PPWG Study Groups
The Pikes Peak Weavers Guild sponsors several study groups in order for members to strengthen knowledge and skills in particular areas of interest. The following groups require PPWG membership:
For newer weavers and for experinced weavers who would like assistance or a little refresher on techniques, etc. Meets after the PPWG monthly meeting and program. Contact: Edna Devai. firstname.lastname@example.org
More Than Four
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 9:30a.m.
Heather Hubbard, email@example.com or Judi Arndt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate of Excellence
For anyone interested in the Handweavers Guild of America's Certificate of Excellence program. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Contact: Sandra Hutton email@example.com.
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00a.m., Westside Community Center, Colorado Springs. Contact: Beverly Weaver: Beverly.Weaver46@gmail.com
Community STUDY GROUPS
There are many weaving and spinning groups and classes offered in the Pikes Peak region. Several meet at local yarn shops, libraries, and private businesses. Be sure to check out the links below to our Local Fiber Retailers for more information.
GREAT RESOURCES & Fiber Related Links
Links to the Wonderful Local Fiber Retailers
- Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins in Boulder, CO not only has a large selection of equipment and supplies but the owners and staff there are always helpful and knowledgeable.
- Entwine Fiber Arts Studio in downtown Colorado Springs, CO has equipment, supplies, and fiber for weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, and needle felting. They offer classes, and have a friendly staff, and an inviting atmosphere. Entwine is the local dealer for Schacht looms and products.
- Table Rock Llamas Fiber Arts Studio & The Dyeworks Table Rock has had to close the doors on its physical store, but will still sell natural dyes online, with plans to expand their online sales in the near future.
- The Recycled Lamb in Golden, CO sells looms and weaving equipment, fiber and spinning supplies, and yarn of all varieties. They offer a variety of classes and are helpful and knowledgeable.
- White Rabbit Beads Colorado Springs' premier bead shop.
- Ladybug Hill Quilts Check out their fabulous block of the month series.
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Links to Colorado Guilds & National Weaving/Textile Associations
Links to Textile Museums and Associations
Links to Weaving Tools, Lists, and Information
- Planning a Visit to Colorado? View the arts and crafts sections of the Colorado Links Web Page
- Visit Pantone, the world's leading authority on color systems and provider of technology for communication about color among designers, manufacturers, retailers and customers. If you want specific color forecasting for fashion and home trends by season, zero in on Trends.
- A very useful weaving yarn calculator is available at the Loomy Bin which provides a number of tools for loom and card weaving. .
- If the design you want to weave requires more treadles than you have on your loom, use Tim's Rudimentary Treadle Reducer developed by Tim McLaren, mathematics professor at Earlham College.
- Also very useful is the free online calculator for monetary exchange rates among countries, The XE.com Universal Currency Converter.
- Lindsay Landis of Lindsay Designs shares her techniques for photographing textiles titled Taking Professional Looking Photos Without a Professional.
- Before his untimely death, Ralph Griswold scanned historic weaving texts, images, etc., which are no longer under copyright protection and makes them available to everyone on the internet. His On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving & Related Topics provides a wealth of historic information on weaving and textiles in general.
- Ruthe Stowe's Collection of Weaving Resources provides links to a variety of sites useful for weaving, dyeing, and other fiber activities.
- The Handweaving Draft Archives maintained by Kris Bruland stores over 41,000 weaving drafts with more added each day. The goal of the site is to enable weavers to find and exchange weaving drafts.
Links to Regional Fiber Activities
- Interweave Yarn Fest - March 31-April 3, 2016 (Loveland, Colorado)
- Colors of the Southwest: A Fiber Arts Exhibit - April 1-2, 2016 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
- Estes Park Wool Market - June 10-12, 2016 (Estes Park, Colorado)
- Sneffels Fiber Festival - September 24-25, 2016 (Ridgway, Colorado).
- Taos Wool Festival - October 1-2, 2016 (Taos, New Mexico)
- Intermountain Weavers Conference - July 27-30, 2017 (Durango, Colorado)
- Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta - May 19-21, 2017 (Albuquerque, New Mexico)