Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just another peek....

At some of the fabulous team that put the Back to Back event together at Heritage Days at Picadilly Mall last week. 

And I just couldn't help but post this adorable picture of sweet little Elisabeth modeling the finished sweater.  Don't you just LOVE her infectious smile???

Great job Back to Back ladies .....ya dun good!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Picadilly Heritage Week - Shuswap Back to Back

Hi Everyone,

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.


Thanks to Elisabeth for modelling our completed sweater.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

LUMBY DAYS - Fibernation - June 7/8/9

Mark your calendar to attend Fibernation at LUMBY DAYS:

(Friday) June 7th Evening Fashion show, in the Whitevalley Community Hall, 2250 Shields, Lumby, B.C.

Saturday June 8th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Demo’s of needle felting, spinning and knitting and other fiber work. You can join in and try your hand at it for a nominal fee. Take home your creation.

Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th - View the fashion show garments on display and take advantage of the opportunity to buy any that are for sale.

Both days: View the rest of Lumby Days. Take in the musical events, and much more.

Fibernation -Sponsored by the Monashee Arts Council.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Distaff for sale.....NIP - $75.00

New in Package - Distaff - $75.00
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 mcmechandenice@yahoo.ca.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wild Silk Workshop - Kalamalka Spinners & Weavers

Wild Silk Workshop With Kim McKenna
**Please note - this workshop is being put on by the Kalamalka Spinners & Weavers**
Date September 28,& 29,2013
9:00 to 5:00
Guild Members $150.00
Non 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 wool.

There will be a $40-$50 fee for materials for the course and Kim will keep it down as much as she can.

The workshop can accommodate 20 participants. Tthe cost is based on 10 participants, and if there are more a refund will be given.

Billeting can be arranged if required.

Please contact  Mary Klassen at sewgal@shaw.ca for more info.

Learning About Linen - with Louise Smith

Learning About Linen (A fee of $10 per person will be charged).

On 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 notations).
A 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.
Participant 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 (roswilli@telus.net or 250 260 3387) with intention to attend so that we can provide adequate space and photocopies.
**Attendance is highly recommended for (but not limited to) those participating in the lace weaves study group.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Upcoming Events......

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!!

Minutes from our February 4th meeting....

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.

Treasurer: Noelle gave her financial report.  Noelle moved her report adopted, Glenda seconded, unanimous

Equipment: no report

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

Workshops: Rosalie 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.

Old Business:
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 needed
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 abstention.

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 meeting.

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.
Spin-Ins - Kamloops March 2
                 - Kalamalka April 6
                 - Williams Lake May 4
Fibres West - Cloverdale, March 22/23
Fleece and Fibre Day at Harmonious Homestead Mar 9 10 - 2
Quilt Show June 7/8
Christmas sale Nov. 30 at the Art Gallery

Marcia moved the meeting be adjourned,
Venke and Jen goodies
for March 4, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Guild Meeting - Feb 4th - SHOW & TELL

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!!