Colorado Weavers Day 2008, Part 1

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I just returned from Pueblo, Colorado where I attended Colorado Weavers Day (CWD) with a few of my fellow Handweavers Guild of Boulder friends. Held every other year, CWD aims to bring together weavers from across the state for a day of lectures, exhibits, and getting to know each other. Colorado Springs As it turned out, one of the highlights of the trip was stopping in Colorado Springs on the way to view the “Beyond Bedspreads: American Heritage Through Historic and Contemporary Weavings” at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum (a stunning building for all you architecture freaks). The exhibit is an outgrowth of the guild’s work in assisting the museum with documenting and photographing their extensive coverlet collection. As part of their study, PPWG members wove interpretations of coverlets and coverlet motifs. Two memorable pieces were woven by Sandra Hutton and Susan Bowman. The show runs from April 26-August 17, 2008.

It’s a worthwhile visit. A further extension of the guild’s focus on functional textiles is their upcoming internationally juried show, “Living With Beauty: Handwoven Textiles for the Home” which will open June 13th in Manitou Springs. The show closes July 26th, 2008. In talking with Sandra Hutton, one of PPWG driving forces, she explained that her intent is to raise the awareness and prestige of textiles, in particular handweaving, through exhibitions and public demonstrations. I agree with her and thank her and PPWG for their passion and pursuit of textiles. Other guilds would do well to follow their excellent example.

Check out their useful and beautiful website, besides information about the guild, it includes a gallery of guild member work, a weave drafting program, and a list of programs and projects: www.pikespeakweavers.org

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.