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Master Wannabees Study “Summer and Winter”

At the Master Wannabees Study Group, Diane K.  guided members through the requirements for the Guild of Canadian Weavers basic requirements for the Summer and Winter weave structure on 4-shafts.  She covered theory, and assisted weavers in the design of their thread-by-thread and profile drafts.  Members completed their two-block drafts and warped their 4-shaft table looms at home.  Two additional evenings were spent at the Guild under Diane’s guidance, experimenting with different wefts and the three methods of treadling.  Thank you Diane for sharing your expertise and for your excellent instruction!

    

Posted December 6, 2017____________________________________________________

Children’s Weave A Gift for Christmas Class – December 2, 2017

     

We had two fully booked classes for our children’s weaving class this year. Each participant wove a scarf (or cowl) about 30 inches long by 7 inches wide on our Dorothy looms. Our children ranged in age from 6 to 13 and every one of them did a great job!

                

For our second project, they wove 3-dimensional paper stars (snowflakes) that could be hung as decorations in a window or on a Christmas tree. Many were so proficient that they even made two!

Posted December 3, 2017 _________________________________________________________

November 26 General Meeting and Christmas Tea

The November 26, 2017 General Meeting featured a report on the Annual Sale, a discussion on courses and workshops, “Show and Tell”, and socializing over baked treats.  New courses and workshops are being posted regularly. Members showcased felted boxes, a felted landscape, a tencel scarf woven on the Guild’s 12-shaft loom, a colourful band woven on an inkle loom, and knitting with handspun yarn.

      

           

Posted November 27, 2017 ____________________________________________________________

Handweavers Guild of America Conference (Convergence)

Their next conference is July 6 – 12, 2018 in Reno, Nevada.  Online registration will open November 29, 2017.  Please check their website for information on sessions, special events, tours and more.  

The Convergence® Delegate Registration Book will be an insert in the next issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine and is available for download now.  The Edmonton Weavers’ Guild is a member guild of HGA.

posted November 19, 2017 ______________________________________________________________

Photos from the November 4,  2017 Annual Sale

       

         

More photos are posted on the Annual November Sale page.

Posted November 5, 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 ____________________________________________________________

New Yarn/Fibre Shop in Edmonton

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

https://www.thefibrenook.com

Posted September 7, 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 _________________________

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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