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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.

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Prairie Fibre Festival

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Lacombe Memorial Centre in Lacombe. $5 entry fee at the door.  Over 20 Alberta vendors will be selling yarn, fibre, notions, project bags, supplies and fibre arts equipment.

Posted September 19, 2017 ___________________________________________________________

September 14 General Meeting

Members were welcomed back.  The summer was busy with 24 members demonstrating spinning, weaving, and felting at 7 events.  New members have joined bringing our membership up to 135.

As this is the last general meeting before the November 4th Annual Sale, members were reminded about important dates for standards submission that were noted in the newsletter.  Standards for sale items can be found in Forms and Documents section in the Members area of the website.

The “Show and Tell” featured a felted jacked, tencel scarfs woven in 8-shafts in a Bronson Dogwood Lace (thanks to Mary Lou for allowing Get Sett weavers to tie on to her warp), a bamboo and cotton scarf woven with 12-shafts in autumn shades, and some amazing knitted socks!

   

Posted September 14, 2017 ____________________________________________________________

Olds Master Spinning Group to meet in Edmonton November 8-12

The Master Spinners Level 1 in Edmonton is now on the Olds College website, and open for registration.
Students can register by calling 1-800-661-6537 during business hours and pressing 2 for Continuing Education.  Or you can register at any time (even over the long weekend) online:
https://oldscollegece.augusoft.net
Or the direct link (larger, uglier, but straight to this course):
https://oldscollegece.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=584&int_category_id=4&int_sub_category_id=42&int_catalog_id=0

Level 1 – Edmonton, AB – November 8 to 12, 2017
Time:  9am – 4pm
Location: Alberta Ave Community League
9210 118 Avenue,
Edmonton, AB
T5G 0N2
Instructor: Donna Rudd
Host Contact: Recreated Textiles, Vicki Foster
Phone: (587) 985-0073
Email:  recreatedtextiles@gmail.com
Cost:Tuition:  $695   Materials Fees:  $85    Marking Fees: $160
Deadline for registration is Sunday, October 8th.

Posted September 7, 2017 __________________________________________________________

New Yarn/Fibre Shop in Edmonton

FibreNook – see them at 9864 – 63 Avenue        780-756-8077

https://www.thefibrenook.com

Posted September 7, 2017 ___________________________________________________________

 

HWSDA Retreat October 20-22 Terratime Lodge

There are still 3 rooms available for the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta (HWSDA) Retreat.  EWG members can attend using their local guild membership.  Registration closes September 15, 2017.  Contact Joyce Hurl at jhurl@telus.net.

Posted August 24, 2017 ______________________________________________________________

Guild Members at Father Lacombe Chapel, St Albert

On August 13, 2017, Guild members had a peaceful day spinning and felting at Mission Hill Day at Father Lacombe Chapel in St Albert.

Tammi, Katherin and Brenda demonstrated spinning on wheels and drop spindles. Vicki was felting hearts and stars in cookie cutters (clever lady) for visitors to try their own hand.

You can experience the fun of sharing your fibre arts skills by volunteering.  Members with skills at any level are welcome. This is a great way to meet and mingle with fellow members, and meet new friends. If you are not able to volunteer but would like to stop by, bring a drop spindle and come along!

See events and dates where we need your help on the Demonstrations page.

           

          

We made friends with the Michif Cultural Connections who were wearing, weaving and braiding ceintures fléchées. We shared with the St Albert Quilters who were hand stitching beautiful appliques and Julian entertained us with his cello and even played Metallica for us!        Brenda Foster                                

Posted August 16, 2017 _________________________

 

Guild Executive Positions Available

Our Executive is recruiting members for the following positions:

  • PUBLICITY CO-ORDINATOR – mainly responsible for publicizing our sale, as well as some general publicity during the year.

If you are interested please email our President Brenda Foster at abtfoster@shaw.ca

Updated August 23, 2017 ____________________________________________________________

Dying and Saori Workshops in Priddis

Weekend dyeing workshops and Saori workshops are offered at Tin Roof Fibre Studio – click on this link:
https://www.tinroofstudio.net/workshops

 

Posted July 30, 2017 _____________________________________________________________________

 

Dying Class Instructor Wanted

If you are interested in teaching a class on dying warp or weft, particularly with procion dyes, please email classes@edmontonweavers.org.

Posted July 27, 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__________________________________________________________________

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_______________________________________________________________

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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