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Get to know your WGM Board: Jan Nelson

2018-11-19T12:07:48+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Member Spotlight, Membership, News|

We asked members of the Weavers Guild Board about their weaving, spinning and dyeing journey. Read on to get to know Jan Nelson on a more personal–and creative–level.


Board Term:  April, 2018 – August 31, 2019

Member of WGM since: 2001

I am a: Weaver

Skills I bring to the WGM board:  Operations and financial and project management, volunteer management, have served as Chair of Fiber Fair, worked on two WGM Silent Auctions, served as chair of Midwest Weavers Conference, 2015; Interim Director of WGM, July-October, 2016.

My first project: A sample wool wall hanging in browns and greens. I still have it.

Loom of choice: I have a Norwood 8-harness floor loom and a small 30” vintage Hammett loom, called Dash.

Current projects: Dreams and ideas

Inspiration: My mother was a talented knitter, seamstress and had a great sense of design and color.

Project I’m most proud of: Baby Blanket for my first great nephew, Louie Floyd (named after my late Father, Floyd Wallace Nelson).

Best class I’ve ever taken: Beginning Floor Loom with Julie Nester.

Favorite thing about WGM: The fact that it continues to be (since 1940) the place for people to learn and share their love of weaving.

Craft book I can’t live without: “Rag Rug Handbook” (by Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff).

I’ve always wanted to make a beautiful tapestry but I’m waiting until hell freezes over.

If you looked in my stash, you’d find: A lot of stuff from the WGM Donated Yarn bins, including several pounds of orange wool.

Three things left on my bucket list: Visit Machu Picchu, spend 3 months in France, de-clutter my house before it’s too late.

Another WGM member who inspires me: Paula Pfaff

My advice to a new WGM member: Come to the meetings, join an interest group, ask questions and have fun learning. Attend a Midwest Weavers Conference – Note:  the next conference is June 20-22 in Grinnell Iowa, http://www.midwestweavers.org/conference/