Posts made in April, 2013

May 18 — Program, Fashion Show, Study Group Displays, and Lunch!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in News

We are thrilled to have Anita Osterhaug coming to present “Weaving in the 21st Century” for our May program, which will begin about 11 am. The meeting will start at the regular time, about 9:30 am.
Bring your pieces for the Fashion Show (please bring them early so we can get them organized) and win one of the wonderful prizes that have been donated by Treenway, Schacht, Wooden Spools, and others. Your projects in the Fashion Show must be made in the last 2 years and can be wearable or not so and we will include show and tell as part of the show.
We will also have displays of the study groups and what they have been doing the past year so you might find another wonderful group to join.
After the Fashion Show and the program, we will go to India’s Restaurant, 7400 East Hampden, across from the old Tamarac Square, and enjoy the buffet. Vegetarian dishes are included and the price is $8.95 with everyone responsible for their own check.
Any questions, call Judy Lepthien, 303 282 4282 or email

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Fiber Field Trip to Wyoming

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in News

Carol Lee Field Trip
In mid-July we will be heading north. North to Wyoming to spend a fiberly weekend with Carol Lee in Encampment! This will be a very casual event, come for a day or stay the entire weekend, you decide what is best. Contact Erik Staubo for details and to be on the waiting list; at the moment the trip is essentially full.

Saturday will be a day to dye, mushroom and or commercial. On Sunday we will explore paper making, with mushrooms! If either of these activities doesn’t get you excited, there will be plenty of time to spin, knit, weave, hike, play with critters, or just snooze in the sun!
Logistics: Again, this is a very casual event!
Dates: The weekend of July 20-21. You can arrive the Friday before and leave the following Monday if you want to.
Food: Bring your own. Make it potluck style. If you have dietary restrictions, make sure you bring what you need. Helen Hart has offered to coordinate meals!
Sleeping Arrangements: Indoor camping style. Bring your own sleeping bag or bedding. Most rooms have multiple or bunk beds.
Rules: Not many! Keep it neat. No one will do your laundry, wash dishes or clean up for you!
Cost: This is the best part! $10.00 per night if you want to sleep over, $25 per workshop. Bring your own fiber or buy it from Carol. (She has great fiber at great prices!). If you want to do a lot of dyeing, please plan to pay extra to replenish supplies. If you can bring paper making equipment, please let me know. We may need to limit participation in this workshop but if you have your own, you are guaranteed a spot! Handouts and samples are included in the workshops. Do not bring your dogs!

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Lecture: History of Cochineal Red

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in News

“Cochineal Red: the Art History of a Color”, Sunday, May 19 @ DAM

with Dr. Elena Phipps, President, Textile Society of America

Cochineal, a small insect that lives on cactus, was the primary red dye used in the ancient Americas to create brilliant crimson red. With the coming of the Spanish in the early 16th century and the age of global trade, it became the most sought-after source of red color around the world.

From antiquity to the present day, color has been embedded with cultural meaning. Red, associated with blood, fire, fertility, and life force, was an extremely difficult color to achieve and always highly prized. We will learn of the origin of the insect red colorant cochineal, its early use in pre-Columbian ritual textiles from Mexico and Peru, and the spread of the American dyestuff through cultural interchange following the Spanish discovery and conquest of the New World in the sixteenth century. Drawing on examples from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from pre-Columbian textiles, French tapestries and Chinese hangings, as well as in paintings by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the lecture documents the use of this red-colored treasure throughout the world.

Sponsored by the Alianza de las Artes Americanas

Date and Time: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:30PM

Location: Sharp Auditorium, Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum

Address: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, Colorado, USA (13th Ave.between Broadway & Bannock)

Cost: free to Alianza members, $5 DAM members, $10 others, $3 students with current ID

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Alpaca Showcase & Fair–May 11 and 12

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in News

The days are counting down, so hurry, it’s not to late to sign up for the Alpaca Showcase & Fair May 11th & 12th. We don’t want you to miss out on the fun at Casey Jones Park on the north east corner of Hwy 86 & CR 17 (Elizabeth, CO).

We have a fun filled Saturday evening planned after we close to the public around 5pm. We are having a night of “Alpaca Tales”. This will be an exchange, by all of us, of fun stories or informative lessons experienced or learned for all breeders both new and established. The ECCO will once again be serving dinner for a minimal price, we will provide the free beer and wine. You don’t have to leave if you prefer to stay and camp out you are more than welcome to stay the night.

With cria season upon us, Sunday morning at 9am, before the public comes in at 10am, Dr. Signe Balch will give a neonatal care presentation. If you have new owners/breeders that you think may benefit from either Saturday evening or Sunday morning please invite them to join us.

Prices for vendor booths and animal stalls are $75ea 10′ x 10′ space, $50ea booth/stall space after that.

If you cannot attend but would like to have your Business information included we are offering a Marketing Promotion for $75 which will allow you to have your banners displayed, flyers and/or business cards enclosed in visitor bags.

Any questions please call Gary 303-910-5021 or Chris 719-339-5229.

Don’t miss out on the fun, register today at Colorado Markets.

Other alpaca Shows

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Gathering of the Guilds, 2013

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in News

Several members of the RMWG participated in the Gathering of the Guilds April 27, 2013. Here are links to a couple of pictures, courtesy of Janet Colville.
Gathering of the Guilds 2013
Gathering of the Guilds 2013

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