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

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


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


Sunday, December 15, 1-5, Fiber Day: Pam Poppe will be talking about warping random stripes at 2:00.

Tuesday, December 10th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Sue Crawford on
Monks Belt

Sunday, November 24, 1-4, Fiber Day
Jane Swanson will show her magical coaster threading and weaving.

Saturday, November 16th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Melissa from Oak
Creek Farm on Wool Judging. Bring your lunch and whatever you are working on for a
Fiber afternoon until ?

Tuesday, October 22nd ~ Fiber day, bring your knitting, spinning wheel, rigid heddle
looms or whatever you are working on and work away with fiber minded people.

Saturday, October 19th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell, potluck. Program by Barbara Bouley,
Basket Weaving, price $20. 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 10th ~ Welcome Back ~ Introduction of new board members,
Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Works, Discuss the years challenge ~ Program by Maggie
Howe, planning your own Dye Garden

June 11 Spring picnic
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.

May 14 Regular Meeting at the Church. Bring lunch, wheels, knitting, weaving, conversation
Program Cancelled! Shari Janssen and Concrete Orbs
will be rescheduled.

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.

March 26 Fiber (SPIN) Day
Get together for another day of spinning, knitting or weaving at the church
Bring a sack lunch and beverage.

March 12 Results of Sept Challenge: Bring your sample and notes of what you did and what you used. Log cabin draft + imagination!
Kathy Martin and the Wool Study Group will present results of their year long study.

Feb. 12 NOTICE: Meeting Cancelled!!

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

for more see ...

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

We get together:

Second Tuesday and some Saturdays each month

9:30 -- Noon
Program, Show-n-Tell, Treats
Bring a sack lunch and Stay
Spinning, Knitting, Whatever

[usually ends at 1:30 or 2]


Franklin Junior High
4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

See us on FaceBook

Officers for 2019-2020

President Shari Janssen
Vice President Cherie Maxson
Secretary Adah Leshem
Treasurer Pam Poppe
Facebook Shari Janssen
Web Jane Swanson

Contact Us

by Mail

Pam Poppe
3950 Colfax Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317

by Email

Jane Swanson

Class Coordinator

Cherie Maxon, cwmaxson@msn.com

by Facebook


by Instagram


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Other Events & Demonstrations


June 5, 9 am - 5 pm, Artists in the Courtyard, Perry, Iowa

June 15th, Tuesday, during the Beaverdale Farmers Market at Franklin. 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Spinners, weavers, a make and take and possibly a table if you would like to sell any of your handmade items. Let Cherie or Shari know. cwmaxson@msn.com or stjanssen@minburncomm.net

June 26 from 9-4 FiberFest 2021
Des Moines Weavers & Spinners Guild
Save the date on your Calendar!
Vendors, classes,,.

October16, Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Fall Meeting
and Workshop -- with Jan Friedman,
Des Moines Spinners and Weavers Guild
Franklin Jr High, Des Moines, IA

November 20-21, Threads Fiber Festival
4801 Franklin Ave


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