EWG Annual Show and Sale – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Posted November 2. 2019

Click here for more photos of our November Show and Sale.

 

 

EWG General Meeting – Saturday, September 21, 2019

Posted September 22. 2019

 

Annual Sale

  • The Annual Sale is Saturday, November 2 from 10 to 3.
  • Sale Notices are available for members to distribute. Pick them up at the Guild or download from the Annual Sale web page.
  • Members were reminded to check their latest newsletter or the Members Forms web page for information on how to submit and document sale items, and for the drop off dates to submit sale items.

Volunteer Weavers Wanted at the Cross Cancer Institute

  • Weavers are needed to volunteer for Weaving with Intent at the CCI.
  • A volunteer application can be filled out on the Alberta Health Services website.

Facility Planning

  • Members were encouraged to fill out a a survey was sent out via email to members, and paper copies were available at the meeting.

Diane Kozens’ Presentation on Colour and Inspiration

EWG member and Study Group Leader, Diane shared many examples of her weaving and talked about colour and what inspires her weaving. According to Diane,  “I like my next project best”.  She had many examples of how delight in the colour interplay in one project will lead to the next.

Her tips included:

  • Keep your eyes open.  Look around you and take photos of colour combinations you like, such as Diane’s mat of bright felt balls.
  • Start with a safe combination of colours and experiment with different colours in your stash.
  • When designing, line up your colours on your loom bench, live with them there for a few days.
  • Take a photo, or take a photo in black and white to see the values.
  • Colour gamps are useful – either colours of the same value or contrasting colours.
  • Look at different picture books. Diane’s favourites include those of textile designer, Jack Larsen.

 

Shawls woven at the Cross Cancer Institute
Diane explains her sources of colour inspiration.
Diane describing her colour design process.
Rag Rugs - Different wefts different rugs
Diane's Inspiring Colour Choices
Diane's Rya Rugs

Members’ Show and Tell 

More Inspiring Colour Choices
Diane's beautiful double weave shawl
Felted bag
Felted bag
Crammed and Spaced Scarves
Felted Floral
4 shaft Bronson top
Amazing Knitting
Warthog and chameleon felted masks
Felted Saiga Antelope

Felted Animal Masks with Gladys Paulus – August 2-6, 2019

Posted August 21. 2019

EWG hosted UK textile artist Gladys Paulus for two felting workshops in July and August.

Participants had such a tremendous felting adventure, learning from Gladys Paulus from Somerset England.  Her advanced techniques for felt sculpture left us in awe of her work and quite frankly, our own.  The biggest learning, was seeing a piece from all sides and graduating colours though all 6 layers of fibre.  Gladys expertly guided this menagerie through creating and fitting templates, accounting for unique features of each critter, choosing colour gradations that highlighted particular features and building texture that brought our pieces to life.  While some of these pieces are unfinished, we have the confidence Gladys gave us to complete the finishing touches on our own.

 

If you ever have a chance to sit in a room with this wonderful woman, jump at it!

(Thanks to Brenda for the text and photos)

Tired but happy felters
Warthog
Saiga Antelope
Lowland Streaked Tenrec (relative of the hedgehog)
Koala
Great Blue Heron
Deer
Chameleon
Belle the Beagle
Angora Goat

Annual General Meeting and Potluck – May 29, 2019

Posted May 30, 2019

 

President, Carolyn A.

In addition to the business of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), members shared a delicious potluck dinner, and showcased their creativity and skills with displays from:

  • The Juniors Study Group
  • Get Sett Study Group
  • Deflected Double Weave class

and the Paint Chip Challenge.  Last year, members blindly selected a paint chip and were challenge to weave, spin, dye or felt a creation in their paint chip colours.

 

Some of the creations from the Juniors Study Group

Exploring One Warp, Many Structures with Denise Kovnat

Posted May 26, 2019

 

Kyla (left), EWG Classes Coordinator thanking Denise

EWG hosted Denise Kovnat from Rochester, NY for a fabulous 3-day workshop, May 24-26, 2019, exploring the magic of extended parallel threading or Echo threading.

17 participants wove Echo, Jin (also called Turned Taquete), Shadow Weave, Rep, double weave and collapse structures. Denise covered network drafting, and provided a wealth of information (including over 50 drafts), and inspiration.  An amazing learning experience!

The public was invited to a Saturday evening presentation Once Upon a Warp where Denise shared her process for creating handwoven garments.  Denise explained that TEXTS and TEXTILES share the same Latin origin – TEXERE to weave.  “Every warp has a story.  Where does that story begin?”  She then shared the story behind a number of garments juried into the Handweavers Guild of America fashion show, Convergence from 2008 to 2018. 25 participants enjoyed Denise’s presentation, and then had an opportunity to touch and try on the beautiful garments.

See some photos of participant samples in Echo, Jin and Shadow Weave below.

A big thank you to the Handweavers, Spinners, and Dyers of Alberta (HWSDA) for their financial assistance.

Burn Baby Burn!

Posted May 5, 2019

On Sunday afternoon, May 5th, EWG members benefited from the knowledge of Kathy Buse on how to identify unknown fibres.  In the 4th Master Wannabees session, Burn, Baby Burn! Kathy provided a lecture, handouts and materials, and then guided participants on the burn test.

Kathy described the process to identify mystery fibres:  What is the appearance of the fibre? Is it shiny, matte, thick, thin, hairy?  How does it feel?  Is it soft, slippery, coarse, wiry, smooth, elastic?  What is the fibre length? For example, synthetics are long. What is its strength?  Does it break easily?  Does it smell? Some wool has a spinning oil odour.

She provided samples of different fibres and detailed instructions on how to conduct the burn test.  She stressed that the smoke may be toxic, particularly for synthetic fibres, so be aware of the ventilation and try not to inhale the smoke but pay attention to the colour of the smoke and the shape of the residue which will provide clues as to the fibre’s identity.  With Kathy’s help, participants then had a hands-on opportunity to test the mystery fibres that they brought with them.

A useful Sunday afternoon. Thank you Kathy!

Art in Ubiquity

Posted April 18, 2019

See photos of the April 27th opening of the Exhibition on the 65th Anniversary page.

 

Needle Punch for Beginners - April 13 and 14, 2019

Posted April 16, 2019

Instructor Angela Kelly scratched the creative itch of participants who designed a rug, and then learned how to use a punch needle to hook a rug.  Check out our Classes and Workshops page for more course offerings from EWG.

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