"I have been a knitter for over 70 years and have an instructors certificate from Craft Yarn Council. Since joining the guild I have been involved in spinning and weaving. At various times I have done hand quilting, smocking, and nalbinding. I am a reluctant crocheter. Recently I haven't done much weaving because of space issues...." —Mary O
Mary had been a member since 1986. It was a learn-to-spin workshop that first invited her to the group.
Mary often teaches workshops... here is a partial list of past programs:
Mary organizes the Safe Horizons charity project every year, urging members to make items for women and children. Read more...
Mary now teaching knitting at the Staten Island JCC for their CLLD program (for seniors).
She owns spinning wheels, an inkle, and 4- and 8-shaft loom.
"My name in Carol and I am addicted -- to fiber crafts! I already knew how to knit and crochet when I joined the Guild. Now I also spin yarn, dye with natural and commercial dyes, and have been working with a rigid heddle loom. My latest challenge is machine knitting, which I find thrilling, but I still find time to hand knit almost every day." —Carol
Carol has been a member of the Staten Island Handspinners & Weavers since 2005.
She assists members who need more information about Ashford Kiwi or reproduction Saxony-style spinning wheels and drum carders. She recently gave a workshop on how to warp your Ashford Knitters loom, and has demonstrated many fiber techniques including machine knitting and how to make felted soaps.
She is also a member of the Rapid Rows Machine Knitting Group of NJ.
Long-time member of the Staten Island Handspinners and Weavers Guild. Joined c. 1990.
Historian, past president, and all-around wise fiber woman. Barbara has given workshops on buttonholes, CD drop spindles, and socks to name a few.
You can see her selling her weaving at various Staten Island venues including Historic Richmondtown and The Conference House.
She weaves squares and rectangles - towels, mostly, and scarves; and also sells hand-spun, hand-knit things. You can contact her for custom weaving through the contact form on the website.
What Our Members Are Saying
"The Staten Island Handspinners and Weavers Guild is a welcoming environment to teach and learn new fiber techniques. Members always participate in interesting programming."