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Northern Colorado Weavers Guild Events - Fiber Arts Workshops

Northern Colorado Weavers Guild offers monthly guild meetings including a social hour, business meeting, and fiber arts-related presentation. The guild also offers fiber arts workshops led by local and visiting artists. Not a member? Join our fiber arts guild today!

Please note: The guild does not provide refunds for registration cancellations unless there is a waitlist. If you are no longer able to attend a workshop that you are registered for, please contact the workshop organizer to inquire about the waitlist.

Upcoming events

    • March 09, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • First Baptist Church of Loveland 1003 W. Sixth St.

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    Social Hour 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    General Guild Meeting 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Fiber Foolishness and Disaster Recovery 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Have you ever thrown a fiber project into the garbage can in disgust? Have you ever ripped out and remade an entire sweater three times before finally getting it right? Have you ever cut a warp off your loom in frustration only to give it to the dog as a new toy? I have done all of these things! While I have had some great successes, I’ve also had a number of outright disasters. Recently, after a particularly heartbreaking failure, I decided that I needed to stop and analyze my mistakes in a more systematic way. During this presentation, I will share with you my findings about error analysis, and offer some practical ways to reduce errors and recover from major disasters. Taking time to think about our failures can actually bring back lost confidence, save resources, and push us to higher levels of creativity.


    Mary Renstrom Bio:

    Mary Renstrom has been involved with fiber crafts since childhood. When she was five her mother taught her to sew. As a teen, she taught herself to knit and crochet. In 1990, she bought a spinning wheel she assembled from a kit and taught herself to spin from a library book. In 1995, she added knitting machines and a loom to her growing assortment of fiber tools. She finds great solace in spinning and working with her own handspun yarn and is an inveterate experimenter, who makes lots of mistakes but also discovers new and exciting things she likes to share with other craftspeople.


    Presentation follows general Guild meeting

    • March 09, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • First Baptist Church of Loveland 1003 W. Sixth St.
    • 7
    Register

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    Do you find plying tedious? Are you impatient to start a project after hours of spinning singles? Do you want to keep the lovely color-ways in a dyed roving from becoming muddied? Do you want to produce a finer, more drapey fabric but don’t want to take the time to spin fine 2-ply yarn? There are many advantages to spinning singles yarn for knitting and weaving projects, including speed, color design, and producing finer weight fabrics. However, handling them can be tricky. We will discuss and practice producing consistent wool singles and then explore the design possibilities of singles yarns. We will learn how to work with biased or “energized” singles as well as how to block, size, and full singles wool yarns and fabrics. Students will create and take home a number of small knit and/or woven samples made from their own handspun yarn.

    The instructor will provide different types of wool to work with; a knitting machine for quick sampling, as well as a pre-warped loom for students to weave on with their singles yarns.

    Materials Fee (to be paid to instructor): $15

    Skill Requirements: Students should be able to spin a singles yarn.

    Materials Provided by Instructor: 

    For Whole Class Use:

    • Pre-warped loom for sampling
    • Knitting Machines for quick knit samples
    • Drum Carder, hackle, and wool combs for anyone in the group to use to prepare fiber for spinning

    Each Participant will be provided:

    • Angle of twist gauge
    • Wool carded batts and roving for each participant to spin and make samples
    • Packet of Handouts—Bibliography related to singles spinning; Outline of Workshop; Cardstock labels for recording information on yarn and fabric samples

    Participant materials/equipment to bring:

    • Spinning wheel or spindle
    • Hand carders and/or small combs (if you don't combs or cards, students can use the shared equipment provided by instructor)
    • Ball-winder
    • Various gauges of knitting needles for swatching (if you knit) 
    • A pin loom is also useful for making quick woven swatches (optional)


    • April 13, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • First Baptist Church of Loveland 1003 W. Sixth St.

    Social Hour 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    General Guild Meeting 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Using Natural Materials in Basketry 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

    Ever wondered what kind of materials you can use in basketry? Chances are you might even have some plants or materials near you that you can actually use in making a basket. During this Presentation you’ll have a chance to experience making cordage out of daylilies. A variety of basketry techniques, and styles will be discussed.

