Monday, December 13, 2010

Minutes of December Meeting

Minutes of Meeting
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild
December 6, 2010

Thanks to Gudrun and Alf for their hospitality.  Gabrielle called the meeting to order at 6 PM with 29 Members present.

Ann moved that the Minutes from the November meeting be adopted.  Seconded by Margaret.  Carried.

Old Business:
Treasurer’s Report was given by Gabrielle, who distributed the cheques.  The Christmas sale this year was our best sale ever.  Total sales this year were more than $2000 over last year, and everyone who had something in the sale sold something.  Revenues reported do not yet include gallery rental. 

Despite excellent advertising coverage, Gudie reported a $0 budget.  Comments about the sale focused on displays.  More height, to get items at eye level would be better.  Half busts could be bought at Lisjen for $10 or boxes from the basement of the gallery used.  Keep at eye out at Winners or dollar stores for display items.  The gallery has been booked for the same time next year, that is, after the gallery displays.  An empty gallery was easier to utilize, and reorganize. 

New Business:
Gabrielle reported sending cards to Michael D on Gail's passing and to Sue M on her Dad's passing
Room 3 has been booked for March, April and May for Fibres Unlimited to have extended space.  The cost will be and additional $25/ month.

The January 3 meeting was cancelled, as it is still part of the holiday season.

Spin In – January 11 @ Mona’s 10 AM – 2 PM
Knit In – January 17 @ Glenda’s 10 AM – 2 PM
Evening Spin In – Monday Jan 24 @ Rita’s 7 – 9 PM

Ann Nikmo reported on Heritage Days February 19 – 26.  Usually the Spinners and Weavers have something set up at the mall.  This year it will be for Friday, February 25.  If you can assist, call Ann.

Anne also introduced a world-wide competition in June, the same weekend as the Relay for Life.  This Back to Back (Back of the sheep to the back of the person) competition utilizes a team of 8, and no automation.  A blade shearer has been booked, and an unshorn sheep and 6 more team members will be required.  The wool must be spun and knitted raw, and the final product is washed.  Call Ann if you can help with this project.  It would be nice to have a Canadian team in this event.

Alternate sales venues?  The Dragon Boat festival, this year on June 25, supports a certain number of vendors and craft sales on this occasion.  People wishing another sales outlet could look into this.

The Sheep to Shawl Competition will be discussed at the February meeting.

Tapestry Workshop.  Please email Gudrun if you are interested in taking this tapestry workshop in February.

Anne Nikmo – brought a completed fish.  12 have been completed, and there are 14 still to go.  Ann is weaving more material for heads and tails.

Artsolutely is running all month  at the Vernon Arts Centre.

Gudie’s paper making project.  Gudie wishes to contribute 100 cards of recycled paper decorated with thrums to ANWG in Salem Oregon.  She will contact people when a suitable paper making opportunity occurs.

Marcia moved that the meeting be adjourned at 6: 50 PM. For Show and Tell.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Sale Photos from Judith

Kitchen crew taking a break!

Just a small peak at how much wonderful stuff was available for shoppers!

More lovely things to drool over!

Scarves, scarves and more scarves.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Show and Tell Items

Melissa has been needle felting, I think that she called this creation "Buster Bear". 

Ann showing off one of the salmon.  Fish are fashioned out of handwoven fabrics made by guild members then stitched and stuffed.

Lynette and Ngaire showing off stockings that they created to use up some odds and ends from their statshes! 

Gudrun's family Christmas stockings made using a boundweave technique.  They even have decorative borders with the names of each family member - sorry that I didn't get a better shot, but she waves her arms alot!

Now who wouldn't want to take this little gal home - another of Melissa's creations.

This gorgeous scarf was produced by a woman whose name
I did not get (please email me so I can include it!).  She said it was her first attempt at "nuno felting" and is justly proud of her results.

Katherine is standing beside the shawl that Gudrun took off the guild loom after several aborted attempts to get the treadles working correctly.  In frustration, she brought it home, threaded it on her own loom and is showing us the end result!  The shawls will be lovely!

Christmas Potluck was excellent

Approximately 30 people attended the affair hosted so graciously by Gudrun and Alfred.  It was a lovely evening full of laughter, great conversations , a fantastic "Show and Tell" and even a bit of music to send folks home with a song in their heart as well as smiles on their faces.  Many, many thanks to Gudrun and Alfred ... as you can see from the photo below, it looks like they also had a good time!
I will post some photos sharing some of the wonderful projects shared by Guild Members.  I am sorry that I do not have photos of everything ... do ask Jean to show you her lovely cards, Gudrun her Christmas stockings, Gabriel the cross-stitch stocking that took her a year to complete, Gudie's "monster yarns" for making "tush cushes (you know cushions that you sit on) .... the list just goes on and on!

