Members of The Weavers of Orlando enjoy participating in community events with hands-on, live demonstrations, showing basic weaving techniques.
Contact Beverly 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.
2020 Demo Dates
Preservation Week/ Local Collector’s Fair
Orange County Library
West Oaks Mall Branch
April 26, 2020
Sunday, 2-4 PM
Forest Lake SDA Church
April 11, 2020, Saturday
An Easter Village
The St John’s River Festival of the Arts
!! CANCELED !!
May 2 and 3rd, 2020
Saturday 10-6 PM and Sunday 10-5 PM
FLORIDA FIBER IN
Week of September
Clarion Inn Orlando Airport
3835 McCoy Rd., Orlando, Fl
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL
Downtown Orlando Library
Week of September
101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Fl
UCF DIVERSITY WEEK at the Library
Week of Oct
12701 Pegasus Dr. Orlando, Fl
MAKER FAIRE EXHIBIT
Week of November
At the CF Fair Grounds
4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Fl
MAITLAND MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Week of November
236 N. Swoope Ave. Maitland,Fl
ARTS NIGHT OUT at Baldwin Elementary School
Week of December
1750 Common Way Rd.
2019 Demo Photos
2018 Demo Photos
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 of Winter Park, Nancy of Apopka and Sandy 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 , Sandy 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.” Nancy R email@example.com
Heritage Day, Brooksville, FL
February 24, 2018, Saturday only.
Location: 70 Russell Street, Brooksville, FL
Weavers of Orlando had 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 event was held on Sunday, March 11.
Each year, we invite the public to come and spin, weave, make Kumihimo; learn basic techniques, and make new friends.
Here are pics of awards in Weaving Category at the 2018 Central Florida Fair presented to WoO members for their projects…(left: ) Anne McK’s Huck towel with white on white design took First Place. (center,) Diane C’s Diamond Napkin in blue and white took Second Place and (right), Cindy C’s Huck towel in fall colors took Third Place. Congratulations! BT
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.
Central Florida Fairgrounds,
4603 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, Fl 32808
Saturday, Nov 10 and Sunday, Nov 11
Nancy Reed, shown above, has been the guild’s liaison with the Maker Fair for several years. A former school teacher, she enjoys engaging with youth in learning experiences. Here, she shows off a scarf into which she wove small LED lights, powered by the small battery pack. Come, meet up with spinners, and engage with young, creative minds!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 R, Bev T, Nancy H and Karen G, 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 R, 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 email@example.com
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Captions for above…. ( 1 & 2 ) Maitland Montessori elementary school instructor, Becky, in green, and WoO member Nancy R re-acqauint… this is the third year WoO has returned to Montessori in Maitland. WoO member Bev T shares the basics of kumihimo with Montessori students. (3&4 ) Mary C coaches students on kumihimo techniques. ( 5 ) Gloria C gives student the basics on how to dye fabric. ( 6 ) Montessori students designing kumihimo braids. ( 7 ) WoO member Anne N introduces students to the basics of a loom. ( 8 ) Nancy R 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