Posts made in June, 2013

A Green Thumbs-Up for the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at the DBG-Chatfield!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in News

A small group from the RMWG met recently in The Little Schoolhouse at the beautiful grounds of the Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield. We were able to tour the gardens, decide on possible locations, meet with Larry Vickerman, director of DBG-Chatfield, and select probable plants for the natural dye garden. In addition Larry had a meeting with his Chatfield Committee that afternoon and was able to secure approval for this project.
We will hold a meeting the week of July 8 to continue discussions. The immediate plan is to start irrigation substructure to the designated spot, amend the soil as needed and plan for planting of perennials in the fall. DBG-Chatfield is willing to commit to giving a location, watering as needed, propagating plants for the dye garden, consent for RMWG to use the plants and future consent to hold dye classes in the fall of 2014. We will need to coordinate classes with the director of education at DBG.
So all you natural dyers..please think about any plants you are able to contribute to this garden this fall 2013. There will be a list being put together. Also there maybe an opportunity to receive plants from the DAM natural dye garden towards the end of Sept. We will need members to go and collect them when DAM has their free give-away day.
The guild’s commitment is to plant the garden, weed as needed and harvest the results. In addition we will be contributing the initial amount from the Janice Ford Memorial to help fund the irrigation substructure and signage (including crediting the RMWG!). Future needs will be to fund a fence around the garden.
All in all a wonderful project of RMWG. Thanks to Janice Ford’s family for the impetus to start this project. Thanks to all who are part of the initial participation: Donna Brown, Judy Lepthien and Annie Scherer. Please join us for the next meeting and get involved in this exciting new collaboration.
Submitted by Carol GARNAND, Ed Chair 2013-2014

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Janice Ford Dye Garden Discussion

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in News

The Janice Ford Memorial Natural Dye Garden Discussion Group is having their first meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Come join RMWG as we start to plan! Larry Vickerman of DBG-Chatfield will be dropping by to give input, Donna Brown is bringing her natural dye plant books and we will tour Chatfield to look for possible sites for the garden.

Location: Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield, admission free, meet at DeerCreek Schoolhouse
Time: 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Bring a sack lunch.

Contact Carol Garnand for more information (

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Woven Together: Firestorm

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in News

The Pikes Peak Weavers Guild would like to invite all RMWG members to the opening reception for the Woven Together: Firestorm exhibit on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 6 to 8:30PM at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, Colorado. During the opening reception, the following awards will be available to be presented at the Juror’s discretion:

Pikes Peak Weavers Guild: First Place ($450), Second Place ($350), Third Place ($250)
Handweavers Guild of Pueblo Award ($200)
American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence
Complex Weavers Award
Handweavers Guild of America Award
Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award of Excellence
Surface Design Association Award

The Juror, Jeanne Steiner, will give a talk on Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 AM. PPWG will also provide demonstrations on June 22 and July 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

The artists chosen for this exhibit are listed here. Note that several of the artists are RMWG members.

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