The guild’s monthly meetings include a casual opportunity to permit members to share their projects, their recent purchases and acquisitions from foreign travels.
It is both a ‘brag’ session and a learning opportunity for everyone.
January, 2018 members’ meeting
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Captions for above (left to right)… At the January 20, 2018 ‘Show and Tell’ Session,
(1 and 2) Members line up to present their recent projects, (3) Berna L drop-spindle skeins and block towels from Janet Phillips’ book. (4) wonderful books from the guild’s library for inspiration, (5) Blue scarf in a twill or Rosepath pattern by Peg C and yardage by Mary Ann G, (6) Red knitted 2 year project by Jamie L, brown chenille towel by Beverly T, (7) Nancy H shows off her mohair, hand-dyed scarf, (8) Jennifer W‘ inkle-loom by Chuck, with a tweed bag, (9) Anne M shows off her scarf and quilt. (10) Close up of Anne M quilt and scarf and watercolor of her Canadian countryside, (11) Tartans and Tweed, (12) the Show and Tell table with projects displayed, (13) Jane C rag rugs.
2017 Holiday Luncheon
Members gather to enjoy the holiday season with their fiber friends and families. Here are images from the recent 2017 Holiday luncheon, held at the Mount Dora, FL United Methodist Church, Dec 16.
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 Robles 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 CelebrationTeam for their contribution to the success of the event. (13) Marilyn recognizes Cindy I 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 Reach. (22) Anne M shows her quilted table top.
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Captions for the above ….. (22) Ellen T shows her wire, bead and pine bark pendant. (24) Jamie Lreceived two woven accessories: a scarf and arm band. (25) Jane 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 decorated tree ornament as well.
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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 a boa. (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, 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.
October 21, 2017 members’ meeting
Captions for above (left to right)… At the October 21, 2017‘Show and Tell’ Session, members shared their recent projects. (1) Berna L showed her crepe wrap, a Jaggerspun Zephyr, silk and wool in an 8 shaft twill. Her ‘Hug’ is a Mobius shawl/shrug made from woven shibori using 1/2 Zephyr and 1/2 orlon yarns. The project was inspired by a Diane Totten Crimp Cloth workshop….(2 and 3) Jennifer W shared her newest basket weave design and miniature rigid heddle ….(4) Mary S showed off her skills in bracelet weaving….(5) Nancy Heaton presented her mohair and bamboo weave pieces which she dyed using mimeograph ink, a technique she learned in a previous workshop. Ms Heaton reported that the ink used in the mimeo reproduction process was color fast in her fabrics….(6) Cyndi Davis showed her baby blanket design created on her college’s loom for her weaving project….(7) Karen Simpson showed off her napkins done using a Blazing Shuttles warp…(8,9 and 10) Ellen T showed three, hand-made items: a chair seat she made using woven bands done on her Glimakra Band Loom, a Huck and Lace sample and simple indigo-dyed coverlet purchased from a thrift shop. Ellen advised to “always check out thrift shops for unusual finds, especially those in high-end neighborhoods, where you can find the best values.”
August 19, 2017 members’ meeting
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Captions for above (left to right)… At the August 19, 2017 meeting, members shared their recent projects in the Show and Tell session. WoO members have been busy in the hot summer months!
(1) Margarete G presented her latest cotton towels (2) Mary S presented her deflected double weave rayon shawl (3) Krissy S presented her soysilk shawl (4) Marilyn F presented her hand spun yarn (5) Mimi Smith presented a 8 shaft woven scarf that a friend helped her put through a mangle (6) Tita Tpresented a basket she created in a mini workshop with Jennifer Williams (another WoO member) (7) Nancy Reach presented some of her latest towels (8) Ellen Turner presented a binder of all the workshop samples she created at a conference (9) Pam W presented some purses that she made from workshop samples (10) Nancy R presented a bread cloth of a diamond pattern (11) Martina Kf presented her crocheted hot water bottle cover that she created (12) Members enjoying conversation with each other (13) Nancy H
July 15, 2017 members’ meeting
