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Nov Calendar Dec Calendar

Dec. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Watch and Discuss a video,"12 Ways to Spin Hand Painted Top" by Jillian Moreno

Dec. 14 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Jan. 8 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
The Tapestry study group will present an intro to tapestry and share what they have learned and created.

Jan. 11 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Feb. 8 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Feb. 12 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Kathy Sturtevant: Spinning Boucle and what to do with it (and a video)

March 8 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

March 12 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Presentation of our interpretation of the guild challenge. Please keep projects until the end of the meeting for group photos!

April 9 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Annual Garage Sale. Bring unused items or equipment priced to sell. Bring your own change.

April 12 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

May 10 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

May 14 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Lorinda Inman: Sock knitting machines.

June 8 - Potluck and wrap up the year

That's all so far for this season. Please check back later for more new programs 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


Nov, 13 Guild Meeting 9:30 - 3:00
Rug Hooking with Diana Giesinger. We will learn techniques of rug hooking and be able to make our own mug rug size mat.

Nov. 9 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 23 Spin Study Group
10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 12 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Oct. 2 Guild Meeting 9:30- 3:00
Dying your own yarn and/or fleece for a guild challenge. Bring heavy duty rubber gloves, plastic wrap, an apron or wear old clothes and shoes (dye drips.)
Bring hats/scarves/mittens for those in need.

Sept 18 Spin Study Group
10:00 - 2:00

Sept. 14 Fiber Day 10:00 - 2:00

Sept 12 Indigo/Shabori Workshop
12:00 - Sept 12 Indigo/Shabori Workshop

Sept. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30- 12:00
Bring your projects you have worked on during the summer or if we haven’t seen you what you have worked on during the Pandemic.

12:00 - Sept. 11 Guild Meeting 9:30- 12:00
Bring your projects you have worked on during the summer or if we haven’t seen you what you have worked on during the Pandemic.

Sunday July 25 Fiber Day - 1-4 pm
At Franklin JRH
Spinning, knitting, whatever

Sunday, July 11 - Dye Day - 10 am til done
At Franklin, JRH,
Bring gloves, color inspiration picture, animal fiber, lunch

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

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

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Check our Facebook Events for Classes

Classes and Workshops of DMWSG



All initially on Zoom

Hopefully, soon at our Franklin Location

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

Wheel SpinningLearn to Spin on a Wheel, $100

December 8 9 - 12 and December 15 9 - 12

For anyone with a Spinning Wheel that wants to learn how to spin their own yarn! In this 2 session class, we'll cover carding wool, wheel mechanics, and spinning a single and plying on a spinning wheel. Beginners welcome!
If you don't have your own wheel, we can arrange for one to use in class.

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! 
For anyone with a Spinning Wheel that wants to learn how to spin their own yarn! In this 2 session class, we'll cover carding wool, wheel mechanics, and spinning a single and plying on a spinning wheel. Beginners welcome! If you don't have your own wheel, we can arrange for one to use in class. December 8 9 - 12

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


Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Class
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 at 12 pm CDT – 4 pm CDT
Class fee $100. Materials fee paid to teacher $10

Indigo Samples
In this workshop, we will be working with two types of indigo vats: a traditional indigo vat and a pre-reduced indigo vat. Participants will use traditional Shibori stitching onto cotton fabric, and will dye the fabric in the indigo vat. Taught by Kimberley Baxter Packwood. Class materials list with instructions will be provided upon paid enrollment. Minimum of 5 students required to hold the class. Maximum of 12 students. Adults only, please.

Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there. 

Kids Weaving Camp $75
JULY 13, 14, and 15 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Pot HoldersCricket LoomEasel Weaver

Kids 8 - 12 will be taught basic weaving skills over this 3 day morning camp, using 3 different types of looms.  All materials provided.  Camp is taught by members of the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild.  Kids will take home their creations, including a small tapestry, potholders, and a woven mat.  Limited to 6 students. 


At FiberFest -June 26, 2021

Drop SpindleDrop Spindling at 9:30 AM - 12 PM

Learn to spin using a drop spindle. In this class, limited to 5 students, you will learn to spin and ply using a drop spindle. Bring your own, or we can loan you one for the class! Fiber will be provided in the class.
Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there.

Needle Felted Coneflower workshop with Art Grows Wild -- 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Learn the art of needle-felting! Registration includes a kit (yours to keep!) with all the tools and supplies needed to create a beautiful coneflower using only wool and a needle! During our workshop we’ll work through the kit together, step-by-step. You’ll have access to additional tools, as well as the opportunity to personalize your design with a variety of flower stencils and a wide assortment of wool colors. You’ll leave with a finished work of art, framed in a 6” embroidery hoop, ready to display! Since we use sharp needles, this workshop is recommended for children age twelve and older, with adult assistance required. This workshop is led by fiber artist Megan Hammer, who creates felted wool pieces to embrace the textures of nature. Explore the variety of her flora-inspired work at www.artgrowswild.com.

10 People, $56
Paypal link, payment guarantees your reservation
Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there.

2D Needle Felting with Homespun Family -- 1 PM – 3 PM

Whether you are new to felting or not - this class is for you.
We will begin with the basics of needle felting and move towards creating your own Needle Felting Painting!
No drawing experience is necessary. As with this medium - everyone will show their one creativity and style.
I will have samples of pictures that you may choose from as a class project which includes a variety of pictures ranging from simple floral, landscape, or bird or animal prints.
We will transfer a copy of the picture outline on our wool base and then I will show you ways to color blend and lay out the fibers and work on shading techniques to create your own beautiful felted picture!
All supplies are included with the fee of $55 per person
This class fee includes Homespun Family's Felting Starter Kit: (a $30 value)
Wool base
fiber pack sampler (includes various colors of alpaca, Jacob Sheep Wool and llama fibers)
3 pack basic felting needles
foam pad
So - no need to bring anything - everything is supplied...just come and have fun!!

Limited to 8 students,
Registration via PayPal holds your spot


Card Weaving Shoelaces -- 1 PM – 4 PM

Learn the art of Card Weaving by creating a pair of shoelaces. Using a set of 10 cards (provided in class) you will learn to set them up, read a pattern, and weave beautifully patterned bands on an inkle loom or rigid heddle loom, or using C-clamps and a dowel. Contact us for equipment you need to bring.
Cards and yarn will be provided in the class.
Age 12 and older, please.
Limited to 5 students. $55,
payable through Paypal. Payment guarantees your spot.

Everyone must preregister on our Facebook page.  They can pay for the class there.

Mandala Stone Workshop -- 1 PM – 3 PM

Betty Chamness Trost of Three Smooth Stones will teach the techniques and designs for creating your own painted mandala on stones. Class fee includes expert instruction with handout, use of a toolkit and glorious paints, and a 3-3 1/2” stone. Join us to learn this beautiful art form and create your own masterpiece!
Limited to 10 students. $55
Registration via Paypal will secure your spot



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


November 20-21, Threads Fiber Festival
4801 Franklin Ave


June 12-17 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