Flo Hoppe Workshop

Flo Hoppe Workshop

Northwest Basket Weavers Guild is hosting a Flo Hoppe weekend. She is coming to the Seattle area end will do 2 one day workshops on Saturday and Sunday May 3 and May 4, 2014. These will be held at the Maplewood Rock and Gem Club at 8802 - 196th St SW, Edmonds, Washington.

Flo is a full-time studio artist, teacher, and author. She began her career in 1971 teaching herself basketmaking from a small booklet published in 1924. Her emphasis is on wicker basketry and Japanese basketry. She lived in Japan from 1968-1971, and on a return trip to Japan in 1994 studied with two master basketmakers. Her published books are entitled “Wicker Basketry” and “Contemporary Wicker Basketry”. She has also co-authored “Plaiting with Birch Bark” with Vladimir Yarish and Jim Widess. She teaches and exhibits worldwide, with teaching venues in England, Canada, Japan, Russia, and Australia.

Japanese Basketry Techniques
8-hour class
All levels of weavers
Dimensions: various
Cost: $145 including materials

Students will weave 5 baskets weaving with several different techniques using both round and flat reed. Techniques include randing, twill weaves, false twining, and interlacing. This is for all levels of basket weavers.


Sunday May 4th
8-hour class
Advanced weaving level
Dimensions: 10” diameter x 5 3?4” H
Cost: $125 includes materials

Brigadoon has an unusual variation of chasing weave. Tripled spokes are spread apart on each side of a central spoke to join with a single spoke to again make tripled spokes creating a striking leaf-like pattern. The top band of color is a combination of twining and randing that I learned in Japan from a master basketmaker. The border is a simple 3-row rolled border. For advanced basket weavers.

Flo Hoppe Workshop registration

Classes will be held 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, including a lunch break. Please
bring your lunch as there are not restaurants close to the classroom. Chose which class(es) that you want to take:

1. Japanese Techniques on Saturday May 3, 2014 cost is $145 includes materials

2. Brigadoon on Sunday May 4, 2014 cost is $125 includes materials

For questions, more information, or assistance in please contact Jill at jillgreen@mac.com, or call 206 324 4714 or Elaine at a.twogood@att.net

Cancellation Policy: A full refund, less $20 processing fee.

Name: Day phone:
Address: Eve phone:
City/State/Zip: E-mail:
Class Choice(s)
1. Japanese Techniques $145
2. Brigadoon $125
Total enclosed:


Please enclose a check for the amount of the class or classes that you want to take,
made payable to: Northwest Basket Weavers (or NWBW), and mail to:

Elaine Twogood.
2539 56TH AVE NE
TACOMA, WA 98422

Taking a Weaving Workshop (video)

Everything you needed to know about taking a weaving class, but were afraid to ask…

This short video shows what it takes to get ready for a weaving workshop. In our Beginning Weavers program, the preparation work of winding and beaming the warp, threading the heddles, sleying the read, and tying on the cloth beam is done in class, but for most workshops, like the one shown here, attendees are given a draft and a materials list and maybe a pre-wound warp before class and are expected to arrive at the workshop with their loom fully dressed and ready to weave. In my case, this was my third weaving workshop, the first being the beginner’s workshop, and the second a card-weaving workshop, where all work was done in class. I’ve done a project at home on a 4-shaft loom, and demonstrated weaving on a pre-dressed loom at the Thurston County Fair, but this is my first 8-shaft project. In this class, we were given a choice of threading drafts a few weeks in advance, and the treadling tie-ups (for floor looms) and lift plans (for table looms) were provided the first day of the workshop. The objective of the class was to demonstrate the effects of different treadling patterns with the same threading.

Note during the video, that each step in the threading and weaving is carefully marked off on the draft or lift plan, and a short sample woven before class to check for and correct threading errors. For long treadling sequences, it is wise to make several copies and mark them as you go. Many weavers keep a metal clipboard with movable magnetic markers to keep track of their progress. For simple, repetitive treadling, most weavers simply memorize the pattern, much like musicians memorize a score, stopping only at the end of a complete pattern repeat. The tools used in the video include a warping frame, lease sticks, raddle threading hook, combination threading/sleying hook, and boat shuttles. Not shown is a bobbin winder to wind bobbins or perns for the shuttles. Many weavers use a cordless electric drill to wind bobbins. I also used a metal bar and clamps to spread the warp while beaming (a creative experiment), but many weavers will use an assistant to hold and tension the free end of the warp, and pass the warp through the harness with the heddles moved to one side. This is warping back to front, as the warp is threaded from the back to the front through the heddles, then the reed.

Weaving in Twill from Larye Parkins on Vimeo.

