4 harness, 6 treadle LeClerc Fanny. The Fanny is a counterbalance loom. Weaving width 27”. Comes with a 12 dent stainless steel reed. The back beam folds for storage, but the front does not fold. See attached pictures. $400.
Reed Storage Rack
I purchased this from Al Carr at the holiday sale several years ago. It’s walnut, and in brand new condition. My weaving room / home office is only 10’ x 10’, so I need to get as much off the floor as possible. I’m now storing my reeds on peg board on the wall, so no longer need this storage rack. $100 (the price new is $150). See attached pictures.
If you’re interested, contact Karen G at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be at both the January and February meetings so can deliver to the meeting if you would like. If you want the loom, but don’t have a vehicle it will fit in, I can deliver it. There will be an additional fee for delivery if you live more than 45 minutes from me.
Attention New or Experienced Weavers! For sale: A NEVER USED Schacht Baby Wolf Maple 8 shaft with 10 treadles Loom! This Schacht Baby Wolf has all the advantages of portability while maintaining the best big loom features! The weaving width of the Baby Wolf is 26″. The loom comes with a 12-dent reed. The X-frame design is exceptionally stable and can be easily folded to a depth of 18″. The Baby Wolf Extra accessories are being sold with it:
The Schacht Wolf Stroller wheel system makes your loom mobile!
Schacht’s Baby Wolf Trap is a hammock for your weaving tools; Lease sticks, extra bobbins, shuttles, and accessories. The Baby Wolf Trap is made of durable nylon canvas, suspended between hardwood bars in end brackets that slip onto the breast beam.Schacht Raddles help keep a warp spread evenly as it is wound onto the warp beam. They have built-in clamps and can be attached to either the loom’s back beam or the shuttle race of the beater.
Schacht Baby Wolf High Castle Tray Price: $2550. Cash – (No tax or Delivery Charges)
OR Are you New to Weaving? If you need everything to start weaving…. you might be interested in the complete package: The complete weaving package includes: The Baby Wolf loom and it’s accessories plus the used Leclerc Open ended Loom bench 23” x 38”, weaving books, yarn, weaving tools & warping board. Price : $2850 Contact: Beth D Email: BDreves@yahoo.com Pick up at my home in Clermont, FL. or we can work out another delivery arrangement.
For Sale: Rick Reeves 19″ solid oak, double drive Frame Wheel. Comes with 3 whorls with 6 different ratios, 4 bobbins, and Lazy Kate. For travelling, the spinning head comes off and can be put in a tote bag and the wheel sits in a car seat with a seatbelt. I have too many Reeves wheels and I need to thin the herd. Price $1200 includes shipping. Discount for WoO members who pick up the wheel $1000. Please contact Berna Lowenstein BernaWeaves@cfl.rr.com There is a full description on Ravelry at: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/reeves-rock/3955153/1-25
Members gather annually to enjoy the holiday season with their fiber friends and families. Currently, the guild gathers at the Mount Dora, FL United Methodist Church on N. Fifth Street.
Captions for the above…. (1) The annual holiday luncheon is a great time for friends to get together. There are always warm greetings and hugs. (2) Lee T indicates he is having a good time. (3) Anne M greets long-time friends Ellen and Chuck T. (4) Mona R sets the table. (5) Sandy L, right, starts the serving line. (6) Cynthia S, right, and Pat I catch up on events.
Captions for the above … (7 and 8) Lively conversations and dining are the hallmark of a great holiday luncheon. (9) Pam W officially opens the event with a greeting and thanks for a great 2017. (10 and 11 ) Nancy R invites Berna L, center, and Pat I to bless the meal.
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Captions for the above photos……(12) The luncheon event was a good opportunity for Marilyn F to give thanks to the members of her 75th Anniversary Celebration Team for their contribution to the success of the event. (13) Marilyn recognizes Cindy L for her strategic plans, (14) Bev T for booking the venue, the Camelia Room of Leu Gardens and her close coordination with their staff, (15) Mary S for her contributions, (16) Nancy R for her support and guidance, (17) Berna L for her role as key-note speaker and (18) Pam W for booking the catering company and coordinating their services. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the milestone event, thanks to many volunteers.
