The workshop was primarily about pattern-making and fitting garments made from handwoven fabric. Several participants had woven yardage to be used in the workshop, and others chose to use purchased mill woven fabric that shared characteristics of handwoven cloth. Susan began with an overview, and brought several garments for students to try on and examine. Many garments were suitable for a wide range of sizes and shapes, and all were inspirational. Each student chose a style, and began by taking measurements and drafting a pattern, either from Susan’s book, or from a commercial pattern source. Susan rotated through the room, helping each student with her garment plan, and students were able to help each other, too. We initially cut the pattern from gridded interfacing, and used that to make fitting adjustments. In the photo on the right, Susan is explaining the fine points of fitting, and pinning Cathy’s pattern.
Once the patterns were cut and fitted, they were unpinned and used to cut the cloth into pieces for the garment. Susan and one of the participants provided sergers, so all the edges were serged in turn. We had a mini-lesson in how to use a serger, since many of us hadn’t used one before.
After serging, garments were pinned, adjusted, sewn, adjusted, adjusted, tweaked, and adjusted! Due to time constraints, not everyone finished, but everyone did finish fitting their pattern and cutting out their garment pieces; most had only minor finishing tasks left (hems, buttons, etc.). There were several lovely garments completed, and there are several more in the works! Susan was a gracious and patient teacher, and the participants all had fun learning more about sewing garments from handwoven cloth.
On Tuesday, June 17, 12 members of the Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild met at my home for a Temari Balls workshop with Marilyn Romatka from Bellevue. We used yarns and fiber to form the inner ball, wrapped that with a finer wool yarn, then sewing thread to completely cover the sphere. Then 5/2 cotton and a variety of novelty yarns were used to stitch designs on the balls. This link gives you a wild look at what can be created as Temari balls, a Japanese folk art.
On Wed. June 18, the regular guild meeting date, we gathered at Tollgate in Sisters for our monthly business meeting, potluck picnic, and a Bow Weaving workshop with Marilyn. This links you to Marilyn bow loom weaving page.
26 members participated in this event, each paying their own materials fee. We picked our warp and weft colors of 5/2 cotton and coordinating or contrasting beads that were strung on each of the 2 selvedge edge warps and started weaving away. Midway through her demonstration the power went out in our building in Sisters, so we adjourned outside to the lovely courtyard and continued weaving!
Everyone enjoyed themselves at these two events and we want to thank WeGO for making this money available for us to be able to offer these workshops to our members.
We were thrilled to receive announcement that we had been awarded one of the $200 WeGO workshop grants.
We immediately began to plan what we might do with this award. Since many of our members are dedicated spinners – and since many of the learning activities available are for weavers- we decided to search for a spinning instructor to come to the coast for a workshop. After careful investigation we decided to ask Christine Thomas-Flitcroft from the Aurora Colony FiberArts Guild if she was willing and she agreed.
We contracted with Christine to come for two days, November 9-10, 2013, for a silk spinning workshop. The cost for the two days was $820. She stayed with a guild member and we covered her food costs. For the workshop we reserved a local bank’s community room.
It was a wonderfully successful workshop. We had ten participants. We learned how silk is produced, the different forms of silk available for spinning, and had ample time to practice with each type. Christine supplied us with more than a dozen different types/combinations of silk/other materials. For example, in addition to spinning the three major varieties of pure silk, we spun silk/cashmere, merino/silk/bamboo, silk/yak, silk/camel, etc.
During the second day we continued to spin and added dying of silk hankies for us to take home and spin. Christine supplied the hankies and the dyes.
It was a very satisfying workshop and each of the participants would heartily recommend Christine to other guilds.
Marty Lemke Workshop Participant Treasurer
WeGO would like to thank Heather Winslow, for graciously accepting our invitation to “tour and teach” in Oregon. We had a great turnout at all the workshops and fun was had by all. Next year, WeGO will be sponsoring another “tour and teach” in Oregon. Information will be posted on our website as things come together for 2016.
