Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Knitting Workshops

Guild members may be interested in 2 upcoming knitting workshops in Kelowna at the Art of Yarn wool shop. Cat Bordhi is giving two 1-day workshops -- one on Mobius knitting and one on socks (she has a new sock book out). The workshops are Apr 5 & 6 (one day each). To find out more info go to Noelle

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Meeting Reminder

Next meeting we are going to discuss the Workshop Policy. If you wish to just print it out for the meeting or the minutes for that matter, just go to the Blog Archive (on the left) and click on Workshop Policy or the Post you wish to print and it will come up on a page by itself to be printed.
The program at Mondays' meeting will be 'Maintenance for the Loom' and then there will be a question period to answer any problems.
Goodies provided by Marianne and Sue.M.
Hope to see you all there.

A busy week.

Thank you to all of those who took part in Heritage Week at Piccadilly Mall especially Elvi. How many bobbins did you spin? On Monday Judith taught the Knitters how to sew up a seam by the Mattress Stitch method. Yes, it is invisible. I forgot to take my camera to take a photo of us all, but keep an eye open in next Fridays paper!

Yesterday was the 'Spin in' at Sharons' Shop. I do not think anyone started to spin until noon, there was so much to see. The shop was floor to ceiling in yarn, fibre, books and more yarn. How many of you had to hide your purchases when you arrived home!

Just for fun.

Knitters, would you like this above your bed? On your studio wall would be a better place would it not! I found this surfing on the web on a Spanish interior designers site. It comes as a stick on and you can choose the size and colour.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Open House Fun Day

From Sharon: I am having an Open House Fun Day at my shop next Saturday - Feb 23, starting at 10:00 am. I've been busy weighing out lots of new fibres - including some yummy new Dyed Bamboo, and a super deal on Blue Faced Leicester fibre. I'll have a couple of games and some door prizes as well. Sharon

'Spin in' at Clares'

Friday, February 15, 2008

A reminder for our Knitters!

In order to support Heritage Week, we would like to remind all the knitters that there has been a change of venue for knitting on February 18th. The plan was to have it at Gloria McClure's home, but we are now going to the Piccadilly Mall at 10 a.m. instead. So bring your knitting along. You're also welcome to bring your spinning wheel, as well, if you wish! Judith.

Minutes of the February Meeting.

Minutes of the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers February 4,2008 16 members present
1. Minutes of the Jan. meeting adopted as printed by Wendy, Noelle seconded. Carried
2. Sharon moved the Treasurer's report, Darlene seconded. Carried.
3. Announcements:1. Fibre Week at Olds at the end of June www.oldscollege,ca/fibreweek 2. ANWG link is on the blog. 3. Weave a real peace link to be put on the blog 4. Gudrun is giving a tapestry workshop Mar.15 at the Kalamalka guild 5. Kalamalka Fun Spin Day Apr. 5 at the Baptist Church 6. Art Gallery show all of February 7. Heritage Days at Piccadilly Mall Feb.17-23
4. Committee Reports: Sharon reported on the policy workshop presenting a "How to pay the teacher " invoice
5. Workshops: 1. Kumihimo workshop March 15 (10 am - ) $30 at Sharon's 2. Spinning Fine Threads - Judith to lead a 2 day workshop at the end of June. $50 plus a $6-$8 lab fee. max. 12 people 3. Fashionable Fabrics - pending 2 day workshop by Sharon in April or May
6. Programs: Gudrun - February - Tablet Weaving March - Taking care of your loom
7. Library: Please make sure that cards are signed in and out and put into the correct book. 3 new magazines are in.
8. Historian:Wendy updated the book. Noelle moved that Wendy purchase a new photo album. Mona seconded. Carried.
9. Heritage Week : Piccadilly Mall Feb. 17-23 Volunteers needed.
10. Discussion on 20+ for the large loom.
11. Fall Fair: Judith moved that the Guild purchase a membership to the Fall Fair. Ann seconded. Carried.
12. Christmas Sale - Nov. 22 The theme is TREES
13. Spin-In : Feb. 19 - Noelle (7-9)Feb. 23 - Sharon's open house (10- )Feb. 12 - Clare (10-2) Knit-In Feb.18 - Piccadilly Mall Topics - March - Seams, April - Cables
14. Sharon adjourned the meeting
15. Show and Tell
16. Program- Tablet weaving - Gudrun

Workshop Policy

Please read the Policy below. It will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting. Noelle.

