Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Potluck Photos Posted

If you click on the list of pages, you will be able to open the page containing a selection of photos taken by Gudie.  Great food, great atmosphere and great company - who could ask for a nicer way to launch the Christmas Season!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Knitting with Odd Socks / Affordable Art Fair at SAGA

Hi Everyone

Just a little reminder that on Fridays from 1 - 3 pm there is knitting in the cosy-couch-corner at the Salmon Art Gallery.   It is open to anyone who would like to knit, crochet or just stop by for a visit and have a look at the current show

"Affordable Art Fair"

Works under $200 by 20 local artists

Exhibition: December 3 to 17, 2011 

Each year SAGA Public Art Gallery offers an opportunity for art-lovers and buyers to connect with excellent local artists. This year we are featuring Mary Letham, Lynn Erin, Cindy Whitehead, Andi Silver, Amy Huppler, Graham Anderson, Frieda Martin, Eric Kutschker, Lee Rawn, Linda Franklin, Julia Armstrong, Justin Maas, Rebecca Shepherd, J J Glass, Lisa Figueroa, Carol Warkentin, Tracey Kutschker, Lori Talerico, Janice Scott and Sandra Van Den Ham.

Let's Create a page for Guild Member Websites

It occurs to me that the Blog would be a good place to list websites and blogs illustrating the wonderful creations of our members.  If you would like to add a link to your work on the web, please email the information and I will create a page for this purpose.  (

Christmas Pot Luck a Huge Success

The Christmas Potluck hosted by Marcia D. in Enderby was a fabulous event that was well attended by Guild members.  Marcia's home was a great location for the gathering and even though it is large and spacious, thirty-five people pretty much filled it to capacity.  For those who were not able to attend, the food was excellent, the desserts delicious and wonderfully rich and laughter.  Laughter, lady chatter and the buzz of many, many conversations filled the air and lifted the spirit.  It was great fun. 

Gudie took lots of photos of the event and the Show 'n Tell items - and I will post them here as soon as I receive them from her. 

A special note of thanks to those who came prepared to demonstrate simple skills - how to add beads to your knitting (Judith), a simple way to add heddles when you run out (Eileen), how to fold plastic bags to (a tongue in cheek demo from Darlene), an exercise routine for weavers from Wendy and amusing stories from Glenda, Gudrun and Ann.  The grand finale was a performance and sing- a long with Rosalie as she accompanied us on her Q-chord!   (Please email me if I missed anyone :-( )

It was a lovely evening - our thanks to Marcia for hosting and those who helped her prepare for the event and stayed to clean up. 

Thanks for all of the great food.  If you would like to share your recipes, send them to me at ( and I will post them here for others!

Merry Christmas one and all!

Meeting Minutes for December 5, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7: 30 PM, by Gabriele, with 35 members
Ann moved that the previous minutes be adopted as posted - seconded by
Old Business: 
Noelle's report this month centered on the Christmas Sale.  Last year's
sale had been the best ever, but this year's sale surpassed it by quite a
bit.  Noelle offered her congratulations to those who worked the cash desk
- she balanced to within 11 cents.  Cheques were distributed at the
meeting.  30 artists offered items for sale.  An incomplete list:  the
biggest selling items were shawls and scarves, at 76, 25 hats were sold, 4
bags, 33 tea towels, 39 runners and place mats,  10 rugs?  23 skeins etc.

Discussion items included: 
A sign should be made up saying :  Cash or
cheques preferred, and the Visa sign should be less obvious.  Visa sales
cost 5%.

There was much better height for displaying items.  The half hour for set
up before items were displayed was well utilized, and much appreciated.
The Art Gallery has been booked for the last Saturday in November next

Noelle to discuss payment for the broken coat rack with Gallery staff.

 All in all, a huge success.  Many thanks to Noelle for all her hard
work, and to Gudie for taking care of the advertising. 

Some discussion of supporting the Art Gallery, which has historically been
supported by the guild.

