, embellishment, piecing, fit, finishing, and all around fun!  For anyone interested in learning to construct great looking and great fitting garments.  Learn to be creative with your seam finishes, buttonholes, closures, linings, and embellishment. This is a terrific class for beginners as well as for those more experienced sewists wanting polished and professional results. Bring a sewing machine and try many of the techniques.

Maggie Casey

Maggie Casey is co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, Colorado. She has been addicted to spinning for more than 30 years. Some people have wine cellars, she has a fleece basement. She holds Part 1 of HGA’s COE in Handspinning. Maggie teaches spinning at Shuttles, the Estes Park Wool Market, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and guild programs around the country. She has been a skein judge at the Taos Wool Festival, Estes Park Wool Market, Colorado State Fair and Convergence 2004. She is the author of Start Spinning, Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, an Interweave Press book. Her DVDs include: Start Spinning, Getting Started on a Drop Spindle, and Big and Lofty Yarns.


Silk is called the “Queen of Textiles” for good reason. Nothing matches its shimmer, warmth and feel. Play with tussah and bombyx, noil and top and learn what makes this fiber so wonderful. BEGINNING SPINNING SKILLS REQUIRED. BRING WHEEL, CARDERS AND LAZY KATE. FIBERS PROVIDED

**The following teachers have been difficult to track down, but are teaching at Maryland Sheep & Wool. Perhaps a guild member would be interested in contacting one or more of these folks while attending the festival.

Jacey Boggs Faulker

Publisher/Director/Editor in Chief/Advertising at PLY Magazine. Jacey has spent the last decade falling in love with fiber, writing a book (Spin Art, Interweave, 2012), writing for various fiber and spinning magazines, producing a spinning DVD (Sit & Spin, 2009, self), and teaching all over the world. Jacey is excited to marry her passions of spinning, teaching, and writing and make PLY the very best it can be.

Tom Knisely

Former weaving and spinning teacher at The Mannings, currently owner/teacher at Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center

Judith MacKenzie-McCuin

Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving – Judith MacKenzie (McCuin) is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing. Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey.




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For meeting cancellation information please check the link above titled Current Meeting Status.

The Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild was founded in September of 1982 when Mary Ann Geiger gathered a group of ten people at the Butler Public Library.  These people desired to organize a Guild to promote interest in and to teach the art of spinning and weaving.

Over the years the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild has grown to include approximately 50 members.  While emphasis is placed on spinning and weaving, members of the Guild also knit, crochet, felt, and raise their own fiber-supplying animals, including sheep, alpacas, and goats.  No fiber related art is off limits to try!  Our members expertise vary from beginning spinners and weavers to nationally and internationally known experts!

The Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild has been active from the beginning in local and regional Sheep-to-Shawl contests, including those at the Pennsylvania Farm Show (Harrisburg) and Penn’s Colony (Saxonburg), bringing many awards with them back to Butler.  Throughout the years members have also demonstrated the art of spinning and weaving at many local events, knitting shops, and schools.

During the 10th Anniversary, 20th Anniversary and 25th years of the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild members exhibited works at The Allied Artists of Butler County.  2012 celebrated 30 years of artistic creation, comradery and sharing our love of fiber art.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL The Guild owns a variety of spinning and weaving equipment available to members to rent for $5.00 per week. The sheep to shawl teams have first priority on the equipment for an upcoming event. If interested in renting anything please contact Wini L.