Workshop Policy
Shuswap Spinners & Weavers
January 2008

Planning: When planning upcoming workshops, workshop organizers may ask for an expression of interest or suggestions for possible workshops. No financial commitment will be required at this time.

Registration: Workshop organizers, after discussion with the guild at regular meetings, will determine the date of workshop, registration fees and size of workshop (# of people), and venue. Once a workshop is decided on and a date is set, full payment will be required to hold a spot. First paid, first registered (i.e. you do not have a spot until your registration fee has been received.) No post-dated cheques will be accepted.

Shuswap Spinners & Weavers Guild members will get the information regarding workshops first, through discussion at the regular monthly meetings. After that it will be opened to non-members as well.

Non-members will pay a higher registration fee than members (20% more).

Wait List: If the workshop is full, a wait list will be kept (no financial commitment). If workshop space becomes available, it will be offered to these people in the order that they appear on the list.

Refunds: Workshop fees will only be refunded if the workshop is full and someone else is found to fill your spot. This will be a full refund. Otherwise there will be no refund.

Change of date: If the date of the workshop changes after people have registered and people need to cancel because of previous commitments for the new date, they will be entitled to a full refund. Workshop organizers and the Guild executive will decide whether or not there are enough registrants left to go ahead with the workshop.

Guild subsidization: In most instances, workshop fees are set to cover all workshop costs. However, the guild may decide to subsidize a workshop to keep the registration fees more reasonable, but this must be voted on in advance at a regular meeting. Subsidization will only go to guild members, not to non-members.

A workshop without full registration may still go ahead (without a vote), at the workshop organizers’ and executive’s discretion.

Fees: Workshop organizers will try to keep fees as low as possible, while still covering all workshop expenses and perhaps providing a small buffer. It is not the Guild’s intent to make money from workshops.

Accounting: Registration fees will be paid to the treasurer and a cheque to pay the instructor will be issued by the treasurer. All registration fees and payments will go through the treasurer and appear in the financial records. If the treasurer is unable to be at the workshop, arrangements will be made to get the instructor’s cheque to the workshop organizers in advance. Workshop organizers will get a signed invoice from the instructor stating all fees charged and payment received.

Where venue rental is to be paid, arrangements need to be made with the treasurer as to whether this is paid on the date of the workshop and requires a cheque that day, or is to be billed to the Guild, and the address that the bill should be mailed to. Bills for coffee, tea, cream, etc. that need to be purchased for the workshop should be considered part of the total cost of the workshop and should be submitted to the treasurer for re-imbursement as soon as possible.

The treasurer will submit a financial statement of the workshop to the Guild at the next meeting following the workshop.

Submitted by the Workshop Policy Committee:
Judith Glibbery
Gloria McClure
Sharon Wickstrom
Noelle Cox

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Spin Fine - Superfine Workshop

Instructor: Judith Glibbery
2-day workshop, June 21&22,2008. 9:30 to 4 pm each day
Maximum: 12 students
Workshop fee: $50 (members) $60 (non-members)
Please make cheque payable to SSWG C/O Noelle Cox, Treasurer. Fee must be paid in advance to guarantee your spot.
Material Fee: $12 (please pay this fee to instructor)
Level: Able to spin a consistent plied yarn

Spin true superfine lace-weight gossamer yarns that are beautiful to look at, touch, and work with. Challenge yourself, your skills and your spinning wheel and be thrilled with the results. Superfine merino wool (17 - 19 microns) will be the fibre of choice, with enough fibre provided to students to complete a smaller type project at home. A comprehensive notebook will also be provided.

