Sunday, December 21, 2008

Loom For Sale

45" Swedish Glimakra Loom 4 harness with bench and extras.
phone Lise for info.1-250-836-4896 SOLD

Monday, December 15, 2008

Truffle Mice Recipe

4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup fine chocolate wafer crumbs
1/3 cup icing sugar
Garnish gold or silver drages
slivered almonds
In bowl, combine chocolate and sour cream. Stir in the chocolate crumbs, mix well. Cover and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. Roll scant tablespoonfuls of chocolate mixture into small balls slightly pointed at one`on waxpaper Insert dragees for eyes, almond slivers for ears and small bits of licorice for the tails. Refrigerate until firm about 2 hours
I got the recipe from Canadian Living
Merry Christmas Gabriele

ANWG Conference Booklets

I've left several copies of the ANWG conference booklets in the Guild room, if anyone is interested. Thanks, Noelle

Monday, December 8, 2008


Such a busy time of year for all of us; but hopefully you have all taken a quick look at the blog and seen some of the Christmas fun we had at our party. [thanks, Clare, for the always-great photographs and blog and Marcia for holding the party]. The mug exchange was so enjoyable; the food was wonderful; the laugher with friends was heartfelt and I did not see hide nor hair of a boring meeting bit anywhere. Thank you all for coming and for your contributions for the party and to the guild all year long. We all think our guild is pretty wonderful. However, the guild is a direct reflection of all of you. So please congratulate yourselves!

I know several of you are planning on going to the ANWG Conference in Spokane in 2009. The conference website information is now complete. All information is there for you to browse through. If you have a minute, grab a cup of coffee and take a peek. Remember we have a direct link to ANWG on our blog. Just click on it.
As always, our January meeting may be cancelled if the weather is bad. If the weather turns nasty, I will send an email cancelling the meeting. Maybe we will be lucky this year.

May all of you and your families have a wonderful holiday season and have the best of happiness and prosperity for the New Year.

Stay well and safe. Merry Christmas.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Party

What a FANTASTIC Christmas Party! Last Monday night 25 members descended into Marcia house with food, their mug exchange and a lot of good cheer! After a VERY short meeting we filled up with goodies that everyone had brought for the potluck supper,Yummy! Afterwards members claimed their mugs back accompanied with a knitted, woven, felted, bag, coasters or tea towel. Just lovely work and colours matched the mugs. What did we do next? was it the door prizes, fudge tasting or the party game by Julia which had everyone in tears of laughter. All good things come to an end and the party did. Thank you to all who made it such an successful evening. Marcia, Judith, Julia (game) Sharon (door prizes) Darcy ( sorry Marcia I like Chocolate!) and all the cooks!

The Mugs waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners.

Christmas Show and Tell

(The photos from the show and tell just would not behave themselves when I was downloading them on to this blog, so they are in separate posts below.)
You can just about see Micheles stain glass angel.

Julia with her locker hooking. Smart car seat covers!

Gudies collection of dyed rovings and yarn

Gail with her woven blanket

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Minutes of the November meeting

20 members present
1. Minutes of the Oct. meeting adopted as printed by Sharon. Carried
2. Treasurer's report - (a). Motio to pay Elvi for the shelving. Passed
(b). Renewal to Spin-Off. Passed
3. Reports - (a). Gudie and Shirley held a spinning workshop at Gloria's. 7 attended
(b). Sharon's workshop -Beyond the Basics slated for March 6-7,2009
(c). Library - 2 new magazines
(d).Arts Council - Gudie reported on her report to the Arts Council
(e). Thank you card from the Arts Council for helping at WOW concert
(f). Christmas Sale - Nov.22 from 10-4. Marcia and Elvi`to look after the advertising. Set up is 4pm
Nov.21. Meet at 3;30pm at community center. Anne and Gabriele to look after the kitchen. Remember to bring your goodies. Bring ornaments for the tree to donate. Sue, Anne and Gudie to look after the sandwich boards.
(g). Letter received from Harmonious Homestead about a possible Spin - In in the spring.
4. Rental Policy Discussion to both library and equipment rental policies. Mona` moved that the Guild accept the new policy as drafted by the committee and that the committee will set the fees. Sue seconded. Discussion amended motion carried. Anne will be the assistant equipment person.
New Business
1. Discussion on a membership package including a welcome, membership list, rental polcies for equipment and library, workshop policy, info on running the meeting, the Blog. Anne also suggested a buddy system.
2. Lots of hugs to Michele- her husband doing well after his heart attack.
3.Jean Halliwell has agreed to give a sewing demo on her coat course for six. Planning meeting at her home Nov.26 7-9
4. Mona presented Laura Fry's Manual Maagic in the Water - wet finishing handwovens. Motion made that this be purchased. Jean seconded. Carried This Manual is for reference use only.
5. Jean would like to donate a knitting machine. Thank you!!
6. Pot Luck De. 1 at Marcia's at 6 pm Remember the mug exchange.
7. Spin - In Nov. 11 10-2 at Gloria's Nov. 27 7-9 at Noelle's Knit - In Nov. 24 at Gabi's
8. Gudie showed the felted flowers for sale at the Christmas Sale.
9. Meeting adjourned by Gudie
Show and Tell

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas party day reminders

A bunch of reminders . . . Hey, you guys, once again, what an amazing sale! Noelle will tell us at the party exactly how well we did! Speaking of the party, don't forget your mug exhange gift, your show and tell if you have any, and your goodies for our CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER, Monday night, December 1st at 6 p.m. It can be sweet or savoury or both!
As well, the FIBRE UNLIMITED STUDY GROUP will be getting together in the guild room on December 1st at 1 p.m. If any of you wish to get together at the guild room in the afternoon and then go straight to Marcia's for the party, come on down. I have heard from the grapevine, there's going to be quite a bit of warping and weaving going on. What a perfect day, weaving in the afternoon and partying in the evening. Take care and see you Monday evening. jg

November 'Knit in'

Thank you Gabi for hosting this months 'knit in' at your home. Six of us enjoyed the friendship of knitting, locker hooking or just chatting taking in the view of White Lake.

