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Small Expressions exhibit

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices.

NYGH member Stephanie L. Chambers' doubleweave pickup 'Tanooki in Gray and Black' has been selected to be part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin July 23-Aug 14, 2016.

The Marketplace at Convergence 2016

24 shaft computer assist Toika loom

24-shaft computer assist Toika loom.

The Marketplace

The Marketplace at Convergence 2016 has dozens of vendors and booths. Ever wondered what it would be like to use an AVL compu-dobby loom? Or a digital jacquard loom? How about trying out different spinning wheels to see which one is the best fit for you? If you don't know how to spin, don't worry... Constance at Schacht Spindle Company was nice enough to give me a crash course on spinning. I tried out the LadyBug wheel and with a little practice I started to get the hang of it!

Many of the vendors offer discounts to Convergence attendees. WEBS based out of Massachusetts will give you a 20% discount on $60 or more. Toika has free shipping on some of their looms. For someone who doesn't have a local weaving supply store nearby Convergence is great because you get to feel all the yarn and fibers and test out the equipment before you buy! I bought three cones of yarn and a brass reed hook from WEBS but alas that beautiful 24 shaft computer assist Toika stayed!

Photos below: (top) Loominarias/Iridescent Fibers pre-measured warp. (middle) Take a weaving break at one of the many looms in the marketplace. (bottom) Purrington shuttle with ruler on the side! Purrington Looms also does custom shuttle engravings!

Loominarias/Iridescent Fibers pre-measured warp
Floor loom
Purrington shuttle

Welcome to Milwaukee! Convergence 2016!

Image of Welcome to Milwaukee HGA Convergence 2016 banner

Hi from Milwaukee! We have 3 weavers, Stephanie, Carie, and Carol from the New York Guild of Handweavers who made the trip to Milwaukee to attend HGA Convergence 2016!

Convergence brings together people from all aspects of fiberarts including weaving, spinning, dyeing, and basket weaving! This year it is being held at the spacious convention center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The outside the convention center is surrounded by art sculptures and trees that have been "yarn bombed"! When you enter the convention center and look up you can see beautiful "yardage" woven by weavers hanging from the second floor railings.

At Convergence there is an amazing array of classes and workshops offered by masters in the field, several exhibits (both juried and non-juried), and a huge marketplace where attendees can not only shop to their heart's content but also try out looms, spinning wheels, and other equipment from AVL, Schacht, Toika and more! I tried out a 24 shaft computer assist loom from Toika, and it was quite the experience!

Convergence 2016 ends on August 6th (day passes are available). Other exhibits by the Handweavers Guild of America such as Small Expressions at the Milwaukee Art Museum will run until August 14th.

Photos: (top) Yardage at Convergence 2016, (middle) Yarn art for Alzheimer's awareness outside the convention center. (bottom) Convention center hanging sculpture.

Yardage at Convergence 2016
Yarn art
Convention center hanging sculpture
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