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Scholarship Applications Due 

Funds are available to help members attend workshops and seminars that will further their fiber arts skills. The deadline for applications is December 31. Awards will be disbursed to recipient(s) following our January board meeting. Mail completed Telarana Scholarship application to Telaraña Fiber Arts Guild, PO Box 41832, Mesa AZ 85274; or give to member of the Scholarship Committee (Phil Leonard or Trudy Johnson) Must be received or postmarked by Dec 31.

November 2016 Meeting

The program for November featured Lisa Takata speaking on jumpstarting creativity, as well as on the importance of collaboration among artists. Here is a selection from Lisa’s profile: My artistic world revolves around two themes, creative collaboration and passing handmade traditions along to the next generation. I’m grateful for many opportunities to accomplish this at local farmers markets and festivals, in downtown Phoenix artspaces, with my Navajo sheepherding friends up on the mesa, or in indigenous pottery villages in Ecuador and Peru. I love connecting people with diverse interests, especially when this supports the passage of handmade traditions from one generation to the next, broadening appreciation for those traditions and supporting the continued expression of those traditions in contemporary ways.

Mesa Arts Festival

It’s getting closer to the Mesa Arts Festival and we are finalizing preparations. We are looking forward to receiving your items and encourage you to submit as many quality items as you desire.

It Took a While


It Took A While will open November 7, 2016 at Harry Wood Gallery with an opening reception Nov. 8 6-9 pm.

Fiber is traditionally seen as labor-intensive—the slow action of stitching into cloth, the accumulation of weaving textiles thread by thread. By utilizing fiber practices and techniques, It Took a While highlights time through practice, multiples, and mediums, considering both the counting of time through motions and the loss of felt time to meditative practice.It Took a While was curated by Molly Koehn and Erika Lynne Hanson. It includes works from 24 national artists and one international artist ranging from embroidery to sculpture to installation. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. It can be purchased here: All proceeds go to Fiber Arts Network, an ASU student organization! A great way to support ASU students!

October 2016 Meeting


Mary Ann LaRoche presented on What’s New at SEEDs for Autism.

Go to Meeting Photos Tab October 2016 Meeting and see photos by our Historian Gina Saettone.

September 2016 Meeting Show and Tell

What a wealth of talent from our guild members!  Go to Meeting Photos Tab September 2016 Meeting and see close to 50 slides photographed by our Historian Gina Saettone.

Letter From Our President

I’m looking forward to seeing you as we start off a brand new Guild year. There’s so much I want to tell you! First of all, we will be meeting in a new location: East Mesa Christian Church, 706 S Greenfield Rd, Mesa. It is on the northwest corner of Diamond and Greenfield (there’s a light at the intersection), about halfway between Southern and Broadway. It’s a few miles further east than our past meeting place. It will be more convenient for many members, but less convenient for some. Perhaps, if it is a longer drive you could share it with a fellow member. Don’t know if there is a member near you? Let me know and I can check members’ zip codes to see if one is close by. I think you’re going to like our new “home”. It’s a lovely meeting room and the church is providing storage for our library cart so it will always be available at the meetings. I remember a few years ago – when we didn’t have library storage – and our librarian (Sharie at that time) had to cart a few books in for meetings. Consequently, the library got little use, which was a shame because it is such a great resource. Be sure and browse the cart or the list on our website. We have a variety from classic, out of print books and monographs to brand new videos on everything from color theory and design to pattern books in weaving, natural dying, paper- making, etc.

Remember your very first attempt at weaving/knitting/spinning/etc.? It was so difficult and the result may have been a little, hmm, unattractive. We want to see it! It can be intimidating for a newbie (or basically any of us) to come to a meeting and see the fabulous show-and-tell our members bring in. You didn’t start out being able to produce that lacy, light-as-a-feather shawl, or weave such an intricate pattern. At our September meeting bring your very first sample/project – and maybe something more recent to show how you have grown in your craft. Beginners take heart! You’ll get there, too.

Our September 14 meeting is all about catching up with each other. Several of our members have travelled over the summer months to far-away places and taken fiber related classes there. Did anyone go to Convergence? If you’d like a few minutes to tell about your trip/class/experience, send me a note so I have an idea on budgeting our time. We want to be sure everyone gets to share.

Welcome to Our New Meeting Site!                                               IMG_3603[5]               

If you haven’t already paid your membership dues, you can do so at the meeting ($25 for individuals/$30 for a family membership).  Usually returning members give a check but don’t update their other information.  Maybe you’ve started knitting or making paper, perhaps you’re available to help with one of the committees  – please take a few minutes to fill in the blanks (even if you’ve already turned in your check) so we can be better informed of your current interests.   Attached is the membership form.  You can print and turn in or email to Betz.


October 7 to October 30, 2016

27th. Avenue Public Art Project – RE-Thanks!

Ann Morton writes:

I am excited to announce the kick-off for the Re-Thanks Public Public Art Project, in conjunction with the 27th Avenue Waste Management Facility Artist Residency.
All community members are invited to participate by making flowers from your own recyclable trash. Why? First, you will learn more about how to sort and discard your household recyclables – but in doing this, you will have the opportunity to say thank-you to the workers at the 27th Avenue facility whose job it is to touch and sort through the trash we put into our recycling bins. You’ll see just what happens to what we “ throw away”, to sort and divert as much as possible from the landfill. Through the gesture of making flowers from our trash, together we can create a colossal expression of gratitude when all these flowers are assembled into a textile-like cascade of overwhelming thank-you’s from the community.
So, read the introduction below, and go to right away!  On the project website, you will learn more about your recyclable trash, and about these individuals who work everyday to help us keep our lives in order. And, of course, you’ll find all the information you’ll need on how you, your family or your community group can become a part of this community project!
For any further information, contact, Ann Morton at



IWC Workshops Announced

Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, Colorado has just listed their workshops for 2017: and click on the workshop link.

It Took A While

Call for art!     Deadline: October 1, 2016

Fiber is traditionally seen as a labor­intensive practice. A common question for artists is, “How long did that take?” It Took A While will highlight time through practice, multiples, and mediums, considering both the counting of time through motions and the loss of felt time to meditative practice.  For more information click It Took a While.

 MAC December 2016!

Hope you are having a good summer.  If you are still in AZ, you know this is when we have time to weave!   We had a nice May, but we’ve had some really hot days in June, good days to stay inside and weave or knit. Remember, we will be having a double booth at the art fair in Mesa on Dec. 10 and 11.  We’ll need lots of handmade items to fill our booth.  Here are three shawls I’ve done since the last sale and hope to sell!


How about you?  Send me pictures of things you have completed and I’ll share them with all of you.  Happy creating,

Cindy Reynolds, coordinator for the art fair for 2016.

Yarn: the Movie


The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

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