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SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR:

2018

Dec. 11 Tour at Historical Building.
Handwoven Coverlet Tour in the Archives is at 10. If you want to carpool, meet at the church to leave no later than 9:30.

2019

Jan. 8 Peru & Shetland Trips Report
& Samples by Cindy Griese.

Feb. 13 Results of Sept Challenge
Bring your sample and notes of what you did and what you used. Log cabin draft + imagination!

March 12 Kathy Martin and the Wool Study Group will present results of their year long study.

March 26 Fiber (SPIN) Day [Date change]
Get together for another day of spinning, knitting or weaving at the church
Bring a sack lunch and beverage.
9:30-2:30

April 9 Guild Garage Sale & Program TBD
Bring items from you stash or books and equipment you never use. Mark prices on your items. Bring cash to buy and make change.

May 14 Shari Janssen will present concrete orbs
Wear old clothes and shoes and come to Shari's house to do this fun project. If you have gardening pots to decorate or use, bring them along.

June 11 Spring picnic
Hosted by MryPaul Even at 5706 Walnut Hill Ave., Des Moines or
Pam Poppe at 3950 Colfax Ave., Des Moines [TBD]
Bring a dish to share. Hostess will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Bring program ideas for next year.

That's all for this season. Please check back in August for our new programs starting in September. 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

2018

Nov. 13 Spinning Art Yarn
Gwen will give a presentation on techniques for spinning and plying art yarn .Also, if you will be going to the Historical Society for the December meeting, please pay $10 at this meeting.

Oct. 16 Fiber Day (formerly spinning day)
Bring your wheel, knitting or weaving to spend time with friends at the church. Bring sack lunch and drink.
9:30-2:30

Oct. 9 Card Weaving Demo
Pam will do a demo on card (tablet) weaving and will also have an inkle loom set up for those who whould like to try doing this. She will also talk about drafts for card weaving and regular inkle weaving -- with handouts.

Sept. 11 Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Work
plus Iowa State Fair entries and samples from Dye Day. There will be reports on Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, and any other workshops or fiber shops visited on your travels. We will discuss the upcoming challenge project. Please remember to bring a project to display in the October exhibit at the West Des Moines Library.

July 21 Dye Day
9:30am - 2 ish
At Shari Janssen's
17495 U Ave
Woodward, IA 50279
Pot luck or bring your own lunch.

June 12 Spring picnic hosted by Pam Poppe
3950 Colfax Ave, Des Moines, 50317
Lunch is at 12:00 Noon. Bring a dish to share. Pam will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Bring program ideas for next year. Summer plans and Iowa State Fair will be discussed.

May 8 Garlyn Saupe will present Dreadful Yarns
Bring your own Dreadful Yarns for discussion and possible exchange. Garlyn will describe a summer project challenge using Dreadful Yarns

April 10 Susan Genz will discuss Lockerhooking using wool roving
Guild Garage Sale
Bring items from your stash or books and equipment you never use. Mark prices on your items. Bring cash to buy and make change.

March 27 SPIN DAY
Get together for another day of spinning. Meet at the church as usual.. Time 9:30 - 2:30. Bring sack lunch and beverage.

March 13 Shari Janssen willl show us how to cut a t-shirt to be used as weft in weaving
Bring a clean t-shirt with no seams on the body and sharp scissors suitable for cutting fabric. Shari will weave with t-shirts on her rigid heddle loom.

Feb. 13 Towel Exchange
Bring one towel you have designed and woven in a Block Weave. Towels are to be woven in 8/2, 10/2, or 16/2 cotton, linen or cottolin and finished at appro. 18'' x 29". Bring your towel in a brown paper bag without your name on it. Towels will be exchanged so no one goes home with their own towel. Each weaver will talk about their Block Design and weave structure.

Jan. 9 Julie Stowers on Spinning Atypical Materials into Creative Yarns
Bring random leftover yarns or fibers and spinning wheels

2017

Dec. 12 Bound Weave on Rosepath Threading

Nov. 14 Designing Block Weaves using Profile Drafts
Bring graph paper and a pencil

Tuesday, Oct 17 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church
Guild will have the room from 9:30 to 2:30 for a day of spinning. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch/beverage.

