Mountains of Fibre Sold at Fibre Mart

Posted April 6, 2024

On Saturday, April 6, 2024, the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild held their General Meeting followed by Fibre Mart.  Members of the public also participated in the destash of EWG members’ stashes of fleece, fibre, equipment and books.

The sale was a success with mountains of fibre sold!

April 6, 2024 General Meeting of the EWG.
Mountains of Fibre for sale at April 6, 20224 Fibre Mart.
Shoppers at Fibre Mart
Shoppers lining up with their purchases at Fibre Mart

Tuesday Morning Spinning Study Group

Posted January 30, 2024

The Edmonton Weavers’ Guild has eleven active study groups which focus on felting, knitting, spinning or weaving.  Some groups meet weekly while others meet biweekly or twice a month.  Study groups provide opportunities for Guild members to inspire and learn from each other, to share skills and problem solve in a collegial and supportive environment.

The Tuesday Morning Spinning study group meets every week.  They work on individual spinning projects and for the past couple of months have been working collectively on a group project.  They started with a lovely fine soft fleece in cream and light brown colours, with the goal of having study group members scour, prepare, spin, ply, and then knit 4 inch squares.  Individual creativity was encouraged in every step of the process. Meetings are full of discussion, comparison, and learning – what works well and what techniques don’t work as well with lots of looking and touching the samples brought in for “show and tell”.  The project is still a work in progress, but study group members are contemplating various combinations of knit squares to finish off with a small blanket.

Interested in learning to spin? Register now for February spinning classes.

EWG members who aren’t already in a study group, please consider joining to learn and share. Click here for Study Groups

Call for Entries Keeping it Local – Focus on Fibre Arts

Posted January 30, 2024

Keeping It Local 2024 Call for Entry: Focus on Fibre Arts Association (FFAA) invites all fibre artists to submit artworks that express their individual view of Keeping It Local for the 2024 exhibition. All forms of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) fibre art works are welcome. Artworks can be improvisational, representational or abstract. An exhibition featuring the broadest range of fibre art techniques and makers’ creativity will be curated from the submitted artworks.

2024: Keeping It Local | FFAA (focusonfibreart.org)

Prairie Interlace Book Launch December 2

Posted November 18, 2023

University of Calgary Press and Nickle Galleries invite you to a book launch on Saturday, Dec 2 at 1pm in Gallery Hall (Taylor Family Digital Library). Prairie Interlace: Weaving, Modernisms and the Expanded Frame, 1960-2000 is derived from the travelling art exhibition of the same name, currently on view at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

The book explores the rich history of textile artwork on the Canadian Prairies through curatorial insights, essays from scholars and textile experts and beautiful colour photographs of the exhibition’s textile works.   Featured in this exhibition is EWG member Pirkko Karnoven,

Exhibition curators/writers Michele Hardy, Timothy Long and Julia Krueger as well as some of the other writers featured in the publication will offer brief remarks.

Copies of Prairie Interlace will be available for purchase, and there will be some giveaways and refreshments!

November 4th EWG Annual Show and Sale a Success

Posted November 6, 2023

A big thank you to everyone who made our  2023 Show and Sale a success!

From Monday Morning Study Group leadership, to members who submitted items for sale, to those involved with publicity, to the Standards volunteers who juried submitted items, to those who shared their skills in artistry in the demo room, to family members who helped fetch and carry – and all the lovers of fine handcrafted textiles in the community – a heartfelt appreciation.

 

 

Fibre Mart and Strathcona Mini Folkfest

Posted September 17, 2023

EWG was busy on the weekend with Fibre Mart on the 16th and 17th, and providing fibre arts demos as part of the Strathcona Community League’s Open House on the 17th.

Mountains of yarn. September 16 and 17 Fibre Mart.
Fibre Mart September 16 and 17.
Spinning at Strathcona Community League Open House Sept 17.
Needle felting spooky decorations.
Young participants attracted by needle felted creations.

EWG at Strathearn Art Walk

Posted September 12, 2023

EWG members had a sunny weekend to share their skills, and the activities of the Guild at the Strathearn Art Walk September 9 and 10th.

Pirkko wows EWG Members with Poppana

Posted August 17, 2023

On August 17, Pirkko Karvonen offered a workshop on Poppana.  Poppana refers to the bias-cut fabric strips, as well as the Finnish weaving technique of weaving with Poppana.  The fabric strips are 1 cm wide.  According to Pirkko, the word was first used in Finland in 1795.

Participants were inspired by the diverse and beautiful Poppana textiles woven by Pirkko – from table runners, rugs, tote bags, transparencies and clothing, and the resource books from Finland.  A table loom was set up so that participants could try weaving with poppana.

