Who We Are...
Weavers of Orlando is an active organization which promotes and encourages
interest in the fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Basketry, Dyeing, Felting, Beading and more…
Weavers of Orlando has been meeting regularly since 1942.
We meet once a month on the 3rd Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m.
We'll be in the large meeting room on the ground floor.
November Workshop: Constructing and Sewing a Jumpstart Jacket with Daryl Lancaster
November 19, 20, 21, and 22 (four days)
Are you ready for a class where you will learn the basics of garment construction? Do you wish you could make a simple, unlined jacket that fits you from
fabric you wove? Do you want to learn how to make a jacket that looks good in all fabrics and compliments every figure.
Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her hand-woven garments, has been sewing for over 50 years. She teaches sewing workshops
all over the United States. In November, Daryl will be coming to Weavers of Orlando to teach you how to sew her Jumpstart Jacket. Each participant will be constructing
a simple unstructured jacket from her own handwoven fabric during this four-day workshop.
Participants must provide their own sewing machine!
Your handwoven fabric must be densely sett, washed, finished, and ironed before bringing it to class. The fabric should have the following qualities to make it
suitable for garment construction:
IMPORTANT: When choosing your sett, choose one that is denser than normally recommended for your weaving yarn.
- Create a medium weight, close sett, firm fabric in a fiber content suitable for an unlined jacket.
- Keep your weave structure simple. This class is not about the fabric. It's about constructing and sewing a jacket with your fabric.
- Use a consistent beat.
- Weft ends should be tucked back in at the selvedges and trimmed close.
- Make your fabric a MINIMUM of 6 yards x 24" wide or 4 yards X 36" wide AFTER WASHING. Remember fabric can shrink as much as 35% when washed. You need enough fabric for your jacket, samples, mistakes, swatches, etc.
- Do not use intricate patterning, obvious even or uneven plaids, large floats, or weaves that tend to fray excessively. Avoid heavy slubs that
may jam in the sewing machine.
- Do not weave something heavier than your sewing machine can handle comfortably. The fewer difficulties you encounter when working with your fabric,
the better the chance you will complete your jacket.
- Fabric finishing instructions can be found on Daryl's website: http://daryllancaster.com/Webfiles/JumpstartJacketWorkshop.pdf
- If necessary for your needs, you can purchase commercial fabric. If you do so, choose something similar to a handwoven fabric such as a
medium weight wool, rayon novelty fabric, or a tweed. Do NOT choose plaids, knits, or napped fabric.
- A list of needed supplies will be provided to participants before the workshop. This list can also be found at the above website.
Please sign up at the next meeting. The deposit for workshop is $150 and is due at sign up. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.
There will be a $25 materials fee to be paid to the instructor for shoulder pads, twill tape, interfacing, pattern paper and the handout.
Please see our Programs page for dates of upcoming programs and workshops.
A workshop at the Weavers of orlando
Welcome New Weavers:
- Beth Dreves
- Fredi Edmiston
- Krissy Seel
For pictures of the Weavers of Orlando Workshop 2015, please visit our Gallery
We have a new banner to use at demonstrations!
Thanks to Cathy Amberson for taking the picture of our banner and booth at the St. John's River Festival!