Monthly Meetings & Workshops
Guests are welcome. Meetings include announcements, "show and tell", and programs related to fiber arts. Half day workshops are often held the afternoon following the meeting.
Where: First Baptist Church of Loveland, 1003 W 6th St, in Loveland - see map
When: First Saturday of the month, from September through May, 9:00 am to noon
- 9:00 — Set up and mingle
- 9:30 — Business meeting, show-and-tell
- 10:30 — Refreshment break
- 11:00 — Program
- 12:00 — Clean up
- Time and place of afternoon workshops to be announced
NCWG programs and workshops for 2018-2019
Workshop fees must be paid at time of registration prior to the workshop. Payments can be made by cash, check, or through PayPal. If a workshop is not filled one month prior to being held, the workshop will be opened to non-members for an additional fee of $30, the cost of an annual membership dues.
NOTE: workshop starts the week before the first guild meeting:
August 25, 2018 and September 1, 2018 - Saturday
September 1: Program - Leaf Essence Eco-Dyeing with Sheron Buchele-Rowland
Sheron will discuss the history of natural dyeing, the progression to eco-dyeing, and provide an overview of how to eco-dye. She will show samples of her work and unveil the scarves from the first session of the workshop.
Born in the middle of the last century and raised by restless parents, Sheron never learned to put down roots. She earned her BA on the western edge of the continent at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After traveling, experiencing, and living for a time, Sheron decided to go back to school. At Iowa State University, she earned a BS in Environmental Safety, a degree she created because it didn’t exist at the time. She gathered skills avidly in this lifetime. To do and to make brought her life into focus. Now Sheron lives with her husband, a mutt, and a random number of chickens in the unyielding foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. But at the center of her work, it’s all about the plants she loves.
Workshop – Leaf Essence Eco-Dyeing on Silk with Sheron Buchele-Rowland
August 25, 2018 - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. bring a sack lunch, at Fox Ryde Gardens
September 1, 2018 - Saturday, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the church after the meeting
Member fee: $125.00 plus materials fee of $50 paid directly to Sheron
Class limited to 10 students
Location for August 25th:
Fox Ryde Gardens
6811 W. County Road 20
October 6, 2018 - Saturday
Program – Color in Natural Objects - Oh, the Possibilities! with Jean Scorgie
An object from the natural world displays a range of harmonious colors that enhance each other. Looking beyond the two or three obvious colors in a natural object reveals a world of nuanced colors rich in expression. Learn to see these subtleties by closely matching natural colors to the multitude of colors in embroidery floss. Then explore ways to use these colors in your weaving.
Jean Scorgie 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 hand weavers throughout the world.
Jean's workshop will be in November.
Afternoon Spin-in, knit-in, and for those who want, a weave-in as well.
November 3, 2018 - Saturday
Program - Belts, Braids and Ropes from the Andes with Chris Switzer
With colorful items plus some in natural shades, Chris will show items she has collected from her travels in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. Patterns, techniques, functional uses and looms used in the Andes will be discussed.
Chris Switzer, a member of NCWG since 1972, lives in Estes Park. She and her husband have raised alpacas for 38 years, and more recently paco-vicuñas. Their travels have taken them to South America – Peru, Chile and Bolivia. Chris’s collection of textiles comes from those trips. Chris has a BFA in weaving from CSU, with a double major in anthropology. She is a founder of the Art Center of Estes Park (1987) and she and her husband are founding members of the Estes Park Wool Market. Chris’s book, "Spinning Alpaca, Llama, Camel and Paco-Vicuña", is now in its fourth edition. She teaches at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder. Her weavings are shown at Trimble Court Artisans Gallery in Old Town, Fort Collins, the Art Center, and also the Aspen and Evergreen Gallery in Estes Park.
Workshop – Colors from Natural Objects: Exploring the Possibilities with Jean Scorgie
Half-Day Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Member fee: $65.00
December 1, 2018 - Saturday
Holiday potluck, scholarship presentations, and gift exchange
January 5, 2019 - Saturday
Program - Why I Love Fearless Knitting with Ivy Sipes
Ivy will share her passion about knitting while talking about different knitting techniques, how they are fun and how to make them easier. When you leave, it will be with a fearless approach to your knitting and your needles.
