Interest & Study Groups

WGM’s Interest and Study Groups are self-driven and member-led, and meet to discuss topics of specific interest or work on themed projects. Groups are open to all current Weavers Guild of Minnesota members as a benefit of membership. Participating is a great way to learn more about equipment and techniques and create a community based around shared interests, getting to know other guild members in an informal way. Since March 2020, interest and study groups are meeting over Zoom. Most meet monthly at a set time.

HOW TO JOIN: Most WGM groups belong to Groups.io and use that forum to communicate, save project information, and share images, meeting notes, and their Zoom link information.

If you are interested in joining a group, please request to join WGM’s main page on Groups.io here: https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/main After your guild membership is verified, you will be able to request access to the interest groups.

If there is no Groups.io page listed for the group: Please contact the group lead directly using the information below to see if they are accepting new members.


  • This group is designed for all members interested in weaving on a rigid heddle. We welcome beginners to advanced rigid heddle weavers, as we explore the boundless possibilities on this amazing portable loom.
  • Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm via Zoom.
  • Please contact the group leader for more info: Connie LaTendresse
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/RigidHeddle

NEW! SAORI Interest Group

  • About: The SAORI Interest Group is interested in exploring the creative weaving style founded by Misao Jo of Japan. Members are encouraged to bring their items, their enthusiam for one another, and explore the teachings of SAORI together.
  • Participation is open to guild members.
  • Meets 3-4 times per year. Dates are announced in The Draft (member newsletter).
  • Group leader: Chiaki O’Brien.
  • This group meets in person: please RSVP to attend as space is limited.
  • The SAORI Study Group does not have a Groups.io page.

NEW! Community Read Book Club

  • About: The WGM Community Read is an informal gathering of members who explore writings related to weaving, spinning, dyeing, fiber and history.  Members are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, share photos of related textile samples, and bring their questions.
  • Participation is open to all guild members.
  • Meets 3-4 times per year to discuss a chosen book and related themes. This group meets over Zoom.
  • Discussions are led by guild library Mary Skoy.
  • Book Title and meeting dates are announced in The Draft (member newsletter), along with the Zoom link information.
  • The Community Read does not have a Groups.io page.

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Dobby Weavers

  • This group is interested in teaching each other how to weave with mechanical and computerized looms. Members typically design and warp WGM’s compu-dobby loom for a group project. Guild members of all experience levels are welcome to join, including beginners. Please contact the group before coming to your first meeting.
  • Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 1:00pm on Zoom
  • Group Leader: Judy Bratt
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/DobbyWeavers

New and Occasional Weavers Interest Group (NOW)

  • This group is open to any current member.
  • NOW is devoted to sharing tips and tricks, techniques and tools. NOW is topic-specific and invites all interested guild members to attend that month’s meeting–without a committement to join the group. NOW’s presenters are normally members of WGM, providing a “by-member, for-member” learning opprtunity. If you see a topic that interests you, join us for the meeting.
  • The gathering starts with a short introduction to a beginning weaving topic, such as a weave structure. The introduction is followed by discussion and show & tell of individual projects.
  • The group meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1pm, from September to May on Zoom. (NOW does not meet in June, July or August.)
  • Meeting notices and recaps are posted on the Facebook group, WGM New and Occasional Weavers.
  • Any WGM member can gain access by searching the group name and sending a Facebook request to become a group member.
  • NOW is co-led by Arlene Monk & Gerri Barosso
  • Tips for beginning weavers can also be found on the Facebook group.
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/NewOccasional

Portable Weaving Interest Group

  • This group is open to any member interested in any form of small, portable, and off-loom weaving or braiding. Examples include:  all types of band weaving including tablet weaving, inkle weaving, and others; rigid heddle weaving; kumihimo and other types of braiding; any other weaving or braiding craft needing only portable equipment.
  • The group welcomes members at all levels of skill, including beginners.
  • The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 10am – 12pm on Zoom.
  • Group Leader: Bonnie Buzza
  • This group does not have a Groups.io page. Please contact Bonnie directly for more info.

Rag Rug Interest Group

  • This group is open to any member interested in weaving rag rugs. New members, of all levels of weaving experience, are welcome to join.
  • Meetings are currently held on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom.
  • Group Leader: Judy Larson
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/RagRug

Rigid Heddle Interest Group

  • This group is designed for all members interested in weaving on a rigid heddle. We welcome beginners to advanced rigid heddle weavers, as we explore the boundless possibilities on this amazing portable loom.
  • Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm via Zoom.
  • Please contact the group leader for more info: Connie LaTendresse
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/RigidHeddle

Scandinavian Weavers Interest Group

  • This group is committed to the study and promotion of traditional Scandinavian weaving techniques and other cultures of interest, encouraging each other to preserve traditional folk art techniques and use the techniques to expand contemporary artistic expression. All Weavers Guild members are welcome to participate.
  • Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month, 2pm via Zoom.
  • Read more about us on our blog!
  • Group Leader: Robbie LaFleur
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/ScanWeavers

Whorling Spinsters

  • This group meets monthly to spin, compare spinning accomplishments, solve spinning problems, and talk about fiber and spinning wheels. Spinners of all levels are encouraged to attend.
  • Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm on Zoom
  • Please note: The August meeting is generally held off-site at Minnehaha Falls on the second Tuesday of August.
  • Group Leader: Chillon Leach
  • https://weaversguildmn.groups.io/g/Spinners
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