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Dye Day, July 15
At Sue Crawford's
9 am to 2ish pm , pot luck or bring your own, she'll have lemonade & tea and table service

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


June 13 Spring Picnic
hosted by Mary Paul Even, 5706 Walnut Hill Ave., Des Moines. We will meet at 12:00 noon. Bring a dish to pass. Mary Paul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Plans for summer events and Iowa State Fair will be discussed. Bring your ideas for Program topics for next year.

May 9 Warping Accessories & Tools and Techniques for Using Them
Sue Lustig will report on Convergence class.

April 11 Lets Try Drop Spindle Spinning or Card making workshop
Bring your spindles and carders. We will share equipment and all go home with a better awareness of this technique. Worsted and woolen spinning will be discussed. Also final plans for Kate Larson workshop and Iowa Federation meeting. Also: bring fabric scraps [at least 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches] to include in cards to sell at Federation.

March 28 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church [DMPC]
9:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Get together for another day of spinning.

March 14 Inkle Loom Weaving
Instruction on how to warp and weave on an Inkle loom. Willy Offerman will show how to make the heddle loops. Bring your Inkle loom to warp in you favorite design.

Feb. 14 Towel Exchange
Bring one towel you have designed and woven in the colors and structure of your choice. Towels are to be woven in 8/2, 10/2 or 16/2 cotton and finished at approx. 18" x 29". Towels will be exchanged in some fair manner so that no ome goes home with their own towel.

Jan. 10 Designing with Novelty Yarns - sett, tension, tricks
Cindy Griese, Willie Offerman, Sue Lustig


Dec.13 Weaving Errors - How to Fix Them and How to Avoid Them
Cindy Griese.
Garage Sale bring your treasures priced to sell.

Nov. 8 Road trip to Ames [Meet at the Church at 9 am to carpool.]
Textile and Clothing Museum at ISU. Visit to Rosetree Fiber Shop. Lunch out. Carpool from DMPC.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church [DMPC]
Guild will have the room from 9:30 to 2:00 for a day of spinning. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch/beverage.

Oct. 11 Show & Tell of Handwoven Garments
This can be a recently completed project or one of your 'historic' woven garments that you no longer wear. Accessories can be included, i.e., scarves, bags, hats etc.
Plans for a Towel Exchange will be discussed. Also we will plan an Inkle Weaving meeting coming in March.

Sept. 13 Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Work
plus Iowa State Fair entries and samples from Dye Day. There will be reports on craft cruises, HGA Convergence, Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival, and any other workshops or fiber shops visited on our travels. Please remember to bring a project to display in th October exhibit at Pella Library.

Special Event: Dye Day at the Dome
August 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact info@desmoinesweaversguild.org
if planning to come.

June 14 Spring Luncheon
Hosted by Mary Paul Even.
We will meet at Noon. Bring a dish to pass. Mary Paul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Plans for summer events and Iowa State Fair will be announced. Bring your ideas for program topics for next year.

May 10th Rebecca Abarr will show her baskets and tell how they are made. She will show natural materials that she uses to weave the baskets.

April 12 Salisbury House Fabrics Tour
Salisbury House staff will show and discuss tapestries and navajo rugs in their collection. Charge is $20 per person. Guild will pay $10 and member will be asked to pay $10. We can come back to the church for a short meeting and Spinning. Note: No Carpool! Salisberry House is at 4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines, IA 50312

March 8 Tour C&M Fiber Mill discussion on weaving. Note: Meet at 9 AM to carpool!

Feb. 9 Recognizing Weave Structures using Sample Books from our Library. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one. Presenter: Cindy Griese

Jan. 12 Shake UP Your Memory -- The Importance of Record Keeping. We will also learn to calculate cost of a project. How much yarn is left on the cone? How to calculate yarn amounts needed for Stripes. Presenter, Willie Offerman.