New Business:
Artsolutely - Runs in Vernon to December 23 @ the Vernon Community Arts
Centre in Polson Park.

Workshops - Gudrun has contacted Kim McKenna about spinning workshops in
April or May.  Two suggested workshops are technique improvement, and art
yarns.  Gudrun's email about the possible workshops will be re-sent by
email.  If you are interested in these workshops, please respond to

The Fair Fair class entries booklet was distributed.  New conveners for
Fall Fairs are needed.

Glenda moved that the time of the meeting be moved to 7PM instead of 7: 30
PM, to allow for an earlier finish.  Seconded by Rosalie.  CARRIED

The January 2 meeting was cancelled.  The next meeting will be February 6
in the larger room, at 7:00 PM!!

Spin In  - Judith's place January 10, 2012.  10- 2 PM.  Bring a bag lunch
Knit In      - Glenda's place January 16, 2012.  10 - 2 PM.  Bring a bag lunch.
February 20 - 24 Heritage week at Picadilly Mall.  A week long spin in!
Haney Heritage Park has invited us to spin at their event on Father's Day
in June.

We confirmed that we had accepted the Enderby District Arts Council's
invitation to have a Booth at their Arts Festival on July 28th.  Gwen can
supply a canopy/tent for a booth.  This is no cost to us, but we are
requested to display and encourage demos for spinning and weaving.  Items
can be sold at this event.
Gudie moved to adjourn the meeting at 8: 10 PM.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guild Sale Photos posted!

I have added a page for these wonderful images shared by Gudie.  If you scroll down on the right hand side of your screen (beneath the two pictures) you will see a list of pages - click on the Guild Sale Photos page and to see the rest of the album!  ENJOY!

Monday, November 28, 2011

45" LeClerc Loom. See "For Sale" page on right for details

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild Sale - a GREAT Success!

Shoppers and guild supporters were lined up on Saturday morning waiting for the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild Annual Christmas Sale to begin!  Clearly, folks have learned that it pays to be there early to have the widest possible selection of items to choose from.  That being said, there was no shortage of wonderful gift items on offer even at the end of the day.  Shoppers commented on both the quality and the variety of locally produced crafts available. 

As a guild member, I am always in awe of the talent and skill shown by other members and the Christmas Sale is a great place to see just how extensive that talent pool actually is. 

We are looking for photos of the event to publish here, so please send them to Gudie or myself and we will make them available!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Calendar for November and Beyond

Monday November 21st – Knitters are welcome at Clare Fensoms’ home from 10 -2 pm.  Bring your knitting and a bagged lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  Contact Clare for directions. 

Saturday, November 12 (10am-6pm) and Sunday November 13 (10am – 4 pm) – Potters and Artisans 21st Annual Sale held in the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna BC.  The Ponderosa Spinners and Weavers will have a booth in the atrium. 

Saturday, November 26th –The Shuswap Christmas Sale held at the Salmon Arm Public Art Gallery,70 Hudson Ave, Salmon Arm. If you are helping to set up plan to arrive around 8 am. Just bringing items for drop off, please arrive before 9 am. Don’t forget your baked goods to contribute.  The doors are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Monday, December 5th – 5:30 pm car pool from the Community Centre for the Christmas Party. 

Monday, December 5th – 6 pm, Deck yourself out and please come to the Christmas Potluck and December meeting at Marcia Duthies’ home at 86 Dale Road in Enderby. Contact Marcia for directions. Please bring a Finger Food contribution. 

Monday, December 5thNo Fibers Unlimited Meeting until next month.

Contributed by Lynette

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Scacht Loom for Sale - see For Sale Page for details

New Page for Show and Tell Photos

Click on the Show and Tell Photo Page listed on the right hand side of the screen to see additional images from Monday's Meeting!