Topics covered: getting the most out of your wheel when spinning fine yarns, choosing superfine raw fleece and rovings, special scouring techniques of superfine fibres, special techniques for spinning and plying superfine singles together for perfectly balanced yarns to be used in so many ways to create stunning shawls, Orenburg, Faroese, etc, and other lace type projects.

Learn to spin superfine and watch your spinning skills go forward!

Biography: Judith Glibbery of Armstrong B.C. is an experienced spinning teacher, both in individual and workshop settings, and has spent 28 years promoting her craft to hand spinners throughout B.C. Judith has also been an active advocate for the sheep industry on a provincial and national level in Canada for many years. She is a frequent fleece judge and lecturer at many fleece shows, sheep breeder associations and agricultural fairs throughout B.C.


The Kumihimo braiding Workshop is being held on 15 March at Sharons. Cost is $30. Please contact Sharon ASAP if you are going to attend so she can order the Cards.
Sharon is teaching another workshop called 'Beyond the Teatowel'. A 2 day Weaving workshop making fashionable fabric items not just 'another teatowel'. Please contact her for more details.
Gudrun mentioned she is teaching a Tapestry workshop on 15 March being held by the Kalamalka Spinners and Weavers Guild. Contact Gudrun for more info'

Heritage Days

Heritage Days are being held at Piccadilly Mall on February 18 - 23. As a Guild we have been asked to go and Spin, Knit etc. So any free time please join other Guild Members at the Mall to promote your craft and our Guild.

February Knit and Spin ins

Tuesday 12 February 'Spin in' at Clares 10-2
Monday 18 February 'Knit in' at Piccadilly Mall 10-3
Tuesday 19 February 'Spin in' at Noelles 7-?
Saturday 23 February 'Spin in' at Sharons10-3

Darlene let me know if I have changed anything!

Tablet (card) Weaving Program

Gudrun showed and explained the process of Tablet (card) Weaving. It is a very old method of weaving by which a thread is passed through each hole in the card and the pattern is made by the way the cards are turned. Gudrun gave me a website of a designer who explains it better and in more detail than I can and there are alot of photos. Click on the Link.
Thank you Gudrun.

Show and Tell

Members with their Show and Tell. Sweaters, scarfs, shawls, mobuis (which I now see no one is wearing one on their head!) and Lynne with her rug. Beautiful items Ladies.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Kalamalka 'Fun~Spin Day'

Kalamalka Weavers & Spinners
Invite you to our 'FUN~SPIN DAY'
Saturday - April 5th, 2008 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Faith Baptist Church
3908 - 27th Street
Vernon, V1T 4X7
Happy New Year to everyone. Yes, it’s time again to invite all you lovely “crafty“ ladies (gentlemen are not excluded) to our annual Spin-In /Fun Day on Saturday, April 5th back at our old location. Sorry about the stairs, but parking is good, so is the fellowship and fun and of course the food. As well as spinning, we encourage you to bring your knitting, sewing, "to finish" items or maybe you have an idea you would like to share with everyone.
There will be lots to see and share. Bring your show & tell, "shop 'til you drop", and of course, fun meeting up with friends. So please come and make this a real "Fun Day".
The cost for the day is still $12.00, which includes lunch and all day refreshments. If you would like a commercial table the cost is $20.
If you have any queries phone me on 545 7819 or e-mail at
Looking forward to seeing you all on 5th April
Send $12.00 or $20 for a commercial table by March 22nd to:
Trixie Krogel, 173 L & A Cross Road, Vernon, V1B 3S1

For Sale Llama Fibre and Skeins

Kathy Flucke was a member in our guild for many years and this is her own llama fibre and skeins. Kathy's fibre and skeins are extremely high quality. Judith.

PRICES FOR LLAMA WOOL (Skeins and Bumps)
Bumps: Most bumps are 12 ounces
12 oz $15.00
8 oz $10.00
4 oz $ 5.00
Skeins are 100 grams, spun double knitting: $15.00
Phone: 250 832 9398

Sunday, February 3, 2008

February Meeting

The Program at tomorrow night meeting will be Tablet weaving techniques, a preview for a possible workshop in the Summer. Goodies provided by Mona and Marcia. Look forward to seeing you all there.