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2023-2024 Programs & Workshops

Programs on something fiber related are held after our monthly business meeting and show and tell.

We sponsor 3 workshops a year, 2 of the workshops are usually with nationally known instructors, and members get first chance to take these workshops for a fee that covers cost of workshop.


Weaving TnT --  Dynamite Tips 'n Techniques for Every Weaver
Robyn Spady

Saturday, February 18,2023

Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable?  This gizmo-and-gadget centric presentation looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 24 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.

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Extreme Warp Makeover
Robyn Spady

February 18-20, 2023

Hate to warp, but love to weave? Want more versatility from a single warp? Then this is a workshop for you! In this workshop, participants will warp their loom with their choice of one of three four-shaft threadings and perform an extreme makeover and weave it many different ways . . . from twill, lace, and overshot to swivel, corduroy, deflected weft, and double-faced. At the same time, participants are presented with the basics of different structures and how to adapt a single threading to weave a number of different weaves, including concepts such as star vs. rose fashion, weaving on opposites, and echo treadling. Four-shaft loom.

Leesburg Center for the Arts, 429 West Magnolia Street: - Saturday, February 18 – 1 to 5 pm - Sunday, February 19 – 9 am to 4 pm - Monday, February 20 – 9 am to 4 pm


Annual Auction

Saturday, April 15, 2023

In April we will conduct our annual Auction.  Please start now to put things aside that you would like to donate.  The proceeds from the auction always go to help support our programs and activities for the year.


Rigid Heddle Weaving
Susan Cossette, Susan Simone,
Lorraine Wolak. 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Our program for May will be “Rigid Heddle Weaving” 

Threading Process

Historic Weaving Techniques
Sharon Kersten

Saturday, June 17, 2023

For our June program, Sharon Kersten will present a program on various ways and looms that can be used to create plain weave.

Purple Threads

The History and Use of Tatting
Anita Barry

Saturday, July 15, 2023

In July we will hear about “The History and Use of Tatting” by Anita Barry, another local fiber artist. Anita and her husband owned a lavender farm in Virginia and she is also a certified master tatter, so I’m sure this will be a lively and interesting session.

Colorful Threads

Navajo Weaving
Gary Sligh

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Gary Sligh will present a program about his class in “Navajo Weaving” which was taught by renowned weaver and author Lynda Teller Pete. Gary will share some of his own insight and study of Native American culture and will also give some idea of the basics involved in the Navajo tradition. Hopefully we can have Ms. Pete and her family here to central Florida someday for the full, authentic version.

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The Therapeutic Value of Art
Semeion Richardson

September 16, 2023

Semeion Richardson is a local artist who uses her creativity and counseling skills to educate and inspire the community.  She is the first African American woman in Lake County to have her own gallery.  Semeion’s presentation will discuss the therapeutic value of art, including our beloved weaving.

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Sewing Your Handmade Fabrics
Liz Spear

February 3 - 5, 2024

Gather up those gorgeous lengths of your handwoven or felted fabrics and learn to cut and successfully sew a jacket, shirt or vest. Adding fit and stylistic flare to our incredibly beautiful handmade cloth requires some extra care for results you won’t get with commercial fabrics. Using pre-workshop suggestions/guidelines, you’ll select a pattern appropriate to your fabric. Cutting, marking, seam finishes, pressing, closures and even linings will be demonstrated as you sew through the steps to construct your handmade fabrics into a garment you’ll be proud to wear.

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