Minutes - November 7, 2011

Minutes of Meeting:
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers, November 7, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 7: 35 PM, by Sharon, with 24 members
and 1 guest present.
Glenda moved that the previous minutes be adopted as posted - seconded by
Eileen  CARRIED.
No Treasurer's Report tonight.
A lady in Enderby has a Schacht loom for sale, 45", 8 shaft, 12 pedals, 4
reeds, lease sticks, bench, warping mill, Handwoven magazines, etc.  She
is asking $2000.00.  See Sharon or Mona for contact information.
Lis read a letter from the Enderby & District Arts Council, inviting us to
participate in their 3rd Annual Arts Festival.  They are not requesting a
fee, but would like us to provide a loom/wheel for educational purposes.
We agreed to send a letter back, thanking them for the invite, and saying
we would love to come.
Old Business:
Elvi - has entered her artists' information with the Art Gallery.  She had
13 participants, and has a copy of her entry for viewing.  The wait could
be as long as 2 years, but the process has been started.
Ann showed the Back To Back sweater from the contest, with thanks to Clare
who did much of the final knitting.
Those weaving on the guild looms should pay Elvi $5/rug as she supplied
the warp.
No reports from Library or Equipment.
Workshops - Gudrun passed around a signup sheet to show interest in the
workshops that could be available.
The Penticton Festival was a big hit. - the Eclectic Collective did well
there, and had a nice big booth.
New Business:
Christmas Sale - November 28 at the Art Gallery,  10 AM - 4 PM.
Those with keys will arrive at 8 AM to set up tables and tablecloths.
Everyone else should arrive before 9 AM.  The plan is to set up the tables
and spacers before putting out the merchandise.  Ann, Glenda and Gwen will
pick up stuff from the guild room to bring down - Likely pick up on Friday
night.  Banners, sandwich boards, mannequins, wire cages, mirror, etc.
BE SURE AND PARK IN THE THEATRE PARKING LOT (although you can unload closer).
Goods will share space, and items will be moved during the day to fill in
spaces.  All display items with be shared, and displays will be mix and

All guild members are requested to bring items to serve with the tea,
which Gabriel will organize, with Ann and Denise.

A signup sheet was sent around for the cash desks.  There are still some
available slots. Two cash desks could be run when line-ups form, using the
space just inside the front door.  An experienced cashier should always be
working with the wrappers.  Items that are double tagged - one tag is
clipped and put into a bag.  There is no need to double tag if you don't
wish to.  All items should be tagged, and listed on an inventory sheet for
Noelle.  Tags should include Name (initials) Inventory Number, price,
fibre content, washing instructions.  Many people ask for extra
information, so if you wish to leave a business card at the desk it makes
it easy to give out info.  Gudie will cover advertising again. Sharon will
check the supply of tissue paper, plastic bags, and bigger plastic bags.
Gwen suggested that we might like to revitalize the Fashion Show,  in the
Art Gallery, displaying wearable art in conjunction with the Quilters
Guild.  This would be for sometime next summer or fall.  The suggestions
was well received.  Gwen will send out a letter asking for input before
spearheading a committee to work on such a project.
Eileen brought a magazine from the Guild of Canadian Weavers, and
suggested that our guild should be a member.  She won a scholarship to
attend a workshop from them, and displayed their new format magazine.
Mona moved that we join the Guild of Canadian Hand Weavers.  Seconded by
Darlene.  CARRIED.*
Christmas Party - Marcia offered her place in Enderby - December 5 @ 6 PM.
The meal will be Potluck with stress on Finger food, sweet or savory.
Come with an idea you can demo in a minute or 2.  Meet at the Community
Centre at 5:30 PM to carpool.
Spin In - Mona's place tomorrow at 10 - 2PM.  Don't bring a lunch.
Knit In  - Clare's place on the 21.  10 - 2 PM.  Bring a bag lunch.
Judith moved to adjourn the meeting at 8: 50 PM.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Women of Fibre : Mary Garnham Andrews Exhibition

