Members gather annually to enjoy the holiday season with their fiber friends and families. Currently, the guild gathers at the Mount Dora, FL United Methodist Church on N. Fifth Street.
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 R 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 Celebration Team for their contribution to the success of the event. (13) Marilyn recognizes Cindy L 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 R. (22) Anne M shows off her exchange gift: a jar of blueberry jam, a felted home made lemon drop soap and a quilted place mat for the table from Mona R.
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Captions for the above ….. (22) Ellen T shows her wire, bead and pine bark pendant. (24) Jamie L received two woven jelly fish scarves from Pam W. (25) Ann 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 blue beaded Christmas ornament made by Mimi S.
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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 her exchange gift: a crocheted scarf from Jane G. (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, new 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.
We sponsor 3 workshops a year, 2 of the workshops are usually with nationally known instructors, and members get first chance to take these workshops.
The cost of the workshops are estimated prior to the workshop and a deposit is required when signing up to take a workshop with Weavers of Orlando.
The exact cost of the workshop is determined by the cost of travel for the instructor, teaching fees along with room rental and any other expenses encountered for the workshop. These costs are then divided among the participants in the workshop. Some of the instructors also require a materials fee that is separate fee from the cost of the workshop.
If you are interested in joining us at one of the following workshops or would like more details please contact our workshop chair Nancy R at firstname.lastname@example.org
The well stocked workshop basket This file contains a very good list of things you should bring with you to every workshop Please take the time to click on the link, read & print the list for future reference.
Due to Covid 19
All 2020 & 2021 Workshops & Programs
will be done via Zoom
If you are interested in joining us at one of the following 2021 workshops or would like more details please contact our workshop chair Nancy R
Due to Covid 19 this Workshop will be done via Zoom
Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures Virtual Workshop
Sunday, May 16, Saturday May 22, and Saturday May 29
Beiderwand is a double-weave technique using plain weave and different warp setts. Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one- shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. Students will warp with a supplementary warp and weave samples, learning how to turn a draft and make do without a second warp beam. For 8 shafts.
This workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and weaving time during which Ms. Donde will be available for questions. The workshop cost will differ depending on the number of attendees. However, if all 16 spots are taken, the cost will be $110, with no further material fees.
If you are interested in taking this workshop or have any further questions, please contactChris Sprogram chair
Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012, 2014 and 2016 and 2022 (postponed from 2020), Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. In Asheville, NC, she has taught at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, Friends & Fiberworks, Local Cloth and her own studio.
Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other allied publications.
Artist’s Statement: “Exploring infinite ways to create patterned textiles at the loom drives my fascination with weaving. I am drawn to intricate structural interlacements, but am thrilled when simple combinations of structure, color and texture yield beautiful, complex-looking woven designs. I insist my garments and accessories feel as luxurious as they look and am on a continuing quest for fibers and techniques to achieve that result. For me, learning is as exciting as creating, and my desire to share that learning through instruction and writing will be a primary focus of my continued development.”
Due to Covid 19 this Workshop will be done via Zoom
October 17, 18 & 19 2020 Workshop (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
Weaving in a Parallel Universe by Linda Hartshorn
Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills, four color doubleweave, and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Create vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence by using two or more colors in the warp. Weave samples in a round robin, study drafts and learn how to create a parallel threading. Add the power of parallel threadings to your weaving repertoire.
Loom type: Portable floor or table loom, 8 or more shafts required, in good working order.
Loom will be pre-warped according to instructions. Two boat shuttles with bobbins, scissors, weft yarn, tape measure, Fray Check (a fabric glue for separating samples). Bring any items needed to mend broken warps. For notetaking and drafting bring pen, pencil, and paper.
Linda Hartshorn is known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Linda enjoys leading workshops all over the country. She recently opened Lost Coast Weaving Studio in the mountains of Northern California, where she holds classes and creates her own work. Linda is a two time winner of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award.
