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!
February 17, 2018 — Tommye Scanlin “Weaving the Days of Your Life”
As a prelude to her workshop “Weaving the Days of Your Life”, Tommye will introduce us to the rich world of tapestry weaving. She will emphasize the many ways you can use tapestry weaving for a daily practice at the loom. Tommye Scanlin has woven what she calls “tapestry diaries” since 2008 and she will share several of her weavings and talk about the thoughts behind them. She will discuss insights she and others continue to gain from the daily practice.
Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years, exploring many different techniques of creating images through the woven structure. In 1988 she began her journey in tapestry weaving and her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. She is professor emerita, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2015 Scanlin was presented with the Madeleine K. Anthony Award by the Lumpkin County Historical Society. In 2009, she was granted a Life Membership in Southern Highland Craft Guild and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Art Education Association for “…dedication to craft education.”
March 24, 2018 — Guild Picnic – Ann Nunnally’s Home “Annual Potluck Picnic”
Our annual potluck picnic will be held at Ann Nunnally’s house for WoO members and their guests. Come join us! Members, please check the membership list for the address.
Note: The picnic is the 4th Saturday because the Florida Tropical Weavers Conference will be held on the 3rd weekend of March.
April 21, 2018 — Beading presented by Cynthia Starr Details to follow
May 19, 2018 — Small Groups, Learning teams and More. Details to follow
June 16, 2018 — Deflected Doubleweave presented by Mary Schmutte Details to follow
July 21, 2018 — Basketweaving presented by Jennifer Williams Details to follow
August 18, 2018 —“Old Becomes New Again in Dukagang” presented by Audrey Smith
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 Neilson “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 Neilson 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.