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)
Socializing & Weaving questions answered starting at 9:30 am
Business meeting starts at 10 a.m.
Show and tell usually starts around 10:30 am
Program starts around 11:00 am
Where: Westminster Winter Park Towers meeting room at 1111 South Lakemont Avenue Winter Park FL 32792, unless otherwise stated below.
The following programs are planned for your learning and enjoyment in 2018! Come join us!
May 19, 2018 — Small Groups, Learning teams and More
Join us for our May program on increasing guild engagement. We have a variety of groups in our guild – study groups, outreach groups, exchanges, and social groups like the Lazy Kates, Shuttle Clicks, Warping 101, the former Tapestry Study Group, ongoing exchanges, and demos throughout central Florida.
This month we want to explore how can we increase our internal and external engagement, further enriching our lives and the guild’s. As a guild with many far-flung members, one our our engagement challenges is where we live; we’ll explore that too.
Join us as group leaders Bev Tavel, Joy Bergman, Joan Furci, Mary Schmutte, Diane Click and Sandy Lazarus explore these questions in a facilitated panel. They’ll describe the groups they work with, the joys and challenges of each. They’ll leave plenty of time to address questions posed by the guild.
Are there ways we can use social media (Google Groups, Skyping, MeetUp) to engage?
Do you know which members live near you – we’ll have a map!
Is there a weave structure you want to explore – maybe others do too – how can you find out?
Come, share your ideas, join the conversation. Send your questions!!
Send in your questions ahead of time!
June 16, 2018 — Deflected Doubleweave presented by Mary S. Details to follow
July 21, 2018 — Basketweaving presented by Jennifer W. “Basket Weaving: “It’s in the Bowl”
This workshop is a great introduction or refresher to weaving baskets with round reed and a wood base. Beginner basket weavers are welcome! Woven over a plastic mould for easy shaping, each basket will be finished with a braided rim. Choice of reed color will be available (if desired) for the multicolor basket. All materials and tools will be provided to complete both baskets, but feel free to bring your favorite basket making tools if you like. There is a $20 materials fee.
Perfect as decorative centerpieces or serving bowls at a dinner gathering, you will love your new baskets!
August 18, 2018 —“Old Becomes New Again in Dukagang” presented by Audrey S.
Dukagang is a weave structure first discovered in woven cloth from ancient Egypt. It is created by combining plain weave with an inlaid design. If you can count and guide your fingers across the cloth, you can create beautiful and original designs with Dukagang.
Audrey learned to weave in 1954 on a big, old barn loom which stood in the middle of my art classroom. Students were allowed to weave on the loom after their art project was finished. I would quickly finish my project just to have a chance to weave. After high school I married and raised four daughters. There was little time for weaving or even money to buy a loom of my own. It wasn’t until I moved to Orlando in 1989 that I had the time, money and opportunity to buy a loom and truly learn to weave. Under the guidance of Betty TerLouw I studied for several years and learned much of what Betty had to teach. For many years the loom became my best friend. Today, I mainly weave greeting cards and small projects. Dukagang has become my all-time favorite weave structure because it combines my love or art and weaving.
September 15, 2018 —Tips and Tricks in a Round Robin Day. Details to follow
October 20-22, 2018 — Rep Weave/Block Weave presented by Rosalie N. “It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep”
As a prelude to her workshop “It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep”, Rosalie will introduce us to the rich world of color and design in Rep. Two different colored warps (a pattern colorway and a background colorway) combine with thick and thin weft to form the elements for exploring block design in warp-faced rep. Rosalie will discuss how “blocks” of rep, threaded on four and eight shafts, can be combined to expand design possibilities.
Rosalie loves using color and geometric design in her weavings and kumihimo braiding. An avid designer and teacher, she was featured in a 2-hour DVD by Interweave Press called Rep Weave. She publishes regularly in weaving and braiding journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Her curiosity about unique patterns lead her to publish two recent books. One is for kumihimo enthusiasts called “Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines” featuring 1,157 unique 2-color patterns for the kumihimo braid structure Kongō Gumi. The other book is for designers and weavers interested in symmetric block designs called “An Exaltation of Blocks.” It is a two-volume set featuring a toolkit of design pages and transparent overlays for developing 4- to 8-block patterns.
November 17,2018 — Weavers of Orlando’s Annual fundraising Auction –
WoO will have its annual auction fundraiser on November 17. This auction is always a favorite because people get to donate their treasures they no longer need or use. Then lucky winners get to take home new-to-them treasures. Now is the time to start thinking about and going through your stash, closets, bookshelves, bureaus, etc., to see which items you would like to donate.