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Sunday, April 26, 2015

What is on - Heritage Weavers in Calgary Alberta

The Heritage Weavers & Spinners have started a program of displaying the weaving of  their members.  Here are some pictures of weaving done by Jean Wilson. 

The inspiration for the weaving is taken from her trip to India and is shown in the blankets displayed with the T-towels.  

Excellent example of how the use of colour  and plain weave mix together.

Great way to inspire other weavers and make us aware that plain weave is not so plain!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

In Our Library - The Home Workshop Series

Over the years he Guild of Canadian Weavers has certainly had many great weavers in their membership. Many of these weavers contributed to our weaving community through the guild as well as sharing their knowledge by writing. Winifred Mooney and Nell Steedsman are two such ladies.

They created a series of booklets entitled “Home Workshop Series”. They created a total of 8 booklets, assisting weavers to learn about different techniques. Each booklet focuses on a particular technique and begins with a definition. Full instructions are given for each set of samples and weavers are encouraged to continue exploring the technique in their own creative way.

No. 1 The Gauze Weaves, Leno Scrollwork
No. 2 Crackle Weave
No. 3 Four Lessons for New Weavers
No. 4 Two Blocks – Four Frames
No. 5 Perception: Key to Design in Weaving
Inspiration from Nature

Photos and Swatches
Pattern Layout
How-to Section
No. 6 Perception: Key to Design in Weaving
Inspiration from books and Photographs
Photos and Swatches
Line, Shape, Size, Hue
How-to Section
Colour Notes
No. 7 Perception: Key to Design in Weaving 
            Inspiration from Man-made Articles
Photos and Swatches
Borders and Interlacing
How-to Section
No. 8 Perception: Key to Design in Weaving
Ecclesiastical WeavingGlossary and Bibliography
Photos and Swatches
Perception in Drafting
How-to Section

We are fortunate to have this series in our library for members to borrow!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What is happening in your area in the month of May?

On Vancouver Island the 2 events for the month of May that I know of are:
1.  Vancouver Island Fibre Fest in Campbell River (May 1 to 3)
2.  100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair 2015 (from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Sunday May 31)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to the new blog for the Guild of Canadian Weavers!

The executive has decided it would be nice for our members to have a place to share information.  Also potential members will find information about our Guild and learn more about what it is we do.

Our hope is to cover a variety of topics:

1.  Favorite books from our library
2.  Preview information regarding the production of the bulletin samples
3.  Information regarding sample exchanges and study groups.
4.  What is on your loom, favourite drafts or projects of members and member guilds
5.  Museums, places, and events
6.  Information on member guilds

Members will receive information in the next newsletter regarding sending in items for posting. We look forward to your contributions and hope we can promote an exchange of information across our great country.