Monday, December 2, 2013

Potluck Tonight!

Monday is our meeting/Christmas party starting at 6 p.m. at Clare's place Harmonious Homestead and Ewe.  Remember to bring finger foods for the meal.  

Glenda reminds each of us to bring yarn/fibre in a brown paper bag for exchanging.  No identifying marks on the bags.  Suggested amount 100 g. or so.

Other business is the Waulking project and buying the tent as well as spin-in, knit-in dates for January. 

See you all tonight!

Ashford 4-shaft Loom for Sale!

I have a new Ashford 4 shaft 24' loom for sale. I bought it for a little old lady who can't see well enough to thread the heddles. I offered to change them over to metal ones for her but she wants me to sell it instead. She paid 900+ for it and wants to sell it for $650. A great deal for someone looking for one. It also has a new 8 d.p.i reed along with the 10 that is standard. Wondering if you can circulate this info at your next guild meeting and if someone is interested they can either phone me 250-494-0222 or e-mail me

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finishing Lace Weave Projects

On Nov 4, 2013 Lis, Wendy, Elvi, Margaret, Ann and Rosalie shared ideas of what to do with their lace squares. Ann joined her collection with a smooth bound seam technique to form a 9 square diamond tablecloth, arranging cream-colored squares symmetrically, and sampling a number of pretty embroidery stitches along the joins. Elvi chose to back her squares with light weight white cotton fabric enclosing all raw edges and making each square the same size as others. She plans to use a stitching technique to join these finished squares together. Margaret is toying with the idea of using the squares for clothing so we spent some time in the library researching possible designs for tops. Lis, Wendy and Rosalie were inspired by the discussion of options.

Elvi's Lace Squares (above & below) 

Ann's Lace Squares (below)

Photos by Rosalie

Colour Therapy November 2013

No one in this group is afraid of color!!! Thanks for sharing your assignments, I mean experiments. Looking forward to February already.

Jen's Dyeing (above)

Wendy's Dyeing (above)

Clare's Dyeing (above & below)

Photos by Rosalie

November Spin-in at Ann's

Considering how much we enjoy these spinning days, we sure look serious!!! Believe me, a good time was had by all.
Thanks Ann!

Photos by Rosalie

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tablet (Card)weaving Workshop

Tablet (Card)weaving workshop

Register with : Monashee Arts Council secretary Jennifer at  or ph 778-473-3029.
Time:  Saturday Jan 25th – 9:00 a.m. until 4:00p.m. Room open at 8:30
Where: Whitevalley Community Hall in downtown Lumby
Cost: $40.00  - you supply cards and yarns  A supply list will be sent to participants as soon as they register and pay
Maximum # of people : 10  Minimum- 8 
More Details about workshop:  History, & Useage
                                                   Calculating Warp length needed
                                                   One way to set up cards, Other ways are discussed, holders, etc shown and can be used
                                                   Threading cards
                                                   Straightening the warp, securing the warp ready to weave- several methods demonstrated and can be tried
                                                   Winding the weft shuttle
                                                   Start weaving , Practise turning cards, keeping track of progress.
                                                   End finishes

Notes supplied.  A list of supplies needed will be sent well in advance. Cards, yarns,flat inkle shuttles, graph paper, pencils, etc.

I like to limit the class to 10 persons so I can help everyone.

This is a beginners class- how to make a warp, thread the 4 hole cards, and get started.
Reading tablet drafts, etc depending on interest of participants.
I show tensioning on a board with clamps rather than on a belt.
We can explore flat weaving and circular weaving.
I have samples of splitting a warp into 2 or 3 sections and then rejoining them into 1 .
Turning a corner, creating a fringe on 1 side, etc.

Make shoelaces to purse straps to wider straps.

Fibre Events in November

Beginner Weaving Workshop with Sharon Wickstrom of Homespun Haven on November 16th. Please contact her for further information 250-546-3224 or

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Annual Christmas Sale November 30th at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery

Also the Armstrong Art Gallery in the Main Gallery this month is hosting a show "Textiles - by Invitation"

Meeting Minutes from November 4th

Spinners and Weavers meeting
Nov 4, 2013
members present, 25. guests Susanne Douglas

Meeting called to Order

Additions to agenda: ANWG info. Agenda moved adopted by Julia, seconded by Jen, Carried
Introduction of visitors and guests
Adoption of minutes from October 7, 2013 Nikki moved the minutes be adopted as circulated and Linda seconded, carried. Correction on minutes by Noelle about the winner"s name for the tea towel, Laurel Spencer.