Among Pirkko’s tips for beginning to weave poppana are:

  • use a fine (12/6) seine twine as a warp, sett at 10 epi
  • thread in a straight draw to weave plain weave
  • run your poppana through a round metal washer to fray the edges. This will result in fuzzy edges for a chenille effect in the woven fabric.
  • bubble your poppana weft to minimize draw-in.

A big thank you to Pirkko for sharing her knowledge and resources on Poppana and inspiring participants to try a traditional Finnish weaving technique.

Master Wannabees Study Group Starts September 6

Posted August 9, 2023

A new study group with an old name, the Master Wannabees, starts up Wednesday, September 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and will meet the first and third Wednesday each month at the Guild.

The group is for beginner, intermediate and experienced weavers. Basics will not be taught so weavers will need to have completed a beginner weaving class or have enough experience to be able to read a draft and warp a loom.

Using the Guild of Canadian Weavers (GCW) Master Weaver Testing Guidelines, we will explore the requirements of each of the levels in the testing document, starting with the basic level in 2023-2024. To do this, we will look at each of the specified structures in turn, including the required documentation, fibre properties and analysis of references.

The objective is to explore and to understand the weave structures, to weave more intentionally, to review the resources, to understand the GCW requirements and to provide a foundation for more learning.

Monday Morning Weavers Explore Summer and Winter

Posted July 18, 2023

EWG Study Groups provide opportunities for members to learn together.

Monday Morning Weavers continue to explore Summer and Winter weaves.  Summer and Winter is an example of a compound weave – with more than the two elements of a single warp crossing a single weft thread.  S and W is a three-element weave – warp, tabby weft and pattern weft.  The name is said to originate from the fact that one side of the cloth is predominantly darker – the winter side, and the other side is lighter – the summer side.

The versatility of Summer and Winter is demonstrated in these diverse projects from the Monday Morning Weavers study group:

  • cat motif, woven on 12-shafts
  • blocks motif
  • trees motif, and
  • colorful tea towels.

Check out our study groups and think about joining one in September.  Among the benefits of EWG membership are our study groups as well as our newsletter where the work of our many study groups is regularly featured.

EWG Celebrates 70 Years at AGM

Posted May 27, 2023

EWG held its Annual General Meeting and had a 70th anniversary party on May 27th.

The highlights of the event were:

  • The many displays celebrating our history and the creativity and skills of our Study Groups
  • The election of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2023-24.
  • The recognition of the significant contributions of Diane Kozens with an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Guild.

 

Allan, outgoing EWG President presenting Diane K with an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the EWG

Diane Kozens

The EWG recognized Diane for her exceptional service to the EWG.

Diane has been a Guild member for more than 50 years.  She has served the Guild in many roles over the past 50+ years: as the Sales and Exhibition Co-Chair; served on the Standards Committee many, many times; served on the Standards Review Committee; served as Vice-President, President and Past President; served as a member of the Guilds’ 50th Anniversary Committee.

Diane is a teacher par excellence! She was the Beginner Weaving instructor to so many of us!  She has been sought after as a Rag Rug instructor! She has taught Blanket weaving, Chenille, Doubleweave, Weaving Review, and Finnweave, to name a few.

In 1996 Diane started a study group for new weavers. This group became know as Get Sett and although most Get Sett members are no longer new weavers, the group members continue to learn and benefit from Diane’s vast knowledge and excitement about weaving! Diane has been a lifelong learner with respect to weaving.  She passed the Canadian Guild of Weavers Master Weaver’s Program Intermediate Level in 1987. She has taken many classes over the years and continues to contribute actively to the More Than Four study group.

Diane acknowledged the contributions of others to the Guild, particularly those that are no longer with us.

New Executive Committee

Many thanks to outgoing President Allan S.  Congratulations to the 2023-24 Executive Committee: Nancy T – President; Libby B – Vice President; Tara N  – Past President; Gillian T- Treasurer; and Carole D – Secretary.

Displays

Click here to see photos of our 70th Anniversary displays.

EWG Loom Donation

Posted January 21, 2023

We had a 24″, 4 shaft table loom donated to EWG.  It was requested by the donor that it be given to a beginner weaver. Emails were sent out to all members so that they may enter their names in a draw on Friday, Jan 20.

Thank you to everyone who entered our draw. We had 11 requests, and I am certain all were very deserving. Our very happy  winner is Maureen D, Congratulations to her!  She is very grateful to the donor, as we all are.
Arlene, EWG Weaving Equipment

EWG Members in Guild of Canadian Weaving Online Exhibition

Posted December 7, 2022

“Shuttles Thrown 75 Years of Weaving in the Guild of Canadian Weavers” online exhibition includes the work of two members of the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild – Evelyn Schwabe and Fern Facette.
Click here to view the online exhibition.

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