New appointment: Complexity 2018 Chair

Complex Weavers is delighted to announce that Susan Bowman has agreed to chair Complexity 2018, our biennial exihibit. Susan has previously served on the Complexity committee and chaired two acclaimed international exhibits for the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild. Her own work has been shown in juried exhibits since 1995. You can read more about Susan’s life in weaving in the September 2016 newsletter.

Art for the Home, Body, and Soul

Designing Weavers is holding its annual exhibit and holiday boutique, November 19th and 20th, at the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club in Sierra Madre, CA. CW members are cordially invited to drop by and join them to view, discuss and (even) touch the latest in fiber art and fashion.

Members of Designing Weavers will be on hand to discuss their work and provide insights to their creative processes and techniques. They would be happy to give tours of the exhibit and answer any questions you have. On both days, members will be demonstrating many fiber techniques such as ply splitting, tapestry, felting, and weaving.

More information is available at


Join us in Milwaukee!

We are hosting a reception in the Jazz Gallery at the Riverwest Artists Association on Friday August 5 from 6 – 8 pm. View Complexity 2016, enjoy refreshments, and chat with weavers – we would love to meet you.

The gallery is at 926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI. Public transportation is available, as is a taxi or Uber. If you are attending HGA’s Convergence, Bus #14 departs from the Convention Center (400 West Wisconsin Avenue) and you can take it to the stop at Humboldt & Center; there is a two-minute walk from the bus stop to Jazz Gallery.

Hope to see you there!

MAFA 2017:  A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities

“A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities”

July 20 to 23, 2017

Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.

Providing inspiration and educational experiences to fiber enthusiasts at all levels of expertise, the MidAtlantic Fiber Association’s (MAFA) 2017 conference features in-depth workshops and a full complement of activities including a fashion show, sample exchange, open studio evening and vendor hall–and more! More information at and follow MAFA on Facebook, Ravelry, or Twitter.

Colorado Springs Colorado Weavers Day Conference

Colorado Springs Colorado Weavers Day Conference, Sat, May 21, 2016 at University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway). Keynote speakers, seminars, lunch and more. For more information and to register (now – May 10th), go to

Fiber Celebration 2015

Call for Entries:  Northern Colorado Weavers Guild invites fiber artists to participate in its 41st annual juried exhibit to be held May 1 – June 6, 2015 at the Tointon Gallery in Greeley, CO. Pieces representing fiber media of all types are welcome, Susan Wilson is the juror and the CW Award will be given.  Submission deadline is March 1, 2015.  For more information and a prospectus, contact Peg MacMorris,  FC2015 Chair (

Bhakti Ziek in San Francisco

Bhakti Ziek will do a two-part event for CW in the San Francisco area on Saturday, January 17, 2015. In the morning she will give a slide lecture on her work, that has ranged from backstrap weaving to digital jacquard, and a demonstration of the way she works an image from Photoshop to the TC1, a hand jacquard loom. In the afternoon, Ziek will walk everyone through this process, using simple satin or twill structures. After going through the process with her, it will be easy to follow the directions in the book she co-authored with Alice Schlein (The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop®) that is available as a free download on Sign up for the morning or full day. Those of you coming for the full day should have a computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements on it. If you want to work in pairs, one person can take notes as the other prepares the image. Bring a power strip or extension cord too.

For more information or to sign up contact

UK Study Days with Jette Vandermeiden

Thursday 6 November

Designing Multishaft Huck Lace Weaves

A theory day on learning to develop your own original lace patterns through the use of blocks and profile drafts. A simple drafting method will provide a multitude of treadling variations, which are easily designed. A discussion of the structure will increase your understanding of how to design lace variations using a minimum of 8 shafts to the maximum available to you on your own loom.

Friday 7 November

Bateman Weaves: an overview

Dr Bateman spent his retirement working out many unusual drafts for 8 shaft looms using supplementary weft weaves. We will look at some of these weaves, focusing on the basic units of Bateman Boulevard and Tag weaves, and discuss how they can be used for designing through changes in treadling. Similarities and differences in pattern units, and comparison to recognized structures will be explored.

Venue: Central London for both days

Costs: £50 – £60 per day depending on numbers and venue

We will also be taking the opportunity to go out for a meal on the Thursday evening so there will be time to socialise with other weavers The cost of this will obviously be extra and it will be somewhere near the study venue.

For further details please contact me by email at