Treasurer: Noelle reports income from memberships, waulking and other items
Year end report: summary of the last 6 years. Noelle moved her report be adopted, seconded by Sharon, carried.
Give Noelle your names for name tag.
Equipment: no report
Library; $21 for fine and new magazines to card
Workshops: Glenda asks each to bring about a 100 gram skein or fibre to the Christmas potluck. Final meeting of the lace group today. Colour group also met today.
Historian: No report.
Today the guild room was reorganized and cleaned to find space for the donated knitting machine. Pearl brought several bundles of pattern books as well. Thanks to Elvi, Darlene, Anne C., Ann N., Gabriele, Wendy, Liz B. and Jen.

Old Business:
Waulking project: A person is needed to take charge of getting the wool and getting it organized. Nikki will organize getting the yarn. Michelle and Lis have offered to help set up the loom.
Members wishing to weave a blanket include: Susanne D, Michelle, Lis, Nikki, Elvi, Darlene, Ann Any others should contact Ann to get your name on the list.

Hosting a multi guild spin-in: Sharon mentioned that there are many spin-ins. Nikki suggested we need to table it until next year,others agreed.

Possible constitution for our guild, policies have been used in the past. Committee to revisit policies and see if we need to expand or change any. No one thought this is necessary, at this time.

New Business:

ANWG: grants being given out to support weaving . Must apply by Mar 14, 2014. Need a committee to look into this. No volunteers tonight, Noelle has the information.

Fall Fair: Louise would like to see us warp up some of the guild looms to make things for entering in the fall fair. Susanne, Michelle and Barbara would all like to to tea towels. No suggestions for different classes.

Christmas Sale: November 30

Sales Desk and Tea Room sign up sheet circulated. Each member brings small goodies for the tea room. Gabriele and Jen to organize the tea room. Gudie will do the advertising with papers and radio, prepared posters for the sale.
Julia did a scale drawing of the set-up and will do it again. Set-up crew: Ann, Anne, Gabriele, Lis will set up tables at 8 a.m. Gabriele will get the key. Nikki will collect things from the guild room with help from Gwen.
Remainder of people to come at 8:30. Let Julia know what props you are bringing. email to Julia. 250 832 4359 Julia went through the list of props. Ann to label places for props.
Sales tags: put in your middle initial as well, inventory list that includes number of the item, cost, and description of item. Each item needs to have the price on it. Remember to put the fibre content and care instructions on each item. Contact Noelle if you have any questions, 250 832 7768
Julia will provide live harp music.
Everyone is encouraged to put up posters and hand out individual invitations to people.Without this advertising and personal contact our sale will be less successful.
Gwen moves that we pay Julia an honorarium of $50. seconded by Gudie. Carried.
Gudrun has suggested we wear something hand made at the sale. Nov 12 is the set-up time for the library display. Contact Gudrun: 250 835 4657

Vice President: Sharon has said she could fill in for the remainder of the year.
Mailbox: Gabriele suggests we abandon our mailbox to prevent further problems with the community centre and their mail. Gabriele will return the key to the post office as we no longer use the box.

Spin- In: Library display and at Michelle's spin-in on November 12 10 - 2 bring your bag lunch 250 832 9505
Knit-In: Gudie Wednesday November 6 10 - 2 with a bag lunch
Evening event: no interest in hosting
December 2 evening potluck. Hostess: Clare Time: 6 p.m. Finger foods and fibre to share. Show and Tell Music.

Blog: Nikki would like pictures for the blog. Is anyone interested in taking some photos of show and tell and sending them to her?

Lis adjourned the meeting at 8:10.

Sales Desk for Nov 30

10 - 12 Marg F, Anne C, Lis B, Noelle C, Darlene, Elvi Floating volunteer, Nikki
12 - 2 Michelle, Barb, Gwen, Eileen, Sharon
2 - 4 Sarah C, Bea J, Gudrun

Tea Room: Gabriele and Jen as organizers, Susanne and Ann N. as helpers

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Spin-In & Knit-In Wednesday November 6th!!

Spin-In & Knit-In tomorrow which is Wednesday, November 6th at Gudie's from 10am - 2pm.

Bring your bag lunch and enjoy some fibre fun!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Okanagan Artisans Guild 34th Annual Show & Sale

Okanagan Artisans
34th annual Show & Sale
November 22 & 23, 2013
Best Western Vernon Lodge
"The show of choice for many of The Okanagan's professional artisans"


For a list of this year's participating artisans, go to


We look forward to seeing you
at the Show!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild October 7th, 2013 Meeting Minutes

October 7 Meeting
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers. 26 present plus one guest, Pearl who donated the knitting machine. Welcome 2 new members, Sarah and Katie!
Meeting called to order by President, Lis at 7 p.m.
Reminder about signing into the book when attending meetings and whenever you come to the guild room.
Guests and visitor introductions; Sara, Pearl, Katie
Minutes from the June meeting. Moved adopted by Eileen, seconded by Rita, Carried.
Our blog person, Lisa, has moved to Campbell River. Many thanks to Nikki for taking over the blog. A card has been sent to thank Lisa for all her hard work.
Thank you!
Address for the blog is:

Committee Reports:

Treasurer: Noelle's report given by Lis. Some income from sales and memberships with expenses for the room rent. Less income from the Fall Fairs this year over last year. Morna Thomson won the tea towel. Lin Hylton won the sweater and hat at the Salmon Arm Fair. Sharon moved the report be adopted, seconded by Julia, carried.

