October 5–10, 2015
October is filled with fiber-related activities from beginning to end, which makes us very happy at WEBS. We kick off the month with Spinning and Weaving Week. This annual celebration gives us a chance to showcase the beautiful creations being made on looms, wheels and spindles. The week will feature demonstrations, mini-workshops, and special discounts on weaving and spinning tools, roving, coned yarns, and more.
Each day we will have demonstrations of these time-honored arts in the store from 11am–1 pm. These demos are free and a great chance to see techniques close up and ask questions of the artisans. Have you wondered how yarn gets from the fleece of a sheep into the fine threads we work with? Or how someone creates a pattern that becomes a beautiful woven shawl? We will present a great variety of techniques—from drop spindle to wheel, floor loom to rigid heddle and more. Join us and be amazed at how so much beauty is created by tools so simple!
Also on the schedule this year are mini-workshops, which will offer a taste of techniques for both weavers and spinners. Try something new, or deepen your understanding of a specific area. All mini-workshops will be from 3pm–5pm and cost $5 each. You can register online, by phone or in the store.
Rounding out the week on Friday and Saturday (October 9th and 10th) will be a special event with Dave and Pam van Stralen from Louet, makers of weaving and spinning equipment and fine knitting yarns. We will have demonstration models of their looms, spinning wheels and drum carders to see and try out. As a special bonus, Dave will do free tune ups on Louet spinning wheels. See the page on the Louet event for more information about the knitting trunk show and specials.