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Nov Calendar Dec Calendar

Dec. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Watch and Discuss a video,"12 Ways to Spin Hand Painted Top" by Jillian Moreno

Dec. 14 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Jan. 8 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
The Tapestry study group will present an intro to tapestry and share what they have learned and created.

Jan. 11 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Feb. 8 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Feb. 12 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Kathy Sturtevant: Spinning Boucle and what to do with it (and a video)

March 8 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

March 12 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Presentation of our interpretation of the guild challenge. Please keep projects until the end of the meeting for group photos!

April 9 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Annual Garage Sale. Bring unused items or equipment priced to sell. Bring your own change.

April 12 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

May 10 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

May 14 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Lorinda Inman: Sock knitting machines.

June 8 - Potluck and wrap up the year

That's all so far for this season. Please check back later for more new programs And/Or email info@desmoinesweaversguild.org to learn of events that come up during the summer.

Join us, too, at events listed in the right-hand box.

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Previous Programs


Nov, 13 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Rug Hooking with Diana Giesinger. We will learn techniques of rug hooking and be able to make our own mug rug size mat.

Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 23 Spin Study Group
10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 12 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 2 Guild Meeting 9:30- 3:00
Dying your own yarn and/or fleece for a guild challenge. Bring heavy duty rubber gloves, plastic wrap, an apron or wear old clothes and shoes (dye drips.)
Bring hats/scarves/mittens for those in need.

Sept 18 Spin Study Group
10:00 - 2:00

Sept. 14 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Sept 12 Indigo/Shabori Workshop
12:00 - Sept 12 Indigo/Shabori Workshop

Sept. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30- 12:00
Bring your projects you have worked on during the summer or if we haven’t seen you what you have worked on during the Pandemic.

12:00 - Sept. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30- 12:00
Bring your projects you have worked on during the summer or if we haven’t seen you what you have worked on during the Pandemic.

Sunday July 25 Fiber Day - 1-4 pm
At Franklin JRH
Spinning, knitting, whatever

Sunday, July 11 - Dye Day - 10 am til done
At Franklin, JRH,
Bring gloves, color inspiration picture, animal fiber, lunch

Saturday, June 12th - Finish Planning for FiberFest. Bring your lunch.

Saturday, May 15th - 9:30 am - Noon in our new Franklin Jr High room!. Rebecca Howe on Shave Em to Save Em Rare Breed.

Saturday, April 17th - Garage Sale, 9:30 am - Noon
At Franklin!!! Masks required!
This is to be an election year, so will present names for office to be voted on in May

Saturday,March 13th -- 9:30 am (9 for gathering) Beginning Weaving with Tom Knisely, video via Zoom. 

Saturday, Feb 13 -- 9:30 am (9 for gathering) - Present the Guild Challenge on double weave and talk about it

Saturday, Jan 16 -- 1:00 pm (change) - Ply Split Braiding with Linda Hendrickson
Zoom to Portland! Good to watch before then,
Making the cords:  https://youtu.be/JOpomKQe5Oc

and a video of her braiding one structure:  https://youtu.be/LNbYhVQp8I4


Tuesday, Dec 8th - Having Adah Lesham demonstrate back to front warping and why it is done
and Cindy Griese/Kathy Sturtevant demonstrate front to back and why that one is done.
Pro’s and Con’s to both. Another zoom meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 10th - Fiber Prep. We will discuss carding fleece with various tools and get into
carding with colors. Potential a zoom presentation as well. Cindy Griese will discuss
hand carding and blending board, Sue Crawford with talk about combs and Cherie
Maxson will discuss the drum carder.

Bring in hand made scarves, hats, and socks for donations to be determined. If we do
not meet in person we will set up a drop off day at Franklin.

Tuesday, Oct. 13th - Our project for the year will be to do a double weave. We will start with a
weave along to talk about the pattern, the fiber and how to get started warping you
loom. This can be for a 4 harness and rigid heddle as well, we will discuss both options
and have a presentation on both. This will be via zoom. We will meet back via zoom Oct
27th to see if anyone needs more direction and just discuss how it is going.

Tuesday, Sept. 8th - Garage Sale to be held outside in the Franklin Parking lot 9:30 - noon.(Rain
date Saturday Sept 12th) Have items marked you will sell out of your own vehicle so
bring a table if you need it. Have your own change and wear a mask.

Was to be: "Everyone bring at least one thing for the Urbandale Library display. If you would like
to sell it put a price on it as well as your name and number. Urbandale Library would like
you to donate at least 10% of the sale to the library."

