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Dec Calendar


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

Feb. 12 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00[Program Swap]
The Tapestry study group will present an intro to tapestry and share what they have learned and created.

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 2 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 - 2:00

May 10 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

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

June 11 - 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


Jan. 11 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00 [ Cancelled!]

Jan. 8 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00 [Program Swap and on Zoom]
Kathy Sturtevant: Spinning Boucle and what to do with it (and a video)


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

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

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

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


April 9 Iowa Federation of Weavers & Spinners
Cedar Rapids

April 30 FiberFest 2022
Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild

Save the date on your Calendar!
Vendors, classes,,.

August 11 - 21 Iowa State Fair 10 am - 4 pm
Demo at State Fair Varied Ind. Bldg

August 14 Iowa State Fair, 9:00 - 3:30
Spin & Knit in the Sheep Barn


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

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