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.