The Weavers of Orlando enjoys participating in community events with hands-on, live demonstrations, showing basic weaving techniques. Weaving and spinning are still alive! Come, meet up with spinners, and have a try at weaving on a loom, or just visit.
We offer the perfect opportunity to engage in the joy of weaving and spinning.
Contact Beverly Tavel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a group that might like to see the latest in the many different forms of fiber arts.
2018 Demo Dates
January 27 and Feb 3, 2018 – Saturdays
Lake Mary Historical Museum, LMHM, is located at 158 N. Country Club Rd. Lk Mary, Fl 32746
“Weavers of Orlando were available at the LMHM in Lake Mary to help guests fine tune their weaving and spinning techniques. Shown above: Mary Ann Gilbert of Winter Park, Nancy Reed of Apopka and Sandy Lazarus from Mount Dora, ‘On the Porch’ in Lake Mary. Saturday, Feb 3, was Demo day at the Lake Mary History Museum, with members of Weavers of Orlando. Seen below, Sonya brought some of her beads. Patty wove on her new loom. Her pattern was an undulating twill in dark and light brown. Members present were able to show and demonstrate the Kumihimo technique; guests were able to learn the method and to take kumihimo weaving cards with them. Some visitors had their quilts in the museum’s show. It was a great day.” – Bev
“Ann Nunnally, Sandy Lazarus and I had fun at Lake Mary demoing on January 27. Sandy finished a towel warp on her warping board and started warping her loom. Ann had brought some lovely bead weaving samples and worked on a bracelet. The demo loom had several inches of weaving added, as well.
“See my blog: http://www.postmodernfiberfun.com/….. I have posted information about the Turquoise woven and knit cowl I showed at the January meeting, as well as the all handspun woven panels I worked on while demonsrtating at the Lake Mary History Museum on Jan. 27. I used my 10” Cricket Rigid Heddle loom for both projects. My pictures aren’t wonderful, but I did include links to resources. The Kismet book that inspired the Turquoise cowl is available as a pdf from the people who published it.”
Upcoming Demonstration Venues, 2018
Heritage Day, Brooksville, FL
February 24, 2018, Saturday only.
Location: 70 Russell Street, Brooksville, FL
Weavers of Orlando will have a booth at this event, located in Hernando county, about 75 miles west of Orlando.
March 11, 2018, Sunday
Central Florida Fair, located at 4603 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, Fl 32808
This is a multi-day event; WoO will be on site on Sunday, March 11.
Come and spin, weave, make Kumihimo; teach guests basic techniques, and make new friends.
March 15-18, 2018
Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Annual Conference
Come, take a class and visit the vendors. Located on the shores of Lake Yale, at the Lake Yale Conference Center, near Leesburg.
May 5 – 6, 2018
St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Sanford, Florida;
Saturday and Sunday, Many artist and demonstrations. The art exhibit is located in downtown Sanford.
For parking, use the Library parking lot at 150 N. Palmetto Ave. Sanford,
Alafaya Branch Library, Orange County Library system
invites you to Farm Day
Weave, spin, Kumihimo or bring a project.
Maker Faire at Fair Grounds – West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida
Saturday and Sunday, Contact
Nov. 15, 2018 Thursday,
Maitland Montessori School, Maitland FL
Florida Pioneer Day. Come and have a great time with the kids.
November 30 – Dec 2, 2018
Holiday Show and Sale
Located at the Donnelly Pavilion,
Downtown Mount Dora, Florida
Audubon Elementary School Arts Night
Baldwin Park Orlando Florida
200 students in 2 hours
If you have an event in Central Florida that would benefit from learning about weaving, contact Bev at email@example.com
2017 Demo Events
A note from a very appreciative friend of the guild …
I want to thank you and the Weavers of Orlando for helping with our “2017 Christmas Advent project. When I started to imagine having a loom in our sanctuary, with actual weaving taking place during the sermons, it seemed a bit – crazy? I didn’t know if there was any one or organization who could help. I was very excited when you responded to my search and request.
The series evolved much as I had imagined. We had folks of all types come up and weave during the sermons. Once you mounted the finished product, I was able to present the “woven picture” of Christmas Looming to the congregation. It is now hanging on our office door for all to see. Please pass along our thanks to the Weavers of Orlando and the person who loaned us the loom. Without all of your help, we would have missed something not only unique, but quite special during the 2017 Advent Season.
Warmly in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Joe Wendorph, Senior Pastor
Markham Woods Presbyterian Church”
Transform And Inspire – 25 Years of Diversity Week – UCF 2017
In 2017, the theme of the UCF Diversity Week was ‘Transform and Inspire Inclusion – 25 years of USF Diversity Week.’ The Weavers of Orlando participated in a dynamic and engaging display on campus on October 16-20 in a celebration of our diverse community. Bringing UCF college students together at the campus library was a unique opportunity to explore topics across the broad range of human identity, experience, and interaction. Diversity Week activities are intended to stimulate our campus and move us to a more inclusive culture.
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Photos from the 2017 UCF Diversity Week Demo feature Weavers of Orlando members, Nancy Reed, Bev Tavel, Nancy Heaton and Karen Green, who shared some basic weaving and spinning techniques with UCF students. -JG
October 2017 – Maker Faire
The Maker Faire is an exciting gathering of youth and adults across the nation annually on the third weekend of October at the Orange County Fair Grounds. In 2017, it was October 20, 21 and 22. It is for fascinating people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. It is called the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Participants include tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors who come to show their creations and share their learnings. The Weavers of Orlando have engaged with Maker Faire guests for several years because we feel good about connecting the new, with the newer!
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Photos from the 2017 Maker Faire. Nancy Reed, seen here in her colorful tie-dyed blouse, is our Maker Faire guru. She has cheerfully hosted our booth in the Maker Faire for several years. A former teacher, Nancy has the skills and excitement necessary to communicate and engage with bright, creative youth. Our objective is to do outreach with younger generations and help them get excited and interested in fiber arts. Our booth was very popular with youth of all ages! -JG
November 16, 2017 – Maitland Montessori School – Pioneer Day!
The Weavers of Orlando spent most of the day at the Maitland Montessori School, where they celebrated Pioneer Day, dedicated to the early traditions of America. The students and teachers of Montessori Maitland engaged with members of the Weavers of Orlando in different, live and interactive events, including kumihimo weaving, fabric dyeing, spinning and weaving on a loom. Montessori School loves having the Weavers of Orlando come on campus to share their skills. If you have a school or youth group in Central Florida that would enjoy learning about weaving, contact Bev at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Captions for above…. ( 1 & 2 ) Maitland Montessori elementary school instructor, Becky Flannigan, in green, and WoO member Nancy Reed re-acqauint… this is the third year WoO has returned to Montessori in Maitland. WoO member Bev Tavel shares the basics of kumihimo with Montessori students. (3&4 ) Mary Chewning coaches students on kumihimo techniques. ( 5 ) Gloria Corbett gives student the basics on how to dye fabric. ( 6 ) Montessori students designing kumihimo braids. ( 7 ) WoO member Anne Nunnally introduces students to the basics of a loom. ( 8 ) Nancy Reed explains the basics of spinning, and why it is important. ( 9 ) Teachers get in on the spirit by dressing in pioneer garb and walking the students through simple tasks done in the simple life of a pioneer. Shown here, working with wood using antique wood working tools. -JG