PHG – Theo Moorman Workshop with Heather Winslow

Portland Handweavers Guild

Dates: Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13, 2019

Location: Mill End Store/Beaverton, 4955 SW Western Ave., Beaverton, OR

Workshop Fee: $325, plus a materials fee of $20 for cost of handouts

Equipment Requirement: 4-shaft loom (table or portable floor loom); set-up will be provided

For those of you who feel restricted by the structured geometric shapes and the color interactions dictated by traditional woven structure, this technique is for you. It will give you the freedom to introduce inlaid shapes and contrasting colors whenever and wherever you desire on the surface of the cloth.

Theo Moorman was an English weaver (1907-1990) who developed a threading and treadling combination which has been commonly called Theo Moorman Inlay. For more information see her wonderful book WEAVING AS AN ART FORM – A PERSONAL STATEMENT, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 1975. Theo was fascinated with expressing an idea via tapestry but was searching for a faster and less labor intensive way to accomplish the same effect. Her threading and treadling sequence allow the weaver to inlay a design of any size or shape as an isolated motif anywhere on the surface of a ground cloth, or as a concept which moves from selvedge to selvedge to create a pictorial image.

Elevate your handwoven garments into the arena of wearable art. The Theo Moorman inlay technique allows you to create an isolated tapestry-like image of any shape or size, wherever desired on the surface of the background cloth. During this three day workshop, the versatility of this structure will become apparent as you weave samples on a pre-warped 4-H loom. You will learn to adapt the technique for clothing through fibre selection, appropriate garment styles, placement of design elements, weaving with a cartoon, and incorporating threading variations to suit special needs. This weave structure is equally useful for ecclesiastical pieces, wall hangings, accessories, and interiors and is not limited to use on clothing.

For more info, or to register:

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


Spinning for Color’s Sake – Judith MacKenzie – Workshop

Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers Guild & Klamath Falls Spinners & Weavers Guild – Combined Guild Workshop

September 5, 2018

To begin the workshop “Spinning for Color’s Sake”, Judith showed us many ancient dolls and bead whorls (for spindles) from her private collection. She explained how each doll was constructed and we marveled over the workmanship of both the dolls and spindle whorls.

Well inspired, we chose colored top from a large selection of colors and started to spin our first yarn- marled yarn. By holding two or more colors of yarn together, we could achieve dimensional color effects that were surprising and interesting.


For our next yarn experiment, we chose several colors to blend using combs. I chose to spin the top that I blended on the combs in a worsted style. I then took the comb waste from blending, carded it and spun a woolen yarn. Each was unique!

Next, we talked about shades, tints and tones of colors. We used hand cards to blend a chosen color with black, white and gray. Then we spun the color by itself and shade, tint and tone of the color.

Finally, we explored tweed yarns. Judith provided odds and ends of fiber, thrums and bits of old yarn. We were able to use garneting boards to blend in these bits with top to create completely individual yarns.


I have taken several classes with Judith MacKenzie and this was one of the most intimate and engaging ones in my experience. The setting was wonderful and the fact that lunch was provided and unhurried made for a great progression of the day. I would like to thank ANWG for the generous grant to the guilds so that this class was so affordable.

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Stephani Sexton