    Patricia Montonya Donahue Bio:

    My journey into basketry and weaving started with my favorite Tia’ Cheva. Watching her put such dedication into the things she created with her hands instilled in me the desire to find the discipline to create.

    In my work you will see a great emphasis on the use of natural materials gathered to create . The cherry bark I harvest is actually from a small woodlands forester that manages his land and when it’s time to get rid of the wild cherry trees, he calls the basket guild for us to harvest the bark. I’ve also been lucky to harvest my own western red cedar through the guild.

    Using tradition with a bit of a twist, I often vary techniques which I have learned from amazing teachers, Margaret Mathewson, Donna Sakamoto Crispin and Polly Sutton to name a few.

    Here is a poem which embodies what I feel -used with permission from the author.

    Why I Weave Baskets

    My Hands.

    Birds singing as the cedar creaks in my hands.

    The power of design enfolding within my hands.

    The strength of the fiber as I weave with my hands.

    Audio, Visual, Tactile.

    My Hands.

    -Sally Ishikawa


    Presentation follows general Guild meeting

    • April 14, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Fort Collins - TBD
    • 10
    Register


    All Skills Welcome!

    You're going to enjoy how this sweet basket comes together in your hands. Made with grapevine (rim), dyed reed, seagrass, and if you wish, cordage you make with day lilies/crocosmia

    Finished Basket size is approximately: 8"x5"x2 1/2 "

    Materials Fee (to be paid to instructor): $30

    Skill Requirements: All levels welcome! 

    Materials Provided by Instructor: 

    Dyed/Natural reed, Flat and round reed, Muscadine vine  as well as other grapevines (boiled, dyed), seagrass. Daylily/Iris leaves

    Participant materials/equipment to bring:

    • Please Bring a small bucket/container to soak your reed
    • Snips/pruners/something strong (I plan to bring some to share)
    • Awl
    • Old Towel (working with wet reed)

    Presenter Bio:

    My journey into basketry and weaving started with my favorite Tia’ Cheva. Watching her put such dedication into the things she created with her hands instilled in me the desire to find the discipline to create.

    In my work you will see a great emphasis on the use of natural materials gathered to create . The cherry bark I harvest is actually from a small woodlands forester that manages his land and when it’s time to get rid of the wild cherry trees, he calls the basket guild for us to harvest the bark. I’ve also been lucky to harvest my own western red cedar through the guild.

    Using tradition with a bit of a twist, I often vary techniques which I have learned from amazing teachers, Margaret Mathewson, Donna Sakamoto Crispin and Polly Sutton to name a few.

    Here is a poem which embodies what I feel -used with permission from the author.

    Why I Weave Baskets

    My Hands.

    Birds singing as the cedar creaks in my hands.

    The power of design enfolding within my hands.

    The strength of the fiber as I weave with my hands.

    Audio, Visual, Tactile.

    My Hands.

    -Sally Ishikawa



    • May 11, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • First Baptist Church of Loveland 1003 W. Sixth St.

    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Social Hour

    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Guild General Meeting

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Scholarship Presentations

    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Potluck

    As we close out the year, we invite all recipients of Guild scholarships to share with us their experience at the workshop they attended. We would love to hear about new things you learned, what you created, your observations, and recommendations for others to attend this workshop.  Either Hannah Hostak or Beth Fox will contact you ahead of time about your presentation.

    After the presentations, we invite everyone to enjoy a potluck with other members of the Guild. Bring a dish and your own place setting.

Need help paying for a workshop? Members can apply for scholarships!

Are you looking for a community in Northern Colorado that shares your interest in fiber arts? Want to gain access to equipment and media libraries, fiber arts education, and more? 

Join today!

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Mailing Address:
Northern Colorado Weavers Guild (NCWG)
P.O. Box 2404
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Meeting Address:
First Baptist Church of Loveland
1003 W 6th St, Loveland, CO

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