Thanks to everyone for supplying such interesting goodies and sweets for the event!  Too many calories, but every one of them was delicious!
... and this was just one corner of the table - the desserts had a whole table to themselves!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Sale

To all Guild members!

A great BIG thank you to all who participated in our Christmas sale on Saturday. (This includes husbands as well.)

We always have such a good time.  Somehow the snow helped in making it seem like a Christmas sale.

Hope to see you at Christmas potluck at Gudrun"s Dec. 6 at 5:00pm.
Til then  thanks again.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Potluck - December 6th at Gudrun's

Don't forget to put this date on your calendar - 5pm start time.

Guild's Christmas Sale a Huge Success

Folks were lined up waiting for the doors to open at 10 on Saturday and traffic continued to be steady for most of the day.  Locals have obviously learned that it pays to shop early.  By 10:30 there was a queque of people waiting to pay for their selections.  Amazing!   

The variety of items that were contributed to the sale is amazing - table linens, towels, toys, hats, mitts, felted slippers, felted bags, felted hats, blankets, jackets, sweaters, gorgeous shawls, handspun ... the list just goes on and on.  I overheard several folks commenting on the quality of the work and how well it was presented. 

I know that there were some photos taken - if you would like to email them to me, I will post them here so that members who were not able to attend have a chance to see how special the event really was!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Minutes of the November 1st Meeting

Minutes of Meeting  Shuswap Spinners and Weavers
November 1, 2010

The Meeting was called to order by Gabriele at 7:30 PM.

19 members present, and 3 guests – Ngaire, Rosalie, and

A pearl stud earring was found in the workroom.

Judith moved that the Minutes of the October meeting be adopted.
Second by Mona.  CARRIED

Old Business:
Workshop Coordinator – Marcia
Treasurer’s Report missing for tonight.  Membership $$ can be given 

to Gabriele in trust for Noelle.

Fibres Unlimited:  10 members met this afternoon.  To rent the larger
space would be $12/hour.  Catherine /Judith moved that we rent the
larger  space from 2 – 4 PM for March, April and May. 

A cost of $25 for three months.  CARRIED

Salmon sewing will be at Ann N’s on November 12 @ 10 AM.  Bring black
thread, sewing machines and any available stuffing (and lunch).

Darlene read a Thank-You note from Brenda for the 42 knit tits.

Christmas Sale – Saturday, November 27.   (Gudrun and Gudie)
Salmon Arm Art Gallery
10am - 4 pm
SET UP at 8 am.  Don't be late.
This year's theme is "Stockings".   

Goods should be picked up  from the Guild room the previous day to get everything set out in time.  Bring a list of the items you are offering for sale, and their code and price.  Each item should be tagged with code, price, fibre, washing instructions and initials.

Handouts were made available for advertising.  Gudie will send out an
email for people to print off further brochures.

Christmas Sale Tea  (Gabriele and Ann.)

Be sure to bring goodies to the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, small, and precut.  Also decorations, and the necessary stands to  display goods.  Baskets for shopping will be provided.  Cars should be left in the movie theatre parking lot.  If you don’t have a Spinners/Weavers vest or apron, wear a name tag.

Gudie displayed new brochures giving some background on the guild for new
members, and offered to be a resource / mentor for new members.  She would
like to tweak the membership list to show the special interests of the
members. There was some discussion about circulating a new members

Next Meeting:  December 6th, at Gudrun’s home at 5 PM
It will be a potluck event – bring lots of (finger) food, sweet and savoury. Gabriele suggested we all bring our own Christmas stockings for show and tell.

Important Dates:
Spin In on November 9, @ Marcia’s.  10 – 2 PM.  Bring a lunch.
Knit In on November 22 @ Judith’s.  10 - 2 PM.  Bring a lunch.

Send an email to Margaret F to have your names placed on the
interactive mailing list. 

Throughout December,  ARTSOLUTELY will be open at the Vernon Arts
Centre from 9 AM on.  23 artists will be displayed.

The Nov 3 Tapestry  Workshop will be re-scheduled for February.

The meeting was adjourned for tea (Thank you to Rita and Kyla) and Show
and Tell.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Minutes October 4th, 2010 - Meet your new slate of officers

Gabriele has been away and then ill so these are late, but what the heck!

