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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

Tuesday, May 11th - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Rebecca Howe on Shave Em to Save Em Rare Breeds

Will have an online voting system for elections.

Tuesday, June 8th - Potluck

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, 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 ...


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All initially on Zoom

Hopefully, soon at our Franklin Location

Contact cwmaxson@msn.com, Cherie Maxson, to sign up for Study Groups
check our Facebook Events for Classes

Classes and Workshops of DMWSG


Beginning Drop Spindle $50, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021 AT 2 PM CDT – 3 PM CDT

Drop Spindle
Spinning on a drop spindle is an inexpensive, portable way to spin fibers for knitting, crochet, or weaving. If you've wanted to learn, here's your opportunity!
Class held via Zoom.
This class will meet for 2 sessions, March 20 and March 27, for 1 hour. We will learn to use a drop spindle in the first session, and you'll have the chance to practice for a week before coming back to answer questions, correct mistakes, and learn about plying the second session.
Suggestions for drop spindles to purchase will be given once registration is complete, and fiber for spinning will be provided by the instructor, Cherie Maxson.
Limit 5 participants.
Via Zoom, link will be sent once payment is received.
Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there.


Beginning Tablet Weaving $50, SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021 AT 1 PM CDT – 3 PM CDT

Tablet Weaving Sample

Tablet Weaving is an ancient technique using tablets or cards to control the warp threads and make a patterned band.

Pam Poppe will teach you the basic steps in weaving a patterned band. You will need an inkle or rigid heddle loom, set of cards for tablet weaving, and 3/2 perle cotton. Cards and warp may be purchased from the instructor, and looms can be rented from the Guild.
Bands can be used many ways, as purse straps, guitar straps, leashes, trim on coats or other clothing, even sewn together to make fabric! Try this fun weaving with us!
Limit 5 participants.
Via Zoom, link will be sent once payment is received.
Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there. 

Tapestry Study Group:

Anyone interested in working on techniques in tapestry, from beginner to experienced.  We meet Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am via Zoom.  At the meeting, Cherie will show examples of Tapestry looms suitable for beginners.  Cherie envisions this group as one where all levels will work together to study technique, design, color, structure, whatever the group decides to pursue.  It will also be a place where you can get critique of your work, help with problems, and develop from whatever level you are currently weaving.  Even if you've never woven tapestry, but are interested in learning, sign up to join this group! 

Multi-harness Weaving Study Group:

This group is for the study of different structures/weaves.  There are a couple of ways to approach that the members can discuss in January via Zoom.  One idea is to take 4 issues of Heddlecraft magazine, decided upon by the members, and spend 3 months exploring the weave structure covered by each magazine.  Members of the group would be responsible for purchasing their own copies of the magazine, which is online, and cost $4.50 each.  Robyn Spady has published this since January 2016, and each issue covers just one weave, for example Double Weave, or Huck lace, or plaited twills.
Another approach is to use Mary E Black's book New Key to Weaving, and follow it step by step from simple weaves to complex ones, building on each weave to increase our skill and understanding.  The Guild has copies of the book in the library, and used copies are easily found inexpensively online as well.  If you want to break out of your rut, and learn something new, come join this group!  We can thread up some of the guild looms to use as well. (We would have some open guild days for members to work on the pattern if they choose) .
 This group meets monthly, the next is Monday, March 15th at 1:30 PM and every 4 weeks after [always on Monday]

Color and Weave Study Group:

This group will focus on the possibilities of complex looking fabrics achieved through color and weave exercises on plain weave cloth, or perhaps adding in twills.  This is appropriate for both Rigid Heddle weavers and mulit-harness weavers, and most of the effects are simply threading and treadling changes of color on a plain weave structure.  If you want some color in your life, and complex cloth without the headache of learning a new structure, come join this group. 
The group meets is every Tuesday at 11:00

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, let Cherie Maxson know


If anyone is interested in a beginning weaving study group let Cherie Maxson know, this might be more of class and opened to the public unless enough of our members want to learn to weave.
If you have any other ideas for Study Groups please let us know.




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Other Events & Demonstrations


April 24 from 9-4 Fiberpalooza
Winterset Middle School (venue change!)
706 W. School St
Winterset, Iowa


[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

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