Thriving Communities

Robbie Grodin (left) is a wearable felt artist in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She is pictured here with one of her long-time friends who is wearing a hand-felted, hand-dyed piece Robbie made for a runway show at the Cleveland Art Musuem. 

Did you know that Cleveland is teeming with fiber artists? There are many active guilds in the northeast corner of Ohio-six by my last count! Many of these enthusiastic spinners, weavers, knitters, and felters belong to more than one guild. One of the Cleveland area's talented fiber artists, Nora Eason, explained that each of the guilds has unique qualities and meeting times so it is easy to be involved with more than one group. While she is the treasurer for the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers, she also gathers with Cuyahoga Weavers Guild (which has a subgroup, the Cuyahoga Spinners Guild) and the Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild.

I came home from the Alpaca Fiber Studio with this lovely handpainted skein of Alpaca Tencel. 

I recently spent a lovely weekend with members of the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers at the Lake County Farmpark, where they hold workshops and regular meetings. A spinner knows she is in the right place when greeted by a Jacob ram before entering a guild workshop! I also had the opportunity to attend a fifth-annual open house gathering at the Alpaca Fiber Studio in Chagrin Falls, OH. Owner and guild member Robbie Grodin is a dyer and felt artist, and also raises alpacas. It was such a treat to visit Robbie's working studio, which was packed with happy visitors, shoppers, and fiber friends. The Alpaca Fiber Studio is open one day each week, in addition to offering ongoing dyeing and feltmaking classes. Robbie specializes in top-notch wearable art, and her work can be seen on the runway each year at the Textile Art Alliance Wearable Art Fashion Show and Boutique.  


Are you looking for a guild or group in your area? Check out the Guild Directory at Spinning Daily



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