NEW MILLENNIUM FIBRES
DESCRIPTION: What on earth is Lyocell? Why would anyone combine cotton or merino wool with stainless steel into a yarn? Aren’t pineapples and soya protein for eating and bamboo for building? What does a silk and ramie combination feel like? What is modal, ingeo, or seacell? Learn the answers to these questions and more during this fun filled introduction to new millennium fibres. Just imagine what a unique project you can weave when you get home.
This weekend in Portland, the first of the series of workshops by Heather Winslow, sponsored by WeGO. There were lots of learning to be had and the class filled up quickly. it is nice to see such a busy bunch of weavers.
THEO MOORMAN INLAY TECHNIQUE
DESCRIPTION: Elevate your handwoven garments into the arena of wearable art. Theo Moorman’s inlay technique allows you to create an isolated, tapestry-like image of any shape or size anywhere on the surface of handwoven fabric. Think of the design freedom this provides! You will learn how to adapt the technique for use on clothing through fibre selection, appropriate garment styles, placement of design elements, weaving with a cartoon, and incorporating threading variations to suit special needs.
We just finished our excellent workshop with Heather Winslow – a great time was had by all! This was a WeGO sponsored traveling workshop called “Theo Moorman technique applied to clothing”, and hosted by the Rogue Valley Weaver’s Guild April 22-24.
THREE OVER ONE, ONE OVER THREE EQUALS TWILL MAGIC
DESCRIPTION: Like anything magical, 3/1, 1/3 twill block structure appears more complex and mysterious than it is. It alternates warp and weft dominant sections in the threading. What if you treadle tromp-as-writ, or add color changes in warp or weft, or rearrange the tie-up, or reverse your treadling, or add texture…..? You will see samples and finished products of fascinating variations in both structure and fibers. Come and be inspired by the magic!
The second workshop with Heather Winslow, was held in Odell, Oregon. We all met at Judy’s Place Weaving Studio and spent three wonderful days, doing a round-robin workshop learning all the magic we could make with twills. We all had fun and enjoyed our time that Heather spent with us.
There were approximately 25 guild members and guest in attendance. JoAnn talked about the color wheel systems and yarn color combinations that work when weaving. Her points were illustrated with a number of samples. All agreed it was an excellent talk and the guild would like to thank the Grace Carter Weaving Studio for underwriting the lecture. Following the talk, a wine reception for JoAnn was held at Mary Marker’s house. It was enjoyed by all. A special thanks to Mary for hosting the social and to those who provided snacks and beverages plus those who volunteered to help Mary for all the little odds and ends that go into having an enjoyable time for all.
JoAnn’s Lecture on Friday was followed by the guild’s first sponsored workshop, held on March 12th to March 14th. The title of the workshop was, Towels: A Gamp that Transcends Tradition. We had the maximum number of attendees, 18. It was very successful. A great mix of traditional and colorful warp gamps made for an interesting three days. All agreed that JoAnn is an excellent weaving teacher who explained the subject matter clearly with many samples. She also showed us some of her “tricks of the trade” that make weaving go smoothly. Thanks to the committee who worked on the planning and execution of all the details necessary to make this a good three days of learning and sharing. Pictures from the class make for a beautiful visual of the class.
Susan Wilson’s Weaving Workshop Crackled With Excitement
The room hummed with the sound of weaving, and of weavers having those “Ahh Hah!” moments as they discovered something new or had a new understanding of a weaving concept. For three intensive days in February, 17 weavers of The Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers guild participated in a workshop taught by Susan Wilson of Arvada, Colorado.
Susan took the group through multiple options for weaving Crackle, a weave structure with roots in Sweden. In 1990, Susan completed a Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Masters level Certificate of Excellence (COE) study in Crackle, and recently published a book on the subject. In our workshop, she shared her COE samples, as well as numerous Crackle projects. Each weaver had selected one of several possible Crackle threading options so we were able to see different results on each loom. We each worked on our own looms with a warp color of our choice so it was fun to see the variety of color interactions possible.
