Monday, April 26, 2010

May meeting

Next Monday 3rd May fibres unlimited is being held at Elvi's. The guild meeting will be held in the guild room at 7.30pm. We are going to brainstorm goodies for the ANWG conference and times for activities at the fair. Catherine and Wendy are providing the goodies. Also check your e mail from Judith about the program.

Thank you

Thank you to all of you who came to my 'spin in' at my farm Harmonious Homestead and ewe. After you all retreated home Gudie and I took cover from the rain in the shop. We were joined soon after by Gudrun and Alfred and then Kyla and her children. In between the rain showers people till visited and the shop became very warm and cosy full of people drinking tea and munching on my sheep cookies. Clare.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pictures of April's show and tell

Melissa's felted trophy.

Felted sculpture.

'horny corn'

Sharon's weaved coat.

Marcia's silk shibori

and Judith!
( thank you Gudie for the photos)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shrug 'Knit in'

Yesterday was a beautiful hot day so I guess most members were gardening. I arrived at Mona's to find her, Elvi and Darlene struggling to knit the shrug (pattern was e mail to you all) It did not take long before Judith came to the rescue! Thank you for the chili and cake Mona, and we look forward to seeing Darlene's and your shrug at the next meeting!!


I have update the Salmon Arm Fall Fair website address on the left and added a free pattern site from Noelle. Check them out!. This link maybe of interest to some of you. "

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gudie's 'spin in'

Friday 9th April all of us woke up to a blanket of snow but approx 13 of us spent most of the day at Gudies. After a lunch break of Cake with rum sauce (thank you Werner) we watched the DVD of Gudie's and Werner's holiday in Colombia. I really enjoyed it and so did all as alot of questions were asked.

Looms for sale

1. 45" Four Harness Jack Style Floor Loom built by H. Luther of Lac la Hache. All hardware is from LeClerc - wire heddles, single beam, 6 treadles. Comes with 10 and 12 dent reeds, lease sticks and weaving bench. Very good condition. $350

2. 60" Nilus LeClerc Four Harness Loom. Good condition - has been stored. Has sectional warp beam and wire heddles (extra heddles included). Jack type with rising shed. Comes with tensioner, lease sticks and reed. $450

Photos available on Craig's List - Kamloops and Kelowna.

Call if you would like more information.


Friday, April 2, 2010

March meeting minutes

Minutes of the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers March 1, 2010
23 members present
Judith called the meeting to order and welcomed Linda Nichols.
1. Minutes of the February meeting adopted as printed by Noelle, Glenda seconded.
2. Noelle gave the treasurer's report.
3. Fibres Unlimited - Elvi reported that the salmon are coming along. 4-5 have been woven.
4. Workshops- Marcia suggested several workshops -boundweave, tapestry. Sharon doing a transparency workshop in the fall. If you have any requests please talk to Marcia.
5. Christmas Sale - Nov. 27,2010. "Stockings" You can never start too early.
6. Sheep to Shawl - Still need more spinners. So far only Catherine has stepped forward. Marcia will be the weaver.
7. Ukanknits gathered at the mall for heritage week.
Old Business
1. Reminder to e-mail Trixie if attending the Kalamalka Spin-In March 27. Info is on the blog.
2. Discussion of meeting times: It was decided to think about this further and make a decision later in the year before the winter months.
New Business
1. No donation to be made to ANWG
2. Next meeting - April 12, instead of April 5 (Easter Monday)
3. Spin-Ins: March 16 at Jean's 10-2March 25 at Noelle's 7-9Knit-In March 22 at Gloria's 10-2
4. Clare said that their farm Harmonious Homestead is open every Saturday in April as well as Easter Monday and April 23 (Pro D Day) . They are shearing March 3.It was decided to have a Spin-In at Clare's April 24 from 12-5.
5. Margaret is shearing March 8
6. Thank you to all those who came for heritage week.
Meeting adjourned
Show and tell
Program- Gudrun showed some great tips for warping.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

From the Vancouver Guild

Thank you for promoting Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild news to Guild Members and your Fibre Friends.


