A Successful Fibre Mart Saturday April 9

Posted April 9, 2022

EWG members, friends and the public took advantage of hundreds of items priced to sell of yarn, fleece, weaving and spinning equipment and books in our first EWG “live” event since early 2020.  Thank you everyone for wearing a mask and social distancing while shopping.

 

Considering Enrolling in a Master Weaver Program?

Posted March 9, 2022

On Saturday morning, March 5, 2022,  Linda Wilson provided EWG members with a presentation on the differences between the Master Weaver Program at Olds College (Olds) and the program through the Guild of Canadian Weavers (GCW).

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Twisted Sisters Fiber Mill Presentation

Posted February 26, 2022

EWG members had a Zoom opportunity on Saturday, February 26 to learn about the Twisted Sisters Fiber Mill.

Twisted Sisters Fibre Mill is a local family business specializing in alpaca yarn and finished alpaca yarn products.  One of the owners, Leanne Sept had a conversation with EWG members about raising alpacas, the two different breeds of alpacas they raise, and the differences in their fleece.  She described how the alpaca is processed and their different products.  Four lucky EWG members won door prizes.

The farm and mill can be toured during Leduc County’s Rural Routes Tours on July 17 and August 21, or during Alberta Open Farm Days on August 14. Until then, a  video tour can be viewed online.

 

Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Sunday Seminars

Updated March 7, 2022

Check out Prince George Fibre Arts Guild’s Sunday Seminars which feature fibre artists from around the world talking about their passions for history, culture, fibre, spinning, or weaving.

The cost for those who are not members of the Prince George Fibre Arts Guild is  $15.75 each ($15 plus GST).

The seminars will be recorded and posted online for a month. A link will be sent to you so that you can watch at your convenience if not able to attend at the scheduled time.


Dr. Susan Pavel ~ March 20, 2022 – Salish Textiles

Coleen Nimetz ~ April 10, 2022 – Adventures of a Cowichan Valley Silk Farmer

Abby Franquemont – May 15

Stacey Harvey-Brown – June 19

Jane Stafford – July 17

Kris Nardello – August 21

Express Yourself Creatively With E-Textiles

Posted December 18, 2021

Imagine if technology was soft, fuzzy, stretchy, and DIY! encouraged Dr. Lee Jones in her virtual presentation to EWG members titled Express Yourself Creatively with E-textiles on December 18th.

Dr. Jones received her PhD in Digital Media from Carleton University, and her thesis research focused on hybrid crafts and how DIY e-textile techniques can be taught.  E-textiles or electronic textiles are interactive textiles with sensing and actuating properties.  Imagine textiles that can sense touch, change color, heat up, play music, or shift into different shapes, all while remaining soft and flexible. This can be done with weaving, knitting, felting etc with conductive threads or components, such as zippers, metal snaps or buttons, and attaching these to a micro-controller (a computer as small as a quarter).

One example of an artistic use of e-textiles is her current collaboration with Greta Grip at the Ottawa Art GalleryThe Life of a Building – Can we convert you into a knitted row? 
Lee loves running e-textile workshops in makerspaces, art galleries and community organizations under the name Electro-Stitches. To enable textile makers to explore the creative possibilities of e-textiles, Lee has developed a number of proto-type easy-to-use toolkits.  These include visible mending where you can create patches with e-textiles – how about patching an old sofa with colourful patches that make sound?  Her concern with accessibility, affordability and sustainability in the development of e-textiles was clearly evident.
While acknowledging that there is a significant gap between the cultures of computing technology and textile art and craft, she provided an introduction to the concepts of e-textiles, and to a number of resources that EWG members can use to explore e-textiles further.  Check out her web resources at leejones.ca and electrostitches.com.
Thank you Lee for introducing us to the exciting world of e-textiles and giving us tools to facilitate our exploration!

Guild Members Visit Briggs & Little Woolen Mills Virtually

Posted October 28, 2021

On October 28, Leah Little from Briggs and Little Woolen Mills in New Brunswick, graciously provided a virtual presentation to 31 EWG members.
Leah provided an overview of the history of the mill which has survived fires and floods. There has been a woolen mill on the site since the 1860s.  The mill processes up to 650 pounds of Suffolk, Dorset and Corriedale fleece daily. Leah described the step-by-step process with the many specialized machines and skilled labour, from washing, drying, carding, spinning, twisting, dyeing to skeining. Their yarn is shipped all over the world, including to Nepal.
Four Guild members won door prizes. Thank you Leah for the tour of Canada’s oldest woolen mill, and for the great door prizes!
This virtual presentation is just one of the many benefits of EWG membership,

EWG Spinners Connect with Others in Online Spin Along

Posted October 23, 2021

On Saturday, October 23rd, EWG hosted an open invitation virtual Spin Along event for 22 participants from EWG, several guilds in Alberta, Vancouver Island and a participant from Ireland.

We met our goals which were to have fun, reconnect and share.  Many participants knew each other but had not been in touch (either in person or virtually) in years.  There was also sharing and showing of current and past projects, asking questions and advice, and learning from fellow fibre artists. A great way to spend a gloomy, rainy Saturday!

 

(Thanks to Melanie for this article)

General Meeting Features Persian Carpet Designer

Posted September 25, 2021

The September General Meeting was held as a videoconference.  Information and discussion was primarily on how to implement the new public health restrictions, and the November sale.

Mahla Takhti was a guest speaker at the meeting.  Originally from Iran, Mahla studied Persian Carpet Design at university, and has her Masters and PhD in Art History with a focus on Persian carpets. Although she described herself as more of a designer than a weaver,  Mahla demonstrated on her loom, and shared with us some of her very beautiful work.  It is great to know that we have such a talented resource.  Thank you Mahla!.

Mahla with her loom and weaving in the background.

EWG Members Visit Schacht Virtually

Posted June 12, 2021

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, 31 EWG members were treated to a virtual visit to the Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, Colorado.

The staff at Schacht provided a history of the 50 year old company, gave a tour of the factory floor where we met the people who craft Schacht products. They highlighted their favourite weaving and spinning products and projects.  Project ideas are on their website. A number of fabulous door prizes were also won.

Shannon from Gather Textiles, our local Schacht dealer, shared with us some of her hacks of Schacht products and what is available at Gather. Thank you Schacht and Gather for an intimate and engaging presentation!

This online presentation is just one of the benefits of EWG membership!

Kathy Buse Honoured at Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Posted May 31, 2021

33 members participated in the EWG AGM on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Kathy Buse was granted an Honorary EWG Membership for her many years of exceptional service. A member since 1980-81, over the past 40 years, Kathy has freely shared her time, knowledge and love of spinning and weaving. She has filled almost every position on the Executive – Vice President, President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor.  When the Guild hosted conferences, she was there to coordinate workshops, etc. She has led a number of weaving and spinning study groups, and today leads the More Than Four study group and Weaving at Strathcona Seniors.  Over the years she has given our Guild countless hours of her time. A big thank you to Kathy for all that she has done for the Guild!

Members also elected the 2021-22 Board of Directors.  Congratulations to the Executive:

  • President – Tara Nixon
  • Vice President – Allan Shemanko
  • Secretary – Carole Dodd
  • Treasurer – Mary Lou Hogg

 

Kathy sharing with EWG members her experience weaving with the new fan reed (2018)
Kathy spinning at our 2018 Annual Sale and Show
Kathy at EWG's 65th Anniversary Show (2019)

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