I think everyone was surprised to see how many different things can be done on one warp, like weaving a Crackle threading with a Summer and Winter treadling shown in the photo. We left the workshop inspired and dreaming of new projects.
Submitted by Ginger Kaldenbach, Bend, OR
Fall Retreat 2016 Double Weave Workshop, Sept. 17-18
Patty Huffer, Instructor ~ Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild
We started the class with nervous excitement once all 16 looms were set up and we got acquainted. After learning cool facts about everyone we hit the ground running, wrapping our heads around the magic of double weave. Soon the room was a clatter of the rhythm of looms creating stripes, lace, and even playing around with stuffing.
The second day started out with feeling inspired after seeing all the different patterns one can create using the techniques of pick-up. After a detailed demonstration we all went back to our looms to test out patience as we tediously counted thread by thread. Patty soon became in high demand to help with trouble shooting. We quickly appreciated the amount of work it takes to create the beautiful patterns that we first saw in the morning. After lunch we learned the magic of double weave double width which got the room bustling again with looms weaving at full speed. The workshop wrapped up with leaving us wanting to expand our new found double weave techniques using an 8 shaft loom and adding more color into future projects.
Thanks to Lindsay Radar for recording and photographing our event.
Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild was able to provide this weaving workshop to our members at a low price in part due to the $200 WeGO grant. Thanks go to WeGO for supporting Oregon guilds’ educational programs.
Natural Dyes Workshop with Francisco Bautista
Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild ANWG Grant Sponsored Event
Sept. 20-21, 2016 Powell Butte, Oregon
Two days of dying with natural ingredients was led by Portland Guild member Francisco Bautista, a native of a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico. These techniques have been passed down through 4 generations of his family and he was happy to share them with us. He dyes wool for weaving his beautiful rugs. His wife and 2 children also weave.
The chilly mornings started with a discussion of the history, processes, and materials used in the natural dying of wool fiber. He brought several rugs and wool skeins as examples of the colors he achieves using natural plant materials and cochineal. The dye pots were heated and we started with a pot of English walnut leaves and nuts. The wool came out of the pot after about an hour of simmering in a rich medium brown color. Next up was the intriguing cochineal: blended dried bugs found on the prickly pear cactus plant in desert climates. He uses minimal ingredients to achieve his beautiful colors, adding only lime juice and vinegar to the dye bath. The rich reddish pink color of the cochineal was transferred to the wool in the hour it was left to simmer.
The group separated dried yellow onion skins for another dye pot, and he also brought yellow marigolds for the fourth dye pot. The richly colored skeins were placed in plastic bags to take home and ‘ferment’ for 2-3 more days. It will be very interesting to see the colors of the yarns once they fermented and have dried. The skeins will be shown at the next Guild meeting in October so we can all see the amazing results. We had 20 guild members participate in this wonderful workshop over two days. The Guild thanks ANWG for the grant we received to help make this event possible at a very reasonable cost for our members. See more pictures below.
The Linen and Lace Workshop was held on March 9th and 10th at the Astoria Fiber Arts Studio.
Suzie Liles of the Eugene Textile Center packed 3-days of workshop into two. Eight members of the Guild participated in producing 9 different samples of Huck, Bronson, Swedish, Window Pane, Bead Leno, Basket Weave, and Hand-Manipulated Lace structures. Suzie sent the linen warps pre-made before the start of the workshop and Studio looms and several members’ looms brought in for use for the round robin workshop were dressed before the 1st day of the workshop. Most students were able to weave 6-7 samples during the 2 days of the workshop. The looms were left dressed for the following 2 weeks so every participant could finish all their samples. With the generous scholarship from WeGo, the cost of the workshop was made more affordable to guild members. Specifically, the money was spent to pay for the rental of the Astoria Fiber Arts Studio and the use of its’ looms.