“Textiles and Tea” sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America

I am honored to be part of a series of interviews on the Handweavers Guild of America “Textiles and Tea” series, coming up on February 23. I was nervous about saying yes, but reassured after watching some of the interviews by Kathi Grupp, Advertising and Marketing Manager for the Handweavers Guild of America. She is such an enthusiastic and clever interviewer and has a lovely Georgia lilt to her voice that I could listen to all day. The first interview I watched was with Janet Phillips, who studied at the Scottish College of Textiles. Besides enjoying the conversation thoroughly, my thought was, “Who would ever want to listen to my plain Midwestern voice?”

If you are an HGA member, sign up here. If not, HGA posts a link to a replay on their Facebook page. I’ll send it out a link too, after the interview.

I suggest watching all the Textiles and Tea interviews! And heads up–Kelly Marshall will be interviewed in April; I don’t know the date yet.

Finally–your Minnesota weather report. Ever since Christmas the ground has been snow-covered, and we broke a record with no below-zero temperatures in January. I’ve been out every single day in this outfit, skiing or walking. But a polar vortex is impending; I doubt I’ll be out walking if the high temperature is -1 Fahrenheit.

At lake of the Isles, only a ½ mile away. My last haircut was a year ago.


  1. This is indeed a great honor for you Robbie. I have been watching this series of interviews. I will mark my calendar for your interview!

    Thanks for sharing the information.

    Anu Kargha – The Loom


  2. Good morning, Robbie,

    I am envious of your skiing on Lake of the Isles. We have the Carleton Arb, 800 acres with groomed trails and all. But the conditions are less than optimal right now with the last snowfall a week and a half ago and not much at that. Plus I sprained my wrist ice skating three weeks ago. I’ve discovered that skiing with one pole and racing downhill, or climbing up the next, is sketchy at best. I’m back to walking every day.

    The Valley Grove board meets in mid February for the first time since December. I don’t know if Gary W has received any preliminary hints from the grant people about thumbs being up or down. Like everything else this year, patience.

    Your Weavers Guild interview sounds very promising! Best wishes,


    Margit Johnson http://www.elevation922.com Northfield, Minnesota 55057