Oct. 10 Road Trip to Fiber Art Shoppe
5 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA, www.fiberartshoppe.com
First we will shop for yarns, patterns, equipment. Then we will break for lunch down the street at the local bar and grill. After lunch Sherry Duey will teach us wet felting. Car pool from church.

Sept 12 Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Work
plus Iowa State Fair entries and samples from Dye Day. There will be reports on Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, and any other workshops or fiber shops visited on your travels. We will discuss upcoming towel exchange. Please remember to bring a project to display in Oct. exhibit at Grinnell Library.

Dye Day, July 15
At Sue Crawford's
9 am to 2ish pm , pot luck or bring your own, she'll have lemonade & tea and table service

June 13 Spring Picnic
hosted by Mary Paul Even, 5706 Walnut Hill Ave., Des Moines. We will meet at 12:00 noon. Bring a dish to pass. Mary Paul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Plans for summer events and Iowa State Fair will be discussed. Bring your ideas for Program topics for next year.

May 9 Warping Accessories & Tools and Techniques for Using Them
Sue Lustig will report on Convergence class.

April 11 Lets Try Drop Spindle Spinning or Card making workshop
Bring your spindles and carders. We will share equipment and all go home with a better awareness of this technique. Worsted and woolen spinning will be discussed. Also final plans for Kate Larson workshop and Iowa Federation meeting. Also: bring fabric scraps [at least 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches] to include in cards to sell at Federation.

March 28 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church [DMPC]
9:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Get together for another day of spinning.

March 14 Inkle Loom Weaving
Instruction on how to warp and weave on an Inkle loom. Willy Offerman will show how to make the heddle loops. Bring your Inkle loom to warp in you favorite design.

Feb. 14 Towel Exchange
Bring one towel you have designed and woven in the colors and structure of your choice. Towels are to be woven in 8/2, 10/2 or 16/2 cotton and finished at approx. 18" x 29". Towels will be exchanged in some fair manner so that no ome goes home with their own towel.

Jan. 10 Designing with Novelty Yarns - sett, tension, tricks
Cindy Griese, Willie Offerman, Sue Lustig

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If you have an interest in:

Weaving, Spinning, Felting, Basketry, Papermaking, 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 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

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Other Events & Demonstrations

2019

March 4,5,6 Spin In Iowa Retreat
Christian Conference Center
5064 Lincoln St.
Newton, Iowa

April 9-13 PLY Away 4: Spinning Retreat
USA at the Westin at Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

May 10-11 Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival
Washington County Fairgrounds
Lake Elmo, Minnesota

June 15-16 Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
Ames, Iowa

June 20-22 Uncommon Threads
Midwest Weavers Conference at Grinnell College
Craft Guild of Iowa City is hosting

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[Contact us to schedule a demonstration at your event]

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Beginning Weaving

With Garlyn Saupe
New Classes: Sign up now!
Boone, Ia
515 432 3432
dgsaupe@gmail.com

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

Craftsy

Other Online Resources

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

Handweaving.net

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

from the University of Arizona

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

Tim's Treadle Reducer

WeaveZine

Yarn, Fiber, & Equipment Suppliers

Cotton Clouds 800-322-7888

Fiber Art Shoppe
Albia, IA

Halcyon Yarns 800-442-7909

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]

Spinners', Weavers', and Knitters'
Housecleanning Pages

[used equipment]

The Prairie Fibers Company
Ames, Iowa 50010

Yarn Junction Company
West Des Moines, IA 50265

The Weavers Friend
[manuals for older looms]

Treenway Silks 888-383-7455

Webs 800-367-09327

Yarn Barn of Kansas 800-458-0035

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Fiber Arts Links

Fiber Arts & Guilds, Directory

Handweavers Guild of America

Interweave Press: Spinning Guilds

Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners

Midwest Weavers Association

Weave a Real Peace [WARP]