Minnesota Weavers Take to the Train


Aoife Roberts welcomed plaza visitors to sit and weave a few picks. Photo: Becka Rahn.
A loom on the Green Line. Photo: Jennifer Nicklay.

Members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota could be seen earlier this summer sharing their passion for textiles on Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Summer on the Plaza is an arts series that features local musicians, artists, and educators throughout June, July, and August. Three different programs are scheduled each week over the lunch hour, allowing those working downtown to have the opportunity to spend part of their lunch hour learning a bit about a wide range of topics, including bobbin lace, ukulele, Tai Chi, and more.  Weaver Aoife Roberts tells us more:


"The Weavers Guild of Minnesota partnered with Hennepin History Museum on June 25 to demonstrate weaving, and asked passers-by to guess what various pieces of old textile equipment, such as bobbin lace tools, were used for. It was a beautiful day to weave outdoors, and we realized the most efficient and eco-friendly way to get our floor loom to Government Plaza was on the Green Line Light Rail!"


The Weavers Guild of Minnesota is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary year in style. In mid-June, they hosted the Midwest Weavers Conference, drawing a wide range of fiber artists from around the Midwest and beyond. The conference was well attended and sent hundreds of people home with smiling faces and new skills.


Many of the conference classes were held at the guild's home, the Textile Center. The facility includes well-stocked workshop spaces, a full library, and retail space. Photo: Kate Larson

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