We are excited to once again join the Handweavers Guild of America in celebrating Weaving & Spinning Week from October 6 – 12. 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, a day-long gathering of weavers and spinners 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 11 am – 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! We will be offering demonstrations, workshops throughout the week and a special meetup day. 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 2 – 4 pm and cost $5 each. You can register online, by phone or in the store.
The scheduled line up is as follows - click on the link for online registration:
Monday, October 7th:
Creating Texture on a Rigid Heddle Loom; with Marthe Young
Plying Mini Workshop; with Ashley Flagg
Tuesday, October 8th:
Clasped Weft; with Paula Erker
Thursday, October 10th:
Fun with Zoom Loom; with Leslie Ann Bestor
Friday, October 11th:
Fiber Preparation for Spinning Unique Yarns; with Pamela Darrow
Wednesday is our Gathering/Meet Up day and we invite weavers and spinners to join us as we celebrate our community. From 10 – 3:30 we will gather in one our classrooms to share stories and inspiration, show and share the beautiful things we have made this year and generally just have a good time with those who understand fiber obsession. We will provide refreshments and a comfy space to hang out and look forward to meeting friends old and new.
So join us for a week of festivities and fun and rejoice in the richness and diversity of weaving and spinning. From the novice to the experienced, we hope to share with you a taste of what the spinning and weaving world has to offer.