Desert Mesa Retreat Spring 2009

You are invited to join Sheila and Donna at the 2nd Annual Spring Spinning Retreat in Cache Creek
The Retreat will be held at “Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine Center” in Cache Creek, April 17-18-19, 2009.
Their telephone number is 250-457-9930, just to be used for emergencies.
The facilities include:
23 rooms with 2 single beds with private bathroom and shower.
 3 rooms with 1 double bed with private bathroom and shower.
 Large bright conference room that seats 50+.
 Large dining room that seats 50+.
 Bedding and towels are supplied.
We will have a Spinning Show & Tell on Friday and then we will set them out on display for all to see. We would like to remind all of you participating in the gift exchange, to keep the gifts appropriate for everyone as lately some of the gifts have been inappropriate for the person receiving the gift, also remember many people have allergies, so scented products can be a problem. Fibre is always appreciated and everyone seems to like gifts related to sheep or fibre animals. Please keep gifts ($10-15). We will have vendors, Fibre Plus and Aurelia Wools.
There are comfortable chairs, but they do have arms, so you might want to bring your own chair for spinning.
 We would like you to please bring a rug or cover of some sort to place under your wheel and chair to keep the fibre off the rug, as it is increasingly difficult to clean the carpet after our Spin-In.
You may want to bring your own pillow and a large towel. Any donations to the Door Prizes would be greatly appreciated.
 Sharing two single beds $160.00 per person
 Double $240 per person… single
 Double bed sharing $160.00 per person

These prices include, dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and all snacks and coffee and juice.
Full payment is due at time of Registration. First Come First Registered. Only a short waitlist will be kept. Thank you. Registration closes March 31,2009. no refunds after that date.
Sheila Kirk OR Donna Faulkes
250-378-4740 250-314-9775
Registration – payment in full MUST be included








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ROOMS – circle room you want SINGLE BED ($160.00) SHARING ROOM WITH
DOUBLE BED – TWO PEOPLE ($160.00 each)
after 2 PM FRIDAY
Vendors can start moving in at 1 pm
Full payment is due at time of Registration MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO:
Desert Mesa Retreat
Sheila Kirk
3053 Petit Creek Rd
Merritt, BC
V1K 1N8

Christmas Sale

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Guild Equipment Policy


Equipment rental privileges will be extended to paid-up guild members in good standing and all fees below shall apply to all members, unless otherwise specified.

Appropriate deposit and monthly rental fees will be paid, as listed below, prior to equipment leaving the guild room.

All rental arrangements must be made through the equipment person and equipment must not be removed from guild room without this arrangement. Deposits and rental fees are to be paid directly to the equipment person. The equipment person will record all rental information in guild equipment rental book.

Deposit cheques will be held by the equipment person and returned to the lending member when equipment is return.

Equipment is to be returned in the good condition as it was prior to rental. If equipment person assesses that equipment has been damaged during rental and charges will incur to repair equipment, the equipment person will assess and determine what those charges will be. Those costs will be subtracted from the rental deposit cheque.

Members who are teaching privately and need to borrow guild wheels or looms for their students: the guild will require that the instructor/member charge the student using the guild wheel or loom, a fee of $5 per day. This daily fee can be added to their lesson/workshop fee. Instructor/member will be responsible to make arrangements through the equipment person, pay the $5/per day fee to the equipment person, and return the equipment in good condition. If damage occurs with guild equipment, the instructor/member will be responsible. Borrowed wheels or looms must stay in the possession of the instructor/member and cannot be taken home by their student.

Members who come to the guild room and use equipment on the guild premises for their own personal projects will not be charged deposit or rental fees. Members must sign in the Guild book, record the reason they are there and also record the name of equipment they intend to use. Members are expected to leave equipment in the same condition they found it in and will be responsible for any damage incurred during the use of the equipment.

Members who use equipment for group guild projects or education, either in the guild room, at fairs, public events, etc., no deposit or fees will apply.

If equipment is being stored by a member, at the request of the guild, no deposit or fees will apply.

Guild Library Policy


November, 2008

Library lending privileges will be extended to paid-up guild members in good standing.

Library books, magazine and videos may be borrowed on a meeting-to-meeting basis, or a one-month basis. There will be a overdue charge of $1.00 per month for any overdue book, magazine or video. If you are unable to return your borrowed book, magazine or video at the appropriate return time, please contact our librarian to make arrangements to renew same. All overdue fees will be paid directly to our librarian.

When members take out and return books, magazine or videos from the library, care should be taken to fill out the library cards in the correct manner. If you are unsure how to do this, please ask our librarian. Keeping track of our inventory of books, magazines, and videos in the library depends on this process being done in a correct manner.

All books, magazines and videos must be returned to the guild by the June meeting so our librarian can do the annual inventory through summer.

A printed-out inventory list of all books, magazines, videos and resource books shall be updated and on display each year for our members' consideration, after completion of inventory by our librarian.

Any book, magazine or video marked on inventory list as "RESOURCE MATERIAL" shall not be removed from the library guild room. Guild members are welcome to come into the guild room and use such resource material there.

A November note to say . . .

It's hard to believe that our sale is two shorts weeks away! I know everyone is busy doing last-minute things, getting ready for the sale. It's always fabulous to finally see everyone's beautiful product. It's very inspiring and I can't wait. I hope everyone will get their posters out to strategic places in the community. That is such a help for Marcia and her sale crew. If you can, plan to stay the day at the art gallery. It's a great opportunity to just visit and do lunch with friends, assist with the desk and floor walking, and watch the beautiful things walk out the door with their new owners! See you there!

I also want to tell you some news about our December meeting/Christmas Potluck on December 1st. Be prepared for a few changes. The festivities will be at Marcia's house. We will do the meeting first before we eat. The meeting will be a new Christmas-abbreviated form of meeting. I'm hoping it will not be any longer than 15 minutes. We'll call the meeting to order, approve the previous minutes, Noelle can report on how we did at the Christmas sale and hand out the cheques. After we're all rejoicing at how rich we are, we will then adjourn the meeting EL PROMPTO and continue on with the festivities! All other meeting business will be either handled by the executive or put over to the January meeting. We will still have Show and Tell after we eat and do our fun things, so don't forget to bring anything you might have to show us. Go ahead . . . inspire us for 2009!

Bring yourself, your goodies for the potluck, your show and tell, and be prepared for some fun. See you all then.

Bye for now,

November Show and Tell

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November Knit and Spin in dates

Tuesday 11th November 'Spin in' at Sharons 10am -2pm
Monday 24th November 'knit in' at Gabbys 10am - 2pm
Thurday 27th November 'Spin in' at Noelles 7pm.
(if I have any of the above wrong please e mail me and I will correct it, Thank you. Clare)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Did you Know?

THE UNITED NATIONS has declared 2009 as the "Year of Natural Fibres"

They are citing natural fibres to include abaca, alpaca, angora, coir, cotton, curaua, fique, flax,
hemp, jute, kenaf, llama, mohair, phormium tenax, ramie, silk, sisal and wool. Do you know what all these fibres are? Use your dictionary and you can impress us at the next meeting!

