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June 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Art Center East invites you to a wool spinning demonstration with traditional artist, Carol Etchemendy, on June 26 from 10 am – 4 pm. The day will include a 10:30 am story time for kids, after which Carol will give a spinning demonstration and will have wool carding equipment available to try. At noon, the public is invited to bring a lunch and come for a brief artist talk and spinning demonstration. Carol will be spinning in the gallery during Art Center East’s business hours that day and will be available to answer questions or chat about spinning and sheep ranching throughout the day.
Carol Etchemendy is a spinner and weaver who has been immersed in the Grande Ronde Valley’s sheep farming tradition for nearly twenty years. She spins her own fine-grade wool, weaving it into textured fabrics in rich colors.
Etchemendy settled in the Grande Ronde Valley outside of Summerville in 1998 with 15 prior years’ experience raising lambs in the Tri-City area of Washington State. It was there that a friend who wintered her sheep on a circle farm in the Tri-City area lent Etchemendy her spinning wheel. “She kind of showed me how to do it and then I was on my own.”
Today, Etchemendy prefers to work alone, but early on she joined a group of hand spinners who met monthly. “It’s a hand memory thing,” she explained, “It’s something your own hand has to learn.” After hours of trial and error, Etchemendy was finally able to spin a consistent yarn. Later she bought a rigid heddle loom, then enrolled in a class to learn the basics of “plain weaving.”
Etchemendy has since moved on to more sophisticated floor looms and now has three of varying types. “I don’t know. It’s just a great sense of satisfaction…spinning and weaving.” Along with her spinning wheel, Etchemendy will have examples of her weaving work on hand.
This demonstration comes to Art Center East through a partnership with the Oregon Folklife Network, an organization that recognizes Etchemendy as one of Oregon’s Culture Keepers. Funding for the project is provided in part by support from the Oregon Folklife Network (administered by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History) as well as from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation.