Morning and Afternoon Sessions
Session A - Main Auditorium
CHOOSING COLOR - RED FLAGS & BLACK MAGIC Jean Scorgie
Face it-what you've been taught about color has left you short. Learn how to look at the world with new eyes and design color palettes you'll really like. The answers are hiding in plain sight, if you know where to look and how to recognize them.
Jean launched her own periodical Weaver's Craft in 2000 for beginning and intermediate handweavers. Her clear descriptions and projects invite weavers to create easy-to-weave useful projects for home or gifts while learning new techniques and skills. Her acclaimed publication has reached thousands of handweavers throughout the world.
Session B - Fort Collins Room
LOVIN' THE LACE LIFE Ivy Sipes
Ivy will be teaching her tricks and tips for making beautiful lace shawls.
Focus on: Circular cast on, which makes perfect centers for circular shawls; tackling the fiddly first rows that make a sane knitter want to pull out their hair; reading lace charts and identifying common mistakes and then learning how to fix them; there's an easier way to decrease too many stitches; adding life lines (a knitting lace insurance policy); adding beads in a variety of ways; nupps, what are they and how to knit them the easy way.
Ivy, like her mother was taught to knit at an early age. Where she differed from her mother, Ivy hated knitting. Knitting was for "nerds". After high school graduation, she found herself working at a dude ranch during the summer months and attending business classes during the winter months. She only picked up her needles when Mom would not knit something Ivy wanted.
On a weekend home, Ivy told her mom that she needed something to do while on down time. She picked back up her needles and found a complex pattern. The counting of stitches kept her interested in knitting. She started with cables and found them to be too slow for her taste. She tried knitting lace and found her part of the knitting world.
Ivy attacked fiber arts like she has done everything else in her life; she gave it her heart and soul. Ivy earned her Master Knitter Level I certificate in 2016. Her knitted lace shawl won Grand Champion in all Fiber Divisions at the Larimer County Fair. Also, in 2016, Ivy won 1st place in the Skacel Yarns design competition, for her knitted lace necklace design. Ivy now manages the family Fiber store, Your Daily Fiber, and teaches knitting to children and adults.
Session C - Loveland Room
TEXTILES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Chris Switzer
Where have you traveled? What textiles have you seen? Travel with me to faraway places and learn about techniques plus fiber sources. Using a world map, we'll look at all the continents. Wear a garment or bring an item from your trips to share.
Chris is a longtime weaver (1971) from Estes Park, CO. She joined NCWG in 1972 and HGB in 1971, and has been an active guild member ever since. From 1978 to 1984 she attended Colorado State University and earned a BFA in Weaving plus a double major in Anthropology/Archaeology. In May 1987, she founded the Art Center of Estes Park with 21 artists. She and her husband are also founding members of the Estes Park Wool Market (1990). Raising alpacas for 38 years led Chris and her husband to Peru on many trips. She loves to travel and visiting museums, like the Louvre, D'Orsay, Victoria & Albert, plus Title many smaller museums in Sweden have shown her textiles from around the world.
Session D - Main Auditorium
COMPLEX WEAVERS: ROOTS IN COLORADO, INFLUENCE WORLD-WIDE Peg MacMorris
Brief description of Complex Weavers as an organization, its mission and members. This will be followed by a slide show focusing on weavings featured in Complexity, the biennial Gallery Show sponsored by CW and the 40th Anniversary Book: Eight Shafts - Beyond the Beginning. Personal Approaches to Design, due for release in 2018.
Peg was a child fascinated by colonial times and needlework. She finally learned to weave in 1977, while pursuing a PhD in Biology. She proceeded to have a busy scientific career in research that left little time for weaving on her 4 Shaft loom (purchased used in 1978). In 1997, she moved to Colorado, joined Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, discovered guild workshops, study groups, more shafts, and eventually a 16 Shaft Weavebird loom. She joined Complex Weavers and attended her first Seminars in 2010, was Registrar for 2012 Seminars, and then Membership Chair for the next 4 years. Now she serves as CW Area Liaison for the Intermountain East Region. In retirement, she has left lab science, moved to Fort Collins and now does most of her experiments with fiber and looms.
Session E - Fort Collins Room
FELTED STRUCTURES WITH ARMATURES Lori Welch
Lori will take us through the stages of creating needle felted animals with an armature. We will learn the various materials used in the process and how to apply this knowledge to our own projects.
Lori moved to Colorado from Iowa in 1981. She became interested in needle felting after seeing felted birds in an English magazine. She learned to needle felt from watching YouTube videos. She went on to study with Sara Renzulli of Sarafina Fiber Arts.
Session F - Loveland Room
THE JOY OF EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH Laurette Hoagland
Helps, hints and tips to effectively respond to requests for sharing the joy of fiber arts and recruiting help.
Laurette started weaving and spinning in the late 1980's in San Diego as a stress reliever from having special needs foster and adopted children. She quickly started teaching classes and doing outreaches to educate the public that the fiber arts were alive and well. 17 years ago, following a calling to do missions work in Africa, Laurette sold all the fiber arts tools to fund the trips. Now (mostly) retired and moved to Colorado, she has rediscovered the pleasure of weaving and spinning and volunteers regularly at the History Museums in Greeley and elsewhere.