Thursday, November 20, 2014

Raw Fleece Workshop with Louise

An AMAZING workshop taught by Louise in Ann's barn (thank you Ann - cleanest barn I have ever been in!) - we learned SO much from Louise - everything from identifying the raw fleece bits, to proper separation and use depending on how you would like to utilize it all the way to many different and fantastic ways to clean it!

Thank you so much Louise!

And thank you Bea for taking and sharing the photos :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ashford E-Spinner For Sale!

Spin large amounts of yarn, quickly and effortlessly for yourself or production. The Ashford e-Spinner is quiet, convenient and simple to use. No treadling required Great for those with knee or hip joint issues. Hand controls allow you to easily turn the motor off and on, change speed and direction. Flyer speed varies from 0-1200 rpm so it is suitable for all skill levels and all types of yarn. (Orifice 15mm plus 10mm (½in) Reducer Bush) The bobbins (capable of holding 8 of yarn) are quick and easy to change. It’s small and portable at only 6 pounds.
It comes complete with

· jumbo sliding hook flyer, threading hook,

· 3 jumbo bobbins and 3 extra!!!

· lazy kate with a yarn guide and

· additional 12v car cord for RV and car use while on holidays

· interchangeable wall plugs (for New Zealand/Australia, USA/Europe/Japan and UK),

Price $775.00

No taxes

Rosalie Williams
250 260-3387

November Meeting Minutes

November 3, 2014 Minutes
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers - 28 members present, 1 guest

Call meeting to order: 7 pm
Introductions: Denise de Jose, Samantha Boutet,
Additions to agenda. - Lis to do double weave study group, Carole and banner project, date of sale Sunday vs Saturday
Adoption of minutes
Voted on library motion to spend money from previous meeting. Carried
Judith moved the minutes be adopted as amended, Carole seconded, carried.

Treasurer: Noelle has put some money into a term deposit.

Noelle moved her report be adopted, seconded by Louise, Carried.
Eileen moved, seconded Carole, Noelle be reimbursed for paying ANWG membership. Carried. Three members ordered name tags.

Library: reminder for members to send suggestions to Darlene with ISB number

Equipment: Need to fix one spinning wheel. Knitting machine is set up
Historian, no report
Workshops: Fleece sorting at Ann's on Saturday, washing fleeces.
Sharon got some ethnic textile books from a local book sale, donated to the library.

Old business:
Progress of projects on guild looms: Catherine is weaving her tea towel this week.
Nikki to follow. Rod has finished his rug.
Fall fair theme some suggestions were given. Ann to submit.
Waulking project for Friday night at the fall fair. Many members indicated interest
in weaving a blanket. Members wishing to buy yarn, $5.00 a ball for that
used in the previous blanket project. Elvi and Ann to coordinate.

Poster for upcoming Sale: Gudie has corrected the date and sent it out to members.
November 29 Sale - Julia is willing to do the set-up for the gallery. Needs a truck
(Lois) to take items from the guild room on Friday at 3 pm. Ann and Noelle to
help load. Saturday morning set up Lois, Katie, Gudrun, Carole, at 7:30 am to
set up tables, etc.
Members with large display items to email Julia the sizes
- displaying of items, time 8:30 am for members to begin.
Gudie will do media advertising, will create an events page on Facebook,
Gudie will email posters to previous customers.
Tearoom: Gabriele to organize, Carole and Judith to help. Ann will take Judith's
place as she has other commitments.
*+*+*. Bring bite sized, non sticky goodies for the tea room. Label your container.
Emi suggested taking a PDF to a local stationary store and asking them if they
would print up a few posters as a donation.
Gudrun to set up a display in the library at 1 pm on November 12. Email, or phone
Inventory list: make two copies, one to keep and one for the sales table.
Unique initials and number on each item, description and price. All of this
should be on your inventory list including your full name, phone number and
mailing address.

