WeGO Scholarship Winners for 2020

Winning guilds will receive $500 each, to put towards their fiber education program for 2020. Congratulations !

Eugene Weavers Guild

Gorge Handweavers Guild

Clatsop Weavers & Spinners Guild

Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild

WeGO Sponsoring 2020 Workshops

Peg Silloway, Rigid Heddle Workshop Instructor, will lead a beginning 2-day workshop in September/October 2020.  You will learn to plan a project, yarn selection for color and texture, direct warping technique on the rigid heddle, weaving your project and finishing techniques.  Silloway Weaving Studio

The class size is limited 4 to 10 participants.  Workshop is 10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day, with a break for lunch.  The 2-day workshop fee is $540, plus travel and meal expenses.   Each participant pays a $10 materials fee to the instructor at the workshop.

There are six 2-day Rigid Heddle Workshop dates being offered – 

Saturday/Sunday – September 19-20, September 26-27, October 3-4, & October 10-11

Wednesday/Thursday – September 23-24, 2020

Tuesday/Wednesday – September 29-30

Guild’s Hosting the 2-day Rigid Heddle Workshop – Reserve your Date!

If your Guild would like to host a Beginning 2-day Rigid Heddle Workshop, please contact Marlene Lloyd, WeGO’s Events & Workshop Coordinator, at mlloyd5@frontier.com

In your email include your first and second workshop date choices, name of Guild, contact person, and contact information by December 31, 2019.  Reserve your date early to receive your preference.

Orenburg Lace Workshop – Aurora Colony Handspinner’s Guild

The Aurora Colony Handspinner’s Guild would like to thank WeGO for a 2018 scholarship.

Our guild was able to have Galina Khmelva teach five classes over 3 days on Orenburg lace.

The funds were used to offset the cost allowing members to take half day classes for $30 and a full day class for $60.  24 students took 84 classes.  The classes were:

Spinning the Orenburg Way

Plying Orenburg-Style

The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace

Dimensional Stitches Russian/Estonian Style

The Perfect Edge – Knitted Lace Embellishments

Some of the techniques were a stretch but everyone enjoyed the classes and the guild president said, “She even made the Russian History lessons fun and engaging.”

Thank you to WeGO for helping us to put on this great event.

Sincerely,

Carrie Rohn

Aurora Colony Handspinner’s Guild Rep

 

Beginning Weaving Workshop – Threadbenders Guild

Threadbenders Guild of Union and Baker Counties in Eastern Oregon wish to thank WeGO for the $200 educational grant we were awarded.

The funds were used as part of the payment for the instructor for a Beginning Weaving Workshop held October 12-13-14 at the Baker County Library, which generously provided the use of their meeting room and video setup free of charge.

We had ten participants, the maximum for the class. A few were brand new weavers, others had woven 20 – 30 years ago, but wanted a refresher before getting started again, and a few were active weavers who were self-taught and now wished to find out how an expert approaches things.

The instructor was Vila Cox from Boise – http://warpedandwonderful.com – who had a great program prepared and was quite open to questions, so the class became interactive.  After introduction to the subject, Vila started by demonstrating the use of a warping board, then handed out pre-wound warps, so too much class time was not used on that part.  The rest of the time alternated between discussion of the next step in warping and then doing it: figuring set; how to slay various sizes of reeds; reading a draft and threading heddles accordingly; tying and winding on to the back beam; tying on to the front and spreading the warp with a header – then finding and fixing errors, almost the most important part, the comment empowerment was heard!  Sunday was used to start weaving a twill gamp that could be finished at home.

The workshop was fun with lots of learning and cooperation.  Everybody was tired, but had very positive comments when packing up to leave Sunday afternoon.

All in all a great success leading to an enriched guild.