Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finishing Woven Items - Mini Workshop
This workshop was held on Saturday November 14, 2015 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The participants met at Askews Uptown conference room in Salmon Arm.  They learned how to put professional and personal touches to their special handwoven pieces, this 4 hour workshop was so informative.  The class sampled several stitching, braiding, crocheting and knotting techniques for use while on or off a loom.  Finishes add durability, interest and professional detail to our wovens.  There was demonstrations and hands-on practice.  At the end of the session, the class received a useful reference collection of many ways to enhance their handwork.

This class was a great suggestion for new weavers, this short workshop was a great way to ease into the workshop season.  Co-ordinated by Louise Smith and instructed by Rosalie Williams.

                                     Our Instructor - Rosalie demonstrating beading

                                      Our Co-ordinator Louise heping out.

November Meeting Minutes

Shuswap Spinners and Weavers
November 2, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7 PM, by President Carole, with 18 members attending.  Louise moved to adopt the agenda. Seconded by Lisa. CARRIED.

Louise moved that the Minutes of the October Minutes be adopted as corrected. Seconded by Bea. CARRIED.

Equipment Rod reported that all the wool combs had been rented since the fall fair. One wheel and mannequin had been repaired and returned.

Library Bea reported that $5 had been collected in fines, and that the new Guild of Canadian Weavers magazine and Handwoven had been received. The fall PLY with the article on Melissa had not been received, although 2 more copies were due on the subscription. Noelle to check into the subscription. Moved by Judith, seconded by Anne that we order the "Woolen" copy of the PLY books. CARRIED

Workshops Louise reported that the November 14 workshop on finishing would go ahead as planned. Samples of the products were on a side table. The workshop will be held at Askew's Community Room on November 14 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Those attending owe $20 tonight.


Christmas Sale

Advertising Copies of Gudie's posters should be available for printing on your email. Copies of Sara's new poster were available. People were asked to take those that they could distribute for posting around the community. Noelle will send out a smaller copy of the poster for personal printing. Gudie sent a list of all the free community advertising that she has covered, including all community calendars People were asked to forward the fb event to all their friends when it is created.

Ann/Carole/Elvi/Lois and Gabriele are to meet at the senior's centre for lunch to see the hall and discuss placement of tables and displays. Please email Ann if you have any specific props that you can bring for the sale, esp floor length ones.

The set up committee of Bea, Lois, Elvi, Carole, and Ann are to meet at the Community Centre on Friday from 3 - 4 PM to load up items for use at the sale. The set up committee will arrive at 7 AM at the Seniors Centre. The rest of the guild members can arrive to help at 8 AM, which is when general table set up will begin. The sale will begin at 10 AM.

EVERYONE SHOULD BRING A PLATE OF GOODIES. Goodies should be small and non-gooey. Put your name on your container. Gabriele has the plates, tea, coffee, cream and tea cups under control. Larissa to bring a coffee maker. The guild has a kettle.

Noelle: Tags for the sale - We are moving to a 3 initial system if possible. Put 3 initials and your code number, and the price on the tage. Some people like to put fibre content and washing instructions on the tags. If you have old tags with 2 initials on a lot of merchandise, it's okay for this year, but we are trying to phase that out. An inventory list must be left with the cash box. It should contain the Initials and numbers, price of the item and a description of the item.

There was some discussion about accessing a square for the guild for VISA sales. Noelle and Lisa to look into it.

SPIN IN 2016. Our first booked date for March 19 has not worked out. Other dates will be sought when the committee meets.

Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is encouraging groups to contribute to their discretionary funds right now, and amounts from $1 - 5000 will be matched this fall. Scholarships are not paid until $10,000 is invested. The problem is that only registered charities can commission scholarships. If the Spinners and Weavers wished to give a scholarship, they would have to become an adjunct of either the Arts Council, or the Fall Fair Association, and have those groups give out a Spinner and Weaver Scholarship. Some discussions resulted in the ideas that such an arrangement might be too formal for our purpose. A suggestion was made that scholarships could be made within the guild for numerous purposes. EG. A scholarship to attend a conference could allow a member to attend, and bring information back to the guild. At this time, there was no interest in pursuing this arrangement.


ANWG Judith gave some history of ANWG, and incited a lot of interest in the 2017 convention which will be in Victoria, June 29 - July 2, 2017. The convention will feature classes, a convention, sales booths, a Fashion Show - "Wild and Wonderful Wearables", a juried show, and an open show. More Information can be found on the ANWG website, and Judith will keep us updated.

Calendar Rod and Bea have been considering a printed calendar, using Show and Tell items for photos, which would give the dates of the major spinning and weaving events for the guild. Printing is $5 a copy. There was some discussion about paper and electronic calendars and their benefits. Bea and Rod to do more research.

Copies of the Sales Protocol were distributed. A mailout will be sent this month to those members not attending.

An up-to date list of Members was not distributed, as many members paid tonight. The list will be forthcoming. Unpaid but well-intentioned members should contact Noelle.

Up Coming Events:

Christmas Potluck The Christmas Potluck will be held on December 7 at the Community Centre at 6 PM. Everyone is welcome. People are advised to bring their own plates and cutlery, as well as a shared dish.

Wednesday Evening Spin Ins continue at the Piccadilly Mall. Use the back Entrance at 7 - 9 PM.

There are Tuesday Evening Spin Ins in the basement of Carlin Hall on Tuesdays, at 7 PM. A $3 drop in fee applies. Coffee and Tea are by donation or BYO.

November 10 - The Monashee Weavers will be spinning at Louise's place in Lumby from 1 - 4 PM, and our guild is invited to join them. Louise's address is 751 Creighton Valley Road.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 for Louise's program on calculating shrinkage with cotton, and for Show and Tell.