PPWG Programs 2020-2021
- October 9, 2020 – Sheep Shearing Day at Rock Ledge Ranch
Robin Sutherland is a three-year member of the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild and has been a docent at Rock Ledge Living History Ranch since 1990. Her background in education, along with her love of history have come together in interesting, informative and entertaining demonstrations.
Robin’s journey down the fiber arts rabbit hole began when her daughter started raising sheep as a 4-H project. The sheep needed to be relieved of their winter coat each spring but there was little to no market for wool at that time. One year, while showing sheep at the county fair, Robin and her daughter watched a gal doing a spinning demonstration. They promptly arranged to take lessons together.
Since that time Robin has been demonstrating skirting fleece, carding, spinning, and weaving at fairs, schools, rendezvous and other historical venues. The journey has taken her places she would never have imagined. Robin has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Metro State and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Colorado University Denver.
For our October presentation Robin will be sharing Rock Ledge Ranch videos taken for Sheep Shearing Day. In them Robin gives a bit of the history and fundamentals of spinning and weaving. She hopes you enjoy this presentation.
- November 13, 2020 – The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth – Marilyn Romatka, folk art instructor and weaver from Seattle, Washington will be leading us in a multi-media presentation on Uzbek Ikat. We will travel to Uzbekistan with Marilyn to see the thread manipulated, dyed and woven into exquisite cloth.
- December 11, 2020 – So, You Think You Have a Walk-in Closet? – Doreen Beard, the Director of Operations and Engagement at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at CSU will provide us with a glimpse into the exhibitions, programs, apparel and textiles in their collection of 25,000 historically and culturally significant artifacts.
- January 8, 2021 – A Navajo Life: The Story of Seven Generations – Lynda Teller Pete and her sister, Barbara Teller Ornelas, are master Navajo weavers. Lynda will give us a presentation on seven generations of Navajo weavers in her family: their work, fiber processes, tool making and their future generations. She’ll talk about the four Navajo values that drive their weaving and how they’re working to preserve family weaving histories.
- February 12, 2021 – Self-Innovation Through Freestyle Weaving – Teresa (Teri) Coons learned to knit and crochet from her grandmother and has had a love of yarn and textures ever since. About four years ago, she realized a long-held dream to become a weaver. Although she has enjoyed learning many different styles of pattern weaving (and by no means considers herself to be an expert at any of them), she discovered that she is at heart, an experimenter. Thus, the discovery of Saori-style weaving gave her the permission she needed to experiment with different yarn fibers, textures, and style combinations in a single piece of weaving. In other words, to just play!
Teri is now happily retired from a long career as a medical researcher and educator. She was born and raised in the Denver area, but lived in New Mexico (where her two daughters were born and raised), and in Grand Junction, CO (where she was active in local politics and public health efforts, and served on a number of statewide boards and commissions). Teri and her husband, Frank, now live in Denver. They enjoyed traveling (pre-COVID), and spend as much time as possible with their three grandchildren.
Please join us on February 12, 2021 when Teri will inspire us with a presentation on freestyle weaving and how to incorporate different fibers, textures, colors and other decorative materials into our weaving.
- March 12, 2021 – Join Jan Seltman and Dottie Weir in March for a look at one of the hottest topics in the dyeing world: Eco Dyeing. Learn about the process and see the beautiful results that can be obtained on various materials. Both Dottie and Jan have an extensive background in both natural and chemical dyeing as well as weaving.
- April 9, 2021 – Join us for another amazing presentation by Marilyn Romatka. Her presentation in November on Uzbek Ikat was so well received, we’re bringing her back for a return performance. This multimedia presentation will be on the handicrafts from the state of Gujarat in India and will include pit looms, silk, camels, and much more!
- October 5,6,7, 2021 – Towels With a Twist Workshop presented by Edna Devai – This round robin workshop is geared to advanced beginner weavers and anyone who wants to learn tips, tricks and finer points of designing, weaving and finishing their textiles. Techniques for color, contrast, scale, structure and proportion will be discussed and shared. Towels will be used to illustrate these techniques and principles.