Friday, March 6th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Favour Valley Woodworking will be with us Friday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Owner Martha Sunderland is a talented woodworker dedicated to preserving and celebrating her natural environment with her handmade wood and antler buttons, toggles, shawl pins and accessories.
Martha is inspired by the traditional New England woodworking craft and the beautiful wood available in her home of Favour Valley, New Hampshire. Her goal is to provide beautiful accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting her environment by using sustainable materials, finishes and technologies. No animals or trees are harmed in creating her beautiful buttons, toggles and pins. They are gleaned from natural antler shedding and tree fall.
The Favour Valley Scarf Buckle has been featured in Vogue Knitting, and her Antler Buttons were showcased in the Winter 2018 issues of both Interweave Knits and Knitscene. Here at Northwest Wools, we have carried all of Martha’s beautiful hand-crafted buttons, toggles and shawl pins for several years and love the distinct look they give our fiber art projects!
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.