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.



  • May 4, 5, 6, 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.