The January 20, 2018 meeting of the Weavers of Orlando, WoO, is ‘Harris Tweed and Scottish state Tweeds.’ WoO member and past president Berna Lowenstein will present the program which will take place in the first floor meeting room of Westminster Winter Park Towers, located at 1111 South Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park FL, 32792 at 9:30 AM.
Everyone knows about tartans, but Scottish Estate Tweeds have their own special history
and registry, and Harris Tweed is the Champagne of tweeds! In order to get the special Harris trademark, the tweeds have to meet special criteria. Berna Lowenstein will present on these special twill fabrics and their history. “Just when you think, ‘Oh, it’s only twill,’ you learn something new,” said Berna.
Berna Lowenstein is a computer programmer who has been knitting for over 50 years, and
spinning and weaving for 30 years. Since computer punch cards were originally designed to control jaquard looms, computer programming and weaving are very similar. Berna has won many awards from FTWG and HGA for her weavings, and has presented programs and workshops for the Weavers of Orlando for many years.
Following Ms. Lowenstein’s presentation, Ann Redmond will instruct on how to make your
own tapestry loom. Tapestry weaving is the program for the February 17 meeting, when nationally acclaimed tapestry weaver and designer Tommye Scanlin will present many practical ideas on this style of weaving. Ms. Scanlin is looking forward to visiting Florida again: “Seems hard to believe that the tapestry workshop I’ll be teaching is now just a month away!” she said. Ms. Redmond will help you get a head-start on making your own loom for the program by offering a class in the Westminster’s roof-top craft area following the Harris Tweeds program.
The Weavers of Orlando is an active, non-profit organization that promotes and encourages
interest in the fiber arts such as weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, felting, and beading through its monthly programs. Monthly meetings are fun and informative and designed for both the beginning and advanced weaver. WoO offers regular workshops, study groups, valuable instruction on fiber arts, and is a clearinghouse of information on a variety of topics including yarn and loom sources and other weaving guilds across the United States.
Interested in Harris Tweed and Scottish Estate Tweeds? You should not miss this meeting.
Contact WoO Program Chair, Ms. Ann Redmond at [email protected] for more details on the January 2018 guild meeting, or see the guild’s website: weaversoforlando.org