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Captions for above (left to right)… WoO members have been busy in the hot summer months!At the July 15, 2017 meeting, members shared their recent projects in the Show and Tell session. (1) Edie Sanders and Bob Lewis presented their work. Bob completed a set of placemats done in 3/2 cotton in a rep weave on his four-shaft loom. Bob’s mantra is “I just love to make placemats!” Edie’s work is an Amish window pane pattern wall-hanging done on her eight-shaft loom in 5/2 pearl cotton. (2 and 3) Mary Schmutte presented her colorful linen towels done in 100% linen (4) Sandy Lazarus showed her luxurious bath mat done in a waffle weave on her eight-shaft loom. (5) Charity Barnes created this scarf using 8 1/2 yards of 8/2 cotton. (6) Martina Kosloff presented her collection of knitted caps inspired by an article entitled ‘“intentional color pooling”.’ (7) Krissy Seal showed off her napkins done in 10/2 cotton in the diamond design for the guild’s 75th Anniversary. (8 and 9) Nancy Reach also completed a subtle, diamond-design table runner done in tonal, blue-on-blue using 10/2 cotton. She also created a distinctive three-piece jewelry set in blue glass consisting of a pair of earrings, necklace and memory wire bracelet. (10) Jennifer Williams showed her newest woven basket based on a North Carolina Basket Works design which features a repeating pattern of paper cord. (11) Jane Larson showed a sample of custom spinning using Samoyed dog hair which will be used in a project she is making for a friend. (12 and 13) Ann Redmond presented her recent project, entitled ‘Gracie’s Birthday Blanket,’ completed as a result of a twill workshop. Baby Grace tests each blanket Ann makes. (14) Diane Click showed two scarves done using 60/2 silk in eyelash-style. (15) Julie Zimmerman presented her kitchen towel. (16) Mary Ann Gilbert showed her tabby and twill table runner done on her four-shaft loom. (17) Bev Tavel presented her silk scarf done as a result of a recent FTWG workshop with Tom Knisely at which Tom showed how to re-cycle your thrums to create something spectacular. (18) All work was assembled on a table for members to inspect and to chat one-on-one with the artists on their technique and materials. -JG
Captions for above….At the June 17, 2017 meeting, WoO members presented their recent projects. From upper left and going right,(1) Berna Lowenstein artfully presented three distinct weaving projects which, when drawn together, create a unique and stylistic fashion statement, using Jacquard/silk/wool fiber on an eight-shaft pattern on an orlon weft. Her three different pieces combine to create a very attractive ensemble… tunic, vest and hoodie. (2and 3) Anne Nunnally presented a triangle shawl given to her by guild member Martina Kosloff created in rayon and 2% metallic silk and a baby blanket she made for her niece. (4) Cyndi Landers shows the triangle earrings made in the Cynthia Starr earrings workshop in May, 2017. (5 ) Mary Schmutte shared a story of how she solved an emergency situation concerning her loom’s brake which then permitted her to finish a project, a baby blanket made from 5/2 cotton. (6) Jade Grey, our newest and youngest member, presented her hand-woven book cover. Jade discovered the guild as a result of a recent demonstration by the guild done at her school. (7) Marilyn Frew presented a recent project, a set of napkins. (8) Mary Ann Gilbert, left, showed her table runner done on four-shaft loom using unmercerized cotton in Bronson Lace, based on a pattern from the Le Clerc website. (9) Nancy Reach admitted she had found a ‘new craft:’ triangle earrings done in the Cynthia Starr earrings workshop in May, 2017, and also presented a set of towels done in 8/2 cottonlin. (10 and 11) Jennifer Williams presented a basket, her ‘newest craft,’ and a guitar strap done on her inkle loom and shared this tip: “Don’t do a pick-up in a black background.” (12) Margarete Griffiths showed her placemat and complimentary napkin set in green and red, and a set of purple towels done in a tartan-like pattern. – JG
May 20, 2017 members’ meeting
Captions for above….At the May 20, 2017 meeting, WoO members presented their recent projects. (1) Upper left, Bev Tavel shares weavings done in recent demonstrations by students and by visitors to the guild’s booth at the St. Johns River Art Fest…. (2) Berna Lowenstein shares a recent addition to her library: a purchase of Ian Lawson’s special edition publication, entitled, “Harris Tweed, From the Land Comes the Cloth”, a richly bound treasure of 432pp, 282 full-plate photographs.(3) Jennifer Williams shows her basket weaving project. (4) Karen Simpson shares her background information for her towels: “The fabric I showed at the May meeting is actually a set of towels. I had wanted to weave this from the time I found it in Handwoven March/April, 2002. The draft is by Joanne Tallarovic, and was published in the magazine when she published her Rep weave book. It has since been republished in at least one Interweave e-book.” Karen continues….”Yarn here is 8/2 cotton and some 8/2 cottolin, both in warp and weft. Most yarns are from Lone Star Loom Room, but a couple are Silk City from before most members were born and some miscellaneous. I actually had suggested this draft for the liturgical stoles I wove about 2 years ago, but the pattern was not one selected then. Colors here are in purples, blues and greens. Purples=Lent, Blues= Advent and Greens are for the Ordinary Days, most of the remaining year.” Are details…”Structure is Warp