In weaving Linda has discovered the threads that connect us to other weavers, to other places and other times. For her weaving is an essential part of being human. She tries to express this in her work, which is influenced by many textile traditions but is still very much her own. She uses natural fibers, a diversity of weave structures, and hand dyeing, including the extensive use of plant and mineral dyes, to create artistry in fiber.
We will be doing a Hybrid of meetings using Zoom & in person meetings At the Leesburg Art Center in deffinately
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)
9:30 – 10:30 Social Hour
10:30 – 11:00 Meeting
11:00 – 11:45ish Show and Tell
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:00ish Program
1:00 – 2:00 Project Hour
Please Note : Starting in April enjoy fellowship with other members as you work on that project, get questions answered, or design your next weaving piece.
Ellen Turner will be presenting a program called Game of Bands, in which she will explore the many ways of producing narrow bands, tapes, ribbons and braids. We will take a look at historical methods as well as contemporary examples of inkle weaving, tablet weaving and braiding.
February 20, 2021
Constance Blackmon Lee, Costume Designer, Fiber Artist, Certified in Permaculture Design, PH.D. in Psychology.
This presentation will focus primarily on the freedom quilt blocks and the hidden messages they hold. This subject has generated much controversy among scholars. The question is, “did slaves seeking freedom in the North use blocks of a traditional sampler quilt as a roadmap to freedom”. This discussion will present the facts and examples of the hidden codes buried in the quilt blocks. It remains up to the listener to decide whether the “oral” stories presented are factor just fabrication.
Bio: Born and raised in Orlando, Florida attending Rollins College, undergraduate studies Winter Park, Fl. and graduate work at UCLA, Los Angeles, Ca. After living and working in California for several decades, I retired from the IBM Corporation and moved back to Orlando. Retirement allowed me to pursue my passion for all things fiber, particularly the whole cloth. I am an art quilter, weaver, and most recently learning to spin fiber. As a costumer, I have worked in film, network television, commercials, theater and for Disney World Creative Costumes. And of course alongside my many activities, I have grown food and raised chickens in the City. Now, my earnest desire is to purchase rural property, to finally “Escape to the Country”.
March 20, 2021 TBD
April 17, 2021
Kumihimo is the ancient Japanese art of braided cord making. Historically, the beautiful braids produced by skilled artisans were utilized by samurai, for temple adornment, and important to tea ceremonies, and more. Once prevalently used in everyday life, kumihimo has experienced fluctuations in use over the centuries. The art has gained a renewed popularity today, which extends around the world. Jennifer Williams will present an overview of kumihimo history and discusses the traditional ways kumihimo are created and used.
Bio: Jennifer Williams is a passionate band weaver. Her favorite loom is an inkle loom, but she has spent many years exploring band weaving techniques practiced around the world. Jennifer teaches inkle loom band weaving and basket weaving to guilds and privately. Her work has been published in Handwoven Magazine’s Easy Weaving with Little Looms. Additionally, on her blog InkledPink.com, she shares creative step-by-step project tutorials designed for woven bands.
May 15, 2021 Meeting presentation by Karen Donde, who will be doing a virtual workshop on Turned Biederwand during the month of May. More information about this will be provided separately. Bio and artist statement taken from https://karendondehandwovens.com/home.html Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012, 2014 and 2016 and 2022 (postponed from 2020), Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. In Asheville, NC, she has taught at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, Friends & Fiberworks, Local Cloth and her own studio. Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other allied publications. Artist’s Statement: “Exploring infinite ways to create patterned textiles at the loom drives my fascination with weaving. I am drawn to intricate structural interlacements, but am thrilled when simple combinations of structure, color and texture yield beautiful, complex-looking woven designs. I insist my garments and accessories feel as luxurious as they look and am on a continuing quest for fibers and techniques to achieve that result. For me, learning is as exciting as creating, and my desire to share that learning through instruction and writing will be a primary focus of my continued development.”
June 19, 2021 Gary Sligh will talk about needlepoint.