Dec. 8 Organizing and Utilizing Your Stash --facilitated by Willie Offerman. Once again we will have a Guild garage sale -- bring unwanted yarns, books, fibers, equipment marked for sale. Bring cash to buy and sell treasures.

Nov. 10 Sample Weaving Workshop -- Table looms will be warped and ready to weave samples. This is a round-robin so be prepared to stay into the afteroon. Bring a sack lunch. Spinners bring wheels to use if there is a wait to weave on the loom you want. Later woven warps will be cut appart and notebooks will be made up with the draft sheet and your woven sample. This is a great learning opportunity for new weavers and a good refresher for others. There will be helpers to aswer questions. Bring scissors and stick shuttles.

[Tuesday] Oct. 20 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church We will have the room from 9:30 to 2:30 for a day of spinning. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch or pick up a lunch nearby.

Oct. 13 WORK DAYWarping Table Looms --We will warp looms for Sample Workshop to be held in Nov. Learn either warping back-to-front or front-to-back. This may be a a longer meeting. Bring sack lunch if you want. Spinners will have a spin day if they aren't warping a loom.

Sept. 8 Show & Tell of Your Summer Projects -- also show Iowa State Fair entries ad samples from Dye Day. There will be reports on Midwest Weavers Conference and Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival. We will collect projects for the October Guild Exibit to be held at the Norwalk Public Library.

July 18: Dye Day Saturday
Hosted by Jane Swanson
Bring dye stuffs & [lunch dish] to share.
Email: info@desmoinesweaversguild.org to share planning.

June 9: Spring Luncheon
Hosted by Mary Paul Even.
We will meet at Noon. Bring a dish to pass. Mary Paul will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Plans for summer events and Iowa State Fair will be announced. Bring your ideas for program topics for next year.

May 12: Weaving a Twill Gamp
Sharon Lewis: Weave a multitude of patterns on one warp to be used as a learning tool.

April 14: Change:Navaho Weaving Workshop
Diane Hickman
Advanced prep required. See Attached

March 10: Color Blending using Drum Carder or Blending Board
Led by Cindy Griese. Bring hand carders, drum carders, or blending boards if you have them. Spinners bring wheels to spin the blended fibers into a variety of colored yarns.

Feb. 10: Weave-it-Weaving

Jan. 13: Opportunities for Distance Learning
Susan Warner will show ways to learn weaving/spinning techniques without traveling to a workshop.

for more see ...

The Weavers and Spinners of Des Moines extend a special invitation to you!

With our members. Ask about their experience, and about what they hope to achieve.

One of our meetings.

If you can learn with us, or perhaps help us learn more about our crafts.

And then..
We hope you will become a member of one (or more!) of our groups.

We welcome you!


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Other Events & Demonstrations


Sunday, August 13
Iowa State Fair

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

Saturday, August 5
Bison Days at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Learning Center
10 am - 3 pm

Sept. 8-10
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

Jefferson, Wisconsin

Oct. 14-15
Madison CountyCovered Bridge Festival

Winterset, Ia. Spinners demonstrate.


March 18+ Spin-In Iowa Retreat
The Christian Conference Center Southeast of Newton, Iowa
Enjoy a weekend of spinning yarn, building skills and relaxing in a country setting.


[Contact us to schedule a demonstration at your event]

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Beginning Weaving

With Garlyn Saupe
New Classes: Sign up now!
Boone, Ia
515 432 3432

With Vikki Morain
Lamoni, Ia
641 784 4747

Online Learning Resources

Handweavers Guild of America
     Programs include
.Certificate of Excellence
.Laughlin Library Collection
.past topics from the Learning Exchange     Program (Program no longer offered.),
.Teaching and Learning through Correspondence, and
.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

Hill Vintage & Knits
432 E Locust
Des Moines, IA 50316

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 Rose Tree Fiber Shop 515-292-7076
Ames, IA [Going out of Business]

The Weavers Friend
[manuals for older looms]

Treenway Silks 888-383-7455

Webs 800-367-09327

Yarn Barn of Kansas 800-458-0035