Ivy, like her mother, was taught to knit at an early age. But unlike 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. She only picked up her needles when Mom would not knit something Ivy wanted.
Ivy attacked fiber arts like she has done everything else in her life: she gave it her heart and soul. Ivy now manages the family fiber store, Your Daily Fiber, and teaches knitting to children and adults. Ivy earned her Master Knitter Level I certificate in 2016. That same year, Ivy won 1st place in the Skacel Yarns design competition for her knitted lace design. Ivy has published with Knit Picks and her own line of patterns on Ravelry.
Workshop – Brioche Knitting with Ivy Sipes
Half-Day Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the church
Half-Day Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Your Daily Fiber
Member fee: $125.00 plus materials fee is the cost of two skeins of Longwood Sport Yarn after discount of 15%, purchased at Your Daily Fiber.
Class limited to 15 students
Your Daily Fiber
4019 S Mason St #3
Fort Collins, CO
February 2, 2019 - Saturday
Program - The Dance of Color and Texture in Spinning with Peggy Doney
“The Dance of Color and Texture in Spinning” deals with fleece characteristics and commercial roving, keeping colors intact when spinning so the end result isn’t visual mud, letting colors play nicely together, inclusions (beads, feathers, sequins, etc.), and some samples of how they can be used.
Peggy Doney has been fascinated with color since her first box of crayons. After 20 years of homeschooling, she wondered what to do with the leftover chemistry equipment. The answer came after taking a spinning class with a neighbor. Now she enjoys spinning, knitting, silk fusion and dyeing. The yarns Peggy creates celebrate the texture and luster of a wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers and gives a medium to combine those textures with the color she loves. If there is anything that Peggy enjoys as much as creating with fiber and color, it’s sharing that passion with others.
Workshop – Crepe spinning with Peggy Doney
Half-Day Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Half-Day Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Member fee: $125.00 plus materials fee TBA paid directly to Peggy
To be decided
March 2, 2019 - Saturday
Program – Weaving at Warp Speed with Dena Moses
Learning to weave can happen in many different ways. Some of us are lucky enough to have a teacher who we work with throughout the process. For others, the process can be hit or miss. This presentation is a chance to take a step back, think about who we are, and how that relates to the details of how we weave. Dena will draw on her twenty years of production weaving to discuss many things that slow us down and present easy solutions on how to overcome them. This presentation is for everyone...whether you want to be able to weave more great things faster, you’ve always wondered what it would take to become a production weaver, or you just have more ideas for what you want to weave than time to make them all.
Dena Moses has been weaving for over thirty years, runs Vermont Weaving School, and sells her line of glorious scarves, shawls and hats at highly juried craft shows around New England. She delights in training weavers to make fabulous cloth with joy and ease and is obsessed with making sure weavers figure out the small problems that get in their way so that they can weave more cloth more easily. She approaches her weaving as both an artist and a mathematician, utilizing color and structure to make fabrics glow and dance. For more information visit the Vermont Weaving School.
Workshop – Beyond the Rug: Exploration in Rags with Dena Moses
3 day workshop:
Sunday March 3rd 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday March 4th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday March 5th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Member fee: $300.00 plus materials fee of $5 paid directly to Dena
Class limit is 15 people
To be decided
April 6, 2019 - Saturday
Member to member sale
Bring your finished items, roving, magazines and books, equipment and other items you’d like to sell to your fellow guild members. All sales are between the buyer and seller – the Guild does not have a financial stake in this activity.
If you want to participate, please contact our Vice Presidents, Judy Plows and/or Jana Rezucha. Tell us whether you want a full or a half-table to display your wares.
Vice President Contact form - or you can contact them via personal emails listed in the directory.
May 4, 2019 - Saturday
Projects inspired by Jean Scorgie workshop, Annual Member Fashion Show, Scholarship Presentations, and Potluck