The United Nations is encouraging all groups to concentrate on natural fibres and help raise awareness world wide about natural fibres. By increasing the awareness and use of natural fibres, people world wide will benefit in their standard of living, farmers, textile workers, artisans, et cetera.

As if we needed any encouragement!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Guild Meeting

Guild meeting is next Monday 3rd November 7.30pm. Gudrun is presenting a Leno program. See you there!

Fibres Unlimited

FIBRES UNLIMITED STUDY GROUP The first meeting of the new study group will be held on Monday, Nov.3 at 1 pm. in the guild room. This is to plan our projects and get input from all interested members. The group will not be limited to weaving, but all fibre arts. Beginner weavers and spinners are encouraged to come and get some help. There is no fee for attending. If you have any questions, please call me. We are planning to go out for supper before the regular guild meeting and everyone is welcome.! Hope to see a good turn out and lots of ideas. Gloria

'Knit in'

Monday, Mona hosted the 'Knit in' at her house. I forgot to take my camera which I seem to do too much lately but it was a picture of 11 of us sitting in a circle all relaxed knitting and chatting away. Mona, thank you for the delicious soup, hospitality and hope your ankle heals soon.

Beginners/Refreshers Workshop.

Gudie sent me the above picture of the duct taped wheel, in which whose of you who attended her workshop remember some wheels kept 'walking' across the floor! The workshop was a great refresher for me. We spun with raw fleece. It was cool the way it just spun on to the wheel. I now know why a fleece has sat on my floor since September I am not going to send all of it to be processed into roving but spin some raw! We spun batting, roving top, coloured and then got into a few novelty yarns COOL.

We met Gudies friend Karen who also attended the Pluckyfluff workshop. We are now waiting for the Armstrong model of a spinning wheel! We had a new member Sandy attend the workshop Welcome!
It was an interesting workshop Thank you Gudie
Gloria, thank you for hosting it at your home.


This is a call to anyone who may have some vases and/or flower pots that they could donate to the Guild.
For those who were not at the last meeting, it was agreed that the Guild would offer our felted flowers from 1997 for sale at our Christmas sale. We will keep an assorted bouquet as a souvenir. Gudie agreed to prepare the flowers in nice arrangements and they will be offered for sale complete with pot or vase.
More containers are needed, so if you have anything to spare that might be suitable for this project, please bring to the Nov meeting, or call Gudie at 835-4787.
Many thanks!

Cache Creek retreat and Muffins

WE, THE LUCKY ONES, once again got to go to the Cache Creek retreat this past weekend. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend! Relaxing with good friends, spinning to our hearts contents, maybe a little knitting just for a change, shopping until we dropped and, of course, eating until we were cross-eyed! Thanks, again, to Sheila Kirk and Donna Faulkes for organizing it. While visiting with Sheila, she told us that she had the best recipe in the world for BLUEBERRY MUFFINS! As Sheila has been known to make very tasty things, everyone wanted it. We made her promise to send it to us and so here it is. Sheila also has her own blog. Check it out! (see links) Thanks again, Sheila!
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional ___________________________________________

1 cup whole oats
1 cup buttermilk mix and let sit an hour or over nite for fresh hot muffins in the AM

1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup oil1 tsp
Baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
add oats and buttermilk Mix in order, and then add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
makes 12 muffins
15 to 22 minutes @ 400 degrees...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

'Knit in' Reminder

Monday 27th October 'Knit in' will be at Monas 10 am. Please bring your knitting or spinning, your lunch plus any ideas about equipment rental. Look forward to seeing all your smiles.

ANWG Workshops

From Denice
Could you send the following note to all members regarding a couple of workshops in Coupeville, Washington. I am hoping that there will be people who are interested in attending and who would share transportation costs and possibly b&b or motel accommodation.
The workshops are presented by a Peruvian lady named Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez. The workshops are: Learning Backstrap Weaving Technique for Weaving Jakimas, Lace Knitting For Scalloped Edging, a Lecture on Peruvian Textiles.
Go to (the ANWG site) and click on upcoming events. Scroll down to find the info mentioned above. ( click on the ANWG web link )
The dates are: November 11/12, 2008. I'm hoping there are a couple of people as excited about these workshops as I am! Do let me know if you are interested at or 250 265-4366 Thanks, Denice McMechan

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Spin in date change

The evening Spin in at Noelles has been changed from Wednesday 22nd to this Thursday 23rd @ 7pm. If you need directions phone Noelle.

Christmas Show Display

Elvi phoned me.The display case in the Salmon Arm Library is available. The time: 1st November until our Christmas show.There has been a cancellation. We are able to fill our hand-woven, knitted, felted and so on things .Please let the members know. (per e mail). I will be at the library Saturday, Nov. 1st 10AM. I would like to have some items like: towels, knitted socks, felted things. e. t. c. I will also phone around. Hope that the display case will be filled with our special items Thank you, Gudrun

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Peter Collingwood

It is with sadness that we pass on this news forwarded to us by Susan Harvey . . . The well known weaver Peter Collingwood died on October 9. He died suddenly in his workshop. We have a number of books of his in our library including his definitive book on rug weaving. If any of you took workshops taught by him in the past or taught by his son Jason, and would like to send condolences, his son's email is
His son Jason is also a rug weaver and has been teaching workshops and seminars in North America. He has taught at ANWG as well as Convergence.

A October note to say....

I'm sitting here at my computer writing this note for the blog, wondering why I'm not outside! It incredibly beautiful out there. So many things to do, tuck all those fruits and veggies away for the winter, put the garden to bed, and all the while, being incredibly thankful this Thanksgiving weekend, while we prepare huge amounts of bountiful, delicious food. It's a good thing to be thankful. Thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives, our family members that we love so much, our friends near and dear, close and far away. When the difficult parts of life arrive, we need to remain thankful even more, because that helps us get through the tough bits.

I love Thanksgiving for all the traditional reasons, but I also love it because it sort of starts off the winter where our thoughts can freely turn to indoor things like our spinning and weaving. Most of us spinny/weavy types can't wait to hunker down with fibre of some kind when the snow flies!

The October meeting marked the beginning of a new guild year. There's been a lot of chitchat out there at spin ins, knit ins, and the fairs, and, recently, at our meeting, about what you all want from your guild this coming year. I think many of you have decided that we want a little more fun, more inspiration, more learning, more creativity and more camaraderie at our meetings and in our guild life! We all want to nix the boring stuff! What a great idea! Let's give it a go!

