Special Announcements

We are sad to say that Juanita Hofstrom had passed away today (April 29, 2023) at Alden Meadow Park Nursing Home in Clinton, WI. She was trying to recover and wanted to get back home and to her studio to weave, but due to health she could not recover.

She is survived by her two daughters Michele Marie (Hofstrom) Randall, and Melanie Anne (Hofstrom) Waite. 

Pre deceased are her husband Norman Thor Hofstrom, son Mark Thor Hofstrom, son Matthew David Hofstrom, daughter Mary Beth Hofstrom.

Your kind words, prayers and support are appreciated at this difficult time.

From Mel Waite, her daughter:  Mom had many years and great times  weaving and making things she loved. Now it is time to let others also experience the love of weaving and arts. Moms studio 5420 county road J, Clinton,Wi.   located in Shopiere, Wi. will be sold as well as all contents, including what mark had at the studio,  and my dads dark room things and photos will be sold  July 15th by auction at 


 It will start at July 15 at9:30am and the lovely building will also be auctioned at noon. It’s hard to close this chapter of life but it’s time for others dreams to come true.

Nancy Lee Schloemer

April 1, 1938 — April 29, 2023

It is with great regret that I report the death of Nancy Schloemer, who died on April 29th at Lakeland Health Care Center in Elkhorn. Nancy, 85, had been a member of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club since 1962. 

We extend our sincere condolences to Nancy’s husband Ron and their children Tom, Cyndi O’Neill, and Erich. We also express our sympathy to Nancy’s many friends here at the Yacht Club, at Lawrence University, and at the Woodstock Weavers Guild, where she had served as treasurer.

Nancy was an enthusiastic sailor and crewed on A’s, E’s, C’s, M20’s, and M16’s alongside Ron, and on a Sonar for Past Commodore Andy Carlson. When the Schloemer children were old enough, they took over Nancy’s crew responsibilities and she turned her attention to the Race Committee, where she served with skill for many years.

Nancy was the recipient in 2002 and 2003 of the Dr. and Mrs. Will F. Lyon Trophy, which is awarded for outstanding  Race Committee service. 

“Her devotion to her family, Club, and Race Committee was unending,” said her daughter Cyndi. “She lived a lifetime cheerfully serving others with that wide smile we all knew to be Nancy.”

Gifts in Nancy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter (620 S. 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53124) and to Lakeland Health Care Center (1922 County Road NN, Elkhorn, WI 53121).

No services are planned.

The Fold Upcoming Fiber Classes

Kool-Aid Dyeing – Toni Neil
Saturday, March 18th – 10 am – 12 noon
Come & see just how easy is to dye with Kool-aid.
 We will be submerging yarn/fibers as well as sprinkling them with the unsweetened type of Kool-Aid.  It’s quick and easy, and a perfect project for kids as wells adults.
Tuition – $15

Natural Dyeing – Toni Neil
Saturdays, March 4, April 1st, May 6th
In this class we will investigate natural dyestuffs.
 March is for yellows, April is reds, and may is for blue – indigo!  
You’ll find out all about how to mordant fibers/yarns, how to dye them, and how to process them afterwards so that they don’t smell.  Sign up for one or all these classes and wind up with a handful of brightly-colored yarn!
Tuition – $90

Handspinning – Toni Neil
Thursdays – April 6th, 13, & 20th – 1 pm – 3 pm
Learn all about how to turn fiber into yarn.  
We start our with hand-cards, preparing wool for spinning.  Using rolags with a drop spindle, and moving on to spinning on the wheel.  See how easy it is to learn.
Tuition – $90

Advanced Weaving Class – Jan Macklin
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, & 23 – 11 am – 4 pm
Increase your repertoire of weave structures.
 We will take an in-depth look at specific structure of your choosing and work to
plan a warp designed to meet your needs.
Structures could be Overshot, Summer & Winter, Twills, Laces, or even Crackle.
Join me for a class filled with possibilities and fun!  
.Bring your own portable floor loom or table loom or borrow one from The Fold.
A small fee will be charged if yarn is bought from instructor.
Jan Macklin is professional and custom color dyer with over 40 years experience.
Tuition – $100 for 4 days

To register for any of these classes call Toni Neil at 815-568-5320

The Fold

3316 Millstream Rd., Marengo
IL 60152 United States

 Fiber arts of the indigenous people of central Mexico.

From Connie A. Weaving in the Patzcuaro area of Michoacán Mexico.These are very poor people who have passed on their traditional skills since the early 1500s. They are called Purepechas and are indigenous to the Patzcuaro area of central Mexico. These are from a displayed in a State museum in Morelia.

Life Member memorial

SJ Woods

Sarah Jane Woods, 1938-2021

A long-time friend of weavers in the Northern-Illinois/Southern-Wisconsin area recently passed away.  Known affectionately as SJ, she was a charter member of Woodstock Weavers Guild and the Whitewater Spinners and Weavers Guild.  She was a skilled and talented knitter, spinner, weaver, teacher,  and shopkeeper.  

When SJ retired from teaching third grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Whitewater, she helped plan and hang their annual show displayed at the Crossman Gallery at UW-Whitewater.  They had entries from all over the world.  The first time I met another long time member, Rita Haganbrouch, was at that show.  She had just won Best of Show.  She convinced me that I should join the Woodstock Weavers Guild, which I did in 2002.  

When SJ retired from teaching, she bought an old one room schoolhouse near Richmond, Wisconsin.  She and her side-kick, Eleanor Coolidge, taught weaving, spinning, knitting, and all things fiber related.  The quaint little school house became Studio S.  It was crammed with treasures, including weaving fiber.  It became a fun destination, a warm, welcoming place to indulge our fiber fantasies.  Good-bye, SJ.  You are remembered. 

written by Karen York, friend and fellow Weaver