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Captions for the above ……(19) Diane C gives a brief report on the recent Holiday Sales event at the Lakeside Inn and shared that sales from the event were very good. Looking forward, Diane reported that the 2018 Holiday Sales event would be moved to the Donnelly Pavilion in downtown Mount Dora, providing more space. The building offers higher visibility for tourists and shoppers and better access from the street. The dates of the 2018 sale are Nov 30 and Dec 1 and 2. (20) Sandy L and Cynthia S handle the door prize portion of the luncheon. All gifts were to be made by members. (21) Ann R shows off her beaded bracelet created by Nancy R. (22) Anne M shows off her exchange gift: a jar of blueberry jam, a felted home made lemon drop soap and a quilted place mat for the table from Mona R.
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Captions for the above ….. (22) Ellen T shows her wire, bead and pine bark pendant. (24) Jamie L received two woven jelly fish scarves from Pam W. (25) Ann C shows her beaded bracelet. (26) Jane G shows her beaded earrings. (27) Jewel B received a felted tree ornament. (28) Judy S received a blue beaded Christmas ornament made by Mimi S.
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Captions for the above ….. (29) Liz H received a woven tartan plaid towel created by Mary S. (30) Marilyn F shows off her glass tree ornament, created by Jamie L. (31) Mary S shows off her exchange gift: a crocheted scarf from Jane G. (32) Mimi S received a scarf and fragrant soap. (33) Nancy H shows her scented candle. (34) Nancy R scored with her lacy cowl.
Captions for the above ….. (35) Pam W shows her bracelet from Malaysia, courtesy of Nancy H, who flies the world with Delta. (36) Peg C admires her door prize tickets, or, as she proudly proclaimed, her: ‘investment in the guild.’ (37 and 38) The grand prize of the luncheon door prize event was a hand-made, 4-shaft, 4-treddle, 24″ floor loom which had been totally reconditioned and given a new life, new shuttles and a starter stash of yarns, which Ann R won. Ann promptly announced that she is gifting the loom to a friend in Tallahassee who expressed an interest in learning to weave. Two members of the guild volunteered to provide the new owner with beginner instructions on how to get started. The spirit of Christmas is alive within the hearts of members of The Weavers of Orlando.
We sponsor 3 workshops a year, 2 of the workshops are usually with nationally known instructors, and members get first chance to take these workshops.
The cost of the workshops are estimated prior to the workshop and a deposit is required when signing up to take a workshop with Weavers of Orlando.
The exact cost of the workshop is determined by the cost of travel for the instructor, teaching fees along with room rental and any other expenses encountered for the workshop. These costs are then divided among the participants in the workshop. Some of the instructors also require a materials fee that is separate fee from the cost of the workshop.
If you are interested in joining us at one of the following workshops or would like more details please contact our workshop chair Nancy R at email@example.com
The well stocked workshop basket This file contains a very good list of things you should bring with you to every workshop Please take the time to click on the link, read & print the list for future reference.
Due to Covid 19
All 2020 Workshops & Programs
will be done via Zoom
If you are interested in joining us at one of the following 2020 workshops or would like more details please contact our workshop chair Nancy R
Due to Covid 19 this Workshop will be done via Zoom
October 17, 18 & 19 2020 Workshop (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
Weaving in a Parallel Universe by Linda Hartshorn
Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills, four color doubleweave, and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Create vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence by using two or more colors in the warp. Weave samples in a round robin, study drafts and learn how to create a parallel threading. Add the power of parallel threadings to your weaving repertoire.
Loom type: Portable floor or table loom, 8 or more shafts required, in good working order.
Loom will be pre-warped according to instructions. Two boat shuttles with bobbins, scissors, weft yarn, tape measure, Fray Check (a fabric glue for separating samples). Bring any items needed to mend broken warps. For notetaking and drafting bring pen, pencil, and paper.
