Friday, April 25, 2014

45" Leclerc Loom for Sale

45” Leclerc loom for sale - gently used. For details please contact Marcia Beckner at or 250-832-3534

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Knitting in Armstrong with Venessa Bentley


Venessa Bentley grew up knitting and stitching and now works as an instructor, designer, and consultant in the needle, fibre, and textile arts, and as a full-time elementary teacher in the Intensive Fine Arts Program of her school district. Venessa knit her way through a Textile Arts Diploma Program from Capilano University, a Bachelor’s Degree, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Fine Arts Education, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Venessa provides instruction, and public education programs for adults, youth, and children in knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, weaving, stitching, and surface design. Venessa is a practicing artisan and her programs are focused on the creative process. Building confidence and joy in hand work is as important as teaching the skills, she feels. A variety of fibre arts programs are taught, year round, at Venessa’s home studio, and at exhibitions, fibre festivals, and retreats. She has dedicated most of her life to this learning, and continues to explore and dissect each step of her fibre arts work, with a view to staying fresh and current in her teaching. Venessa has done knitwear design and construction work for the film industry, and has worked as a subject matter consultant in needle arts for a local publisher. She serves on the Board of Directors for Circle Craft, as the chair of the Gallery Committee, and produces original pieces that she sells through the Circle Craft Co-operative, Granville Island, Vancouver BC. If you’re interested in learning more about Venessa, go to her website



Knitting your colour work in the round, including a margin of stitches that will later be cut apart, is a practical and necessary way to work. Many knitters flinch when the words 'cut' or 'scissors' are mentioned near their knitting. During this full day, hands-on workshop, students will work through the skills that many Fair Isle projects use. I-cord cast on, Applied I-cord cast off, Corrugated Rib, Vikkel Braid, Colour Stranding, and Tension issues will all be addressed in Part 1 of this workshop. During Part 2, knitters will work through the steps needed to prepare knitted fabric to be cut, then finished, with button bands and/or facings. Some homework preparation will be required before class.


Travelling cables wandering the surface of a knitted garment. Cabling and complex crossings, knitting rope, braids, diamonds, honeycomb, serpentine and bobbles. Consideration will be given to shaping in a cabled garment, gauge, and designing Aran panels. You’ll leave with the confidence to tackle those complex-looking cable patterns used in such knitting as Aran sweaters patterns.


First half of the day you will perfect your technique on issues such as choosing correct cast on techniques and when to use them, including provisional choices, tubular, German Twist, Turkish and tried and true methods. Second half of the day will include correct cast off techniques to complement specific knitting, stretchy, invisible, kitchener, tubular and working from a provisional cast on. Expect some fun thrown in here as well. Maybe some arm knitting!

Workshop fee: $70 per day. The yarns required for the above workshops can come from your stash, however, they should be on the finer side for Fair Isle. Comprehensive notebook binders are included in fees.

Come for one, two or three days; the choice is yours. Students will bring their own bag lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. There is room on our acreage to stay over if you have an RV or enjoy tenting, plus there is a guest room in our home with three single beds if needed (for those who live far away). If overnight guests require meals, there would be additional fees. Workshop fees must be paid to reserve your space. Fees are non-refundable but you are welcome to find someone to fill your spot if you cannot attend.

If you have questions or need more detailed information contact Judith Glibbery at or 250-546-3833

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Workshop Designing on Paper with Gudrun

Designing on paper :
Analyses of a  fabric,
learn to make a full drawdown from a woven fabric. Determine the fiber content, structure and count of warp and weft threads.
Find out the shrinkage and intake of the finished product.
Calculate the amount of yarn used for a project.
This workshop is for beginners and advanced weavers alike.
You will understand more about reading drafts from magazines and weaving books.
No loom required.

Cost : $ 45.-- including handouts.
Date : Saturday May 24. 10 AM to 3 PM.
Place : my house
bring a lunch. 

April Minutes & Show and Tell

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to our newest member Maureen Robertson. The April meeting was very well attended and also Fibres Unlimited in the afternoon. Please let Liz know by email: about attending the Enderby Festival on July 26 so that she can inform them of the number of tables needed.
Goodies for the May 5 meeting at 7 p.m. by Liz and Judith. 
Check the dates for spin-ins in the minutes. 
We may wish to revisit the possible donation of an item by the guild for Donkey Days on June 7 at the May meeting based on comments at the end of the meeting. Think about it.
Also think about being on the nominating committee for election of officers in June and about being a part of the executive, allowing your name to stand. 
Below are the minutes from the meeting.
Many thanks to all for making show and tell so inspiring.

Minutes of April 7 meeting at 7 p.m.

