OWG Hosted the 2013 COE in Spinning

The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) offers certification in fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing, and Basketry.  Application who pass the rigorous requirements receive a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in their chosen field.  There are two levels of certification: the first requires proficiency in the basic arts, and the second, Master of Specialized Study, requires a focused, specialized study. An overview of the program can be found at http://weavespindye.org/pages/coeoverview.html.

Olympia Weavers Guild was privileged to host the 2013 COE in Spinning.  This year, applicants included one in Level 1 and two in Level 2.  The program involves a registrar, who assembles the submitted work for review by two examiners.  The process is overseen by two representatives from HGA.  The OWG chairperson was Lana Schneider, who generously offered her own studio as the site for the examination, which took three days: one to assemble the team and the work, and two intense days of judging and documenting the process.  Several members served as scribes, assisting the examiners in documenting the findings, and other members provided food for the committee and lodging for the HGA representatives and examiners.


Examiner Jane Fournier and Scribe Terri Standley


Examiner Judith MacKenzie and Scribe Kathy


2013 COE in Handspinning Committee – Examiners Judith MacKenzie and Jane Fournier, Registrar Kate Jantz-Koprivnik and Chair Lana Schneider


Examiners Jane Fournier and Judith MacKenzie


Photos by Sandra Swarbrick, HGA.

Mary Ann Sanborn, the other HGA representative, gave a very interesting presentation at the October Guild Meeting on Shaker textiles.

Both of the Level II submissions were accepted, and the applicants were announced on the HGA website, and in an upcoming issue of Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazine.

OWG: Fiber Arts at Olympia Timberland Library, October 23, 2013

Fiber Oct 23 2013


Timberland Regional Library District

415 Tumwater Blvd. SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 943-5001 or 877-284-6237 · www.TRL.org

News Release October 15, 2013

Media Contact: Leanne Ingle, Communications Specialist, 704-4508; 877-284-6237 x 2508

Olympia Weavers Guild to enlighten on fiber production

Fiber: Our Common Thread” program will be at Olympia library at 7:30 p.m., October 23

Many of us are becoming aware of where our food comes from and how it is produced, but what about the fibers we wear every day? Members of the Olympia Weavers Guild will present “Fiber: Our Common Thread,” a program on fiber and the fiber arts, at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Learn how cloth is produced, watch fiber artists in action, and try a bit of fiber production yourself. The event takes place after library hours.

In many places in the world, if you want a new shirt or a rug, you create it from the fibers on up. Guild members will describe the production of cloth from seed or animal to closet or home. A brief slide show will introduce the main fibers and techniques used to create textiles in this country, including information on home production of flax into linen and fleece into wool.

Program attendees will be able to see textiles made by guild members as they model or show them and to talk with the creators. Much of the evening will be a chance to watch spinners, weavers and felters in action and to see up close what is involved in the production of cloth. There will be an opportunity for attendees to try some of the techniques.

The Olympia Weavers Guild was founded in 1949. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of weaving, spinning and many other fiber arts. Members meet once a month for most of the year and sponsor programs and workshops on weaving, spinning and other related crafts. More information about the guild is at http://olympiaweaversguild.org.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.


Timberland Regional Library provides for the information, reading and lifelong learning needs of the Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston county public at 27 community public libraries and 6 library service partner locations. The library system is funded mainly by local property taxes. Anyone needing special accommodations to participate in a library’s program may contact the library one week in advance.


Tumwater Middle School Teacher Seeks Spinning Demonstration

[forwarded by Larye: anyone interested in helping please request contact info by email]
To whom it may concern,

My name is Tyler Haywood. I am an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Tumwater Middle School. I am one of two teachers who run the Homesteader program, which educates students on the life and times of the early Puget Sound pioneers. As part of this, we teach them hands-on skills.

Over the next three weeks, I will be teaching the girls how to knit and spin wool into yarn. Unfortunately, I do not know how to use a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, and the people who usually help us are not available this year. I understand that this is extremely short notice, but would there be any members of your guild willing and able to volunteer their time in my class? It would just be for two to three days, from 8:00 to 8:50 in the morning.

If this is not possible (and once again, I understand that this is very short notice), would next year be a possibility?

Thank you for your consideration.

All best,

Tyler Haywood
[email info@olympiaweaversguild.org for contact info for Mr. Haywood]

New Moon Alpacas Shearing

New Moon Alpacas in Elma will be shearing on Monday and Tuesday (June 18,19) and have invited folks who are interested in the fleece to observe or help and have lunch…contact Allison for more information…. (see website at New Moon Alpacas)

(information courtesy of OWG member Judy Parkins and Kathie Adams, a Montesano spinner and knitter)