Equipment: Mini combs are missing and one carding machine.

To use equipment: Put your name in the equipment book, with date and also put the date you returned the equipment. Please ensure the equipment is returned in good condition, advise us of any issues noted. Put your cheque in the pouch at the front of the equipment book. If using equipment in the guild room, please record that beside your name in the sign in book (this gives the equipment person a better idea of what is being used and what to check on for routine maintenance).

Library: Please put your name and date on the card and put the card in the recipe file box. When returning the book put the date on the card and place in the envelope and replace the book in the proper spot on the shelf. Loan period is for one month.

Historian: Wendy has a binder with history of the more recent variety.

Workshops: Glenda is asking us to each bring a skein of yarn or fibre to the December meeting and then each person will take a skein and create something before the June potluck. Glenda is also looking into a retreat at Sorrento Centre.

Programs: Gudrun will do a show and tell and talk about a workshop she can teach on pick-up leno.

Old Business:

Quilt Show and Haney Heritage visits: Ann gave a brief report on the success and welcomed participation at each event. The Waulking event was particularly well supported by guild members and lots of fun to do.

Fall Fairs: Sharon stated the weather was a bit of deterent for visitors but things went well, Sharon had to fight to keep the location we were in and will start earlier next year to secure the location.

Salmon Arn Fall Fair, Elvi said that roughly 50% participated in the fair. A Demonstration Sheep to Shawl was held and there were many conversations with visitors. Much more low key than usual. Less expensive for the guild. Darlene and Elvi put on a warp for tea towels that were woven at both fairs. Over $300 was raised from the tea towels. 550 hours were donated as time for the Salmon Arm fair. Sunday, only one entry for the spinning for the competition. Elvi suggests that more guild members come and spin on the Sunday from 11 to 2 so we have a show of spinning.
Spin-In commitee will report in November. No report tonight from the committee looking into hosting a multi-guild spin in.

Constitution: Some items are straight forward and others are more controversial. We might produce a paper packet to give to give to each member. Think about things and let Lis know by e-mail what your thoughts are, so that at the November meeting we can vote on whether to have this or not. Discussion revolved about members in good standing and participation in sales events without volunteering time to help in any way at the various guild events.

Keys- 5 keys are accounted for.
Blanket Costs, $27 per participant
Waulking Project: sign the list that is going around to show interest.

New Business:

Knitting Machine: Pearl talked about the machine and showed us a few items she had made. A suit, a sweater and socks where she ribbed the top.

Using guild equipment: A collapsible tent for use at guild events, moved by Sara we buy a tent at the most economical price, seconded by Catherine, carried. A tarp might be needed on rainy occasions.

Anne C. moved that the guild sock machine to allowed to leave the guild room after lessons with a mentor, seconded by Louise. Putting a deposit cheque in the box applies and the machine is to be checked out to ensure the equipment is in proper condition before the cheque is returned. The suggested deposit be $200 and the rent per month be $25.00 Carried. Anne C. will check out the equipment to assure it is returned in good repair.
Christmas Sale: Poster is done, Gudie will forward the template to everyone so that individuals can print off copies.

Goodie List: sign up

Anyone wishing to hang out at Clare's on Saturday from 10 - 2, on the October 12, 26,or Nov 2 is welcomed.

Knit In/ Spin In: October 29th from 10 to 2 at Ann N. 250 832-9639

Nov 4 is the next meeting at 7 p.m. with Fibres Unlimited in the afternoon from 1 - 5. Goodies to be provided by: Jen W. and Michelle
Adjournment by Rita
Show and Tell

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oak 36" Jack Loom and Bench For Sale - New Lower Price!

Maureen Robertson has an Oak 36" Jack Loom and bench for sale (originally for $300) and would now like to sell it for $250 OBO. She would like to sell it before winter. 

You can contact Maureen at 250-838-7816 or email her at

Friday, October 4, 2013

Next Meeting!

Our next meeting is October 7th at 7:00pm - everyone welcome! Feel free to come by and see what we're all about :)

Spinning Equipment for Sale!

If you are interested please contact Norrie Joyce at 778-475-3113 or email

She also makes customized fabric quilt labels and tags

Friday, September 13, 2013


Lin Hylton picks up her draw prize of the sweater and hat, and was absolutely thrilled to receive them. She was fascinated by the "back to back" aspect of it, and takes it home to Saskatchewan later this month. It was an absolute pleasure to give her the draw prize - "You couldn't give it to anyone who would appreciate it more!" she said.

