In the summer of 2008, the Seattle Weavers' Guild was invited to partner with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center at 4655 Holly St. Seattle, WA 98118. We were asked to help resurrect the weaving activities that for over 30 years, used to take place under the guidance of our dear member Noel Hammock, who passed away several years ago.
SWG was presented with the exciting opportunity to utilize a space with over 20 looms of several varieties, supplies, tools, books, yarn and fabric strips - all just waiting for eager hands to put to work again!
SWG volunteers toiled over 80 hours getting the equipment serviced, inventoried, tidied up and ready for an open house, where Guild members demonstrated numerous aspects of fiber arts including kumihimo, drop spindling, weaving, spinning, inkle weaving, and winding a warp. Among the many visitors who toured the facility during this event, were Noel’s husband Jim (age 100) and daughter Janice. They were pleased that something Noel loved so much would be revived and appreciated again.
Seattle Weavers' Guild and our related community who teach fiber arts, are invited to utilize this wonderful space, day or evening, to teach ongoing or one-of-a-kind classes, do demos, etc - be creative! There is no age requirement or residency requirement to participate. Besides the dedicated loom room, there are additional large, light meeting spaces available for use. The facility has an elevator and a parking lot.
If you have ever wanted to try out teaching a class in anything fiber-related, or if you wish to take a class at the studio, please contact SWG member, Linda Stryker firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Senior Center at (206) 722-0317. Download the SESSC Weaving Studio brochure for more information.
Boy Scout Textile Merit Badge
In December 2011, 9 boys from Burien's Troop 375 began their work toward earning the Textile Merit Badge.
The Scouts started their morning with a tour at Outdoor Research Company down in the Sodo area. They viewed the cutting and sewing production of Outdoor Research's military outerwear department and toured the whole corporate headquarters, as one dimension of the Merit Badge is employment opportunities in that field.
Then they carpooled over to the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, where they spent the rest of the day in the Weaving Studio and nearby classroom, learning to weave on table looms, inkle looms, a bead loom, a tapestry loom, and a floor loom.
In the afternoon, everyone tried their hand at wet felting. It didn't hurt that this was just before the holidays, and several boys decided to make their weaving one of their holiday gifts to a loved one.
Other things they covered at the Senior Center were examining natural fibers from the raw state through processing and as a finished product, and they studied fabric swatches for construction and content. They learned about advantages and disadvantages of natural and manmade fibers for use in various situations - camping, medical uses, clothing, military uses, home use, etc.
In subsequent shorter meetings, the boys will experience kumihimo braiding, natural dying, and learning to spin. Hopefully after this test case, we can involve other troops in earning this badge.