Remembering Nancy Mercer

All but the newest guild members will have fond memories of Nancy, who left us suddenly and unexpectedly on December 3, 2021.

Nancy was a talented and enthusiastic fiber artist, and loved weaving, spinning, and  basket weaving.  She was a gifted instructor, and especially loved teaching others how to make her original basket designs.  

She also enjoyed demonstrating her skills in public, always with that infectious smile.  Those demonstrations included a number of years at Cowtown, where she was joined by her husband Chris, who tended the fire under dyepots. 

Nancy and Chris recently moved from Derby to Sedan in order to build her dream house in the country.  That dream was fast becoming a reality, but tragically, she would not live to see its completion.  

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita at 1:00 p.m.  It will also be livestreamed.

Her family has generously selected the Wichita Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild for memorial donations; see her obituary for more information.  Donations may also be made online through the “Support Fiber Arts in Wichita” link at left or below (please leave a note that it is a memorial for Nancy, and include your mailing address).

You left us too soon, Nancy, but we’ll see you on the other side.

Open House December 11th

Come see what we have to offer! You can do a little shopping, learn new skills as you create some unique items (for those on your gift list or for yourself), and even kick back and relax for a little while on your busy Saturday.

Drop by the Fiber Arts Center of Wichita at 751 George Washington Boulevard any time between 9 am and 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 11th to join in the fun. Here’s some of what will be happening:

  • Create die cut Christmas cards with Debbie
  • Make Needle Felted Gnomes with Paula 
  • Needle felt feather patches with Susan 
  • Dye Silk Scarves with Malissa 
  • Knitting samples and demo with Belinda 
  • Spinning demonstrations
  • Try spindle spinning and tablet weaving

All Day (9 am – 4 pm)
Gift shopping for yourself and others
Wander around the weaving studio and imagine your future
Visit with Guild members about fiber arts
Make a needle felted gnome (donation)
Make a needle felted patch ($5)
Dye a silk scarf with tissue paper ($5 or $10)

Morning (9 am – noon)
Wheel spinning demonstration
Knitting demonstration
Try your hand at spindle spinning
Hands-on tablet weaving opportunity

Afternoon (1 pm – 4 pm)
Make die-cut Christmas cards ($5 each or 3/$10)

The KAWS That Was

The 2021 Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners (KAWS) annual conference is in the books now – and what a ride it was! Planning and hosting the event was especially interesting with the possibility of another COVID uptick always hovering in the background. But it was a success!

Sit back and enjoy browsing through some scenes of the lovely venue, some classes, the keynote speaker, and vendors! If you participated, this will be a reminder of the fun time, the good people, and the fiber that brings us all together.

We owe a debt of thanks to event photographer Kathy Fisher, who took almost 200 pictures, including the majority of photos shown here!