Patterns: The Weavers' Connection
Monthly publication of New Orleans Weavers Guild
January, 2019 Volume 35, Issue 5



This Months Artist Highlight is James Koehler

This Months Artist Highlight is James Koehler

James Koehler’s Biography

James Koehler came to the southwestern U.S. and to the weaving of tapestry by an unusual path. He spent the decade of 1977 to 1987 as a Benedictine monk in northern New Mexico. In the monastery Koehler learned much about solitude, focusing energy and weaving. “Whatever it was that drew me to the rhythms of monastic life, also drew me to the rhythms of the loom and to the rhythms of life as an artist/weaver.”

Koehler also was a teacher taking on private students, working with several apprentices, and maintained a mentor relationship with many tapestry artists throughout the country.

Koehler’s tapestries can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, DC.

Artist Statement

Tapestry focuses on the creative, constructive process. My work is a process of mixing dye, blending colored fibers and weaving them into a richly textured surface to create abstract images that convey meaning. I weave with hand-dyed yarns to create a surface on which the image is an integral part. The strength of the resulting image and what that image represents is the focus and result of my creative process.

I am influenced by the extraordinary landscape and the unique cultures of New Mexico. This influence is reflected in a personal aesthetic of simplicity, purity and portraying only what is essential. The source of my design inspiration often is found in meditation.

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~Taken from the American Tapestry Alliances website.

Upcoming Calendar Events

ROC Day January 5th 
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM Pass Christian Yacht Club120 Market Street, Pass Christian, MS 39571

January 19th NOWG meeting Latter Library Learning to spin or dust off your wheel and come share what you know!

February 16th NOWG meeting Latter Library A little introduction to using social media to share fiber art projects and use the NOWG Facebook page.

March 15th and 16th NOWG dye workshop

April 6th and 7th New Orleans Botanical Garden Spring Garden Show- Weaving and Spinning Demo

April 13th NOWG meeting Spinning and Weaving on the porch of the Latter Library

May 18th NOWG meeting at Latter Library
Tapestry Study Group and tapestry weaving workshop

We are planning next years programming! Let us know if there is something you are interested in learning more about, if you would like to host a workshop or have an idea for a workshop. Email any and all ideas and suggestions to

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ROC DAY 2019

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

Pass Christian Yacht Club
120 Market Street, Pass Christian, MS 39571
$25.00 per person.

Clink the link below for registration info.
Deadline for registration is December 10, 2018

The registration fee includes beverages, snacks, lunch with dessert and door prizes and a cash bar is available.

We will be planning a Tapestry group meet up sooon!!!!

We will be planning a Tapestry group meet up sooon!!!!


TUESDAY WEAVERS: The Tuesday Weavers' focus is to support wayward weavers and get them back to their looms. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30am - 2:30pm usually at Bev Madere's but have been known to do "house calls" for neglected looms and frustrated weavers.  In Terrytown. contact 504 436 4691 for more info.

THE GATHERING…. 1st Thursday of every month ,10am-4pm. This is an open day (free of charge) for those wishing to come to weave or spin. Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage , a folding chair  and a pair of “inside “shoes..  Those who are new to these crafts are welcome to visit and learn more about appropriate types of equipment necessary  and to see weavers and spinners in action.  

3rd WEDNESDAY-Small Looms Day, 10am-4pm.  All loom types are welcome,,,  potholder looms, zoom looms, inkle and card looms, rigid heddle and tapestry looms.  This is an open day (free of charge) 

4th WEDNESDAY SPINNERS… 10am-4pm All types of wheels and spindles are welcome as well as carding equipment and blending boards. This is an open day (free of charge). Attendees learn from each other and bring their own equipment, lunch/beverage, folding chair, and a pair of “inside “ shoes.  Those new to spinning are welcome to visit and learn about various wheels and assorted types of spinning equipment used by others at the event.

These events are held monthly ,unless  the studio is closed  for fiber shows or events,

INSIDE SHOES… since most spinners and weavers do not wear shoes when practicing their crafts, we request that attendees leave their outside shoes at the door and wear only inside shoes while visiting  within the studio.

New Orleans Weavers Guild has a Facebook page!! Please likefollow and share our page with your weaving friends!

This can be a place for us to easily and quickly share information. You can post if you have items for sale, if there is a weaving event or anything you think the New Orleans Weaving Community would like to know about. If you would like to be added as a team member on the page let Lena know and she will add you. 

Feel free to post and share your fiber related events!



General meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of the month at the Latter Library unless Flip-In is scheduled. Meetings are held September through May.

Guild benefits to members include discounts on workshops and supplies, access to the Guild library and equipment, attendance at monthly and special group meetings, subscription to Patterns newsletter, opportunities to demonstrate, and display fiber related items collectively and receive the help, advice and camaraderie of other weavers, spinners and fiber artists.
Guild membership runs from September to August. 

Annual dues are $25.00 and due at the September meeting.  Dues are to be payable to: 

New Orleans Weavers Guild, P.O. Box58726, New Orleans, LA 70158.

Board Members 2018-2020

President: Michelle Andre
Vice-President: Lena Kolb
Treasurer: Bev Madere
Secretary: Maureen Murphy
Webmaster: Jane Sullivan
Newsletter Editor: Lena Kolb

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I would love to include information about textile exhibits, inspiration from textile artists, stories of weaving, images of interesting textile equipment, and pictures of work by NOWG members or anything YOU would like to share with the guild. I would love other members to be involved so if you have ideas of things you would like to see in the NOWG newsletter please feel free to contact me. 

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