Rep and it is a 4 shaft draft! The 8/2 yarns are the thick and the thin is sewing thread or 20/2 cotton. It is not difficult to weave as one just follows the treadling as written. I wove this on my 36″ Schacht Floor Loom as the Baby Wolf was busy. I added a 6th panel to the magazine draft….so the original towel could actually be woven on any loom that has about an 18.5 to 20 inch available weaving width” (5) Mary Schmute shows her diamond weave napkin created for the guild’s diamond jubilee. It is an eight-shaft Huck lace design using 10/2 pearl cotton warp and weft sett at 30 epi. (6) Marilyn Frew shows her recent project done after attending a Blazing Shuttles workshop. (7 and 8) Judy Smathers shows off fabric projects. The first is a white rayon sarong from Dharma which Judy tie-dyed. The colors in the project reflect the turquoise waters and the pink bougainvillea found widely in the Caribbean. The second, a white cotton wrap dyed aqua acquired during a recent trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas, shows the outline of the island province produced using the batik technique. (9) All items were assembled and displayed for members to inspect during and after the meeting. –JG
April, 2017 members’ meeting
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Captions for the above photos….At the April 2017 meeting, WoO Members (1) Berna Lowenstein, (2) Barb Cabral, (3) Mary Schmutte, (4) Anne Nunnally and (5) Diane Click presented their recent projects. (6) Guild president Pam Welton showed the members a great article on Jim & Gloria Corbet’s volunteer accomplishments. She also presented the ribbon the Guild won at the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Conference in March for (7) best Guild display table, the theme was “Diamonds are a Guild’s Best Friend” for our 75th Anniversary.
Captions for the above photos.At the January, 2017 meeting, (1,2and 3) WoO Members Karen Simpson, (4) Sandy Lazarus, (5) Mimi Smith, (6) Rudell Kopp, (7 and 8) Mary Ann Gilbert, (9) Bev Tavel, (10 and 11) Jane Coon, (12) Alice Ann Ferderber and(13) Margarete Griffiths present recent projects.
Captions for the above photos…At the November, 2016 meeting, (1) Jody Cosby, left, shows off her hooked rug. (2) Barbara Cabral (L) shares her blanket she purchased while visiting Cambodia. (3) Berna Lowenstein models her sweater project.
Captions for the above photos….. (1) Alice Ann Ferderber poses with her jacket project to illustrate the use of a soft-box in photographing garments. (2) Jennifer Williams shows her inkle weaving……(3) A beautiful woven shawl. (4) Thelma Collier shows her zipper purses.
Captions for the above photos……(1)Jane Coon shares her color gamp. (2) Jewel Bledsoe proudly shows her Kente jacket.
Below, WoO member Anne McKenzie proudly shows the award presented to her for her Kente cloth jacket. The guild recently presented a workshop on weaving Kente cloth designs which Anne participated in. She won best in show in the home crafts category at the Lake County, FL Fair with her handwoven jacket. Ann reported: “The color scheme is taken from the South African flag. We have taken three holidays there. There are several motif inlays, both front and back.” She continues, “The guild is a marvelous learning venue for the fibre artist. I love to show my articles for other people’s enjoyment and encouragement,” said Anne. “To me, it does not matter if I win a prize or not…. however, it is still encouraging to receive such awards.”
The photo on the right is Anne’s project completed last year, a stole trimmed in emu feather. “The pattern,” said Anne, “was Karen Richard’s of Southern Australia which was written up in Handwoven. I used a 16/2 linen for warp on 6 harnesses. The feather edge of the stole was 20/2 pearl cotton placed closer together than the rest of the warp. This helps hold the shaft of the feather in place. The balance of the weft was 10/2 pearl cotton.” Anne further describes: “The emu feather is placed in every fourth shot and the quill is turned back on every third shot. Shots one & two help hold the feather secure and it should not come lose. There is approximately 8” at each end for fringe.”
Annual members’ picnic
Every March the guild gathers to enjoy a potluck meal at one of our members homes. This particular year, the guild enjoyed the camaraderie of the group, great potluck lunch and included discussions regarding selections of weaving samples for a display on the book, ‘Bark Twill.’ This project was led by WoO member, Berna Lowenstein.
Annual members’ auction
Every year, Weavers of Orlando members donate items to sell in order to raise money for the guild’s general operational funds. Items come from members’ personal collections of rare or limited edition books and publications, yarns, woving, spinning wheels, looms, and other assorted tools. Some very unique and valuable items can be purchased at very affordable prices. The bidding becomes very lively.
Annual holiday luncheon
Here are images from the 2016 Holiday luncheon, held at the Mount Dora, FL United Methodist Church.