Don't forget to bring your wheel, your knitting, your weaving that needs finishing, or anything else that you might have hanging around that needs your attention. Let's pledge never to spend another two hours at a meeting with idle hands! Be warned! We're going to do a idle hand check at the next meeting!

One thing for certain, I know I'm very thankful for all my guild friends. There's nothing like them. Having said that, I am going outside!

Bye for now,


Just a reminder regarding workshops. Gudie's workshop is scheduled for the Sunday, the 26th of October. Any of our beginning spinners should find this workshop helpful. Call Gudie for more information.


Gudie is hosting a Beginners/Refresher Spinning Workshop on Sunday October 26 from 10:00 - 3:00 at the Guild Office with a cost of $25.00. Fleece is provided and Spinning Wheels if needed. Space is limited and this class is filling up quickly so please contact Gudie or Shirley if you are interested. Gudie will have come back from a very special workshop in Vancouver and she will be sharing what she learned there, so this should be a very fun day. Refreshments provided but please bring a bag lunch. See you there. (Shirley)


Sharon's FASHION FABRICS and FABRICS FASHIONED will be offered again for your consideration. Perhaps new dates will offer our members another opportunity to take this workshop if they wish. Sharon is free December 6th & 7th, 2008, and if that is not convenient for everyone, perhaps in the early spring of 2009. We will be discussing this at the November meeting. If you're interested, check your calendars and come prepared to sign up. Minimum of eight students required, but can accommodate more. Workshop fees will be discussed at the meeting, but safe to say it will be reasonable.

This two day, round-robin style workshop will guide you through weaving a number of unique fabrics - from deceptively easy to very impressive, in both 4 and 8 harness weaves, which can serve as fabrics for home decor, garments, or household linens. You will gain a thorough understanding of how basic 4-harness weave structures can be compounded to create unique 8-harness weaves, how to add 4-sided borders etc.
We will also cover *finishing* your fabrics, pitfalls to avoid, how to make up simple woven shapes into comfortable, wearable garments. Tips and techniques for those who wish to "cut and sew" will also be discussed along with embellishment techniques.
The $7.00 workshop lab fee includes the Workshop Reference Binder. You can add your samples to the appropriate pages, providing you with a valuable resource for years to come. Students provide their own warp yarns.

Sharon expanded a life-long enthusiasm for working with textiles when she learned to spin and weave in 1979. Her passion for textile crafts lead to participation in numerous craft markets, workshops, awards in fairs and art shows, and commissioned works for collections around the world. She has taught numerous workshops in sewing, spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, bobbin lace and quilting for various guilds, interest groups and community colleges throughout the province. Her enthusiasm and hard-gained knowledge of creating unique textiles, finally lead her into opening her own business, Homespun Haven, which she operates from her home in Armstrong, BC. This 600 sq. ft. shop is filled to the brim with yarns, fibres, tools, notions and Sharon's favorite - textile books

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October Meeting Minutes

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers-
Minutes for the meeting of Monday October 6,2008
16 members present;

The meeting was called to order by President Sue Moret;
1.There were no minutes to read from the last meeting of June 2008.
2. Noelle collected membership fees for the year.
Judith was very pleased with the outcome of the Sheep to Shawl competition and the resulting shawls were all beautiful. There were problems with access by the public for viewing in front of the competiton because of congestion in the pathways. It will be something that we will have to address next year. The prize money has been paid and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Judith is stepping down as convenor and will be documenting everything out in a file as to the procedures for running the competition.
The Christmas Committee was away at a Workshop in Washington (no report). Gudrun was unable to get the display case at the Salmon Arm Library and so she has asked Elvi if there is any available window space in Piccadilly Mall to use to advertize our Xmas Sale. The Christmas Sale is Saturday November 22, with set up on Friday November 21. 2008. Sue has volunteered to help Marcia with advertizing the Sale. Gudie will bring the tree already dressed with lights and Gudrun will assist.
Sharon has three videos ; Silk Fusion, Jason Collingwood Rug weaving and Inkle Looms. She was wondering if the Guild would like to purchase them to use as a format for future Workshops. The costs run between $40.00 and 50.00. Elvi showed us the videos that Guild already has in our Library. Elvi reported that the Dyeing Workshop was a great success and Gudrun reported that the Hand painted Silk Workshop was also well attended and successful.
October; Gudie shared her experience at the Plucky Fluff workshop in Vancouver. There many wild and wonderful skeins of fibre with plyed bits of balls and the colours were incredible. Gudie would be interested in doing a workshop on the techniques in the future.
November; Leno program with Gudrun (workshop may follow)
December; Potluck
January, Februay, March- to be announced.
8. Library;
Darlene is away in Australia. No report.
9. Equipment;
The missing table loom has been returned. but there may be one other loom missing. Discussion followed as to how to better control the large equipment being rented.
Motion made by Mona that "Any large equipment rented must have a $150.00 deposit made before it leaves the Guild Room, on a two month rental only, and the cheque would only be cashed if the item was not returned. Seconded by Sharon. Discussion followed. Judith advised that a Committee be formed to make a more undated procedure for rental equipment. Motion was carried over for next month. Committee is Judith, Mona, Elvi, Sue, Gudrun and Shirley...a date will be set which may be the next Knit-In.
10. Newsletter/Blog ; no report
11. Membership; Noelle passed the membership list around for any changes.
12. Historian; No report
Mona and Elvi painted the mannequins black and found that two of the 8 mannequins are in the possession of the Salmon Arm Quilters Guild. Mona will arrange pick up of them so they can be used at the Christmas Sale. A reminder of the Mug Exchange is set for the December Pot Luck.
A discussion was held about the Raffles and other ways to make money for the Guild. Some suggestions were; raise dues, raise the percentage of the commissions. Ask for donations of product to be sold for the Guild at sales. We will discuss this further at the next meeting when more members are in attendance. Gabby asked that the draw prizes be more visible at the draw box table.
Fall Fairs will be done again but may not be used as a fund raiser but more a means of a education venue for the public and to attract more members to the Guild
Darlene and her husband John and Elvi installed some wooden shelves on the wall. Anne said the Guild Room clean-up day in June went very well and was enjoyable.
Gudie made a Motion to use the felted flowers that are in stock and make them into a product that can be sold at the Xmas Sale. Judith seconded. Sara asked that a few be kept for future displays. Gudie is willing to re-vamp the flowers. Motion carried.
Anne made a motion to pay Sharon for the product used for the Sheep to Shawl competition. Motion carried.
Gudie reported that John Lowe from Woolhouse in Armstrong is taking donations of equipment to be repaired and sent to Ethiopia . Sharon moved that the Guild's spare Spinning Wheel be donated. Wendy seconded. Motion carried.
Wendy bought 5 mannequin heads for the Guild's use.
Noelle motioned that we pay Sharon two months rental for use of the Visa machine. Mona seconded. Motion carried.
1. PRESIDENT; Judith Glibbery
2. VICE PRESIDENT; Sharon Wickstrom
3. TREASURER; Noelle Cox
4. SECRETARY Gabrielle Clark
5. NEWSLETTER; Clare Fensom
6. EQUIPMENT; Elvi Pukas
7. LIBRARY; Darlene Thornbury