Linda Hartshorn is known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Linda enjoys leading workshops all over the country. She recently opened Lost Coast Weaving Studio in the mountains of Northern California, where she holds classes and creates her own work. Linda is a two time winner of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award.
In weaving Linda has discovered the threads that connect us to other weavers, to other places and other times. For her weaving is an essential part of being human. She tries to express this in her work, which is influenced by many textile traditions but is still very much her own. She uses natural fibers, a diversity of weave structures, and hand dyeing, including the extensive use of plant and mineral dyes, to create artistry in fiber.
We will be doing Zoom meetings for Members through the end of 2020
Weavers of Orlando (WoO), an active non-profit organization, promotes and encourages interest in the fiber arts such as weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, felting, and beading through monthly programs. When: The 3rd Saturday of each month (see monthly schedule below)
9:30 – 10:30 Social Hour
10:30 – 11:00 Meeting
11:00 – 11:45ish Show and Tell
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:00ish Program
1:00 – 2:00 Project Hour
Please Note : Starting in April enjoy fellowship with other members as you work on that project, get questions answered, or design your next weaving piece.
Berna Lowenstein will explain and demonstrate how to use a Schacht warping paddle to warp 4 or more yarns at a time on a warping board. Since the October workshop requires warping 4 threads at the same time, this program will help demystify using a warping paddle, and give secret tricks to keep the yarns from twisting around each other. Berna will present a slide show following by a live demonstration showing the warping paddle in action.
Berna Lowenstein has been knitting since she was five years old, and has been a rabid fiber artist ever since. She is an award winning spinner and weaver for over 30 years. She also loves inkle weaving, kumihimo, tablet weaving, dyeing and hoarding books.
October 17, 2020 –Zoom
Color Fundamentals for Fiber Artists by Linda Hartshorn
Color is enriches our lives and is of primary importance to the fiber art we create. Color is not only fundamental but FUN! A Power Point slideshow will guide us through the basics of color and show inspiring examples in fiber art. Using what we have learned, we will make yarn wraps in a fun, hands-on exercise.
Provided for students: cards for wrapping and some yarns.
Materials for students to bring: scissors, tape, and a few colorful pictures from a magazine or elsewhere for inspiration. Please also bring bits and balls of yarn leftover from your projects to share with the group.
November 21, 2020 –Zoom
Mercedes DiNatale: Turning Handwoven Yardage into Tote Bags Everyone fell in love with the beautiful bags that Mercedes had for sale at last year’s Christmas sale in Mt. Dora. Now she’s going to teach us how to make our own.
Bio: Mercedes DiNatale interest in weaving was sparked at a craft fair in North Carolina, where a Weaver let her sit at a loom and weave. Learning plain weave on rigid heddle then joining Weavers of Orlando in 2018 where a Harrisville Loom found a new home. Mercedes enjoys learning weave structures, experimenting with different yarns, color combinations and finding ways to use woven fabrics.
December 12, 2020 –Zoom
Constance Blackmon Lee: Traditional Backstrap Weaving by the Boruca Natives of Costa Rica will be presented. We will explore the history of the Borucans as cultural artisans perserving their traditional mask-making and textile techniques for hundreds of years. This presentation will be an up close and personal account of what it is like to eat, sleep and weave with this indigenous people, while expericing village life high up in the Telamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. Textiles will be on display.
CONSTANCE BLACKMON LEE, Costume Designer, Fiber Artist, Certified in Permaculture Design. For as long as I can remember, I have had a love affair with fiber, particularly the whole cloth. I have been sewing for more than 50 years, and costuming for 22 years. I’ve worked in film, network television, commercials, theater, live entertainment productions and for Disney World Creative Costumes. After living two decades in Los Angeles, and retiring from the IBM Corporation, I returned home to Orlando Florida. Then, I joined a local quilting guild and produced a few award-winning quilts. Mostly, I made quilts to just give them away. So of course, that meant buying more fabric to add to my stash. Presently, my artistic expression encompasses art weaving, quilting and doll making. And most recently, I am learning to spin (stumbling along!).However, my most interesting lesson thus far, was at a recent “fleece washing” i.e., how to remove poop out of sheep’s fleece. I think I went home with more poop on me than the sheep. But most of all, my passions have been fueled and largely supported by like-minded women I have met along this journey. And for that, I am GRATEFUL!
