February News and Events
Posted February 13, 2021
- General Meeting, Saturday February 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. via Zoom
- Q and A with Jane Stafford, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 a.m. via Zoom
Our first online sale held in December 2020 was a success due to the hard work of Gather Textiles and many EWG volunteers. A big thank you. The report is posted on the Members’ Forms web page.
Here are three examples of the many members’ projects featured in the February 2021 newsletter.
Guild Closed but still Active
Posted April 1, 2020
Although we are not meeting in-person, Guild members continue to be active and are connecting with each other while maintaining their physical distance, and are taking advantage of their stashes of fibre, fleece, and yarn to be creative and to inspire each other.
- Study Groups are sharing their projects with each other via e-mail.
- EWG sends out regular e-mails with photos and descriptions of member projects.
- Members are learning online.
- The Board of Directors is meeting through video-conferencing.
Guild Members Inspire Each Other
Posted May 7, 2020
Although we are physically distancing, Guild members continue to inspire each other – sharing images of yarn stashes, home studio space and fibre creations.
Junior member Ava wowed us with her sweater knit with $10 worth of garage sale yarn.
General Meeting – February 15, 2020
Posted February 21, 2020
Highlights of the meeting included Jen’s tribute to long-time Guild member, Ilya Oratovsky, Carol’s fibre adventures in France and Show and Tell.
Show and Tell
- Gillian’s rug woven on the Guild’s Mighty Wolf loom
- Cheryl’s shibori weaving
- Lyn’s 8-shaft turned twill in Zephyr (merino/silk) with beaded fringe.
(Thanks to Colynn for the photos and text)
General Meeting – November 23, 2019
Posted November 24, 2019
Highlights of the meeting included a display from Monday Morning Weaving Study Group and a presentation from Angela Kelly from Gather Textiles.
General Meeting – September 21, 2019
Posted September 22, 2019
After updates and Members’ Show and Tell, Diane Kozens did a presentation on Colour and Inspiration.
Exploring One Warp, Many Structures with Denise Kovnat
Posted May 26, 2019
EWG hosted Denise Kovnat from Rochester, NY, for a fabulous 3-day workshop exploring the magic of extended parallel threading or Echo threading. Read more
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.
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!
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
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.
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.