Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers Guild presents Handwovens for the Holidays

(Photo above courtesy of CO Spinners & Weavers)

Join guild members and fiber enthusiasts at the third annual Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers Guild Holiday Show & Sale on Saturday, November 3 from 10am-4pm at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend, 16 NW Kansas St.

This year’s show and sale will feature boutique displays of guild members’ handwoven artistry including: table runners, towels, wall hangings, shawls, scarves and other wearables; handspun yarns; felted items including hats and bowls; hand dyed silk scarves; lavender; turned wood bowls and pins; and many holiday décor and gift items.

Currently the Guild has 100 members from all around the Central Oregon region. The Guild was started by Dee Ford Potter in the fall of 1971, gathering about ten women who were interested in weaving together in private homes until the meetings became too large and they started meeting at the Deschutes Historical Museum. Moving around town over the years to different meeting venues, the Guild now is centrally located for their main meeting on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30am-noon at the Highland Baptist Church on W 31st and Hwy. 126 in Redmond. Several years ago, the Guild also started a Saturday meeting for those that were not able to attend mid-week gatherings. This meeting is held the fourth Saturday of the month in Sisters at the City Hall council meeting room from 1-4pm.

The Guild has a diverse membership of weavers, spinners, dyers, felters and some members who raise animals for their fiber: sheep, goats, alpaca and rabbits. All fiber enthusiasts are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held January through November. Membership dues are $25 annually. The Guild website has the most current information on meetings and events at weave-spin-centraloregon.org. Look there for any changes to meeting locations or dates and to see the program topics. Workshops are held during the year featuring local and nationally known instructors in weaving, spinning, and dyeing for our members’ educational enrichment and group fun. We hope you will join us at the annual Show & Sale on November 3.

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