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May 12 Spin Study Group
10am - 2pm
Pella Library

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.

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


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 14 Spin Study Group
10am - 2pm
Pleasant Hill Library

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.

March 3rd Spin Study Group
10am - 2pm
Pleasant Hill Library

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


Dec. 12 Bound Weave on Rosepath Threading

Nov. 14 Designing Block Weaves using Profile Drafts
Bring graph paper and a pencil

Tuesday, Oct 17 SPIN DAY at Douglas Ave. Presbyterian Church
Guild will have the room from 9:30 to 2:30 for a day of spinning. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a sack lunch/beverage.

Oct. 10 Road Trip to Fiber Art Shoppe
5 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA, www.fiberartshoppe.com
First we will shop for yarns, patterns, equipment. Then we will break for lunch down the street at the local bar and grill. After lunch Sherry Duey will teach us wet felting. Car pool from church.

Sept 12 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 upcoming towel exchange. Please remember to bring a project to display in Oct. exhibit at Grinnell Library.

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

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

for more see ...

Dear Members and Friends

Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild Membership dues are $25.00 per year, collected in the Fall. If you are unable to attend the September meeting, please mail your check to -

Sue Lustig, Treasurer
2501 - 33rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50310

We hope to see you!
The Guild Officers

PS Please bring a cup or mug for your coffee or tea to each meeting.

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Other Events & Demonstrations


May 11-15 Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival
Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

June 8-10 Weave a Real Peace [WARP] Annual Meeting
Decorah, IA

June 16-17 Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
Ames, Iowa

July 6-12 Handweavers Guild of America presents Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada


June 16-22 Uncommon Threads
Midwest Weavers Conference at Grinnell College
Craft Guild of Iowa City is hosting


[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

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

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Fiber Arts Links

Fiber Arts & Guilds, Directory

Handweavers Guild of America

Interweave Press: Spinning Guilds

Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners

Midwest Weavers Association

Weave a Real Peace [WARP]