Women of Fibre: Mary Garnham Andrews and Articulation

November 26, 2011 to January 29, 2012
Opening Reception November 26, 7 PM
Main Gallery. WHYTE Museum, Banff, AB

Women of Fibre: Mary Garnham Andrews and Articulation features a broad selection of the weaving of Mary Garnham Andrews, 95-year-old Banff artist and Master Weaver. While Mary’s work anchors the exhibition in the tradition of weaving, the contemporary works of Articulation, an eclectic group of fibre artists, illustrates the ongoing vibrancy of fibre arts across Canada. The works of Articulation are inspired by the Whyte Museum’s collection.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Fibres Unlimited and Meeting for Nov. 7/11

Hello Everyone

Just another reminder that our next evening meeting will be in  Room 2 which is 
a  large room, big enough for everyone to spin and spread out your show-and-tell.
There will be no post to hide behind......     : D

Our Guild room will be open In the afternoon from 2 - 4 for  "Fibres Unlimited "
which is for those working on the looms or to just wish to hang out for the company and knit 
or whatever.....

See you all on Monday.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We are invited - Beyond Fiber ... Annual Artisans' Sale - Fort Langley, November 5/ 6

The Langley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild presents: 

Beyond Fibre…Annual Artisans’ Sale

November 5, 2011,  10:00 am – 5:00 pm  and
November 6, 2011,   10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Indulge yourself!
Weaving & Spinning Hand-crafted fibre arts & yarn supplies Also featuring guest artisans’ jewelry, pottery, woodturning, glasswork, beads & more!
For more information email:
Fort Langley Community Hall,  9167 Glover Road,  Fort Langley, B.C.

Rental of Additional Space is a Go!

Hi Everyone!
Didn't we have a packed house for our first meeting !!!
In response to the emails generated to that, I have booked Room 2 for  
our next meeting. It  is only a difference of $5.25/ hour more than  
renting Rm 3. So no additional charge to our membership dues.  
Hopefully this meets with everyone's approval .
  We will still rent Rm 3 for the 2 to 4 pm time slot on the meeting  
See you next time.

Thanks to the Guild for their support

Good Morning Everyone!

I am writing to thank everyone for their donations to my Father's benefit auction. The silent auction alone brought in approximately $940! The total amount raised was close to $5000.

I feel blessed to belong to such a wonderful, generous group of women! My dad asked me to express his gratitude to all of you, he was pleasantly surprised by all of the beautiful items donated.

You will all be in my thanksgiving prayers tonight.

With love and gratitude,

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Calendar for October - November

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Calendar for October and Beyond

If you are interested in taking part in the Textile Expressions Gallery Show in 2013; please have your artist Bio and photos of past work ready to give Elvi as soon as possible. 

Monday October 10 – Gobbling the Gobbler Day!

October 14-15 -16 - Desert Mesa Spinning Retreat in Cache Creek.

Monday October 17 – Knitters are welcome at Lis Borthwick’s home at 151 17th Street N.E Salmon Arm from 10 -2 pm.  Bring your knitting and a bagged lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.

There is no Spinning date for October.

Saturday October 29 – The Desert Sage Weavers present the second annual Slow Fiber Festival at 2965 South Main Street, in the Seniors Center from 10-5 pm. There will be vendors, demonstrations and a fashion show.

Thursday November 1 - Gudrun Weisinger put out a request for Guild made items to display at the Public Library for the month of November.  Please contact Gudrun at 250-835-4657 if you have items for her.  Items will be returned in time for the November Christmas sale.

Monday November 7 – Fibers Unlimited meets at 2:00 pm in the Guild room.

Monday November 7 - The Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild meets at 7:30 in the Guild Room.

Tuesday November 8 – Spinners are welcome at Mona Ball’s home at 3170 Fraser Road in Armstrong from 10-2 pm.  Bring your spinning wheel and a bagged lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.

Saturday November 26 – Christmas Sale; no set up time yet.  The theme is Christmas Ornaments.

