February News and Events

Posted February 13, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • 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

Updates

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.

 

Conchita's scarf
Kyla's deflected doubleweave shawl
Joan's turned twill scarves

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.

 

Tara's warp for deflected doubleweave challenge
Jessica's rug
Tess's stash busting pink tea towels
Leslie's spun singles dyed in a dirty fleece indigo vat
Kathy's knitted shawl
Helene's bronson lace tea towels.
Conchita's 2 ply wool afghans

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.

Ava (from the Junior's Study Group) with her sweater
Lyn's "Manly scarf"
Carole's Cushion Cover
Dyann's "Vibrant Virginia" towels
Edith's felted bag
Jo-Anne's COVID-19 felted bags

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)

Tribute to Ilya Oratovsky
Jen's tribute to Ilya.
Gillians Weft Faced Project
Gillians' wool rug
Carol Drank in France
Carol sharing her fibre travel adventures in France.
Shibori Weaving
Cheryl's shibori weaving
Woad Dyeing in France
Turned Twill by Lynn Z.
Lyn's 8-shaft turned twill in Zehpyr

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.

 

Emily Carr's painting "A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth" that inspired Monday Morning Weavers.
Contrasts: Harmonic Chaos. A combination of turned twill and broken twill on 16 shafts.
Angela Kelly and Shannon Nelson from Gather Textiles.
4 shaft Summer and Winter
Summer and Winter cotton, tencel and bamboo
Hand painted warp, and Peruvian cotton, mondal and silk yarn. 12-shaft turned twill.
Rug - dark warp ends represent the trees and dark border the forest floor.

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.

Diane explains her sources of colour inspiration.
Diane's Rya Rugs
Diane describing her colour design process.
Rag Rugs - Same warp with different wefts results in different rugs
Diane's beautiful double weave shawl
More Inspiring Colour Choices

Felted Animal Masks with Gladys Paulus – August 6-9, 2019

Posted August 21, 2019

See Photos

Annual General Meeting and Potluck – May 29, 2019

Posted May 30, 2019

See Photos

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.

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.