EWG Facility Closed and Events Postponed until Further Notice

Posted March 23, 2020

Following Alberta Health Services COVID-19 guidelines, EWG has closed its facility and postponed all classes, workshops and events, including the April 4th General Meeting and Fibre Mart.

EWG General Meeting – Saturday, February 15, 2020

Posted February 21, 2020

Here are highlights of the February General Meeting.

  • Carol N is looking for three volunteers to demonstrate their spinning, weaving or felting skills at the Bountiful Indoor Market (97 street and 36 Avenue) on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Please contact demos@edmontonweavers.org.
  • The University of Alberta is offering a Fashion History Crash Course in Paris, in August 2020. The early bird registration closes February 28. For more info go to alesabroad.ualberta.ca and click Continuing Education on the left hand menu.
  • Catherine M shared her plans and received Guild support for a weaving project with Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS).

Remembering Ilya Oratovsky

Jen shared her memories of weaving a blanket with Ilya in his basement workshop. She brought a sample of the hand dyed yarns that she used for the blanket.

Tribute to Ilya Oratovsky
Jen's sample showing the yarns she used to weave a blanket with Ilya.

Fibre and Dyeing Adventures in France

  • Carol Drasak did a special presentation on her recent trip to France to explore fibre arts communities and delve into the mysteries of woad.
  • Thank you Carol, for making your trip come alive for us, with your amusing descriptions and great photos!
Woad painted shutters
Carol Drank in France
Carol sharing her fibre travel adventures in France.
Woad Dyeing in France

Show and Tell

  • Gillian’s rug woven on the Guild’s Might Wolf loom
  • Cheryl’s shibori weaving – fabric might become pillow covers.
  • Lyn’s 8-shaft turned twill woven in Zehpyr (merino/silk) with a beaded fringe.


(Thanks to Colynn for the text and photos)

Gillians Weft Faced Project
Shibori Weaving
Turned Twill by Lynn Z.

EWG General Meeting – Saturday, November 23, 2019

Posted November 24. 2019

Highlights of the November 23, 2019 General Meeting included a summary of the Annual Sale, a display from the Monday Morning Weaving Study Group, and a presentation from Gather Textiles, followed by conversation over coffee and baked goodies.

Annual Sale

  • A big thank you to the Wednesday Afternoon Study Group for organizing the Sale, members who contributed items, Board members who handled Publicity, the Standards Committee and the Treasurer for all the details related to sales and the sales inventory statistics.
  • Paid attendance was up 4% from 2018.
  • Members can view details of what sold on the Members’ Forms and Documents page.

Monday Morning Weaving Study Group

  • The Monday Morning Weaving Study Group provided a beautiful display of their weaving inspired by Emily Carr’s painting A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth.

Angela Kelly from Gather Textiles

  • Angela shared news and gifts from Gather Textiles.  4 spaces have been saved for EWG members at their February 7 to 9 Weave and Sew workshops, where participants weave yardage and then sew a top.  You can register online at Gather Textiles.
  • Sign up for their newsletter on their website and you’ll receive notice of their Christmas Open House.
  • Special pricing on Brassard products is available for Guild members. Please see the Member Benefits page for details. Current members can buy directly from Gather or through the EWG Yarns Coordinator.
Angela Kelly and Shannon Nelson from Gather Textiles.
Emily Carr's painting "A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth" that inspired Monday Morning Weavers.
Hand painted warp, and Peruvian cotton, mondal and silk yarn. 12-shaft turned twill.
4 shaft Summer and Winter
4 shaft Summer and Winter
Rug - dark warp ends represent the trees and dark boarder the forest floor.
Contrasts: Harmonic Chaos. A combination of turned twill and broken twill on 16 shafts.

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
Saiga Antelope
Lowland Streaked Tenrec (relative of the hedgehog)
Great Blue Heron
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.


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