The format and future of the Sheep to Shawl will be discussed further at the next meeting in November. Judith mentioned that the costs are quite high what with the cost of entry fees, lunch meals, however the venue is very educational for the public. Judith has also been donating the costs of the wool for the competition out of her own pocket each year. A motion was made that we take a year off and do a Guild only Sheep to shawl display seconded by Elvi . Motion carried forward to next meeting for discussion.
Mona has a friend donate the book "Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing by Rachael Brown.
FALL FAIR APPRECIATION DINNER; Friday October 24, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Hall. rsvp to Noelle
SHARON donated boxes of knitting patterns for everyone .
THANK YOU was read from the Fall Fair for sponsoring the Spinning and Weaving catagories. Sue mentioned that Phil Wright was very pleased with the participation activities at our display.
October 7th @ 10:00 a.m. at Gabby's
October 22 @ 7:00 p.m. at Noelle's
October 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Mona's

Judith suggested that we make the meetings more casual and more open and encourage new members to join and keep them coming back. We will concentrate on improving the format at the meetings with maybe the Executive meeting being held by e-mail. Gloria also has ideas that she will be sharing when she gets back re; starting a weaving study group which will meeting prior to the monthly meeting with dinner in between.
NEXT MEETING;; Monday November 3, 2008 at 7:30. p.m.
Meeting adjourned; by Sharon.
Noelle showed the tea towels that were woven at the Salmon Arm Fair which were the Raffle Prize. Log Cabin design
Sharon had two yarn shawls woven with a rayon weft with a mixture of fibres in the warp.
Shirley; knitted soxs
Wendy had wool dyed at Elvi's and then spun chunky and plied on a green commercial yarn.. she also had a knitted, felted tea cozy.
Gudrun had small tablecoths done in overshot on a 4 harness loom, at 42 with a 8/2 weft in reds and blue. The pattern was from a Vav magazine which was altered by Gudrun on her computor. Some the cloths went to Europe as gifts to relatives.
Gudie had Coopworth fleece from the Fall Fair that she had spun, some in the grease and some washed. The fleece was a 18month growth, she will be giving the skeins back to the previous owner as a memento. The new owners of the Coopworth sheep are Clare and Rob.
Judith showed her mulicoloured yarn dyed at Elvis and knitted into soxs. She also had 1skein of a mixture of 1 bobbin of tencel and 1 bobbin of silk/merino put together with green. It was a beautiful skein made with leftovers on her bobbins.
Elvi displayed two flannel handmade quilts made with a frayed pattern in green and wine colours.....just something she whipped up in the last weeks.
GUDIE; brought her skeins spun both at the Plucky Fluff workshop and what she has spun since then. The designs were incredible and hard to explain in words . A mixture of colours, thickness and shapes were spun onto a core using different techniques of spinning. Thrums, strips of silk fabric and felted shapes were plied onto the yarn and some skeins were made using a carder to mix the fibres. One skein of multicoloured slubs looked like lifesavers candy attached to yarn. This was a revoluntionary spinning workshop held in Vancouver and the teacher's work can be viewed at . Gudie may be interested into doing a workshop of some of these techniques if anyone is interested

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Change of date

The spinning workshop which will be given by Gudie was going to be held on Saturday 25th October is now being held on Sunday 26th October. More info' see below or contact Gudie or Shirley.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Just a friendly reminder that membership fees for 2008 - 2009 are now due, and are still $20. If you don't remember if you have paid or not please contact myself or Clare. I will be printing out the membership list after the Oct. 6/08 meeting, so if you want to be on the list be sure to get your fees to me soon (either at the Oct. 6 meeting or by mail). Cheques should be made out to Shuswap Spinners & Weavers. Noelle (250) 832 7768.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Kelowna 'spin-in'

Please phone or e mail Mona if you are going.

Beginners/Refresher Spinning Workshop

Gudie is hosting a Beginners/Refresher Spinning Workshop on Saturday October 25 from 10:00 - 3:00 at the Guild Office with a cost of $25.00. Fleece is provided and Spinning Wheels if needed. Space is limited and this class is filling up quickly so please contact Gudie or Shirley if you are interested. Gudie will have come back from a very special workshop in Vancouver and she will be sharing what she learned there, so this should be a very fun day. Refreshments provided but please bring a bag lunch. See you there. Shirley

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pictures of the Sheep to Shawl

Pictures of the Sheep to Shawl

Winners of the Sheep to Shawl

Congratulations to our members Marcia, Noelle, Gloria, Wendy, Denice and Elvi for winning the Sheep to Shawl Competition at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair on Saturday 6th September 2008. Thank you to all the other Guilds for coming and entering. Also thank you to everyone for making it happen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wanted Inkle Loom

Does anyone have an inkle loom that they would like to sell that is not too expensive? I would like to purchase another one for my class. Thanks, Denice

Monday, September 1, 2008

HELP NEEDED at Salmon Arm Fair

Hello from Sue; Is anyone interested in doing the kids corner on Sunday at the Salmon Arm fair as I have to work that day.....any and all help greatly appreciated. call me.

Phone Marcia if you can spin at the Sheep to Shawl.

Shirley would like to remind you all to bring goodies for the Saturday tea. Thank you.

IPE Raffle

The raffle prize at the IPE was won by Donna Gowing of Armstrong. She was able to come and pick up her prize from the fair before we left, which was great. She was very excited! Thanks to everyone who was able to work at the fair, especially those who put in multiple shifts. Noelle

Friday, August 29, 2008

Our IPE Booth

Our Guilds booth was busy when my family and I stopped by on Wednesday. People buying raffle tickets and many interested on lookers! Thank you to all of you who gave your time to help.

IPE Sheep Show

Wednesday was the day that my family went to the IPE. The children wanted to watch the Horse Jumping and my husband wanted to watch the Sheep Show. In the pictures you can see he (in grey/black) actually ended up showing. The breeders cannot hold four animals so called on help from 4Hers from Chilliwack and Armstrong and people they know in the audience. He helped out Jo Sleigh who won the Supreme Champion Flock with her Dorsets. She showed her Romneys too. She will be at Salmon Arm Fall Fair and hopes Phil will shear her Romneys, so get ready to buy her fleeces.

