Shadow Weave workshop with Rebecca Winter, hosted by Threadbenders

Threadbenders Shadow Weave Workshop

Date: Oct 25-27, 2019
Cost: $100 Threadbenders members, $120 non-members after August 23 Location: Baker County Library Community Room
Maximum # Participants: 15 (first come, first served)
Minimum # Participants: 5 by September 30

Description: The Shadow Knows is a 3-day workshop in which we will explore the shadow weave structure. Shadow Weave is a color-and-weave technique, which combines log cabin with twill in an utterly unique way. The twill floats form wonderful feather stitched outlines around geometric motifs. The weave was created by Mary Atwater when she was studying rep weave. And Harriet Tidball categorized the structure into a class all by itself. Participants will experience a variety of shadow weave on 4, 6 and 8 harnesses in a round-robin format. They will also discuss the three types of drafts that can create the weave (excerpt from

Instructor: Rebecca is an accomplished fiber artist. She is a Master Weaver and has achieved two Level II COEs, “Color-and-Weave: Getting to the Stars” and “The Enigma of Shadow Weave Illuminated”. Rebecca also is an accomplished Quilt Artist, Doll Maker, Seamstress, and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Boise State University. Her works have been displayed in various shows. A doll made of 100% handwoven fabric was the first place winner of the nation-wide “Handmaiden Doll Contest,” and was shown at the Great American Quilt Festival in New York. Rebecca’s work has appeared in six Weaver’s issues. Her quilts were featured with a cover article in the February, 1993, issue of Patchwork Quilts (excerpt from


  1. Choose a draft from the book Marian Powell’s 1000 (+) Patterns in 4, 6, and 8 Harness Shadow Weaves and send it to Denine Schmitz. (8 shaft drafts are easier than 4 shaft drafts). Contact Denine if you need access to this book.
  2. Bring your own loom warped according to instructor’s guidance. Registered participants will receive pre-workshop instructions including warping instructions 4-6 weeks before the workshop.
  3. By registering, you agree to the attached Threadbenders Workshop Cancellation Policy.

Please contact us with any questions

Denine Schmitz
43737 Pocahontas Rd
Baker City, OR 97814 541.249.4481


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2019 Scholarship Winners!!

Winning guilds will receive $350 each, to put towards their fiber education program for 2019. Congratulations !

Columbia Fibre Guild

Saturday Handweaver’s Guild

Klamath Spinners & Weaver’s Guild

Humbug Mountain Spinners & Weaver’s Guild

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.


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 – – 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.