August 21, 2021
Berna Lowenstein will talk about the Överhogdal tapestries after our August meeting. These are one thousand year old tapestries woven in Viking era Sweden. If you’ve never heard of them before, it’s because they were only discovered 110 years ago. They were discovered in the most unusual circumstances. Berna will discuss their finding, their history, their designs, and their meanings. Since the tapestries were woven on warp weighted looms, Berna will also explain what a warp weighted loom is, and how to weave on one.
September 19, 2020 – Zoom
Berna Lowenstein will explain and demonstrate how to use a Schacht warping paddle to warp 4 or more yarns at a time on a warping board. Since the October workshop requires warping 4 threads at the same time, this program will help demystify using a warping paddle, and give secret tricks to keep the yarns from twisting around each other. Berna will present a slide show following by a live demonstration showing the warping paddle in action.
Berna Lowenstein has been knitting since she was five years old, and has been a rabid fiber artist ever since. She is an award winning spinner and weaver for over 30 years. She also loves inkle weaving, kumihimo, tablet weaving, dyeing and hoarding books.
October 17, 2020 –Zoom
Color Fundamentals for Fiber Artists by Linda Hartshorn
Color is enriches our lives and is of primary importance to the fiber art we create. Color is not only fundamental but FUN! A Power Point slideshow will guide us through the basics of color and show inspiring examples in fiber art. Using what we have learned, we will make yarn wraps in a fun, hands-on exercise.
Provided for students: cards for wrapping and some yarns.
Materials for students to bring: scissors, tape, and a few colorful pictures from a magazine or elsewhere for inspiration. Please also bring bits and balls of yarn leftover from your projects to share with the group.
November 21, 2020 –Zoom
Mercedes DiNatale: Turning Handwoven Yardage into Tote Bags Everyone fell in love with the beautiful bags that Mercedes had for sale at last year’s Christmas sale in Mt. Dora. Now she’s going to teach us how to make our own.
Bio: Mercedes DiNatale interest in weaving was sparked at a craft fair in North Carolina, where a Weaver let her sit at a loom and weave. Learning plain weave on rigid heddle then joining Weavers of Orlando in 2018 where a Harrisville Loom found a new home. Mercedes enjoys learning weave structures, experimenting with different yarns, color combinations and finding ways to use woven fabrics.
December 12, 2020 –Zoom
Constance Blackmon Lee: Traditional Backstrap Weaving by the Boruca Natives of Costa Rica will be presented. We will explore the history of the Borucans as cultural artisans perserving their traditional mask-making and textile techniques for hundreds of years. This presentation will be an up close and personal account of what it is like to eat, sleep and weave with this indigenous people, while expericing village life high up in the Telamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. Textiles will be on display.
CONSTANCE BLACKMON LEE, Costume Designer, Fiber Artist, Certified in Permaculture Design. For as long as I can remember, I have had a love affair with fiber, particularly the whole cloth. I have been sewing for more than 50 years, and costuming for 22 years. I’ve worked in film, network television, commercials, theater, live entertainment productions and for Disney World Creative Costumes. After living two decades in Los Angeles, and retiring from the IBM Corporation, I returned home to Orlando Florida. Then, I joined a local quilting guild and produced a few award-winning quilts. Mostly, I made quilts to just give them away. So of course, that meant buying more fabric to add to my stash. Presently, my artistic expression encompasses art weaving, quilting and doll making. And most recently, I am learning to spin (stumbling along!).However, my most interesting lesson thus far, was at a recent “fleece washing” i.e., how to remove poop out of sheep’s fleece. I think I went home with more poop on me than the sheep. But most of all, my passions have been fueled and largely supported by like-minded women I have met along this journey. And for that, I am GRATEFUL!
