2011 Schedule (as of 2011-10-28)

November 11-13, 2011, 10am to 5pm

Backstrap Workshop with Abby Franquemont (One space available). John Bryan Center from 10-5.

Backstrap weaving  uses the body to control the tension of the warp.  The warp and some sticks form the loom which is stretched from some immovable object to you.  You will open the sheds using  a shed rod and string heddles that you make.  Any other warp manipulations will be controlled by you.  The learning curve can be intense and never fast enough.  But we will have Abby to guide us along the way.  She will be making about 3 warps/looms for each participant  for a stepped learning process.  Some of us are fascinated by weaver controlled pick-up and others could care less.  But being able to weave on a backstrap loom gives one such a basic understanding of the weaving process and an intimate comprehension of what the threads do that you will be a better weaver even on big fancy looms.

No loom or experience required for this workshop.  You will be spending a lot of time sitting so if you have special requirements for your seat bring one with you.

There is one place left in the workshop; the fee is $150 and the materials fee is $45 , that includes the warps/looms, weft and tools needed for weaving.  All fees due at the beginning of the workshop.  Just bring a comfortable seat and your reading glasses.   The workshop will be held at the John Bryan Center in the rooms we normally hold our Tue. evening meetings. We will meet from 10AM to 5PM each day with a break for lunch and leg stretching, you can bring or go out for lunch.

Abby Franquemont is an accomplished spinner and weaver and a gifted teacher.  Her education in the textile arts began in the Andes as a child where she was taken by her parents, Ed and Christine Franquemont, American field anthropologists. The education was informal, learning from her peers but long term and on going.  I heard they teased her when she started calling herself a spinner.

She has several videos on YouTube, here is one about spinning with a drop spindle, a book Respect the Spindle, and several DVDs. She is organizing another STINGTOPIA in Lebanon OH for next April.


November 15, 2011, 7pm to 9pm:

Meeting at Glenn Helen Building in Yellow Springs. Abby Franqemont will be our Guest Speaker.


Abby Franquemont

We weavers, from the US and most Western cultures, will frequently graph out on paper what we plan to weave.    In the Andean cultures the understanding of weaving is so basic to their way of thinking that they go from weaving to weaving, with no need or comprehension of our paper based representations of weave structure. Weaving and spinning have been integral to the Andean cultures  for thousands of years  and these cultures have produced some of the most magnificent textiles ever produced. Records for the huge and complex Inka empire were kept on knotted strings, called khipus, that are just now being more fully deciphered. We have said that the Inkas have no writing but it is possible that our culture just overlooked their system of writing.


December 13, 2011, 7pm to 9pm

Christmas Dinner meeting at Ellen Ottoson's. Contact us for directions. Bring a gift!

January 10, 2012, 7pm to 9pm

Fleece to Hat contest.

As voted on by the membership! This variation on the Sheep to Shawl demonstration is a contest for groups of 3 to 5 people. Contestants should form groups early so they can get together and practice carding, spinning and creating a hat. Teams should bring their own fleece and tools for the contest.

Not going to compete? Come and watch the rest of us get wild and wooly!


February 7, 2012, 7pm to 9pm

Meeting at John Bryan. Karrie Brezine will be our Guest Speaker. (Details to follow)

March TBA

Field Trip! We're going to an alpaca farm. Bring your boots. This could get messy! (Details to follow)

April  10, 2012, 7pm to 9pm

Meeting at John Bryan Center. Toia Strom will be our Guest Speaker. (Details to follow)

April TBA

Kente Cloth Workshop with Toia Strom.

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