ONE - Registration deadline is fast approaching for the Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild's Symposium - Interlacement. Don't miss out on signing up for a workshop (or 2) and/or lecture tickets . See further INTERLACEMENT SYMPOSIUM information below

TWO - Thursday, April 15 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Ceinture Flechee presented by Erin Barley - FREE Lecture. NOTE: Presentation follows the Guild's business meeting which begins at 7:30 pm. Visitors and New Members welcome to attend! For further information please visit, email or contact Dawn at 604-576-8101. The Greater Vancouver Weavers' & Spinners' Guild meets at Aberthau, West Point Grey Community Centre, 2nd Ave at Trimble, Vancouver.

The Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild celebrates 75 years of weaving, spinning and related arts with the INTERLACEMENT Symposium.
Join us for a week of lectures and workshops at Capilano University, North Vancouver May 17-23, 201

REGISTER NOW – CLASSES ARE FILLING. Registration will close April 15th. Don’t be disappointed,– sign-up now!

1 day to 5 day Workshops Cost: $75 per day

Basketry with Judith Olney
May 20 & 21 Introductory Basketry: Shape, Structure & Technique
May 22 & 23 Adventures for Experienced Basketmakers

Spinning with Anne Field
May 17 -– 19 Spinning Wool Beyond the Basics

Surface Design/Dyeing with Kris Abshire
May 17-– 19 The Esoteric Cloth
May 20 & 21 Serendipity in a Cup

Weaving with Cameron Taylor-Brown
May 18 -– 20 Colour In Cloth: The Weaves You Want & Why (pre workshop warping May 17)
May 17 Ready, Sett Go: Warp Sett Made Simple/Spice It Up: From Bland to Beautiful (2 short workshops in one day)

For more information, workshop and lecture descriptions, instructor bios, and how to register go to and choose the INTERLACEMENT tab.


Serendipity in a Cup - Color Essence for Hand Weavers with Kris Abshire
May 20 & 21

From the soft, muted watercolor effects of Monet to the bright, brilliant color contrast of Van Gogh, to clear and crisp edged images as in Matisse, this workshop will provide methods and techniques for applying permanent, colorfast dyes and paints to the handwoven cloth. With a “no limits” design approach in color application to both warp and weft available only to handweavers, we will explore various techniques of precise imagery as well as the freedom of serendipitous “gay abandon”.

Students will learn that using the simplest, inexpensive tools and supplies, they may apply these methods to virtually any weaving project – wearables, wall pieces, rugs, pillows, throws and jewelry. Even thrums become gorgeous possibilities.

In addition to all silk yarns for dyeing, each student will be provided all workshop dyes, their own personal "color wheel" dye kit to take home, class handouts with instructions, resource references, and bibliography of suggested reading. This is a two-day “no loom” class where you concentrate on color play!

Introductory Basketry: Shape, Structure & Technique with Judith Olney
May 20 & 21

Have you always wanted to learn how to make baskets? Visit Judith's website to see photos of what you will make in this class. Note: first two images on her website are the baskets you will be making. All materials will be provided by Judith in the materials fee.

Features international and local textile experts. All lectures in Cedar 148, Capilano University at 7 PM.

Lecture Tickets: $10/ lecture OR $50/6 lectures

May 17 My Life in Fibre – Cameron Taylor-Brown, California
May 18 Beautiful and Brainy – Mary Frame, West Vancouver
May 19 The Esoteric Cloth – Secrets of a Weaver – Kris Abshire, Alaska
May 20 Contemporary Maori Textile Art – Anne Field, New Zealand
May 21 Weaving with Pixels: Contemporary Jacquard Textiles – Kaija Rautianinen, Vancouver
May 22 Bauhaus Influence on Textile Design – James Koehler, New Mexico

For more information, workshop and lecture descriptions, instructor bios, and how to register
go to and choose interlacement tab.

Gudrun's upholstery weaving material

What's knitting at knit ins!

The last 'knit in' was at Gloria's. Here is a list of everyone's creations.
Marcia and Wendy were both knitting cotton sleeveless sweaters.
Gloria - Thrummed mitts.
Judith - Catherdal mitts.
Darlene - 'boobs'
Mona - Scarf.
Clare - Sucky thrum miits.
Ann and Elvi were both spinning. Ann was spinning some Aurellia corriedale 29 microns. Elvi some Merino sliver 100% wool from the fleece artist in Nova Scotia.