If I've missed anything please let me know.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shuswap Fibre Artists on Facebook!

After last night's meeting, Melissa created a Facebook page called Shuswap Fibre Artists for those interested in participating.  The link appears below and is also listed on the Interesting Links - appearing on the right of the screen.

If you are interested to get on board, click the "Like" button at the top of the new page. In case you need help beyond that, let me know.  
Contributed by Gudie H.

October 3 Meeting - Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers
October 3, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 7: 35 PM, by Gabriele with 32 members
and 2 guests present.
Marg moved that the previous minutes be adopted as read - seconded by
Fair results were read by Noelle.  The amount was up from last year,
particularly at the IPE.  Cheques were delivered.  This year's dues are
now overdue, but can be given to Noelle.  The treasurer's report was read
by Noelle.  Moved by Noelle, seconded by Eileen that the report be
adopted.  CARRIED.
Old Business:
Report on Fairs:  IPE  Moved by Rosalie, seconded by Mona that the guild
charge a 10% commission on all guild sales at the fairs.  CARRIED
  •  It was expected and accepted that those selling would also volunteer to run the booth at the fairs.
  •  Tags on products must include name (initials), inventory number, price and should also contain fibre content, and possibly care instructions.
  •  Sellers wishing to keep track of the inventory sold could double tag, and when sold, one tag could be dropped in a bucket for later verification.
  •  All cheques collected should be made out to Shuswap Spinners and Weavers.
 Committee Reports
No reports were received from Equipment, Library, Historian.
Fibres Unlimited had 5 today.  The Arts Council has received updated
contact information.  The Newsletter from Lynnette will be primarily in
form of a calendar.  Christmas Sale will be November 26.  The theme is
ornaments, but no tree will be put up to display them. To advertise,
Gudrun has booked the Library display case for the month of November.
Email her if you have items to be displayed there.  Tuesday, Nov. 1, @10
AM at the library would be a good time to give her your items.
New Business:
Claire - Facebook page?  After some discussion on facebook pages and
communications methods, it was decided to name the page for Fibre Artists,
instead of for Shuswap Spinners and Weavers.  Those wishing to be a part
of it can choose to do so.  The blog will continue, with any information
you send Margaret to be posted.  If items are sold, she should be notified
to remove the ad.  Photos of events may also be sent to her.  Lynnette
will send out the Newletter.  Lis will email the minutes to each member
individually as well as have them posted on the blog spot.  Individuals
without email must see Lis to give her their address for mailed minutes.
Kyla received items tonight for the Silent Auction to raise money for her
father's operation.  You can email her if you have donations to add, so
she can take everything with her.
Textile Expressions -   Elvi is preparing a submission for the Art Gallery
to request a textile showing in 2013.  In order to make the presentation,
she must have the biographies of all artists.  See Rosalie's email about
format, or the SAGA webpage.  Please deliver your bio to Elvi if you have
signed up to be one of the displayed artists.  Once that list is
submitted, you are committed.  The sooner the submission is made, the
better our chances of success, so time is important.
Elections:            Executive for 2011-2012
President            Gabriele Clark     
Vice President      Sharon Wickstrom           
Treasurer           Noelle Cox         
Secretary           Lis Borthwick                  
Equipment           Elvi Pukas
Library               Darlene Thornbury
Historian Wendy Lawson
Workshops          Gudrun Weisinger
Arts Council         Gudie Hupfauer
Fall Fair  ??

October 14, 15 & 16          Desert Mesa Spin In (Cache Creek)
October 17          Knit In    Lis Borthwick (Directions to follow)
November 8        Spin In   Mona Ball's
Next Meeting       November 7, 7: 30 PM
The meeting was adjourned at 8: 40 PM for refreshments and Show and Tell
Goodie List:
            November           Lis Borthwick       February            Noelle and Gabrielle
            March                Rita and Kyla       April                  Gwen Martinuk    
            May       ??