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.


June is coming and so also our annual picnic. Oh Boy!! The theme this year is “Terrific Table Settings”. My efforts will compliment two coffee mugs I received, as a birthday gift, from a dear friend, Vera Freeman. She passed away five years ago, from complications due to breast cancer. These will be in her honor and in memory of the many hours we spent sharing life, over a cup of coffee.

What are your plans; could it be a napkin set to match Great Grandpa Pete’s china; or a small table runner to showcase that one of a kind piece of pottery, you received for Mother’s Day; or maybe (if you are a speedier weaver than me), a tablecloth to compliment your favorite vase, full of spring flowers? There is still time and the possibilities are endless.

So…, that leads me to next year’s picnic theme. We need your help coming up with some ideas. What is your inspiration? What would be a motivation to you? All ideas are welcome. Please share. Respond here or send them to me at
Thanks. Cathy

New Weavers Classes

The class for new weavers in September is full. We are now looking at February 2016 for the next class.

Students learn how to warp a loom and weave off one or two projects, learning ancillary information along the way.

yarn & shuttle

Classes are limited to 3 minimum and 4 maximum and once you have committed to the class, the fee of $125.00 is non refundable.

Students must be a member of the guild to enroll. Once a member, looms are available for rental during the course from the guild. Costs include the $125.00 for the 3 1/2 day course, spread over 3 weeks. Loom rental is approximately $25.00. The only other expense is the purchase of materials for weaving, which doesn’t cost much.

Showcase April 2015


“Don’t use mohair in warp” lesson. However, during the program, Daryl Lancaster gave us hints on dealing with mohair warps.


Towels in two-block twill.


Handwovens for the Home towels, 8/2 fiber.


Scarf from Tacoma WG dye-day.


10/2 Tencel and JaegerSpun wool, finished with differential shrinkage.


“Autumn Leaves” tapestry. Slits sewn shut by piecing the wefts with sewing thread for invisible closure. Leaves are wooden beads.


Heart-shaped Palm Leaf Basket


10-shaft satin weave in linen


Wool yardage for Daryl’s Jumpstart Vest workshop. Using “right-side/wrong-side” for contrast on trim.


Purple and red yarn with silver and gold metallics, warped on sectional beam.


Horsehair kumihimo


Little Loom House (Louisville, KY). Two-harness loom with supplemental harness.


Crepe-weave scarf


Twill sampler, with tags to mark treadling sequences.


Sampler from the Beginning Weavers workshop.


Monks Belt sampler


Doubleweave in mohair warp and weft


Overshot: “Lee’s Surrender” in miniature.


Crazy Quilt. Silk and Linen top, hand pieced on flannel foundation, with flannel backing, no batting.


“Yarn bomb” mirror frames.


Stiffened fabric baskets.


Cedar bark baskets


Chessboard table runner sampler in 8/2 Tencel with variegated warp and weft, from a Handwoven magazine pattern.








Not weaving or fiber, but a creative craft – encaustic, an art form nearly as old as weaving, at least 3000 years.


Nantucket Basket


Thick and Thin (kit)

Jumpstart Vest Workshop

The Jumpstart Vest workshop ended a bit early, because of a schedule conflict for the room.  At the last minute (actually, last Friday), we were told that the room we had scheduled at Griffin  #1  would not be available, due to exigent maintenance.  The workshop got relocated to Griffin #2, 10km farther toward the Island, but we also inherited a Wednesday afternoon conflict.  Karen did a miraculous job getting the venue moved and all participants notified: the new location was a bit smaller, so setup was “interesting.”   Nevertheless, the workshop was a bit short, packing up at 4:00pm as the 4:30 group arrived, but everyone had their vests cut out and pinned for fitting at least, and a few were sewn up but not finished.  We won’t expect any to be at Showcase on Friday, but the May Showcase should be awesome.


Jumpstart Vest with Daryl Lancaster


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A baker’s dozen students from OWG, Tacoma Weavers Guild, and Seattle Weavers Guild gathered at the Griffin #2 fire station on Steamboat Island Road to learn how to transform handwoven fabric into clothing, taught by award-winning weaver, clothing maker, author. … Continue reading