Thurston County Fair, 2015

Another successful year for the Guild at the Thurston County Fair, largely due to the efforts of Lana to schedule and coordinate the volunteers and the display and “hands on” demonstration area in the “Log Cabin,” home arts building.  Below is her commentary, with photos contributed by her and the other guild members who entered work in the fair:


“The 2015 Thurston County Fair was a record breaker – certainly weather wise. The Daily O proclaimed the hottest temperature ever recorded, with an average for the week at 97!! But the weavers crew had cool neck wraps, fans, water & tea galore. We did well. We also did well with a very great group of kids and parents. I have no idea how many kids we played with because some wove on the 4-harness table loom, some to the rigid heddle, some even sat down and wove at the ‘weavers’ loom. And beyond that, or above that was the kumihimo braid experience. We kept everybody happy.


The “kids loom” fabric, created by 159 young weavers.


Full view of the visitors’ loom work.

My specific thanks to the crew: Carol Dorgatz, Cathy Belfry, Edith Garling, Eleanor Hintz, Vicki Booth, Patty Berke, Debra Spoorseen, Margaret Cook Jean van Effen, Darlene Dickinson, Larye Parkins, Tricia Shaw, Patti Logan, Roxanne Robertson, Jan Green, Alice Dinerman, Sarah Nopp and especial smiles to Gail Trotter who made kumihimo happen for so many days and Nancy Berger who enriched the weaving experience with rigid heddle and the other looms. That’s all it takes to make a good memory : a remarkable crew of volunteers. You guys did so well, like a well practiced machine, just moving along. I hope you enjoyed yourselves, in spite of the heat. Who knows? Next year may be glorious weather.

I know there are other opportunities that arise for a public presence, a place for us to give the public an idea that not only are we around, but engaged in a real viable art/craft, welcoming to all who seek us. Continue to value the opportunities as you can. Besides the public, you find yourself working with …us!

What follows is a showing of … some of the work entered into the fair by our members. I apologize for no candid shots – my head was obviously in a different place…”


Lana’s entries in the fair

Lana Schneider received Reserve Champion for her Daryl vest! Also shown are her multi-layered singles silk scarf and her Holey Socks


Lana’s “Daryl” vest


“Holey” socks


Multi-layer scarf.


Vicki B. entered her pine needle display and the decorated gourd

Margaret Cook: quilt.

Margaret C.: quilt displayed at the fair, not entered for judging.

Edith's quilt

Edith’s quilt.  Blue Ribbon

Edith G.

Edith G.


Kate J-K. Skirt from hand-woven fabric. Blue Ribbon.


“The COE requires you to weave yardage where epi and ppi are identical.
I’ve done a fair number of practice chunks…but am not yet satisfied
that the results are Examination Quality.

This skirt was made from one of my practice chunks.

It received a Blue ribbon”

Kate J-K.  Handspun with sample,

Kate J-K. Handspun with sample,  Blue Ribbon, Best of Class, Champion


“I bought a one-pound bag of commercially-prepared wool in “Christmas Green”.  The first stuff was spun up and is being used on a loop-pile Christmas stocking that is almost finished.

Since most of what I do is weaving… the rest of the wool was spun up with the idea of incorporating it into future weaving projects…

This skein received:
Blue Ribbon
Best of Class

Kate J-K. "Three-ply blend of wool and mohair.  Both pair were knit from the "samplings" of the wool/mohair "bump" that I bought [last spring at OWG].

Kate J-K. “Three-ply blend of wool and mohair. Both pair were knit from the
‘samplings’ of the wool/mohair ‘bump’ that I bought [last spring at OWG].”  Both received Red Ribbon.

Kate J-K.  Hand-spun wool-mohair blend, with sample, Blue Ribbon, Judge's Choice Ribbon

Kate J-K. Hand-spun wool-mohair blend, with sample, Blue Ribbon, Judge’s Choice Ribbon

Kate J-K.  Handspun flax.  Blue Ribbon and Judges Choice Ribbon.

Kate J-K. Handspun flax. Blue Ribbon and Judges Choice Ribbon.


“The COE in spinning requires us to spin flax. Never having done this before, I purchased a one-pound bag of flax from … the OWG meeting a couple of months ago.

My first attempt at spinning flax was too tight — felt like rope! I hated it and threw it away. ~loosened the spin and twist then used the next attempt to knit the lace, “sample swatch”… I liked it much better. Later that same day, I did the 2-ply skein. (yes, wet-spun)

The swatch and skein were subsequently wet-finished. They softened up — considerably. (~hmmm, maybe that first attempt might not have been so much like rope…) Any, I see this being knit into a lacy, summer top.

~turns out… I like spinning flax!”

Digital Camera

Patti L. was awarded best in class for her little bowl and judges’ choice for her centerpiece

Digital Camera

Patti’s ship tapestry.

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About Larye

New weaver and amateur loom mechanic. 50-year career in information technology, now self-employed and semi-retired: specialize in Unix systems administration, web site development, and bioinformatics applications programming. Other interests include bicycle touring, aircraft construction, and quilting. Married to weaver/spinner/quilter/cyclist Judy.