The Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild is an organization of almost 60 members dedicated to supporting those involved in the fibre arts community locally and promoting these creative skills in the larger community. All members of the larger fibre arts community are welcome- spinners, weavers, knitters, those who crochet, felters and fibre producers. It is a very eclectic group with a history of service in the Shuswap region.
What a week we have had at the mall!!, The Made in the Shuswap Back to Back epitomized what our guild is. From the idea people; how about dyeing some (Marg), how about some art yarn (Melissa), how about we get the fleece ahead of time (Noelle), how about doing some Kool-aid dyeing in advance (Noelle), to the doers. Sara made art yarn in the colours of the rainbow so Noelle and Ann dyed fleece into similar hues then it was to the mall.
Monday had demonstrations of washing, dyeing and preparing fleece for spinning where we welcomed Jenny, Elvi, Rod and Emily's help getting all the colours ready for spinning.
Tuesday, what a crew, spun, plied and got the yarn ready for knitting. (Encouragers Barbara, Rita, Michelle, Gabriele; spinners Gudrun, Venke, Darlene, Elvi, Noelle, Thea, Sara,
Anne, Ann, Mona; demonstrating felting Gwen) Some rethinking on the colours sent Sara and Ann home to dye more fleece while Jenny quickly knit the ribbing for the body and sleeves.
Wednesday the knitting started and what fun to see how the colours would work.
Thursday saw Gloria, Elvi, Jean, Wendy, Anne, Catherine, and Jenny knitting, spinning, carding etc.
Final ribbing was added Friday morning and then the sewing began with Darlene weaving in many ends and Ann and Noelle meeting the 2 pm deadline for completion.
Without everyone working and helping this project wouldn't have been nearly as much fun.
THANK YOU everyone! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Thanks to Elisabeth for modelling our completed sweater.
This distaff is new and is still in its original package with the instructions for attaching and the attaching hardware. It is meant to be attached to an Ashford Traveller or an Ashford Kiwi. $75 (To purchase from a retailer would cost $98 US plus taxes and shipping.)
I've sent along the second picture just to show what a distaff looks like on a wheel. They meant for holding flax while spinning into linen yarn. If you are interested, please contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Please note - this workshop is being put on by the Kalamalka Spinners & Weavers**
KWS Guild members $170.00
Payment will be
required in full by March 31, 2013, there will be no refunds if you need to back
out you can sell your spot
This will be the
"Wild Silk" workshop, although a similar description to " Take a
Walk on the Wild Side",it is an indepth two day workshop. As well as learning
where (which species of silkworm) the various wild silks come from we look at
how they are reared and what they feed on. We spin 100% silk yarns and explore
some very interesting wild silk blends (the blends will by the way
be a bit easier for new spinners to handle). The two day workshop includes three
mini lectures, delving into fine art of blending, plying and dyeing wild silk.
The mini-lectures will prove especially helpful to the new spinners in the
group. The dye lecture reviews an immersion dye method for silk and helps people
understand why you do not dye silk in quite the same manner as you do
There will be a
$40-$50 fee for materials for the course and Kim will keep it down as much as
The workshop can
accommodate 20 participants. Tthe cost is based on 10 participants, and if there
are more a refund will be given.
About Linen (A fee of $10 per person will be
Saturday Feb 23: 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Louise Smith will offer an opportunity to
learn about the fascinating fiber known as linen. Louise has given several
workshops on different topics around the province. She is an accomplished weaver
in the final stages of acquiring her Master Weaver Certificate from the Guild of
Canadian Weavers. She
will include such topics as: brief history, processing the fiber, the count
system, types of linen, qualities of linen, challenges of working with linen and
tips for weaving and care. Photocopied
notes will be provided (but bring a pencil to add your own
display of samples will be shown. This
presentation will be held in the Salmon Arm area with the exact location
announced as soon as confirmed. This is
open to all SSWG members and other interested persons accompanied by a member.
fee can be paid in advance at the After Dark meeting on Feb 18 or at the door on
the day of presentation. Contact
Rosalie Williams (email@example.com or
250 260 3387) with intention to attend so that we can provide adequate space and
is highly recommended for (but not limited to) those participating in the lace
weaves study group.
For a list of upcoming events - please check the "Upcoming Events" tab under "Pages" in the sidebar over there ---------------------------------------------------------------> where we will keep a running list of future events. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information. Come and join us for some spinning and weaving FUN!!
Feb 4, 2013. Spinners and Weaving
Meeting 10 a.m. Members present: 21. Guests: 3 Meeting called to order by Rita Items for the agenda: no
additions Adoption of minutes from combined Jan 7 and Jan 21 meetings.
Moved by Noelle seconded by Julia. Carried. The date for the Kamloops
Spin-In was corrected.
Noelle gave her financial report. Noelle moved her report adopted, Glenda
Library: Darlene reports new
magazines and removal of damaged video.Spin Art DVDs still
missing. Noelle stated she renewed Spin off, Handwoven and membership to the
Guild of Canadian Weavers
mentioned e-mail sent out. Drafts are printed out and ready to go. Lace Weaves
study group. Mona showed her coverlet done in this manner. First meeting March 4 of lace study group. 2 sessions
for exchange of ideas. Presentation on linen one Saturday or Sunday in
February. Approx $100 cost.People wanting to
do the study group must e- mail or phone Rosalie before Feb 18.
Historian: Wendy has combined two
older scrapbooks into one.
Donation basket:any items are
gratefully received and appreciated. Remember to sign the list with your name
and item donated.
Sheep to Shawl Team: Rita, Gudie,
Anne, Wendy 2 more people are
Heritage Days in Piccadilly Mall: Mona moved that if we do have a shearer come then we will pay honorarium of
$100. Seconded by Rita. 17 in favour. 4 opposed.
ANWG scholarship/bursary: discussion
about how it would work. It was noted that there are other opportunities to
apply for scholarships from related organizations.Anne
moved we don't offer scholarships, seconded by Rosalie. 20 in favour, 1
Quilt Show: June 7/8. Ann to contact quilters guild
and let them know we would like to participate.
Waulking Project: Noelle gave a
synopses of the process.Table the process until the next
New business: Fall Fair: Any changes to be made to the book please let Elvi
know.Someone to help organize is
needed, Rita volunteered.
Upcoming Events: See separate e-mail
for a more complete list.
We held our monthly guild meeting on Monday, February 4th and a few talented members shared their "show & tell" items with us. We're soooo lucky to have such a vast array of fibre arts in our midst. Check out these goodies:
If you see something here you'd like to know more about - why don't you join us at our next Guild meeting - it will be held the evening of February 18th at 7pm. Come join us!!