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

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


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

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

Saturday, March 14th ~ Program at Praireland Herbs by Maggie Howe on Traditional
Hot Pot Natural Dyeing. $55. Time TBD

Tuesday, March 24th ~ Fiber day, bring your knitting, spinning wheel, rigid heddle
looms or whatever you are working on and work away with fiber minded people.

Tuesday, April 14th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Garage Sale

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

Tuesday, June 9th ~ Potluck at Noon

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


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.


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.

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.

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

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All at our Franklin Location

Contact cwmaxson@msn.com, Cherie Maxson, to sign up.

Warping a Floor Loom:  Taught by Julie Ballard

Saturday, October 12 from 1:00 - 5:00
Cost is $75 [$65 for members], plus $5 optional materials fee.

Learn to wind a warp chain and get it on the loom, warping front to back.  If you have a loom you would like to warp, bring it, along with the warping material you want to use.
Otherwise, you will be winding a chain using our yarn and warping one of our looms.  You may wind a chain to take home for the materials fee.


Beginning Spinning Class

Sunday's:  October 13 to November 3 (4 sessions)  2:00 - 4:00
Franklin Junior High
$200 [$175 for members]
Come learn how to spin and ply.  From the drop spindle to the wheel, we'll cover basic spinning skills including drafting, wheel mechanics, plying, fibers, and finishing your yarn.
At the end of the classes, you'll be able to spin the yarn you want to use!  

Rigid Heddle Tote Bag taught by Togarashi Designs Silvia Klein

Tuesday, October 29th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost is $35 [$25 for members], plus material fee payable to instructor of $5.
Weave a tote bag made from recycled plastic grocery or dry cleaning bags on your rigid heddle loom
Must have experience weaving on a rigid heddle loom
Warped rigid heddle loom:  14" wide, 10 epi, 1 yard length with cotton carpet warp
extra carpet warp for the handles
16 plastic grocery bags
stick shuttle
loom stand or clamps if using on a table



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Other Events & Demonstrations


Oct. 12-13, Madison CountyCovered Bridge Festival
Winterset, Ia. Spinners demonstrate


[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

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