Demonstrations done by Telaraña members serve several functions.  We are doing Public Outreach, educating others about the time honored crafts of the fiber arts.  We also spread the word about our organization – and the fact that we are a Fiber Arts Guild, not limited to Spinners and Weavers.  We have made a special effort to be working at more than just spinning and weaving, and thereby encouraging fiber people to join us even if they may not be spinners or weavers. Our demonstrators have brought examples of knitting, crochet, felting, and whatever else they have ready for show and to Demonstrate.  We always have a good time, and we think that shows – people are always attracted to our space!  When we set up, we are basically creating the atmosphere of an Old Fashioned ‘Spinning Bee’.  We spend the day gabbing with each other and with the public, all the while working on a favorite project.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!!!

If you have never participated in a Demo Event, please consider coming to one.  It’s a great way to get to know your fellow guild members. The guild has a 4-harness table loom available for demonstration events. If you would like to demonstrate spinning, weaving or other fiber craft – or if you have any questions about demonstrating, please contact Nancy Wanamaker at

Guild Participates at Mesa Museum Grand Opening

Telaraña participated in the Mesa Historical Museum’s grand opening on September 14th. The Theme was “Stitching Mesa Together”. On display were wonderful quilts including a very large red and white Red Cross quilt from 1917! Can you imagine? 102 years old!

Leon Natker is the Director of the museum. He was appreciative of all the demos that day. Leon would like tohave demos in the museum the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm. So if you feel like getting out of the house, bring something to do and go to the museum! Maybe the spinners or another group would like to meet there on one of those Saturdays each month? If so, Leon would like to know so he can publicize the demo.

In the loom room, Linda Wade was weaving on a loom that she, Betz Frederick, Winnie Johnson and RussJohnson had spent many hours getting it able to weave.  Susan Clark was able to get the Great Wheel going and spun on that for about 4 hours. Museum goers really enjoyed seeing the wheel and loom working.  Ruth Teller was near the children’s table and was spinning colored cotton on a supported spindle. She had a nice display of 5 or 6 different colors of cotton and explained that the Hohokam and Pimas grew colored cotton here in Arizona.

In the hallway was the children’s table of weaving. Lee Killpack, Linda Finkelstein, Claudia Cocco and Sharie Monsam helped children to weave. They really enjoyed it!

At the other end of the hall was the Felters Guild busy working on making felt, both wet and dry, and answering questions. They had a great display of felted dolls and things to see.

The gift shop was very nice and featured lots of woven items from Telaraña Members!

Demonstration List:

Arizona State Fair                     

DT Mesa Fest                                     

Pueblo Grande Ancient Tech Day 

Mesa Historical Museum