Minutes of the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers - Oct 4, 2010
22 members and 2 guest present
Introduction of new members and guests
Minutes of the Aug meeting were adopted as read by Glenda.
Treasurer's report- Both fairs were successful. Report moved to be  
adopted by Sharon, seconded Wendy. Carried
Fair Reports-
1.  IPE went very well. New  venue was very workable, traffic flow went  
well and the public enjoyed watching the weaving.
2.  SA fair- skien competition was great. Oct, 18 Anne to attend the  
fair meeting.
3.  Sheep to Shawl- Marcia persevered and the shawl was done.
Good spinning competition
Slow Fiber gathering in Summerland Oct. 9
Library- New magazines are in - Vav, Handwoven and Spin-off
Thanks to all who helped with the new room set-up.
2 looms have been donated -remember to sign in to the Guild room in the sign-in book and upstairs  
if you are getting a key.
Equipment- #2 spinning wheel bobbin is still missing.
Newsletter- Margaret has created a new blog and will circulate the new  
address through Sharon's e-mail list. Ask Margaret if you have any  
Fibres-Unlimited- Making plans for this year. Gabriele will look into  
renting Room #3 for 2 hours on the Monday afternoons. (2-4)
Workshops- Transparency- 7 attended. A good workshop. Gudrun brought  
samples of other workshops.
Christmas Sale- Gudrun putting up a display at the library Nov. at 1 pm
Elections- President  Gabriele             Vice- president  Sharon
           Treasurer  Noelle               Secretary  Lis
           Library     Darlene             Equipment Elvi/Anne
           Historian  Wendy                Blog  Margaret
           Arts Council Gudie              Christmas Sale Gudrun/Gudie
           Sheep to Shawl Anne/Noelle      Spinning Proficiency Gloria
           Program Gudrun                   Workshop
Spin-In   Oct. 12 at Gudrun's   (10-2)
Knit-In    Oct. 18 at Glenday's  (10-2)
Sharon moved the meeting be adjourned
  Show and Tell

Friday, October 29, 2010

Workshop update

Hi Everyone,

Gudrun is looking for contributions to go into the display case at the Salmon Library.  The focus of the display is advertizing the  Guild's Christmas Show and Sale.  If you have some items that you would like to contribute for this purpose, please have them at the library on  Monday Nov. 1, 1 PM.  
Gudren would appreciate help setting up the display.  Mark this time and date on your calender.  Monday, November 1. at 1:00 pm .   
Thank you, Gudrun.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tapestry Workshop, November 3rd at Piccadilly Mall

A Tapestry workshop has been scheduled for November 3rd, 2010 in Piccadilly Mall and there is still room for interested guild members to attend.

Contact Gudrun if you are interested in attending and she will provide you with instructions for preparing your loom.  

Start time will be 9:30 am.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fibres Unlimited - 1st Monday Afternoon each month

For those of you who are able to attend, there is an informal gathering of guild members on the afternoon of our regularly scheduled meeting in the Guild Room at the Rec Centre.

Folks generally begin arriving at 1:00 pm and make use of guild equipment if they wish to work on guild projects, or individual projects.  Currently one of the Guild looms is warped for Christmas Tea Towels and members are welcome to make use of this warp.  It is a great opportunity to learn new skills as well as having an extended opportunity to socialize before the meeting.

Many of those attending go out for dinner in Salmon Arm before the meeting begins at 7:30 pm.

Christmas Potluck - Monday December 6, 2010

Gudrun and Alf have offered to host the Guild at their home for the annual Christmas Potluck.
Last year there was a very short meeting and a show and tell session but the focus of the gathering was social.  Perhaps we will be able to persuade Gudrun to play the piano for us one more time.   It was a lovely evening! 

Time:  5:00 pm ( Gudrun was thinking that an early start might be better for folks as we may encounter winter driving conditions by then but I will confirm this after our next meeting.)

Watch for further details.


This brand new event patterned after the slow food movement will feature local fibre.  14 Vendors will be in attendance so bring your shopping basket and cash along.  Sponsored by the Desert Sage Guild, the event is being hosted in Summerland.  Address information will be posted when it is available.

Guild Gatherings for October

Dates to add to your calendar include the following.  Please check your membership list for address information and phone numbers.  

1.  Spin In - October 12, 2010   10 am - 2 pm
Hostess Gudrun W.  will demonstrate the techniques required to spin linen for any members who are interested in learning how to do this.  If you are not interested in linen spinning, bring your current knitting or spinning project and come anyway.  Please pack a bag lunch.  Tea/ coffee will be provided.

2.  U-Can-Knits - October 18, 2010 10 am - 2 pm
Hostess:  Glenda H.  You do not have to be a knitter to attend this gathering, bring your wheel if you would prefer to spin.  Please bring a bag lunch.  Tea/coffee are provided.

Note:  Elvi is looking for some company as she recovers from her accident.  If you are going to be in town, give her a call and see if she is ready for some visitors.  

Monday, October 4, 2010