Instructors




Vicki Anders

embroidered before she was six, learned how to weave on a pot holder loom, and sewed clothes for her dolls on a child-sized Singer sewing machine.  Since then she has tried many other fibers.  She was on the faculty at Texas A&M where she worked in the Library and taught Library Research.  She is now retired and is spending more time weaving, sewing, spinning and the other fiber arts she loves.

Lois Beach

has been a basket maker for over 25 years and has studied basket making from some of this country’s top basket weaving teachers.  Her vast knowledge of Shaker and Lightship baskets as well as her international travels makes her classes a real treasure.  She also is interested in Kumihimo braiding techniques which produce cords useful for trim on garments.  These braids can also be useful to tie packages, as shoe laces and as other applications.

Helen Dewolf

a native of Canada, is very active in producing fiber arts works and has pieces on display at various locations around Bryan and  College Station.  She has been an illustrator, sculptor and fiber artist most of her life. Her current work focuses on felted (wet and needle) and mixed medial wall pieces as well as tapestry using digital photographs of nature and architectural subjects as reference for her art pieces.  She is Chief Conservator in the Conservation Research Lab of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation in the Anthropology Department at Texas A&M University.

Debbie Gau

learned to spin about six years ago from friends at the Early Texas Homes Tour in Independence TX.  Since then she has continued to demonstrate spinning at numerous events which give her a chance to learn and practice different techniques.  She has been teaching spinning, crocheting, knitting and Kumihimo braiding as well as assisting in fiber judging at an Alpaca show.  One of her skeins recently won Best of Show at the Yellow Rose Fiber Festival.

Kay McWilliams

began her textile experiences as a young child in a home where  knitting, crocheting, quilting and embroidery were practiced daily.  She has been weaving more than thirty years and spinning more than twenty.  She is past-Treasurer of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas and has held many offices in her local guild, as well as attending the Handweavers Guild of America Convergences, and is a member of Complex Weavers.  She has taught weaving for many years.

Dawn Merker

has been involved in weaving since 1983.  She primarily weaves household items such as towels and place mats.  Since her retirement from nursing in 2000 she has increased her weaving time and projects.  She likes dyeing yarns or fabric to create unique yardage which she makes into garments.

Rowena Philbeck

has been spinning about eight years and teaching for about five.  She has spun special orders of various fibers including dog hair.  She also loves knitting and felting as well as working with unique fibers for weaving on gourds.  Her art gourds have been published in several instructional gourd books.  Check out her Etsy site:  GourdlyFibers.  She works as a Library Associate for the College of Architecture at TAMU and has lived in Bryan 20 years.

Laurie Schlitter

has been spinning and weaving for more than 25 years and has yet to find a fiber she doesn’t like or a technique she isn’t eager to learn.  She has raised sheep, angora rabbits, flax and cotton.  Weaving tapestries using handspun and hand-dyed yarn is her primary focus, but she enjoys other fiber activities as well.  She has taught various weaving, spinning and dyeing classes to both children and adults.

Toni Wilson

began her weaving experience with traditional pattern weaving on a four harness floor loom.  Traditional weaving led to a continued interest in textiles including tapestry, inkle belt, card and basket weaving along with Navajo style upright and back-strap loom experience.  My main interest is history of textile and ethnic weaving.  I have demonstrated weaving and presented hands-on projects for countless students using “off-loom” techniques at local schools.  I was a contracted instructor for Bryan ISD weaving K-12 workshops for teachers.


7 responses to “Instructors

  1. Theresa H. Newlin

    Could you please email me information on weaving lessons? Specifically I am interested in learning Navajo weaving. Thank you.

    • weavebrazos@gmail.com

      Theresa,
      I am inquiring with our members who could give you lessons. They may contact your email. Feel free to come visit our shop at the new location. Starting Aug 1st, it will be open 12-6 R, F, and Saturday. The shop is located at 2116 S. College. Pictures of the building can be viewed on our Facebook Intersections TLC.
      Best,
      Melanie

  2. I have two large bags of dog hair that I am wanting to have made into a blanket of some type. Is this something your guild may do? If so, please contact me via either email addresses provided, or my cell (832.407.2564). Thank you in advance. Hardin TX

  3. Hi, I will be moving to the area in about a month, and have a Leclerc 60″ Colonial upright loom with 4 harnesses (room for 8 more) with inserted-eye heddles + extras, sectional warp beam, fly shuttle attachment, tension box, and 2 reeds (6-dent and 12-dent) that I would consider trading for a smaller loom, perhaps a 36-48″ floor loom with 8 harnesses + ??. The Colonial was purchased in 1984, has been in production off and on since. It is in very nice condition, just will be a bit too large for our smaller home.

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