Since the library is closed to the public through September at the earliest, the display will be a virtual one.  Everyone should be sending Cheri, cwmaxson@msn.com ;photos of their work, with a description by September 4.  She will compile a file for the library to display them on Instagram, and they will make signs with the photos for the Story Walk they have around the pond behind the library! Can still sell as above.

Wednesday, July 29th Sit & Spin Together 10 am - 12
Gather outside in the shade at Franklin and sit and spin, weave or just talk. If you can not social distance please wear your mask. Bring your own chairs and find a spot.

Tuesday, July 14th Zoom Together 9:30 am
Members will get an email!

Tuesday, June 9th ~ Potluck at Noon -- Moved to Zoom -- Success!
Members will get an email!

Tuesday, May 12th ~ Evening Meeting 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Meeting, Show and tell the
challenge end project ~ Program by Rebecca Howe on Shave Em, Save Em Rare

Saturday, April 25th:  9:00 - 4:00  Fiber Arts Celebration - need volunteers for various positions for this. Postponed [at least]  

Friday, April 24th:  5:00 - 8:00 Fiber Arts Celebration Preview - will need volunteers for various posts for this. Cancelled

Tuesday, April 14th 9:30-2 PM~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Garage Sale and finalize plans for Fiber Arts Celebration. Cancelled meeting, postponed Garage Sale.

Sunday, March 22th, 1-4 PM ~ Fiber day, bring your knitting, spinning wheel, rigid heddle. CANCELED
looms or whatever you are working on and work away with fiber minded people. Demonstration on double beam loom!

Tuesday, March 10 ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program from the HGA on Marian Powell's shadow weave. NEW!

Sunday, February 23, 1-5, Fiber Day:Twining. Program by Shari Janssen

Tuesday, February 11th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Cherie Maxson, Library
Study (going thru our samples and what our library has to offer)

Tuesday, January 28, 9:30 - 3:00, Fiber Day: Missy Gilje will be talking about warping a multicolor yarn for planned pooling to mimic Ikat fox shape

Tuesday, January 14th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Cherie Maxson on
Spinning Bast Fibers

for more see ...

A chapter of the Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners

If you have an interest in:

Weaving, Spinning, Felting, Basketry, Papermaking, Rug Hooking, Knitting or Dyeing

Come Join US!

We were organized in 1945 to provide exploration of weaving and spinning interests. We still enjoy the sharing, the experiences, and the chance to learn. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

We offer so many Advantages:

  • Monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of each month except July and August
  • Programs to inform, entertain, and encourage all of us
  • Access to the Guild library of fiber books, periodicals, and sample kits
  • Equipment for weaving and spinning which may be borrowed by members
  • Workshops
  • Spinners Group takes part in Spin-ins and demonstrations
  • We are a distributer for Schacht.

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Other Events & Demonstrations


November 20-21, Threads Fiber Festival
4801 Franklin Ave


June 12-17 Midwest Weavers Conference
Hosted by the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild
Franklin Jr High, Des Moines IA

Come back for more info!!!


[Contact us to schedule a demonstration at your event]

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Online Learning Resources

Handweavers Guild of America
     Programs include
.Certificate of Excellence
.Video, Kit and Slide rentals.

.Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
     This web site is affiliated with the UK Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.  It has discussions, a virtual library and on line programs for members from a world wide community. 

American Tapestry Alliance
     A tapestry instruction program for intermediate tapestry weavers, and also a program called Helping Hands for beginning tapestry weavers. 

Weaving in Beauty

     An online resource for Navajo weaving.

Weaving Today

Spinning Daily


Other Online Resources

All Fiber Arts
[info on lots of fiber arts; some nice weaving drafts]


Ralph Griswald's Weavers Journal
On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

from the University of Arizona

A community for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers

Tim's Treadle Reducer


Yarn, Fiber, & Equipment Suppliers

A Tangle of Yarn
1903 E.P. True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cotton Clouds 800-322-7888

Esther & Co.
122 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, Iowa

Fiber Art Shoppe
Albia, IA

Halcyon Yarns 800-442-7909

Iowa Fiber Mill

Knitting next door 515-963-0396
704 SW 3rd St.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Pollywogs Yarn & Fiber
[good source for bulk yarn]

R&M Yarns
[good source of mill ends]

The Weavers Friend
[manuals for older looms]

Treenway Silks 888-383-7455

Webs 800-367-09327

Yarn Barn of Kansas 800-458-0035

Yarn Junction Company
West Des Moines, IA 50265