ANWG Conference Year Scholarships

ANWG is offering ten scholarships for "Weaving Waves of Color" to beheld in Spokane, WA in 2009. A conference scholarship will equal the conference fee (not including seminar materials fees or post-conference workshop fees) to a maximum of $400.
In addition to the ten scholarship winners, three alternates will be identified from the applicant pool. IF a selected nominee is unable to attend the conference, that slot will go the next alternate selected.
Each guild may nominate only one person and the Guild’s ANWG representative must submit a letter of reference to the Education Committee. The nominee will also submit a letter to the Education Committee stating why she /he should be selected. These letters of application must be submitted to by midnight PST on OCTOBER 15, 2008.
Criteria for Submission Applicant may not have won a scholarship in the preceding five years. Applicant may express financial need, but evidence of financial need is not required, just a simple expression of need. Applicant should be an active and supportive member of their Guild. The phrase “active and supportive” could include: holding a Guild office, helping with workshops, helping with Guild library and/ or public instruction or demonstration of weaving. Active and supportive members are what holds a Guild together.
Scholarship application should be made by e-mail to:
Education Committee Chair, Deanna
or, if necessary, via snail mail: Box 74 Montrose, B.C. V0G1PO Canada
The Education Committee will review the nominations and scholarships will be awarded December 15, 2008. Scholarship winners and guild reps will be notified via e-mail. Scholarship winners will receive a conference registration certificate and registration booklet: the certificate must be sent via snail mail with the applicants’ conference registration.No checks will be issued.
If you have any questions, please contact
Education Chair, Deanna Welsh

Monday, August 25, 2008

Important Information: IPE and SA Fairs

Hi everybody. Just a note regarding our fairs that are just around the corner! As very few people came to our fair meeting at Sharon's on the 14th (we know many of you are out of town right now) I thought we should get important information out to the membership through the blog and e-mail. I'm hoping this reaches most of you.

Our new venue is confirmed in the new arena. We have been given a generous new space and everyone is quite excited about it (No more slogging in the wind/rain/scorching sun/ etc!!!! Can you hear us all cheering?) Set up is on August 26th at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There is parking beside the new arena (the arena in on the south side of the fairgrounds). Please bring your items for sale or display. Our booth area is quite large so we'll need lots! Elvi has the list for working shifts. Give her a call and let her know when you can help out. It has also been decided we are doing a sheep-to-shawl demonstration on Saturday at this fair, so we'll have some looms there, as well. We're sure there will be room for more spinning wheels, so bring yours if you want to get a little spinning done, when you're not doing your shift. If you have a finished item for the raffle trunk, please be sure to bring that to Mona. We are not using our usual yellow woven ribbons any longer. Sharon will have new gate entry passes and parking passes for us. They will be on her deep freezer, as usual, to be picked up before you start your shift and dropped off after you finish for someone else to use.

Set up is on September 4th at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please bring all your items for sale or display. Also set up time is when you can pick up your volunteer bracelet. This bracelet will get you into the fair all three days. You must be at set up to receive one. We also need people to bring display equipment items of all types (weaving, spinning, fibre, et cetera) to fill up the large sheep-to-shawl space during off competition hours. The sheep-to-shawl is on Saturday and the spinning competition is on Sunday. We are inviting everyone to come to a spin in on Friday (all day), Saturday evening, and Sunday (all day). Noelle may be doing some dyeing in her crock pot, during off competition hours, etc. Shirley and Clare are taking care of the tea room, and Susan is doing the children's area.

I hope you've all had a wonderful summer!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

For Sale 3 Looms and Misc

Woolhouse Tools 23” 12 shaft Carolyn Table Loom and Stand: Comes with upgrades of overhead beater, sectional rakes and guide, back extension for linen or fine threads, Which One lift plan guide and generous heddles. Included: lease sticks, 1 reed, and a shuttle. Stand means always at the right height. All features listed are $1500.00 new, but yours for $875.00 complete. View at photoshare: Contact for more details. Pick up is preferred, but will deliver to southern Vanc. Isl.

Leclerc 45” F-Type Counterbalance Loom: 4 shafts and recent upgrades of new apron cloth, 600 inserted eye heddles, new bumpers. This fore runner of the Fanny is 60 years young and weaves beautifully. Comes with one reed, lease sticks, a shuttle, sectional rakes and tension box with combs. Bonus new never used yardage counter! Also available is same age Leclerc 72 wood bobbin spool rack. Loom package is $600; spool rack is $200. Take both for $700 or best offer. Can be viewed at Photoshare: Contact for more details. Pick up is preferred but will deliver to southern Vanc. Isl.

Toika temple (blue): all metal for rugs and rep weave; 20” to 34” extension. Asking $35.00SOLD
Leclerc Tension box and comb. Asking $50.00
Books: Design Collection #8 Just Rags, CUM Scandinavian Weaving and Rya, Sprang by Hella Skrowronski and Mary Reddy. $5.00 each Contact Can send picture. Will wrap and weigh for mailing.

For Sale 3 Looms

12 Shaft 45” Scandinavian Countermarche loom – all new texsolv heddles and tie up cords, comes with 1” sectional beam, reed, loom bench, bobbin rack with 36 bobbins, wooden reed holder, tension box with extender kit, counter and extra reeds for the tension box, dividers and guides. This loom has metal pawls and ratchets, a 7 position beater, adjustable back beam and manual. Beautiful condition, asking $1200.00

8 Shaft 24” Leclerc Minerva folding floor loom – has two 1” sectional beams for supplementary warps, reed, lease sticks,guides and manual. Fantastic loom for workshops, asking $750.00

4 Shaft 36” Leclerc Artisat folding floor loom – has 1” sectional beam, raddle, lease sticks, new apron and bars. Comes with A Handweavers Pattern Book, New Key to Weaving, Weaving by Held and The Weavers Book. Excellent condition, asking $500.00 – will deliver within 100 miles – photos available. Email

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Blanket Chest for the IPE

Noelle would like you all to know that we have our gaming licence for the IPE. She listed the prize value as $1500, so we really need everyone to get their projects finished in time for the meeting at Sharon's on Aug.14th!

Mona sent the photos of the blanket chest made by Darcy and the collection of items made so far.

