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Beginner’s Weaving Course Open Again!

***UPDATE COURSE FULL

We are excited to be able to offer the second beginner’s weaving course for the 2021-2022 year!

Join the class and learn the basics of weaving from warping the loom to getting those edges just right. Participant’s will be guided by seasoned weaver Kathy Morgan and all required material’s will be provided.

This course will in person and available to limited numbers of participants.

Location: East Lions Community Centre (Wavell Street, London, Ontario)

Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 22, and April 2, 2022 (Alternative date in case of a cancellation of one listed: April 9, 2022)

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (Classroom will be open to participant’s at 9:30am)

Price: For member $320; For non-member $350 (Price includes use of equipment and all required materials)

Covid-19 protocools for in person courses:

  • Proof of double vaccination
  • Completed pre-screening questionnaire prior to each class
  • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
  • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

Please note: Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis, and is based on the date payment is received.

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Fibre Arts Festival and Sale 2021

Our annual FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL AND SALE will *hopefully* happen again this year after a one year absence!

Date: November 19-20, 2021

Contributing Guilds: London District Weavers and Spinners, Simply Hooked, Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers

Members from the three above named Guilds involved have used time during the Covid lockdown to be creative and have made many beautiful articles for you to admire and get some Christmas shopping done.

There will be limited demonstrations of weaving, spinning, rug hooking and lacemaking. All socially distanced and, for this year, it will not be possible to have a hands-on experience.

Covid protocols will be in place: Proof of vaccination and wearing masks at the entrance of the Covent Market.

Don’t hesitate to contact a committee member if you have any questions.

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Beginner’s Weaving Course

**UPDATE: COURSE FULL

The beginner’s weaving course is back!

Learn the basics of weaving from warping the loom to getting those edges just right. Participant’s will be guided by seasoned weaver Kathy Morgan and all required material’s will be provided.

This course will in person and available to limited numbers of participants.

Location: Boyle Community Centre (530 Charlotte Street, London, Ontario)

Dates: October 17, 24, 31 & November 7, 14 (Alternative date in case of a cancellation of one listed: November 21, 2021)

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (Classroom will be open to participant’s at 9:30am)

Price: For member $320; For non-member $350 (Price includes use of equipment and all required materials)

Covid-19 protocools for in person courses:

  • Proof of double vaccination
  • Completed pre-screening questionnaire prior to each class
  • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
  • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the Boyle Community Centre
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Sheep to Sock

Course Description

This adventurous group will gather once a month over zoom to work through the process of taking fibre through the spinning and then the knitting of a finished pair of socks.

  1. Janice Watterworth will cover topics and include demonstrations of the types of fibres, preparations and spinning techniques to create durable and hard-wearing socks.  It will include various carding and blending methods, the spinning of 2 ply vs 3 ply and cabled yarns.  (Spinners must be able to spin a single and create a simple 2 ply yarn.)
  2. Joan Janes will teach a cuff down sock knitting class which will be appropriate for all weights of yarns. This will be designed for beginner to intermediate knitters.  (Must be able to cast on, knit and purl.)

All classes will be virtual through Zoom.
Live virtual classes will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb 16, March 2, April 20
Live sessions will be recorded and accessible to registrants for one month.           
 ‘Sheep to Sock’ includes both the spinning and knitting classes:
    $50 for members; and non-members: $65
For non-spinners, the knitting classes are: $25 for members;
    and non-members: $35                
Knitting Dates: Jan. 19 – Prepping for Socks, Feb. 16, and March 2.
It may be possible to have an in-person dye class with our newly spun sock yarn in January or early February: let’s wait and see on this one!

Materials:

  1. A working spinning wheel with 3 to 4 bobbins, a lazy kate, hand carders, niddy noddy or skein winder. 
  2. Joan’s multi-size ‘Sock Science’ pattern is included.  Use a set of 5 double pointed needles in a size that works for your handspun – this will be determined in the January class.  If you have sock knitting experience and prefer other methods such as magic loop or 2 circulars, go for it!

Please let Janice know if you are interested.  Questions can be addressed to: 
Janice Watterworrth      Janice.watterworth@gmail.com     519-453-1971
Joan Janes                    joaninglisjanes@gmail.com           519-200-9158   
 

Participants can source their own fibre or order a 250 gram box of
70 wool/30 mohair blend of natural coloured roving,
(undyed) from Wellington Fibres, near Elora.
Cost is $35 including taxes.
If interested in avoiding shipping costs contact Janice through email or by phone:
Janice.watterworth@gmail.com
519-453-1971
Orders must be in to Janice by June 21st.



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    Online Fibre Magazines

    The London Public Library is offering a great selections of online fibre magazines. Their new app: Libby, makes it easier than ever to borrow books, magazines and any other materials the library has to offer. Open the Libby app on your computer or mobile device, log in with your library card and start reading!

    We included a video tutorial on our website. Go to: Members Area – Library – Borrow Books and Periodicals – Periodicals

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    Happy 72nd Anniversary!

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    The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild is now in its eighth decade. It was on April 22, 1949 that the original London District Weavers Guild was founded. There were, at that time, fourteen members who came together in a room at the Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Central Library. Their purpose in coming together was the sharing of a common weaving experience and the advancing of interest in the knowledge and art of hand weaving.

    Over the years, the London District Weavers and Spinners Guild, renamed in June of 1981, has offered encouragement to its members and fostered a sense of innovation within the weaving and spinning communities. Most noteworthy is the annual Exhibition of Canadian HandWeaving, which the London Guild proposed and organized for the first time in the winter of 1953. It sponsored this annual show for ten years.

    The Guild has met at various sites over the decades. In 2004, the Guild moved to a new home at Hutton House.  In the fall of 2012, the Guild relocated to the East Artisans Centre. In fall 2017, another move took us to our current location at the Boyle Memorial Community Centre.

    In 2004 the Guild incorporated as a Not-For-Profit organization to become London District Weavers and Spinners Inc.

    The goals of the London District Weavers and Spinners Guild remain unchanged from its inception: sharing the experience of weaving and spinning, learning and improving one’s craft and supporting others with similar interests.

    The Guild meets the first Tuesday of February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December, during which time members and guests enjoy lectures and demonstrations.  Hands-on workshops and classes are held throughout the year.

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    April 2021 General Meeting

    Our General Meeting on Tuesday, April 6 was well attended with close to 40 members zooming in to take part. 
    Our speaker was Alasdair Post-Quinn, a double knitting expert, author and teacher who lives in Boston, MA. He shared his research into the pioneers, early methods and books of double knitting and followed this with live video demos of techniques including double knitting decreases, yarn overs, and cables. It was quite relaxing as we watched both him and his hands from the comforts of our respective homes. Everyone had a close-up view of this opportunity (which would have been out of our budget if we had had to pay travel expenses)! Zoom certainly has its benefits!
    Check out his website, patterns and books at: https://double-knitting.com/

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