Sunday, October 25, 2009

Looms for sale

Hi Judith, I have been contacted by Cindy Dixon who has a 45"- 4 shaft Le Clerc jack loom for sale - some assembly required - for about $200.00. Also, a Cherriville 60" loom for Free - needs to be assembled and there may be some question about wheather it is square. She lives on the corner of Canyon Rd. and ? Her phone # is 546-6084. These need to be gone by Nov. 1. WE have a new member who could be interested in the Le Clerc loom but needs to see it first. Suzanne has said that she can drop them off in her garage if she can get them to town. Thought that you might know someone at the SA guild who might be interested. Caryll (250-545-3392)

October 'Spin in'

Seven guild members joined Marcia at her house last Tuesday for a 'spin in'. It was good to see everyone after the summer break. Thank you Marcia for your hospitality. The apple flan was delicious.
Marcia telling her jokes and 'tall stories'!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Noelle would like to bring to your attention that the 'spin in' at her house is on this Thursday 22 not next Monday as written in the minutes. (see Post below minutes)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Workshop Update

We'd like to inform you all that Marcia now holds the office of "Workshop Coordinator." Thank you very much for that, Marcia!

It turns out that Marcia actually volunteered to do workshops at the meeting but neither myself nor Gabriele heard her. I guess that either means that Marcia is too sweet, too demure, and too soft-spoken, or we all talk too much, too loud, and too often!
Either way, we're very happy she has volunteered. Gabriele has inserted her name in the minutes to reflect the correction.

If anyone of you have any workshop wishes or ideas, please let Marcia know.

Thanks again, Marcia.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Meeting Minutes

Oct. 4,2009
18 members present
Welcome from Judith
Moment of silence for Kathy Fluke who passed away Sept. 27,2009
Guest/new member Sharon Thorbergson was welcomed
Thank you from Judith to everyone who helped with the Fall Fairs
Minutes of June meeting adopted by Mona, Gudie, seconded. Carried.
Library - Darlene and Elvi re-catalogued the library. We now have a new simplified Weaving books are filed w1, w2........Spinning books - s1. s2......This will make it easy to re-file books. Library inventory list will be sent out as an e-mail at a later date.
Equipment - Bobbins are still missing. Elvi moved that 4 bobbins be purchased to replace the lost ones. Ann seconded. Carried Perhaps they could be coloured to easily keep track of them.
Programs - Oct. Inkle looms Nov. Spinning linen Dec. Potluck at Gudrun's
ANWG - Need a rep
Christmas Sale - Nov. 21 "Snowflakes" is the theme this year. Gudie showed posters that will distributed at the next meeting.
Nov. 1 - Display to go up in the library. See Gudrun .
Treasurer's Report:Catherine moved that we re-new subscription to "Knits". Ann seconded. Carried
Membership to ANWG ( $1/person) was re-newed.Talked about application for grants from ANWG Noelle moved that we pay Sharon for the yarn for the Sheep to Shawl.
New Business
1. Sheep to Shawl Discussion on the future of the Sheep to Shawl. Three options were presented and tabled to be voted on at the next meeting: Option 1. No Sheep to Shawl at all Option 2. Look at new rules for the competition Option 3. Replace the competition with a demonstration
2. Elections:1. ANWG representative - Mona2. Christmas Sale - Gudie and Gudrun
3. Programs - Gudrun
4. Blog - Clare
5. Equipment - Elvi
6. Workshop - Marcia
7. Library - Darlene
8. Secretary - Gabriele
9. Treasurer - Noelle
10. President - Judith
11. Vice President - Sharon
3. Elvi showed the beautiful shawl from the fair.
4. Wool Challenge for 2010 - Gudie talked about this challenge - Something made in wool in the olympic colours by June 15, 2010.
5. Spin -Ins : Oct. 20 10-2 at Marcia's Oct 26 7-9 at Noelle'sKnit - In Oct. 26 10-2 at Glenda Hughes
6. Show and Tell
7. Program - Gudrun showed her work on the inkle loom
8. Meeting adjourned.

Friday, October 9, 2009

October Spin and Knit ins!

Tuesday 20th October 'Spin in' at Marcias 10am -2pm
Thursday 22nd October 'Spin in' at Noelles 7pm -?