Ponderosa 13th Annual Spin in

13th Annual Spin-in
Saturday, October 4, 2008.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Theresa’s Church – 750 North Rutland Road, Kelowna, B.C.
Entry Fee $12.00

We invite you to join us once again for a day of fun and fellowship at our thirteenth Annual Spin-in. It will be a day of meeting new and old friends, sharing techniques of spinning and enjoying the company of all our friends from other Guilds. Commercial tables will be present for your shopping pleasure. Please bring your items for SHOW AND TELL for all to enjoy. The entry fee covers lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and coffee.
Ponderosa Spin-in….Saturday October 4, 2008….10a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parish Hall, St. Theresa’s Church, 750 North Rutland Rd., Kelowna, B.C.
Name(s) Phone No. Guild

Please reply by September 24th, 2008, enclose registration fee and return to:
Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists
204 – 421 Cawston AvenueKelowna, B.C. V1Y 6Z1 Please make cheque payable to Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Joybilee Farm

From Peace Arch Spinners and Weavers Guild via Gudrun W.
August 9, 2008 10 am to 5pm -- "Linen Festival" at Joybilee Farm
What do Egyptian mummies, Viking sails, M'Lady's corset, linseed oil, flax bread and linen towels have in common? Come to the Linen Festival at Joybilee Farm on August 9th and find out. This will be a fun and educational day.
Our fiber flax field will be harvested. Every step from field to finished cloth will be explained and you can participate in breaking flax and hackling it ready for spinning. Spin some linen and even try your hand at weaving. Linen was an important crop in the Boundary area as recently as the 1950s. Several locally grown, hand spun and hand woven linen textiles are on loan to Joybilee Farm, for your enjoyment, as part of this exceptional event. Petting zoo with baby llamas, goats and sheep. ART sale and artisan studio open. Artisanal flax seed bread also available for sale. Live music.
$5 admission for the day (family rate: $20; Groups of 10 or more $4 each), includes refreshments. The whole family is welcome.
Then two weeks later…
August 22 and 23, 2008 1pm to 4pm Natural Indigo Dye Demonstration at Joybilee Farm.
No admission charge and farm tours available for a small fee.
In conjunction with Spencer Hill Orchard and Gallery in Grand Forks and the Boundary Spinner and Weaver Guild, Joybilee Farm will host an indigo dye demonstration.
Attend the free showing of the Maiwa documentary "Indigo - A World of Blue" at the Spencer Hill Orchard and Gallery at 7- 9 pm on Friday night. Then come to Joybilee Farm on Saturday and see hand woven shibori textiles dip dyed in a natural indigo fermentation vat. The natural fermentation vat is eco-friendly and allows a greater depth of blue to be laid down on the cloth.
Woad-indigo garden and seeds for sale.
ART Sale of indigo dyed scarves and shawls, indigo dyed ikat yarns and natural dye kits. No admission charge.
Undyed silk or quilting cotton may be purchased at a small cost if you would like to participate in the indigo dyeing and take home a memento of your day. Whole family welcome to this fun, hands on, and educational day.
We're located in B.C. on Hwy. 3 one hour East of Oosoyos, and 20 minutes West of Grand Forks. Just 522 km East of Vancouver or 700 km West of Calgary. Camping available near by.
Open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday till Thanksgiving Day.
Cheers,Chris Dalziel Joybilee Farm Greenwood, B.C.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Salmon Arm Fall Fair

Sue and Shirley are wondering what we could do that would be new and exciting for the kids area at the Salmon Arm Fair. We were thinking of a knotted and /or felted bracelet dyed in Kool Aid, something simple to make that each child could leave the area wearing. However we need some technical advise......or any other ideas you ladies may have. This would be an additional project besides the weaving on the loom. Please email me at and I will call you to discuss this further. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Cheers Shirley

Saturday, July 26, 2008

For Sale

43-inch wide Nilus Leclerc floor loom. Comes with a 10 dent reed. no bench. An older style loom in excellent working condition. Loom has new canvas apron material and heddles. Good for all round general weaving and also rugs and saddle blankets. A great buy for someone just starting out in weaving. $300. Contact Judith Glibbery 250-546-3833.


Hi all! A neighbour of mine is looking for a second-hand spinning wheel at a reasonable price. Does anyone know of one? Thanks, Denice
please phone or e mail Denice

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fleece weight in gold

Simon and Priscilla Cameron, who farm at Ben Ohau Station in the MacKenzie District, won two trophies at the Ermenegildo Zegna awards in Sidney recently.
The prize was the fleece's weight in gold, and with the 10.8 micron fleece weighing in at 1.47kg, the couple are taking home about $54,000 at current gold prices.
Simon Cameron says a balance of genetics, correct nutrition and good management are the secrets behind production award winning fleece.
The Shepherd, June 2008, pg 39, Merino Sheep Farming Couple Wins Top Prize From NZ

Haney Heritage Park

The following is from Ann.

Hi Clare, I had a phone call from Haney Heritage Park yesterday and they are wanting about 4 spinners for July 13, Forestry Days. I am going to go and I am looking for 3 others to join me. They would like us set up by 10 am and there is a pancake breakfast that starts at 9 am. They hope that we would be there by 9:30 and get set up. Apparently there is no admission charge and a separate parking area for exhibitors (spinners in this case).Could you forward this message to anyone you think might be interested and let me know if you would care to join me? Thanks. Ann Nikmo

Please phone Ann if you would like to go. Laurie and I are planning on going so far, the more the merrier!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

O'Keefe Ranch

The following is from Shirley Thank you.
Some of the Guild Members who attended the Spin-In at O'Keefe Ranch in all their vintage outfits. We all had a great time and Sue did a wonderful job making us part of the heritage tour. Thanks, Shirley

Monday, June 16, 2008

In the papers

There is a little photo of 'us' at the Quilt show in the Friday am. http://www.FriAM.cathe June issue 'All month' - part 1, we are in the middle of pg 6.
For the weavers this Loom is weaving? check it out at
Darlene Homenchuk from the Kelowna guild had an article in the June issue of 'Country Life in BC' about her Alpacas. Jody who joined us at the 'spinfine superfine workshop was also in the photos. I see the June issue is not online yet but here is the link

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quilt Show

The Quilt Guild in Salmon Arm held a show at the curling rink last Friday 6th and Saturday 7th where we were invited to set up a booth with displays and demonstrate some spinning and weaving. Thank you Elvi for organizing us, the ladies for setting up and taking down and whose who spun and weaved.
Besides the quilts on display, quilting booths selling their wares, there was a fashion show in which some of our members entered.

