Friday, December 6
2:00 – 6:00 pm
We are excited to bring Candace Coleman back to Northwest Wools to showcase her unique crocheted artwork! Join us on First Friday for an Art Show and Sale of Candace’s work.
Candace’s beautiful crochet collages reflect her deep connection to nature. “Each piece of artwork I create is to honor the life force,” she says. “It is a celebration of the wonders and diversity of the natural world. It is a quiet form of activism – a plea to walk gently on the planet and a plea to care for the inhabitants.”
Candace’s artwork is inspired by her observation of the natural world. With an image in mind, she crochets hundreds of small spirals and uses them to form a design. Next, she pieces together a backing from cotton fabric and hand-sews the crocheted pieces to it. Tide pools, lichens, flower parts, and transition areas such as the edge of the sea are some of the subjects of her artwork.
“I am especially interested in the variety of species that live tightly packed together in apparent harmony,” says Candace. “There is such a sense of community and relationship.”
Candace has worked as a Fiber Artist since the 1970s, first as a creator of tapestries, then as a Mixed Media Artist, and more recently in crochet collage. She has been commissioned to create pieces for local businesses and private collections, and her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of venues, including the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
We hope you can join us on First Friday to see these original creations, meet the Artist, and perhaps purchase one as the perfect holiday gift!
Multnomah Village’s annual Holiday Gala will also be taking place, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere! Special events include a tree-lighting ceremony, free horse-drawn carriage rides, Carolers, a strolling Santa, and more!
Next Steps in Rigid Heddle Weaving
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
You have a Rigid Heddle Loom and you’ve learned the basics of weaving. Now what?
Weaving Instructor Sylvia Emard will help you answer that question with this Specialty Class for weavers. She’ll show you how to take your weaving to the next level with a variety of special techniques. You’ll be truly amazed at all the things you can do on your Rigid Heddle loom!
In this one-day Specialty Class, Sylvia will teach you some great new tricks and guide you in making your own “Woven Sampler” to learn several new weave structures. These new techniques will help you “up your game” on your Rigid Heddle loom – and you will leave with a great sampler to take home for future reference. This Class is guaranteed to add more fun and inspiration to your Rigid Heddle weaving, as well as some “Wow” to your finished projects.
Saturday, October 12
10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hours)
Please phone our LYS at 503-244-5024 to register.
Note: If the minimum class size of three is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.
A pre-warped Rigid Heddle loom. Please use worsted or DK weight yarn for warp. Recommended yarns:
- Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
- Juniper Moon Farm Zooey
- Tahki Cotton Classic
- Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash
- Erica Knight Studio Linen
- Lamb’s Pride Worsted
- Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Wool
Please also bring to Class:
- Approximately 50 yards of matching warp yarn for background weft
- Approximately 50 yards of contrasting colors and/or novelty yarns for pattern weft
- 2 pick-up sticks
- 2-3 stick shuttles
- Note-taking materials
- (Optional) Paper tags and locking stitch markers to label portions of sampler
You will be provided with a Homework sheet upon registration for this class.
Friday, September 6
1:00 – 6:00 pm
It’s almost time for one of our favorite events at Northwest Wools! Wendy Hanson of Shaggy Bear Farms will be here once again with a roomful of fabulous yarns and fibers.
Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation in Scio, Oregon, where she tends a flock of more than 400 animals and hand-dyes her yarns. Wendy knows all of her animals by name, and sings to them as she shears them! She can tell you all about the various “characters” on her farm, many of whom are rescue animals. So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved.
Wendy’s inventory truly has something for everyone: Beautiful, vibrant colors as well as undyed, natural hues; buttery soft merino/silk blends and rugged, “crunchy” yarns. No matter what project you have in mind, you’re bound to find yarn for it at this pop-up shop!
Spinners take note: Wendy will have lots of undyed roving from her unique breeds. This is a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite fibers!
Whether you knit, crochet, spin, felt or weave, you are bound to find something you love at this First Friday event! Come on by and meet Wendy – you will learn a lot more about the life of an independent farmer and dyer.
Friday, July 19
Are you interested in adding a new fiber art to your cache of crafts? Then join us for this fun introduction to Wet Felting!
We’ll create an adorable small, buttoned purse using merino wool roving and a “resist” pattern. Our instructor, Susan Zenier, will guide us through the steps while helping with color and design choices. You’ll be amazed at how these soft fibers hold together when subjected to hot water!
This class is designed for beginners, so if you’re curious about how to create a felted item, this is your chance to find out!
The class fee includes a one-ounce skein of merino wool roving in your choice of color – enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project – and really give it that “Wow” factor!
All tools required for the project will be provided in class.
If you wish, you may purchase a button to finish off your purse (this is optional). As a student, you will receive a 10 percent discount on any additional supplies you purchase on the day of the class.
Our class instructor, Susan Zenier, is a passionate artist who works in many media. She has a strong aesthetic for mixing colors successfully to create high-impact results. Susan brings her eye for color and form to this specialty felting class.
Instructor: Susan Zenier
Friday, July 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
$35 per person
If the minimum class size is not met, the class is subject to cancellation.
Class fee includes one ounce of merino roving in your choice of color, enough to make one purse. The Instructor will also provide additional accessory fibers for you to choose from for decorating your purse. These will be used to create the resist pattern on your project. All tools and materials required to make a resist felted purse will be provided in class.
Button purchase is optional.