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SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR:

2017

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.

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

Dec. 12 Bound Weave on Rosepath Threading

2018

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

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.

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.

March 27 SPIN DAY
Get together for another day of spinning. Location to be determined. Time 9:30 - 2:30. Bring sack lunch and beverage.

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.

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

June 12 Spring picnic hosted by MaryPaul Even
5706 Walnut Hill Ave., Des Moines.
Lunch is at 12:00 Noon. Bring a dish to share. MaryPaul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Bring program ideas for next year. Summer plans and Iowa State Fair will be discussed.

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

2017

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

2016

Dec.13 Weaving Errors - How to Fix Them and How to Avoid Them
Cindy Griese.
Garage Sale bring your treasures priced to sell.

Nov. 8 Road trip to Ames [Meet at the Church at 9 am to carpool.]
Textile and Clothing Museum at ISU. Visit to Rosetree Fiber Shop. Lunch out. Carpool from DMPC.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church [DMPC]
Guild will have the room from 9:30 to 2:00 for a day of spinning. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch/beverage.

Oct. 11 Show & Tell of Handwoven Garments
This can be a recently completed project or one of your 'historic' woven garments that you no longer wear. Accessories can be included, i.e., scarves, bags, hats etc.
Plans for a Towel Exchange will be discussed. Also we will plan an Inkle Weaving meeting coming in March.

Sept. 13 Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Work
plus Iowa State Fair entries and samples from Dye Day. There will be reports on craft cruises, HGA Convergence, Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival, and any other workshops or fiber shops visited on our travels. Please remember to bring a project to display in th October exhibit at Pella Library.

Special Event: Dye Day at the Dome
August 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact info@desmoinesweaversguild.org
if planning to come.

June 14 Spring Luncheon
Hosted by Mary Paul Even.
We will meet at Noon. Bring a dish to pass. Mary Paul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Plans for summer events and Iowa State Fair will be announced. Bring your ideas for program topics for next year.

May 10th Rebecca Abarr will show her baskets and tell how they are made. She will show natural materials that she uses to weave the baskets.

April 12 Salisbury House Fabrics Tour
Salisbury House staff will show and discuss tapestries and navajo rugs in their collection. Charge is $20 per person. Guild will pay $10 and member will be asked to pay $10. We can come back to the church for a short meeting and Spinning. Note: No Carpool! Salisberry House is at 4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines, IA 50312

March 8 Tour C&M Fiber Mill discussion on weaving. Note: Meet at 9 AM to carpool!

Feb. 9 Recognizing Weave Structures using Sample Books from our Library. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one. Presenter: Cindy Griese

Jan. 12 Shake UP Your Memory -- The Importance of Record Keeping. We will also learn to calculate cost of a project. How much yarn is left on the cone? How to calculate yarn amounts needed for Stripes. Presenter, Willie Offerman.

for more see ...

The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild meets monthly to share ideas, news and skills.

We get together:

Second Tuesday of each month

9:30 -- 11:30 A.M.
Program, Show-n-Tell, Treats
Bring a sack lunch and Stay
for
Spinning, Knitting, Whatever
AT

Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church
4601 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

 


Officers for 2016-2017

President Cindy Griese
Vice President Willy Offerman
Secretary Mary Paul Even
Treasurer Sue Lustig
Librarian Kathy Martin
Web Jane Swanson

Contact Us

by Mail

Sue Lustig
2501 33rd St.
Des Moines, IA 50310

by Email

Jane Swanson
info@desmoinesweaversguild.org

 

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Other Events & Demonstrations

2017

All October
Guild Exhibit at Grinnell Library
930 Park Street
Grinnell, Iowa

Oct. 14-15
Madison CountyCovered Bridge Festival

Winterset, Ia. Spinners demonstrate.

All November
Exhibit by Bob Sobiech & Jane Swanson
First Unitarian Church
1800 Bell Ave.
Des Moines, Ia.

Nov. 4-5 Amana Arts Guild Fall Fiber Show and Sale
1210 Gst., High Amana, Iowa

2018

Jan. 6th[Saturday] Spin Study Group  
Pleasant Hill Library from 10am – 2pm. 
Bring a sack lunch, wheel and something to spin.  This is for all levels of spinners from beginners to advanced.  An opportunity to get some spinning in and learn something as well. The library opens at 10am so no need to arrive early.

March 18+ Spin-In Iowa Retreat
The Christian Conference Center Southeast of Newton, Iowa
Enjoy a weekend of spinning yarn, building skills and relaxing in a country setting.

April 14 Spring Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners meeting
Hosted by the Craft Guild of Iowa City at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Building C, in Iowa City. Information can be found at www.iowaweaversandspinners.org

May 11-15 Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival
Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

June 8-10 Weave a Real Peace [WARP] Annual Meeting
Decorah, IA

June 16-17 Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
Ames, Iowa

July 6-12 Handweavers Guild of America presents Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada

2019

June 16-22 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

With Vikki Morain
Lamoni, Ia
641 784 4747
vikki@desmoinesweaversguild.org

Online Learning Resources

Handweavers Guild of America
     Programs include
.Certificate of Excellence
.Laughlin Library Collection
.past topics from the Learning Exchange     Program (Program no longer offered.),
.Teaching and Learning through Correspondence, and
.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

Hill Vintage & Knits
432 E Locust
Des Moines, IA 50316

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 Rose Tree Fiber Shop 515-292-7076
Ames, IA [Going out of Business]

The Weavers Friend
[manuals for older looms]

Treenway Silks 888-383-7455

Webs 800-367-09327

Yarn Barn of Kansas 800-458-0035