Needle Punch for Beginners – April 13-14, 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.

General Meeting and Fibre Mart – April 6, 2019

EWG member and textile artist, Pirkko Karvonen was the guest speaker.

86 years young, Pirkko shared her journey of creativity, and many examples and photographs of her textile art and drawings.

Pirkko Karvonen

Sewing with Handwoven Fabric – March 18, 2019

Lifelong sewer, Angela Kelly was the guest speaker for the third Master Wannabees’ lecture.  With Gather Textiles, Angela shared her tips on how to be successful sewing garments from handwoven fabric.

Angela illustrated her talk with garments.  Some of the garments were made completely of handwoven fabric, and others were made with a combination of handwoven and commercially woven fabric.  Other examples included a piece of handwoven fabric inset into a commercially made garment.  Think of using your handwoven, for instance, as a pocket to make an ordinary shirt special.

She provided a number of tips from planning your project prior to weaving your yardage, to how to cut and sew the handwoven to maintain its integrity.  She closed with three ways to get professional results:

1) Have a smooth neckline with no puckering.

2) Have straight hem stitching in a matching thread.

3) Use a blind hem foot on your sewing machine when top or edge stitching.

Thank you Angela for inspiring and challeging us to sew with our handwovens!

Master Wannabee, Sandra (left) introducing Angela Kelly.

General Meeting – February 2019

Posted February 23, 2019

We had guest speakers from the Fibre Nook and as always, an inspiring “Show and Tell” from our members.

Leslie Latta and Ros Gullickson from the Fibre Nook (9864 – 63 Avenue) were guest speakers. They have a philosophy of community partnership and focus on Canadian spun, dyed or milled yarn, and ethically produced yarn from outside Canada.


Weaving as an Art Form: From Ancient Myth to Modern Day Morocco

Posted December 3, 2018

EWG Member and instructor, Kim McCollum provided an insightful and stimulating presentation on her recent trip to Morocco, artist Ani Albers, and Kim’s own approach to weaving.  This was the second lecture in the Master Wannabees series.

General Meeting – November 2018

Posted November 24, 2018

Rug woven with hand dyed and homespun wool
Nuno felted vest
Handwoven organic cotton boxer shorts
Cotton tea towel
Shibori Felted Wrap
Drop spindle made with paint brush
Paint Chip Challenge - knitted neck warmer
Three Sisters - felted landscape

Nuno Felted Scarf Class

Posted November 17, 2018

General Meeting – September 2018

Posted September 19. 2018

Melissa Arnold Workshop

Elizabeth, Joan and Gillian brought their fabulous Shibori Felted Wraps created in the September workshop.


Ondule Weaving

Kathy wowed us with her weaving using EWG’s fan reed.  She recommended the book Ondule Textiles.  The fan reed can be borrowed by EWG members.

Everything a Weaver Needs to Know About Yarn (but is afraid to ask)

Posted October 15, 2018

Master Spinner, Jen Black offered the first Master Wannabees Study Group lecture on yarn.

“Crackle Addict” Jette Vandermeiden

Posted March 28, 2018

EWG members benefitted from the exceptional knowledge and teaching skills of Ontario weaver Jette Vandermeiden. She was hosted by Focus on Fibre Arts Association to provide a public lecture and two weaving workshops, March 20 – 25, 2018.

Over three days, Jette covered block designs using profile drafts. In the 2-day Confessions of a Crackle Addict, participants learned the theory and structure of crackle weave and experimented with creating cloth treadled as Bronson, Summer and Winter, twill and many more.

Pictured are participant samples of Quigley, broken twill, an 8 shaft, 4 block, 4-tied weave.