September 15, 2018
Speaker: Tammy Renner, Vav Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven
Description: Inspired by Marion Tuttle Marzolf’s historical novel Shuttle in Her Hand: A Swedish Immigrant Weaver in America, Tammy Renner dreamt of finding a residential weaving school where she could totally immerse herself in textiles. At that same time, Becky Ashenden, a graduate of Sweden’s Sätergläntan Institute of Handwork and known for her Vävstuga School of Swedish Weaving in Shelburne Falls, MA, imagined recreating the class she experienced in Sweden. In February 2016 their dreams merged with Tammy becoming one of six students in Becky’s inaugural Väv Immersion class. Tammy will share her stories, highlights, and notebooks from her sixteen weeks in “textile heaven” as well as samples of Swedish textiles.
Tammy Renner– Throughout her childhood, Tammy found people to guide her as she learned to make potholders, knit, crochet, sew, embroider, garden, weave pine needle baskets and macramé. She enrolled in her high school’s textile arts class and won two top sewing awards at the school fair. Not knowing one could study textile arts as a profession, Tammy studied the other joys of her life – music, folk dance and elementary education. Over the years she has shared her love of life, music, and textiles with children, parents, families and her peers. After a trip to Scandinavia in 1999, she purchased her first loom, began weaving linen dishcloths and selling them at the Weavers Guild of Miami Valley’s Winter Sale in Yellow Springs, Ohio. While attending Vävstuga’s first 16-week Väv Immersion School in 2016, Tammy wrote a detailed blog to share with her family and friends who helped her to follow her dreams. Her blog tammyweaves has been read by thousands of weavers in the U.S. and around the world. Tammy lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she delights in weaving, teaching, gardening and encouraging others to live their dreams.
Michigan Weaver’s Guild
- 11:00 AM Board Meeting
- 11:30 PM Social Time – light refreshments. Bring your own bag lunch if you want.
- 12:00 PM General Meeting
- 12:30 PM Program