Monday 26th October 'Knit in' at Glendas 10am -2pm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alberta Conference 2010

For those of you who are wondering about the Alberta conference next year (2010) you may be interested in the following (jg)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HWSDA Conference 2010 Fibre Olympics June 4, 5 & 6, 2010 - Kings College, Edmonton 9125 50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
The Edmonton Weavers Guild will be your hosts for the HWSDA 2010 Conference. They are excited, enthusiastic and geared up to host an event of Olympic proportions. You will not want to miss the 2010 HWSDA conference: Fibre Olympics.Pre-Conference - check back for the latest information!
Conference - June 4 - 6, 2009
King’s College has had some major renovations and additions since the Edmonton Weavers last hosted a HWSDA Conference. As well as the tower accommodations, there is now an apartment complex. There is also RV parking available without plug-ins or hook-ups.
Food: King’s College has a contract with a chef who provides wonderful, mouth-watering menus. Special diet requirements have been taken into consideration, plus healthy snacks for nutritional breaks and of course coffee will be available…
Vendors: The location for the Vendors will be in the huge gym, which is located right across from the cafeteria where many of the meals will be served. Along side the vendors will be the location for the FIBRE OLYMPIC CHALLENGES on Friday afternoon.
Fibre Olympic Challenges: Friday afternoon in the gym along side with the Vendors. IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY STARTED IT IS NOT TOO LATE, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START GETTING YOUR FIBRE TEAM READY! START TRAINING FOR THE FIBRE OLYMPICS! Details in the next issue of Running Threads or keep checking thise website.
Instructors, Workshops and Seminars: We have had many wonderful, exciting proposals come our way. We have chosen what we believe is different, challenging and an interest to all levels of expertise. Now, you don’t think we will actually let it slip as to what will be offered? Contracts have not been finalized at this time of writing.
PRE-CONFERENCE: Exciting news just fresh from the HWSDA Executive meeting. No, we're not letting the cat out of the bag for sneak previews of our Instructor line-up... It has been decided to open the registration to non-members of HWSDA. Non-members of HWSDA are now able to register for the pre-conference only, but only after the early registration deadline. Okay all you HWSDA members, it is time to start promoting the wonderful pre-conference opportunities to your non-member fibre friends.
Juried Show: Please read the separate information below provided by the Juried Show Committee. Something new…Prizes for FIRST-TIMERS. For those of us who are not necessarily new with our fibre arts, but never have entered anything into the Juried Show – this is our year… The area for the Juried Show, Fibre Fair and Teacher’s Show will be in a large well-lit area. More room for wandering around in awe!
Fibre Fair: We have this big, well-lit room! It would be a shame not to have representation from Guilds or Groups of Fibre Friends. Get those creative juices flowing. Show all of us what you are made of….
Fashion Show: We felt the Fashion Show should be front and centre this year. The FASHION SHOW is taking on the runway Saturday evening after the banquet. As mentioned before, if you are runway shy, models will be available.
Keynote Speaker: She bubbles! She is funny! She has a wealth of knowledge! She will entertain you Sunday morning.
Conference Colours and Logo: In keeping with our theme of the 2010 Olympics, the colours are: bronze, silver, gold, white and black. Yes, “The” Olympic rings are five in number, but we cannot copy that logo…Jean Connor, our lovely logo creator, has designed three balls of fibre, bronze, silver and gold, coming from a spindle onto a bobbin.
Door Prizes: Still under discussion - watch for updates! Our intention is to include a conference schedule of events for the next issue of Running Threads. For conference updates, please check this website.
Juried Show - Your Personal BestIn keeping with the 2010 theme, “Fibre Olympics”, we invite all members to reach deep into your creative souls and come up with your “Personal Best” for the 2010 Juried Show. In addition to the usual categories, for which there will be three ribbons each, gold, silver and bronze, a single ribbon will be awarded for the best example of the following: Conference ThemeUse the Conference colours, gold, silver and bronze, as your focus or inspiration, either individually or in any combination. First Time Entrant If you have never entered a juried show, you are probably hiding talents that are worth seeing. Submit to any category and let us know this is your “first time” entering HWSDA’s juried show.You will still be eligible for any of the other categories. Awards will also be made for Best of Show, People’s Choice, HGA and Canadian Guild of Weavers Categories: Accessories (belts, hats, scarves, shawls, jewellery) ClothingRugs and Wall hangings Household items (tablecloths, napkins, runners, towels)Off-loom Work (baskets, jewellery)Yardage (2 metres minimum)Miniatures and toys Hand-spun skeins Hand-spun items Felted Items Hand-dyed items - Hand woven, Hand Spun or Felted top of page
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Shawl Progress

Photos from Sharon.

Teachers Exhibit

I thought I might like to share a picture I took this summer, my Teachers Exhibit piece at the Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival in August. It is handwoven bamboo woven in Bronson lace and the summer top has an accent band of Bobbin Lace made from the same thread.