In the first photo the woman is modeling her felted vest, a boas made out of locks and her hat was sheepskin she had hand sewn together. The woman is from the Netherlands where she has a sheep farm and the clothing she is modeling is from her own sheep a breed from Sweden. I think everyone our booth went to talk to her and probably knows more about her than me. Interesting lady.

Mona in her famous suit
Gudie in her vest covered in labels cut off old clothes. She has a label starting with every letter in the alphabet except Q Z and X.

Gudie wearing her vest made out of old zippers REALLY COOL!

For Sale

Drum Carder for sale (not shown in photo)
Phone Marie-Ango Casavant (250) 679-2742. (Chase) $100.


Marcia thank you for hosting our annual potluck supper at your home last Monday. Nineteen of us enjoyed digging into each others delicious creations. When we were all fully satisfied we had our meeting followed by show and tell. Most brought their items for the chest that will be raffled at the IPE and Salmon Arm Fall Fair later this summer.
Elvi brought a scarf that she had woven in a cubed pattern for the chest.
Mona, a quilt she had made for one of her grandchildren who is graduating this year. She also showed us the beaded kumihimo bracelet she made at the workshop she attended at Olds.
Julia carved a pen, beautiful and she made the Harp, see photo below.
Lynne, place mats for the chest.
Gloria, pillow for the chest.
Ann, wool blanket for the chest.
Gudrun, a bread basket cloth. She also showed us the skirt and top she had sewn for her granddaughter made out of recycled jeans.
Shirley, woven bag and a woven rug for the chest.
Marica, place mat woven with a light linen for the chest.
Darlene a hat, Judith mittens, Noelle socks and myself socks all for the chest.
Gudie her label vest and zipper vest, see quilt show.
Catherine, felted bag.
Sara needle lace jewellery in which the earrings went in the chest.

Julia playing her Harp that she made.

Spin Fine - Superfine Merino Workshop

This workshop was held May 31st/June1st at Judith Glibberys' house and the course taught by her. It was fantastic. I learnt so much not just about spinning but about fleeces, washing and numerous other tips. Everyone had a good time as little things we had learnt at the workshop came up the odd time while spinning at the Quilt Show. Sounds like everyone had a merry time who stayed the night! Thank you Judith.
Thank you Jean for the photos.



Elvi hanging up everyones scoured Merino skeins to dry.

(Denice and Jody)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I talked to the IPE office yesterday and they are going to put us in the new arena. They are moving fruit, veg, crafts and sewing over there as well. They are going to have a shuttle service to take people over to the arena. They are very receptive to us putting on a sheep to shawl demo. They would like us to let them know as soon as possible how much space we would require, then they can get us on their map. I think we should get back to them this week. I talked to Judith and she thinks we need to have 8 chairs and 8 tables. Also, if anyone would like to spin for the sheep to shawl demo that would be great, it doesn't have to be a spinner from the Salmon Arm team as it is only a demo and should be fun! If anyone has any input please let me know so I can get back to the fair personnel. Also, Judith thought we should request a 40 X 40 space. What do the rest of you think? Gloria

Whats up, update!

( tommorrow) June 6th + 7th Friday and Saturday Quilt Show. Contact Elvi.

Thursday 12th June 10am meeting at the guild room to clean the Looms.

Monday 16th June 10am 'Spin in' at O'Keefe Ranch.

Wednesday 18th June 'Spin in' at Gloria's 10 - 2. Practice Sheep to Shawl but all welcome.

Wednesday 9th July 10am a fun day of silk painting of warp at Gudrun's. $10 - $15. Contact Gudrun.

Tuesday 15th July 'Spin in' at Darlene's 10 - 2.

Monday 21st July 'Knit in' at Judith's 10 - 2.

Wednesday 6th August 'Fun Dyeing Free for All Day' at Elvi's.

Thursday 14th August, meeting for IPE / 'Spin in' at Sharon's 10am.

IPE Tuesday 26th - Sunday 31st August.

Saturday 4th October Kelowna 'Spin in'.

Please e mail me if I have posted anything that is incorrect and I will change it. Thank you Clare.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Burton Fall Fair

From Denice
Burton, on the Arrow Lakes, has an annual Fall Fair that is held in the town hall. This is a very small event that show-cases a few tables of local craft, and a few tables of garden flowers and vegetables.
We welcome all spinners and vendors to join us for a SPIN-IN at this event! Highlight: I WILL BE SHOWING SLIDES FROM 'WEAVE A REAL PEACE' from about 12:30-1:30.(These are slides of indigenous peoples around world working with fibre.)
The Fall Fair is held on: Saturday, Aug. 30th. 9-3 pm To submit an item for the fair (there will be spinning and a weaving categories) is $.50 per item up to $2. Items must be submitted 3-6 pm on Friday, August 29th. Entry Fee is $2 (waived if you have submitted an item for the fair) There are prizes of about $5 and less for !st, 2nd, and 3rd. (co-sponsored by the Columbia Basin Trust)
If you wish to be a vendor the cost is $5 per table.
The local United Church will be selling soup, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and desserts.
Burton has a beautiful, lakeside campground with showers. Swimming, boating, and fishing are enjoyed here. Do plan to join us with your spinning wheel, and/or loom!
For further information contact Denice.
Hope to see you in Burton (the community hall is one block away from the one general store that is on the Highway 6) on the August 29/30 weekend!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Monday 2nd June 6pm at Marcia's is the potluck supper. See 'ladies get out your diaries' below. Marcia has a plan and has asked that you not wear your best clothes and would you bring along an apron. Are we going to muck out the horses?? See you all there!

May 'Knit in'

Perhaps it was the wet, drizzly day that brought 11 happy knitters to Ann's 'knit in' yesterday. I think it was the biggest 'knit in' yet! Besides the cold day, the room was filled with the warmth of friends chatting and helping each other out with knitting problems There were a lot of busy hands as shown in the pictures.

Photo 1; Darlene was knitting a scarf out of bobble yarn.

Photo 2; Marcia was knitting a sweater out of ribbon yarn.

Photo 3; Wendy had some colourful 100% wool which she was knitting into a scarf diagonally.

Photo 4; Celia spins her own dogs' hair and is knitting it into a sweater.

Photo 5; Here is one of the mini knitted beaded handbags by Ann. She has a wonderful collection of them hanging from her mantle piece.

Photo 6;Mona has just returned from Olds, where she attended a class on beaded Kumihimo. She was caught in a blizzard on the #22 Highway and as you see she is still cold! The scarf is attached to a hat: great idea!

Besides knitting beaded bags Ann had been busy in her kitchen and had made a couple of salads and a rhubarb square to go along with our brown bagged lunches. Thank you for your hospitality.