Pikes Peak Weavers Guild

PPWG Monthly Meeting December, 2023


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mountainview Church of Christ
1080 E LaSalle St, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Event Type

The PPWG meeting will be Friday, December 8th.

Meet & Greet and Library Time at 9am
  • Show & Tell at 10am
  • Program at 11am
  • Guests and Visitors are welcome!
The library will be available to guild members before the presentation.

Stash Sale
Each year in December we hold a stash sale of items donated by our members. The proceeds go into the operating budget for the guild. Here are the details:

  • You are responsible for putting a price on each item you bring for the sale; prices in whole dollar amounts only
  • All purchases must be made in cash or by check; checks are preferred
  • The sale takes place in the classroom next to the main sanctuary of the church
  • If any items you brought do not sell, you are responsible for taking them home
  • Everyone bring your own shopping bags
  • Anything fiber arts related can be brought for the sale, from books, yarn, dyes, shuttles, spindles, knitting needles, magazines, or samples.

Program: Baggy People by Cherie Irvin and a panel of guild members

Do you have some beautiful woven fabric that just screams at you to make it into something? Do you drool over bags you see some weavers carry? Not sure where to start to create a bag or just interested in more ideas? This is the program for you!

Some of our guild friends will be showing us their baggy creations and will guide us through the creative processes that go into those creations. We’ll see and discuss a variety of bags. Some created completely by hand or with the aid of machinery but, all with love. Our friends will talk about inspiration for their bags and where they sometimes get (and modify) patterns. What kind of embellishments (pockets, buttons, straps, hardware, etc.) they use, like, and where they get them.
If you can add to this discussion, please contact Laurie Luke at 1stvp@pikespeakweavers.org, so you too can have a seat on the panel!

Holiday Potluck
Happy holidays to all! Following the meeting, we will have a potluck luncheon. Please bring food to share, and list the ingredients in case of allergies. Bring a place setting for yourself – bonus points for handwoven placemats and napkins!

Mini-Workshop: Finishing Your Bag by Cherie Irvin, Friday, December 8 from 1-3pm

“I do have handwoven fabric that I want to make into a bag. I’m hesitant to finish it and need some guidance.” Are you suffering from some of the same anxiety I am? Then this mini-workshop is for you. Cherie Irvin has completed numerous bags will help us overcome some of those anxieties. Bring your handwoven (or purchased) bag fabric with you and Cherie will help us finish our own creations! She will focus on lining and zippers. The cost for the mini-workshop is $15, which can be paid on the day of.
What to bring:

  • Handwoven or purchased fabric for bag
  • Lining fabric
  • Interfacing if needed—this depends on how sturdy you want your bag to be
  • Zipper—any type can work
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Accessories as needed—may include, favorite sewing scissors, chalk for marking fabric, zipper foot…
  • Small tailor’s ham, or small thick hand towel you can roll up to iron 3-D objects
  • Pins or clips to hold fabric and zipper while sewing
  • Patience!

Cherie Irvin is a dedicated craftswoman. Weavers in the Pikes Peak region have enjoyed her creations and many of us have one or two in our own collections. In her own words she is “a weaver, spinner, knitter, dyer, and anything else that strikes my fancy; I have been practicing making all kinds of things since I was a small child. There is always something new to learn. My favorite medium is wool. And a new addition to my favorites is leather. I’m looking forward to learning more about how to combine both leather and woven wool in bag making.”

As usual, in the event of severe weather all PPWG meetings will be cancelled if Colorado Springs School District 11 cancels school that day. If there is a delayed start for D11, look for an email from the PPWG officers regarding the status of the meeting.