Pinellas Weavers Guild Still Going Strong After 63 Years
Photos/text by SANDI FAHY
The Pinellas Weavers Guild, which is still going strong after 63 years, promotes--in addition to handweaving--the study of spinning, dyeing, bobbin lace, kumihimo and other related fields such as beadwork. Demonstrating the art of spinning at Heritage Village not long ago are, from left, Sigrid Carey (spinning spring cotton); Phyllis Taylor (spinning silk and alpaca) and Deborah Anemaet (spinning wool). Many of the guild's members travelled to Lake Yale in March to attend the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild 2009 Conference. Judi Jetson brought home two second place awards and one third place for her entries in the "Yarn for the Heck of It" and "Yarn for a Project" categories.
Pat Knisley, who has been a member of the Pinellas Weavers Guild for over 20 years, uses a 100-year-old Countermarch Loom to create a rag rug at Heritage Village a while back. Knisley's woven rag rugs have won awards at past state conferences hosted by the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild.
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