Pikes Peak Weavers Guild

PPWG Major Workshop – Woven Shibori


03/05/2024 - 03/07/2024    
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 80829, El Paso County

Event Type

Loom Controlled Woven Shibori Scarves
By Dottie Weir

Learn the art of woven shibori, inspired by the traditional Japanese shibori where gathering stitches are used to create patterns that are dyed into the fabric, or used to create permanent pleats. You will learn how to weave woven weft shibori, dye paint with fiber reactive dyes and permanently pleat your scarf. This will be presented at the Manitou Springs Art Center (MAC).

Dottie Weir studied at the University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut and the Hartford Museum of Art, as well as the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California. She also studied Navajo Weaving at the Mary Pendleton School in Sedona, Arizona and Contemporary Loom Weaving under Margaret Butler in Black Forest, Colorado. Like most of us she has taken a variety of textile classes from well know fiber teacher/artists.

Dottie had a very successful Interior Design business that she abandoned for her love of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. She was the owner of Green Valley Weavers and Knitters for 20 years. She taught classes in weaving, spinning, clothing design, inkle and card weaving, dyeing and warp painting. She was an advisor to the Los Angeles Public School System, a president and vice-president of several weaving and spinning guilds and a juror at the Parade of Homes in Colorado Springs. She also judged the Boulder Showcase 2006, Colorado College Student Art Show 2008 and the Taos Wool Festival 2008 thru 2010 and 2013. In 2009 she judged the Fiesta Fiber Art Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dottie has won a number of 1st places in the Parade of Homes in Colorado Springs. She has been in many juried shows for her hand-woven clothing and received numerous awards, often the “Best of Wearable Art” top
award. In Handwoven May/June 2008, Dottie entered and won “Best Breakfast Nook” award for the Synchronized Swatches Contest. In 2009 and 2011 she had two pieces accepted for the international textile show for IWC in Durango, Colorado and had a piece accepted for Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two pieces have been internationally juried in for the Fashion Show “City Lights Festive Nights” during Convergence 2018, also a piece for the Truckee River Yardage Exhibit for Convergence 2018 won a second place.

In 2008 she was juried in for an International Juried Show “Living with Beauty: “Handwoven Textiles for the Home”. This piece won the “Surface Design Association “Award of Excellence”. Again, in 2013, she was
juried in for an International Juried Show “Woven Together: Firestorm”. Dottie brought her great taste, style and pizzazz, as well as color sense from her interior design background to her textile arts. Her range is broad and not limited to garments as she does all kinds of weaving, dyeing and spinning. Dottie states that fashion ideally is a form of personal expression and helps provide others with a glimpse of who we are. Her goal as a weaver is to integrate the ancient art of weaving, dyeing, and spinning with our contemporary needs. It is her hope that both fabric and wearer become a statement of hand and spirit.