The Celebration at Earthues – March 8th and March 22nd from 2 pm – 7 pm

[forwarded from Seattle Weavers Guild]
After 20 years in Ballard, Earthues is closing their studio and retail store.  Michele Wipplinger and the Earthues staff invite you to join them on March 8th and March 22nd from 2 pm to 7 pm to celebrate and reminisce about all the wonderful classes and dyeing experiences that have taken place since Michele first opened the doors at the Ballard studio in 1994.  Light refreshments will be available.  There will also be stacks of textiles, books, raw materials and ethnic furniture for sale.  Everything has to be gone by March 31st!  The Earthues studio is located at 5129 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 and will be open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 5 pm during the month of March.
After March, Earthues plans to hold workshops and other events at the Sunset Hill Community Center at 3003 NW 66th Street in Ballard.  Dyes will be available through the Earthues web site (www.earthues.com) by email at info@earthues.com or by phone at 206-781-3184.  Special pickup arrangements can be made for local customers.

Call for Artists! Lacey Senior Center: March 3 Deadline.

Call for Artists!

The Lacey Senior Center’s recent expansion has provided us the wonderful opportunity to call out to our local area’s artists to enter your submissions of art to be considered for permanent installation Senior Center, located at 6757 Pacific Ave. SE. Mediums may include watercolor, oil, pastels/charcoal/pencil, photography, relief sculpture and embroidery, and must be wall- mountable. All submissions must be framed. Please email images of finished piece(s) and dimensions to activitiesdir@southsoundseniors.org Jurors will vote on the winning collection, and the winning art pieces will be purchased by Senior Services for South Sound. The purchasing price per piece is not to exceed $500. Selection Criteria:

? Pieces will be judged on artistic merit and on composition.
? Artwork will also be judged on appropriateness of placement in the Senior Center environment. We are particularly interested in art that is realistic in nature and reflects the Celebration of Life.
? Artwork that is religious, political or sexual in nature will not be considered

The Lacey Senior Center is owned by the City of Lacey and operated by Senior Services for South Sound, and is a daily destination for Seniors in Lacey, who come to socialize and have lunch with friends, participate in life-long learning opportunities, and participate in a wide variety of exercise opportunities, including Tai Chi, Yoga and Aerobics. Artist interested in this project are encouraged to visit the Lacey Senior Center, anytime
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, to get a sense of the environment.

For more information, please call Chris Quimby at Senior Services for South Sound at 586-6181, ext. 123. Deadline for submissions is March 3. Juried show will be on March 12. Successful finalists will be notified to deliver their pieces to the Lacey Senior Center by Monday, March 10, 4 pm for the juried show on Wednesday, March 12 at 4 pm. Art pieces not selected need to be picked up by March 14, 4 pm. The application follows.

Name: _________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________ City: _______________ Zip:____________

Please include the following
o This form (Ed. note: may be downloaded for printing here->Call for Artists Final)
o Artist’s statement of no more than one double-sided page.
o Two digital images per entry, emailed or submitted on a labeled CD in JPG format high resolution, i.e.
as 300 dpi or 600KB-1.2MB files, labeled with artist name and title of work. Do not embed images in a Power Point, PDF or IPhoto Library files.
o Sales information for 2 pieces of artwork sold by the artist in the past five years including sizes, prices, materials and buyer or gallery information to support the purchase price set on each submitted sculpture.
o The following information for each entry:

Title of Work: ____________________________________

Date Work Created: ____________________

Subject: _______________________________

Purchase Price (Not to exceed $500): ___________

Medium: ____________________________

Weight: _______________

H x W x D: ____________

Comments: ________________________________________________

Call for Entry: Blue Ridge Fiber Show (Asheville, NC)

This is a Call for Entry to the Blue Ridge Fiber Show 2014 taking place at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC in the fall of 2014. You may have seen some of the ads in recent Handwoven, VAV, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, and Complex Weavers Journal.

 This is an international, biennial show of handweaving, felting, and spinning open to both amateurs and professionals. The theme is “Mountains and Meadows.”

 The show is not juried. We rely upon you to send us your very best work, and we will show it all; however, all entries are judged in their categories for First, Second, Honorable Mention and for various special prizes with specific criteria. These are cash awards. Our judge this year is Lynn Pollard of Broadwovens in Atlanta, GA.

 The Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild sponsors the show with its many volunteers. More details including the prospectus, entry forms, and photos of the 2012 show winners can be found at the website: wncfhg.org. Click on the menu item “blue ridge fiber show” from the home page. If you have any questions, please email  brfs2014@yahoo.com

Deadline for entry is August 1, 2014. We hope to have you join us.

Thank you,

Teena Tuenge

Coordinator 2014

Teresa Darnall, RN, BSN, PhD