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


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

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

Sunday, February 9, 1-5, Fiber Day: mini program tbd

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 Prairieland Herbs by Maggie Howe on Traditional Hot Pot Natural Dyeing, $55, Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Address for Prairieland Herbs 13505 S Ave, Woodward, Iowa

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, 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.


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

for more see ...


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All at our Franklin Location

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

Classes of DMWSG January, February, March 2020

LEARN TO SPIN - JANUARY 5 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm, $50, $40 for Guild members

Have you been curious about learning to spin, but don’t know where to start, or if it’s for you? This 2 hour class will provide you with the basic skills to start spinning using a drop spindle, one of the oldest tools used by man. You will learn to draft a roving, and a short forward draw to spin a single. Plying more than one single for a finished yarn will be discussed. No prior experience necessary. Drop spindle and fiber are provided in the class fee.

WARPING 101 - JANUARY 11 - 1:00 to 4:00 $75, $65 for Guild members

This class will teach you the process of winding a warp chain and warping a multi-shaft loom in preparation for weaving. You will learn to wind the warp on a warping board with a cross, thread the reed and the heddles, and wind the warp onto the warp beam. Being able to read a draft is helpful, but not necessary.

RIGID HEDDLE I - JANUARY 18 - !:00 - 4:00, $75, $65 for Guild members

Learn to warp and do plain weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom. This 2 shed loom is one of the most basic looms, and easiest to learn to weave on. In this class we will put on a warp and weave a practice piece out of Sugar and Cream cotton. We will remove the woven piece from the loom, and discuss how to finish it. No prior experience required.
Materials required:
•Rigid Heddle loom, any width, with an 8 dent reed plus threading hook and warping peg*
•Tape Measure
•2 balls of Sugar and Cream cotton, any color
•Stick shuttle
* If you don’t have a rigid heddle loom, you may rent one from the Guild. Rental will require a deposit of $200 to be held by the Guild, plus a $25 rental fee for a 3 week rental. The deposit will be returned when the loom is returned. Each additional week the loom is kept will incur a $10 fee.

BASKET WEAVING - JANUARY 25 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $35

Basket from classFor basket weaving please bring a few supplies such as:
• Old Towel
•Bucket for soaking reeds
•Clothespins or twist ties
•Needle Nose Pliers
•Spray Bottle
•Apron if you want to protect your clothes.

WEAVING ON A MULTI-SHAFT LOOM - FEBRUARY 1 - 1:00 - 4:00, $85, $75 for Guild members

In this class, we will cover reading a weaving draft, understanding terminology, and basic weaving techniques. We will have an overview of some common weaving structures, and weave a twill sampler. Finishing the cloth will be discussed. The looms will be warped ahead for you, unless you are bringing your own. If you want to bring your own loom, contact cwmaxson@msn.com about warping instructions for this class.
Prior experience : Warping a multi-harness loom
•Tape measure
•Boat shuttle and empty bobbins to fit, if you have them
•pen and paper for note taking

RIGID HEDDLE II: Beyond the Basics- FEBRUARY 15 - 1:00 - 4:00 $75, $65 for Guild members

Take your rigid heddle weaving up a level! In this class we’ll be sampling patterns made with pick-up sticks, finger manipulated weaves, and what you can do with more than one reed. We will warp with a wool yarn in this class, and discuss how this differs from warping with cotton.
Prior experience: Rigid Heddle I, or experience warping and weaving on a rigid heddle loom.
•Rigid Heddle loom, any width, with 8” reed, plus threading hook and warping peg *
•2 stick shuttles, and 2 pick-up sticks
•crochet hook, medium size
•2 skeins of worsted weight wool, such as Lambs Pride, Cascade 220, or any other you may have.
•Tape measure and scissors
•pen and paper for taking notes

* If you don’t own a rigid heddle loom, one may be rented from the Guild. A deposit of $200, plus a $25 rental fee, will be collected. The deposit will be returned upon return of the loom. The rental fee will cover 3 weeks. If the loom is kept beyond 3 weeks, a $10 fee per week will be assessed.

BASKET WEAVING - FEBRUARY 22 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $35

See above for details.


BASKET WEAVING - MARCH 7 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $35

See above for details.

PAPER MARBLING - MARCH 15 - 2:00 - 4:00 -- $60

Marbled PaperPaper marbling is an ancient Turkish art technique. In this class you will learn to create a design on water and transfer it to paper. Each piece is unique! No prior experience required, all materials provided.

CARD WEAVING - MARCH 28 - 1:00 - 5:00



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Other Events & Demonstrations



Saturday, March 21,Winterset Fiberpalooza Winterset, IA
Winterset Elementary School
404 South 2nd Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273

April 3-4, Iowa Basket Weavers Guild
The Salem Connection located at
222 W. Salem Avenue
Indianola, Iowa.

April 14-18, PLY Away 5 Spinning Retreat
Kansas City, MO, USA at the Westin at Crown Cente

April 24-25 Celebrate 75 Years as Des Moine Weavers & Spinners Guild
Save the date on your Calendar!
Fiber Festival: Vendors, classes,,..

Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Spring Meeting
Quad Citites/Clinton
Details TBD

Sunday, 28 June Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
Ames, IA

July23-30 2020 25th Convergence
Knoxville, TN

Saturday, August 1
Bison Days at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Learning Center
9 am - 2 pm

Sunday, August 16
Iowa State Fair

Spin & Knit Demonstrations in the Sheep Barn
10 am - 3 pm

Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Science Center of Iowa.

October 22-25 Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Fall Meeting
and Workshop , with Kathrin Webber
Des Moines Spinners and Weavers Guild
Franklin Jr High, Des Moines, IA


[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