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Important Fall and Winter Dates

In preparation for the Guild’s Annual Sale on Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Guild will be closed from Monday, October 29 to Saturday, November 4.  No study groups or classes will be held during this time.

The schedule for Standards Drop-Off is:

  • Thursday, October 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Posted July 19, 2017 _____________________________________________________________

Edmonton Weavers Bond With Weavers in Guatemala

Read about the connection between Edmonton weavers and a women’s weaving cooperative in Guatemala by clicking on this link http://mailchi.mp/changeforchildren/weaving-bonds-in-guatemala-1932397?e=9c60dd1f3b

Posted July 18, 2017 _____________________________________________________________________

EWG at The Works Art and Design Festival June 22 to July 4

Focus on Fibre Arts Association (FFAA) and its member guilds are part of The Works Art and Design Festival in downtown Edmonton.  EWG volunteers demonstrated felting, spinning and weaving on June 23, 24, 25 and 26. Enjoy the fibre arts exhibit and chat with volunteer demonstrators at Site 3, the Vignettes Building (formerly the location of the Reuse Centre) at 10016 – 103A Avenue.

  

     

 

Posted June 26, 2017__________________________________________________________________

EWG Out and About  – Demo Volunteer Opportunities for Summer and Fall 2017

Come join us! We are looking for volunteers to demonstrate skills that we learn and practise at the EWG at the following events.  Please check your calendars for the following dates.  Members with skills at any level are welcome!  If you are not able to volunteer but would like to stop by, bring a drop spindle and come along!  Any updates to the schedule will be posted.

The Works (in collaboration with FFAA).  Thanks to all the EWG members who will be doing demos on June 23, 24, 25 and 26.

July 22, 23 – Leduc Antique Society Exposition – 2 more volunteers needed August 13 – Mission Hill Day at Father Lacombe Chapel St. Albert – 2 or more volunteers needed August ? Fort Edmonton Park – tentative September 8, 9 – Creative Festival at Millenium Place (in collaboration with FFAA) October 21 – Strathcona Farmers’ Market – 2 or more volunteers needed for each shift 7:30 – 11:00 and 11:00 to 3:00. This is the last demo before the sale and we hope for a huge turnout!

See the Members Area for guidelines for demonstration volunteers.  Please contact tara.nixon@shaw.ca if you can support the Guild on these dates. More details including time and addresses will be added in a mailed call-out to volunteers.

Posted June 11, 2017____________________________________________________________________________________

Carole Dodd Honoured at May 2017 Annual General Meeting

President Brenda Foster presented Carole Dodd with an Honorary Membership to the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild in recognition for her years of service. Carole has been a member for 20 years and held several positions including webmaster as well as often volunteering for demonstrations, starting up the children’s class of “Weave a Gift for Christmas”, and organizing several of the annual sales.  A well deserved recognition for a long-time hard working member! Carole – A big thank you for your leadership and support to EWG!

The Juniors Study Group wowed us with their many projects completed over the past year including felting, rag rugs, and a tapestry hanging.  Treasurer Mary-Lou Hogg got into the Canada 150 spirit with her “shawl” and bag ensemble.  The meeting including a Canadian History Fun Fibre Facts quiz and a “stash exchange”.  Stash participants were challenged to be inspired by their new stash items and to complete a project for the November general meeting.

    

Posted June 5, 2017__________________________________________________________________

New Source for Weaving Supplies in Edmonton

EWG member and instructor, Kim McCollum has opened Okapi Weaving. Their “mission is to inspire the creation of textile art by providing the modern weaver with access to unique, beautiful, high quality weaving supplies.”  You can order online at www.okapiweaving.com or by contacting kmccollum@okapiweaving.com or (780)278-7660 to make an appointment to shop in person at their Griesbach location.

Posted June 3, 2017________________________________________________________________

Canada 150 Theme for May 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Join us for our potluck Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 p.m., upstairs at our Guild home in Strathcona.  Two budget documents are now posted in the Members Area of the website under Forms/Documents.

  • This year’s theme is Canada 150 — so wear your red and white Canada day outfit!
  • Activities include a Stash Swap.  Please bring an item or two from your stash of the quality that you would like to receive.  The item will go to a fellow member and will be the inspiration for our Stash Challenge.  More details will be presented at the AGM.  Inspirational stash items can include yarn, fibre, felt, or something like buttons that can be incorporated into a spun, woven or felted item.
  • Don’t forget your “dish” to share at our potluck, as well as your own placemat, napkin, plate, cup and utensils, and if you have a new creation for “show and tell”.

See you Wednesday evening, May 31st.

Posted May 28, 2017_______________________________________________________________

Call for Volunteers for the Works Art and Design Festival 2017 – Dates confirmed

The Edmonton Weavers’ Guild has been invited to join Focus on Fibre Arts Association (FFAA)  in this year’s The Works Art and Design Festival.  The Works theme is “Dialogue” and FFAA is celebrating women and their work and how it has evolved over the last 150 years.

We will have 2-3 days to showcase our craft through demonstrations, hands-on activities, (informal) talks about the history of our craft, and an exhibit.  The venue will be well-lit and indoors.  Volunteers are required for set-up during the day on June 14, and take-down on July 6.   Volunteers are also required to work 2 hour or more shifts from June 22 to July 4, starting at 11:00 a.m.  Small teaching sessions are also welcome if you would like to demonstrate/teach. FFAA has a budget for demos/teaching.  The FFAA contact is arlenef@shaw.ca

If you are interested in volunteering for the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild please email tara.nixon@shaw.ca.  Guidelines for volunteers doing demonstratons are now posted in the Members Area.

Updated June 6,  2017 ___________________________________________________________

Saturday April 8, 2017 – General Meeting

A highlight of General Meetings is Show and Tell where members inspire each other with their recent creations.  Some examples from the April 8th General Meeting which included the results of the March 26th Nuno Felted Scarf class.

 

Nuno Felted Scarf Class

Participants had fun making colourful nuno felted scarfs at a Guild class on Sunday March 26, 2017.  Nuno Felted Scarf is offered again on April 30th.  You can make a Felted Purse on April 28th, or learn Advanced Wet Felting on May 7th.  Check out the Classes webpage as new courses are posted regularly.

      

 


Royal Alberta Museum Gift Shop is Calling for Alberta Artisans

The Royal Alberta Museum is looking for Alberta-based artisans and designers who are interested in having their products showcased at Royal Alberta Museum’s gift shop in their new home in downtown Edmonton!

The Royal Alberta Museum is accepting Alberta-based artist submissions on their website at http://royalalbertamuseum.ca/new/giftShopSubmit.cfm

Posted April, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________

New Study Group: “Master Wannabees” to Focus on Guild of Canadian Weavers Test (GCWT)

A new study group called the “Master Wannabees” will focus on the requirements for the Guild of Canadian Weavers Test (www.thegcw.ca).   “Master Wannabees” will meet the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the group is for members to work at their own pace through the ten parts of the test, sharing problems and discoveries via email and at monthly meetings. At the meetings, members would bring in their woven samples to learn from other members and Diane K. (our resident expert).

At their February meeting, “Master Wannabees” reviewed the GCWT requirements for overshot.

 

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October Display and Demonstrations at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market

Guild members captured the interest of shoppers with their spinning and weaving at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market on October 8th and 29th, 2016.

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Posted October 9, 2016 _______________________________________________________________