On the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, lies a valley that is rich in history called, Araq al Ameer. The village located there is called by the same name. Araq al Ameer means, “Caves of the Prince’ in English and an ancient ruin called, Qasr al Abd, “Castle of the Slave” is also there, built in the second century Hellenistic period, before Christianity. The legend is that the castle was built by a slave, smitten by the King’s daughter. He built the castle as a tribute to her, but never completed it or won her hand. What is left of the castle is still visited today, as are the caves that are located on the side of a mountain, which are still used as storage places and sheep pens. Some of the original structures of the village were left to erode, but there are still enough of them, including the ancient watering system to imagine what this farming community may have been like in the past. But, for me, as a weaver, what is even more enticing is the weaving cooperative that is located in this small village.
The weaving cooperative, established in 1993, had 20 young women volunteers to learn how to warp and weave. It is in one of the old buildings where curved arches, similar to those used in medieval architecture, are still supporting a roof over weavers beneath them. Amina, one of the young women who volunteered to learn how to weave in 1993, said that the looms they have were donated from the Chinese Embassy. A weaver, presumably from the embassy, instructed the women how to wind a warp, dress the loom and weave. They have four looms that are two shaft, two treadle, countermarch design. However, what differs from the countermarch looms that are most commonly seen, is that the back of the loom is raised higher than the front resulting in a smaller shed. Since these are the looms the weavers learned on, they are used to the beater so close to the breast beam and the short shed.
Even though their looms are limited by the number of harnesses and treadles, they weave a flawless plain weave, balanced and well-made. Natural yarn is virtually non-existent in Jordan; the wool we have from the Awassi sheep, an ancient breed, is undervalued and cotton is not grown here anymore. As a result, the weavers in Araq al Ameer either use acrylic yarn from China or sewing thread. On my recent visit, Amina had acquired some cotton yarn from downtown, which she was dyeing with natural materials found within their village, and that day it was acorns. The natural dyeing they’ve recently done creates an effect similar to ikat. Sometimes they use the material they’ve woven and sew them into bags and slippers. However, the way in which they weave is very different from the way in which we are accustomed in the west.
First, when winding their warp, they set up their cones of yarn on a kind of metal frame that has eyelets screwed into the top. The cones sit at the bottom of the frame and each cone is threaded through an eyelet. Then, the yarn is taken across the room to a very large wheel, where it is tied on. The large wheel serves as their warping mill and can hold about eight yards. It’s so large that it reminds me of the large paddle wheel on a steam boat. Of course, it isn’t that large, but compared to the size of the room it’s in, it is very oversized. Naturally, once the threads are attached to the mill, they wind on the many yards of thread. They may count the yards (meters) wound onto the warping mill, but the number of ends are not counted. This is another technique that is uncommon to weavers in the west. Thread count and wraps per inch are irrelevant.
Unlike in other weaving communities, weavers that I have met in Araq al Ameer and in other places do not weave following patterns and number of ends per inch and the other technical aspects that many weavers use. In fact, I’m certain they do not know how to read a pattern. They simply fill the many string heddles on the two harnesses to the desired width. Since there are only two shafts, they just place a thread in each heddle, alternating between shaft one and two. Because they have not been taught the technical aspects of weaving, designs they could weave through use of alternate colored warp threads are not used. Because a single color is used in the warp, the weaving effect occurs by changing colors in the weft, making that the area where any kind of patterning or design is done.
While these weavers do not have knowledge in the technical aspects, such as the use of color and weave in warps, color theory or how to use a multi-harness loom, they are enthusiastic to learn. Also, their absence of knowledge in these areas does not take away from the beautiful fabric they do weave. They, just like all weavers, are always trying to learn new skills and have pride in the weaving they do.
Find your reed size at the top of the Chart in Bold.
Read down to find the sett you want, then across to find the order of sley of the reed to achieve that sett.
Click here for a printer friendly version of the chart
These setts are a starting point. Each different yarn brand and twist of yarn will be a bit different so the best advice would be to sample to make sure you are getting the desired fabric hand or drape you are looking for.
For a printer friendly version of the charts below Click here.
Handwoven Magazine has a great master yarn chart with more options.
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: https://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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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