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!
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July 21, 2018 — Basketweaving presented by Jennifer W.
“Basket Weaving: “It’s in the Bowl”
As a prelude to the “It’s in the Bowl” workshop, Jennifer will dazzle us with a program on basket weaving. The workshop that follows (see workshop page) will be a great introduction or refresher to weaving baskets with round reed and a wood base. For the program Jennifer will highlight types of baskets, varieties of materials, and tools commonly used for basket weaving.
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.
December 15, 2018 — Holiday Luncheon –
Our Holiday Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. Food, Door prizes, Gift Exchange, Scholarship Drawing!
January 19, 2019 Program by Nancy Reed
Spinning Yarn: Tools, Types of Fiber, Fiber Prep, Yarn Samples and Some Sources. You can use wheels, spindles or both, of many types. You can spin many types and blends of fiber: sheep’s wool, alpaca, cotton, silk, tencel, bamboo, and more. You can use prepared fiber or prep your own—generally fleece from sheep. I will bring some equipment and samples for people to check out.
Nancy Reed has been spinning for nearly 15 years now, starting with a “student” top whorl drop spindle and viewing videotapes and reading books. Over the years, she acquired quite a few spindles of various types (probably close to 20 by now, 2 treadle wheels and 2 Kickstarter campaign electric wheels. Nancy does demos regularly for WoO, and often provides introductory spindle lessons at meetings in her spinning group. She has used her handspun for knitting, crocheting and weaving (warp and weft) on my Rigid Heddle looms.
February 16, 17, and 18 Program and Workshop by Jennifer Moore
Double Rainbow 2 1/2 day workshop- 2 Layers, 4 (or 8) Shafts, 6 Colors – Infinite Possibilities
This is perhaps the ultimate color sampler! You will begin by winding a warp and setting up your loom according to Jennifer’s system for working with multiple colors in a rotational sequence and bringing it to the workshop. A basic two-layered structure will enable us to mix and match our colors, creating an amazing array of color mixtures. As you weave and your warp colors move past each other you will experience a visual feast of iridescence and moire patterns. We will also experiment with single-layered structures such as warp rep and warp-faced twills and the effects that they create on this versatile warp. This sampler will provide a remarkable education in color theory and how optical mixtures work in weaving, as well as a great source of inspiration for future weaving projects.
Level: Intermediate. No prior experience in doubleweave is necessary, but students must know how to warp a loom
Students will bring a 4- or 8-shaft loom warped according to instructions.
From the first time that Jennifer Moore sat down at a loom, she was drawn to the orderly universe of colored threads and the rhythmic repetition in the process of weaving. Because of her background in piano and pipe organ, she felt an immediate affinity with this new stringed instrument whose patterns flowed from her hands in the form of color and design rather than sound.
After experimenting with various structures for several years, she found her home in the ancient technique of doubleweave pick-up. In doubleweave two layers of cloth are woven simultaneously, one above the other on the loom. Through the exacting process of hand pick-up, she exchanges threads between the two layers, building original designs onto the underlying grid. By blending numerous colors together in both my warp and weft and playing one layer against the other, she is able to create a nearly limitless range of subtle color gradations. Over the years she has developed new methods of setting up and weaving doubleweave that she feels make it more accessible and easier to weave. She travels extensively to teach these techniques and has recently written the book The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave, published by Interweave Press.