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers

Mona and Anne are our refreshment hostesses! Thanks.

President Liz called the meeting to order.
Guest: Maureen Robertson, Members 30 including first time attendee Joan Mulrooney.
Additions to Agenda, none

Adoption of March minutes as circulated: Gabriele moved, seconded Rosalie, carried

Treasurer: Noelle reported the income and expenses.Down a little from last month because of the purchasing of the yarn for the Waulking project. Noelle moved her report adopted, Julia seconded, carried
Equipment: Mini combs have appeared in the spinning box today. Large combs are still out but need to be returned
Library: 2 new magazines and replacement for a Handwoven that was damaged.
One needle felting needle is missing from a book.
Historian: Some newspaper clippings to put in our book.
Workshops: reminder to finish your product from the item(s) gotten at the December meeting and bring to the June meeting.
"Trade In" items for June meeting, what to bring, how to label and expectations
Sara reported. Low key, bring up to two things, write your name on a little piece of paper and put it in the basket. Loose criteria - bring something that you would use or someone else would like to use but the monetary value is not important. Be considerate and use common sense when deciding what to bring. Participation is voluntary.

Old Business:

Goodies for May meeting, volunteers. Judith and Liz, thanks.

Study group on colour: Finished up today, reports Rosalie. Everyone learned and a lot and did it a bit differently from the initial outline.
More people needed for Sheep to Shawl team. Elvi, Nikki, Sara and Ann so far.

Projects in the guild room - tea towels and blanket. We need to set some dates to dress the loom. Warp is being wound for the waulking project. Nikki, Linda, Noelle, Liz to help with the warping. Louise, Darlene and Noelle and Michelle have put on the tea towel warp and Michelle will weave the first towel. 

E-mail Gudrun if interested in double weave pick-up. It is on the small loom

Art Gallery and Paint the Town - Aug 8 to 30, more information from Sara. Invited to participate in the Paint the Town artist's Studio. The gallery is to be divided into 12 spaces for artists to work on projects with the in progress project being on display. in theory they would like people there when the Art Gallery is open (15 days) the art gallery will be open 11 to 4, Tuesday to Saturday. 10 - 12 members indicated interest. 

Upcoming events on our calendar :
Haney Heritage Village dates:
Father's Day. June 15. 8:30 - 2. Spinning on the porch
Pioneer Days July 13. 8:30 - 2 spinning and our milling frolic
Classic Car show. Aug 10. 9:00 - 2 spinning on the porch
Diversity Quilt Show June 21 10 - 7. We are invited to use the porch and 
grounds around Haney House to spin, demonstrate our craft and to have a 
vendors marketplace. Gabriele to coordinate.

New Business:
Gwen's announcement about the donkey farm. Turtle Valley Donkey refuge has recently purchased more land. They have invited the guild to participate on Saturday, June 7. Fund raiser to raise funds to build shelters on the new property. Heritage of Donkey and Mules in Canada is the theme. Liz wondered about taking something from the guild donation box. Discussion, at this time it was decided not to. There is a small garage where we would be spinning and taking the tent for shelter would be a good idea.

Enderby Arts Festival July 26: Saturday. Welcomed to run a booth and sell items. Liz will co-ordinate and there were sales of about $1000 last year. Lots of entertainment and activities going on. E-mail Liz this week if interested so she can let them know how many tables are needed.

Rosalie about the button workshop in Vernon. Rosalie reports the blog has some pictures of the buttons made, 3 hours was involved and soon they will be fired in the kiln. After firing individuals will decide how they will be glazed. Membership with the Vernon Art Council allows you to drop in for a fee of $5.00 to use the studio and equipment. April 12 the workshop is offered to the general public and then on April 25 our group has the facility for another workshop so phone in to register.

Judith about the strip jacket workshop June 14. Cost is $40. Unni Lorenz to present. For further information about the workshops at Judith's, please contact her directly: Contact: Judith Glibbery
250-546-3833 or

Knitting workshop at Judith's, Date July 12, 13, 14 2014 Fair Isle and Steeking, Aran Cables, Cast on/Cast off.
Jansen Art Centre in Lyndon, Washington, has many workshops that look interesting and informative.

A nominating committee to look for a new slate of officers for June. Could be a committee, two or three people.

Spin ins and knit ins. Dates and hosts for April, and May if desired.
Cache Creek April 10 -13
April 22 Tuesday at Liz's 10 -2 Bring your bag lunch
May 13 Tuesday at Mona's 10 - 2. "
May 20 Tuesday at Gudie's 10 - 2. " 

Adjournment: Liz moved we adjourn.
Program. Gudrun talked about fringes, etc

Show and Tell: many inspiring and varied items shown.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014