On the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, lies a valley that is rich in history called, Araq al Ameer. The village located there is called by the same name. Araq al Ameer means, “Caves of the Prince’ in English and an ancient ruin called, Qasr al Abd, “Castle of the Slave” is also there, built in the second century Hellenistic period, before Christianity. The legend is that the castle was built by a slave, smitten by the King’s daughter. He built the castle as a tribute to her, but never completed it or won her hand. What is left of the castle is still visited today, as are the caves that are located on the side of a mountain, which are still used as storage places and sheep pens. Some of the original structures of the village were left to erode, but there are still enough of them, including the ancient watering system to imagine what this farming community may have been like in the past. But, for me, as a weaver, what is even more enticing is the weaving cooperative that is located in this small village.
The weaving cooperative, established in 1993, had 20 young women volunteers to learn how to warp and weave. It is in one of the old buildings where curved arches, similar to those used in medieval architecture, are still supporting a roof over weavers beneath them. Amina, one of the young women who volunteered to learn how to weave in 1993, said that the looms they have were donated from the Chinese Embassy. A weaver, presumably from the embassy, instructed the women how to wind a warp, dress the loom and weave. They have four looms that are two shaft, two treadle, countermarch design. However, what differs from the countermarch looms that are most commonly seen, is that the back of the loom is raised higher than the front resulting in a smaller shed. Since these are the looms the weavers learned on, they are used to the beater so close to the breast beam and the short shed.
Even though their looms are limited by the number of harnesses and treadles, they weave a flawless plain weave, balanced and well-made. Natural yarn is virtually non-existent in Jordan; the wool we have from the Awassi sheep, an ancient breed, is undervalued and cotton is not grown here anymore. As a result, the weavers in Araq al Ameer either use acrylic yarn from China or sewing thread. On my recent visit, Amina had acquired some cotton yarn from downtown, which she was dyeing with natural materials found within their village, and that day it was acorns. The natural dyeing they’ve recently done creates an effect similar to ikat. Sometimes they use the material they’ve woven and sew them into bags and slippers. However, the way in which they weave is very different from the way in which we are accustomed in the west.
First, when winding their warp, they set up their cones of yarn on a kind of metal frame that has eyelets screwed into the top. The cones sit at the bottom of the frame and each cone is threaded through an eyelet. Then, the yarn is taken across the room to a very large wheel, where it is tied on. The large wheel serves as their warping mill and can hold about eight yards. It’s so large that it reminds me of the large paddle wheel on a steam boat. Of course, it isn’t that large, but compared to the size of the room it’s in, it is very oversized. Naturally, once the threads are attached to the mill, they wind on the many yards of thread. They may count the yards (meters) wound onto the warping mill, but the number of ends are not counted. This is another technique that is uncommon to weavers in the west. Thread count and wraps per inch are irrelevant.
Unlike in other weaving communities, weavers that I have met in Araq al Ameer and in other places do not weave following patterns and number of ends per inch and the other technical aspects that many weavers use. In fact, I’m certain they do not know how to read a pattern. They simply fill the many string heddles on the two harnesses to the desired width. Since there are only two shafts, they just place a thread in each heddle, alternating between shaft one and two. Because they have not been taught the technical aspects of weaving, designs they could weave through use of alternate colored warp threads are not used. Because a single color is used in the warp, the weaving effect occurs by changing colors in the weft, making that the area where any kind of patterning or design is done.
While these weavers do not have knowledge in the technical aspects, such as the use of color and weave in warps, color theory or how to use a multi-harness loom, they are enthusiastic to learn. Also, their absence of knowledge in these areas does not take away from the beautiful fabric they do weave. They, just like all weavers, are always trying to learn new skills and have pride in the weaving they do.