Beyond Fibre....Artisan's Sale - November 2 & 3, 2013 in FORT LANGLEY

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Salmon Arm Fall Fair - Sheep to Shawl Event

Hello everyone - well here they are - the wonderful pictures of our Shuswap Spinners and Weavers "Sheep to Shawl" event that took place at this year's Salmon Arm Fall Fair.  The event was held on Saturday this year and our guild members spent the day spinning and weaving this beautiful scarf.  Isn't it stunning?  Here are a few pictures, which as nice as they are - I'm sure don't do it justice in real life.  I can't wait to see this beautiful piece at an upcoming guild event. 

Have you looked closely? Can you tell which is the front and which is the back?  Can you see the sparkly threads woven in? 
Told ya ....STUNNING! :)
Thank you to all the ladies that took part - you certainly outdid yourselves again this year!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists 18th Annual Spin-In

18th Annual Fall Spin-In
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Theresa’s Church Hall - 750 North Rutland Road, Kelowna
Entry Fee $15.00

We invite you to join us once again for a day of fun and fellowship at our 18th Annual Spin-In.  It will be a day of meeting new and old friends, sharing techniques of spinning, marvelling at the always fabulous show-and-tell and socializing with all our friends from other Guilds.

The entry fee covers lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, coffee and door prizes.

Commercial vendors will be present for your shopping pleasure.

Please bring your items for SHOW AND TELL for all to enjoy.
Please reply by September 30, 2013 and bring your registration fee with you.

Please make cheque payable to Ponderosa Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists
Questions? or to register....please email:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Save the Date!! Our Very Own Melissa Nasby's Runway Debut at RAW!!!

SAVE THE DATE! Friday August 23, Melissa Nasby will be making her runway debut in Vancouver at the Canadian launch of RAW ARTIST! Tickets are only $15 for a full evening of art and entertainment. 40 selected Canadian artists will be featuring their works in Art, Film, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, Design...and so much more! 

Would make for a great excuse for a weekend getaway to Vancouver. 

To help support Melissa you can purchase a ticket (EVEN IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND) by clicking the link below and selecting her name. 



We're super proud of you Melissa and wish you all the best at RAW!!! 


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weaving Loom, Bench and Accessories For Sale - $300.00

Weaving Loom For Sale - Hand made jack floor loom,4 harness, complete with bench and extras.  $300.00.  For more information, please call Maureen at 250-838-7816.



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Weekend Carport Sale - July 26, 27 & 28 - NE Canoe

Attention crafters, spinners and weavers - this Weekend Carport Sale's for you!
Weaving materials and tools: looms, fibres - wool, cotton and linen as well as gold, silver and shot 'fancies'. Your fall and winter project supplies!
July 26, 27 & 28th 9am - 3pm each day 7020 - 51st NE Canoe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Waulking - The Finished Blankets....

So for those of you that wondered what the finished product might look like after these ladies were finished all of their hard work, feast your eyes on this BEAUTIFUL blanket. 
And here is a close up - isn't it GORGEOUS?!!!!
Many "thank-you's" went out to the ladies that organized this fabulous event and all the participants that showed up last Sunday at Haney House.  I believe we had over 20 participants from the guild and even a few members of the public joined in the waulking tradition.  Stay tuned....we hope to make this an annual event!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Waulking at Haney House....Pioneer Days 2013

Were you able to take in the festivities at Haney House today?  Our Shuswap Spinners and Weavers were there with their long awaited waulking project!  Here are a few pictures from the day! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Weaving Books for Sale

Please contact Sharon Drew at if you are interested in any of the following:

 "The Technique of Freeform Design" by Nancy M. Searles

"A Joy Forever, Latvian Weaving" by Jane A. Evans (autographed)

"A Cut Above (Couture Clothing for Fibre Artists" by Virginia West (autographed)

"Drafting Primer" by Susan Guagliumi

"Summer & Winter"
by Donna Sullivan

"The Weaving Book" by Helene Bress

"Samplers You Can Use" by Penelope Drooker

"A Handweavers Pattern Book"(revised edition) by Marguerite P. Davison

"Fashions From the Loom" (handwoven clothing made easy) by Betty J. Beard

"Clothing From the Hands that Weave" by Anita Luvera Mayer (autographed)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Color Theory Group - Dye Day

As many of you know - we have a small group in our guild who are studying color theory.  This past week, we decided to get together out in Pritchard and enjoy a fabulous dye day.  Here we are - hard at work adding spectacular color to our various different rovings and raw fibre.  The weather remained decent and it was the perfect setting for our get together.  Thanks to Jen for hosting and providing the PERFECT setting for our adventures in color!