Guidelines for sale of items at guild Christmas Sale.
- be hand-made/produced by members
- items from members be intermingled throughout sales area, some grouping
of items may be possible ( baby items, men's wear)
- props be shared as much as possible, guild and personal as appropriate
Inventory list: make two copies, one to keep and one for the sales table.
- remember to park at at the Salmar lot.
Louise moved these guidelines be accepted, seconded by Mona. 13 in favour, 4 opposed. Carried

New Business:
Pot Luck: December meeting on December 1 at 6 p.m. Here at the Recreation
Centre. Finger foods to be brought.
Carole talked about the banners in the latest handwoven and wondered if we
wanted to each do a square for a banner. An idea for in front of our booth at
various events. Respond to Carole if interested.
Lis wondered if anyone was interested in doing a double weave exploration and
projects. Contact her if interested.
Intwined Fibres is having a hand made gift Gallery for the month of December . There will be a 20% commission. contact Thea at 778-489-1090. November 9, the store moves to a new location nearer the Art Gallery.

Spinners and Weavers Sale at the gallery, Tracy would like to know if we would consider Sunday rather than Saturday. Maybe check out other venues as Saturday sales are a bigger draw. Noelle, Gabriele, and Ann will meet with Tracy in the new year.

Hosting a spin-in event for the surrounding guilds, committee to organize if guild is interested. Timing, location. Theme or focus - have an opportunity for people to try different wheels for the first hour of the spin-in? (Possible date - third Saturday of March) Bea, Elvi, Lis, Carole, Ann and Sara will look into this and report back. Mar 21 is the preferable date for several members, but some are still enjoying southern warmth at that time.

Spin-in and Knit-in dates (Bring your projects and bag lunch)
Samantha: Tuesday Nov 18 from 10 - 2
Sharon: Thursday Dec 11 10 am - 2 pm
Evening spin-in: opportunity to learn/practice spinning with others, (no interest
expressed tonight.)
Michelle brought a magazine called Embellish for us to consider for the library.
Adjournment: Moved by Gudie.
Coffee and goodies organized by Bea and Wendy - delicious, thank you!
Show and tell
Recorded and written by Ann Nikmo November 5, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fiber Basics: CVM - otherwise known as California Variegated Mutant from Interweave and Spin-Off Magazine Summer Edition 2009

Blogged with permission from Interweave - excerpt from 
Spin-Off Magazine Summer Edition 2009

For additional information and resources please check out Interweave and Spin-Off Magazine at  

Monday, November 3, 2014

ANWG 2017 NW Weavers' Conference Treadle Lightly

Treadle Lightly 2017           ANWG Northwest Weavers' Conference                                                                                                                   
Oct.  2014
Victoria Inner Harbour

ANWG Conference 2017
Treadle Lightly Victoria B.C.
Here's what we know now:
The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds is sponsoring the next conference in Victoria. The primary host will be the Victoria Handweavers' and Spinners' Guild.
The dates for ANWG Conference are set for June 28th to July 2nd 2017 in Victoria B.C. Canada.. The conference will be taking place at the University of Victoria. We live on an island with 3 different ferry routes to take you to Victoria. When traveling by land be sure to have the correct picture ID and identification for crossing the border. If you are flying into Victoria you will need a passport.  The airport code is YYJ.
The theme "Treadle Lightly" represents being aware of our environment and making greener choices. We have approved the Logo design and have chosen the conference colours. The colours are blue, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green and grey. Thanks to our graphic artist Jeff Werner,  we have lots of colour and potential design elements to chose from. Have fun with them!
The website is up and running. It will be continually mananged and edited so please keep coming back. This will give us a better rating in the search engines.
The conference will include:
Pre Conference 3 day workshops- Wednesday to Friday June 28th to June 30th  
Welcome and Dessert Reception and a Shop 'till you Drop in the Market Hall. Friday June 30th
1/2 day and full day seminars- Saturday and Sunday. July 1st and 2nd
Fashion Show- Saturday. July 1st
Banquet and Keynote Speaker- Sunday July 2nd
We are looking forward to hosting the next ANWG Conference.
We are in the process of looking for instructors for these classes. If you are interested in teaching please contact
We are looking forward to hosting the next ANWG Conference in our city.

Saturday is Canada Day and our 150th Birthday. there will be celebrations going on all day downtown and fireworks on the inner Harbour after sunset.

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