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August 1, 2, 3, 2014 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL

we love guilds at the Fair... guilds keep the arts alive, sharing their passion, teaching, inspiring, fostering fellowship.

presenting the demonstrating and teaching guilds of the 2012 Fair:

Crocheters of the Lakes/Halos of Hope: Crocheters of the Lakes was formed in 2009 when more and more crocheters in the Lake County area wanted a place to come together.  At meetings, they share what they are crocheting, gifts they've made for others,and help each other with crochet questions. They also do charity crochet projects. They will have hooks and yarn to teach beginning crochet at the Fair. Members will also be working on blankets for Project Linus and they will have a collection drop box for Halos of Hope at this year's Fair. Halos of Hope supplies handmade hats to those fighting cancer.

Guild meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Membership is $10 for the calendar year or $3 visitors.

Contact with questions and for meeting locations.

The Foxy Lady Rug Hooking Guild, affiliated with the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA), draws hooking artists from the greater Chicago area. The guild provides a place for rug hookers to meet and hook together, exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and give and receive encouragement. Because rug hooking materials and hands-on teaching advice are not easy to find in the Chicago area, the guild provides a pleasant and relaxed meeting place for new and experiences rug hookers.

The guild holds an annual members’ workshop designed to enhance hooking skills. The guild is also happy to provide demonstrations and displays for area historic and artistic events, including, annually, Lisle Depot Days held in September.

Guild meetings are held the second Saturday of every month (except Dec.) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the historic Beaubien Tavern at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St, Lisle, IL 60532. Members pay dues of $20.00/year, plus ATHA dues of $26.00/yr.

Contact Beth Morris at for more information. Note: Access to the Foxy Lady website, located on, is limited to guild members only. However their group homepage is:

The Hollow Tree Spinners Guild welcomes spinners, would-be spinners, and people who don't even understand centrifugal force. It's all about the fiber. If you want to run your fingers through fiber, come play with them. They offer workshops, open spinning, and each fall, a judged and juried show in Woodstock. The show is co-sponsored by the Woodstock Weavers Guild.

Guild Meetings: Join us at our regular meetings, every second Saturday, from 10:00 am until about 3:00 pm at The Fold in Marengo, IL. Yearly dues are $25.00. Curious non-members are always welcomed.

Contact: Sharon Krengel:; or Toni Neil:

Windy City Knitting Guild is a membership organization that encourages and fosters knitting in the Chicago area. They currently have over 300 members.

Guild meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:45 pm- 8:55 pm. Meetings are held at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Membership meetings usually include: refreshments, meeting and greeting, Guild Business, a program/mini class, and Show & Share.

Windy City Guild membership entitles you to receive the monthly Windy City Knitting Guild Newsletter. It is loaded with announcements about knitting events, book reviews, knitting website reviews, yarn store reviews from all over the United States, class and teacher reviews, knitting patterns, tips, hints, facts and fun. Many knit shops in the Chicago area give a 10% discount to Guild members. Members also pay a reduced price for the fantastic workshops the guild sponsors. Dues are $25 per calendar year. You are invited to attend one of their monthly meetings if you would like more information about the guild before joining.

Contact: Membership chairman, Worna Haywood at Web site:

The Woodstock Weavers Guild is an active fiber arts guild that promotes hand weaving in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Members of the guild share hand-woven projects ranging from household linens, to rugs and draperies, to "art to wear" clothing. They encourage the development of artistic and technical skills in hand weaving, and promote public knowledge and appreciation of hand weaving as both a craft and as an art with tangible market value. Through guild activities artist/weavers are provided opportunities to explore the historical development of hand weaving as well as the many forms and techniques of hand weaving employed throughout the world. Opportunities for the general public to view the work of local, national and international hand weavers are also created.

Guild meetings are from September through December, on the first Wednesday of the month at McHenry County Farm Bureau, 1102 McConnell Road. January through June meetings are held at the Woodstock Library on Judd Street. You can visit their website for meeting details as well as find their membership form and information on their yearly dues. They sponsor several hand weaving workshops each year and publish an informative monthly newsletter. They'll be presenting their 13th annual Fiber Arts Show this October at the Old Courthouse Arts Center on the square in Woodstock. The Show is free and everyone is invited. They also have special interest groups including a Tapestry Group, an Inkle Weaving Group and a Color Study Group.

Contact for general information about the Weavers guild and its activities. Website:


fiber arts, fiber art fairs, women, and activism have a long history in the United States. Sayings, including the one above were embroidered into quilts and other household goods and sold at Great Fairs in the North to raise money to support the abolitionists prior to the Civil War. In the South, women sold Gunboat quilts to raise money for the army. Groups like the Woman's Relief Corp that existed right here in Crystal Lake, IL, all got into the prewar effort.

Further back in American History, we all remember and learned about the Boston Tea Party, but tea wasn't the only or the first sticking point between the Colonies and the British government. More festering still was the bitter battle over the colony's efforts to begin and sustain textile production. In 1699 the British passed "The Wool Act" which basically prohibited the colonies from selling textiles to anyone but the British government, who in turn sold it back to the colonies. In protest of this act, the ladies of Boston marched out on the Commons and spun yarn in defiance public!! (the first "sit in"?)

other interesting fibery facts: do you know...

  • according to an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on April 19, 2008 53 MILLION Americans are now knitting. Woo Hoo!!
  • knitting, especially those active between the ages of 40 and 60, may help stave off Alzheimer's disease (according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting).
  • knitting could help alleviate major trauma effects (according to British psychologist Dr. Emily Holmes).
  • "a group of mathematicians is taking a new look at some old problems and using crafts like knitting and crocheting to solve them. From the way the atmosphere generates weather to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural world." Read article
  • knitting and crocheting have been proven to reduce stress according to a study done by Harvard Medical School Mind Body Institute and another study done by University of Toronto.
  • there's even research that suggests that knitting induces a meditative state similar to that of Nepalese monks - who increase the capacity of their brain through meditation.

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"Many thanks and kudos to all you Hollow Tree Spinners who joined in the demo activities during the last three days at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair!  Every time I pressed my ear to the “wall” of my booth, there you were explaining it all to interested folks.  You were entirely generous to share your time and expertise with the public, and I appreciate your investment in helping our craft to grow."
   Toni Neil to Hollow Tree Spinning Guild

Celebrating the Work of Your Hands
for 7 Years:







Demonstrations at the Fair (Guilds and Vendors):

Basket Weaving


Weaving Table Loom


Knitting with BIG needles

Drop Spinning

Knitting for a good cause (Halos of Hope)

Getting the proper fit

Needle Felting

Needle Baskets

Synchronized Spinning?