Welcome to Milwaukee! Convergence 2016!

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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