Four Shaft Beginning Weaving Class

JUL 12 – AUG 30 1:30 PM TO 3:30 PM 950 Rice Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157 Marcy Petrini will teach Four Shaft Beginning Weaving. Class is held each Wednesday from Wednesdays 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, July 12 to August 30, 2023.
Cost is $280. Using just one threading, participants will be able to weave four different table mats on the same warp, using different treadlings. Students choose their own weaving structures based on experience and preference ranging from twills to block weaves with one or two wefts.

Participants must know how to wind a warp and dress the loom. Directions for the various weaving structures will be provided. Weekly discussions will cover how to read a draft, how to change the loom tie-up and other weaving topics found in the 96-page monograph Planning a Project which is also provided.

All equipment is available to students for the duration of the class during which the projects must be completed. Participants will provide their own yarns, appropriate for the tablemats, which will be discussed in the 1st session.

Classes will be held in the Weaving Loft at the Bill Waller Craft Center. The class is taught by Craftsmen’s Guild Fellow Marcy Petrini who has been teaching at the Craft Center and around the country for many years.

The class costs $280.00. The number of participants is limited, so register as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, July 7th. To register, contact Sheri Cox at 601-856-7546, but email Marcy at so enough manographs can be printed. Direct questions to Marcy at the email above.





MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Tutwiler Quilters

Among the membership of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is the Tutwiler Quilters from northern Mississippi—joining the guild in 1996, and earning Fellow status in 2005. Organized in 1988 by Sr. Maureen Delaney and Sr. JoAnn Blomme, the group was created to help Tutwiler, Mississippi’s local women earn an income and support their families.

Many of the Tutwiler Quilters learned the traditional craft of quilting from their mothers or grandmothers. Preserving this tradition, Tutwiler quilts are made in an Afro-American style. Indigenous to the population of the Mississippi Delta, this style utilizes bold colors, a wide variety of designs, and larger stitches. The quilters often take traditional patterns and alter them to create new and improvised designs. Each quilt is unique and highly prized by their patrons.

In 1990, the quilters received national attention when they appeared on “60 Minutes.” In 1997, they were asked to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folk Life in Washington D.C.

Today, more than 25 quilters comprise the organization. Tutwiler Quilters’ products are sold at museums across the US. The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is honored to have the Tutwiler Quilters among our ranks.


Marilyn Diehl | Mt. Olive, MS

Member since 2008

Member Classification: Fellow

Medium: Fiber. Artist Categories: Baskets and Caning.

Marilyn Diehl’s nephew, Roger Jamison, began weaving when he was 13. By the time he was 18 in 1994, he was accepted into the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Inc. Also a teacher, Marilyn began watching Roger and learning to make baskets. Helping Roger for a year or two, Marilyn had no idea that in 2002 she would buy his business and move his 500-square-foot shop to the Diehl family home nestled on Highway 532 near Hot Coffee, MS.

In the fall of 2015, Marilyn moved the business to its current location on Main Street in Mount Olive and changed the name to the Basket Cottage. Split rattan is used to make the baskets. Solid hickory and oak are used for the handles. The baskets are trimmed with sea grasses, round reed and cane. Each basket is dated, numbered and signed. Marilyn’s baskets have been shipped all over the United States and Canada, as well as Italy, Germany, Brazil and England.