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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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WeaveDesign© Study Group via Zoom

All recordings for this workshop are available free of charge for the guild members at: Recorded Workshops

Are you a new weaver, using weaving patterns you have found in magazines or received from instructors, but would like to progress now to making your own weaving patterns? Does this just seem tedious to do with paper and pencil or just a wee bit intimidating to do on line?  Well, we have a study group that you may want to learn about and join up with virtually this month (March 2021).

Dan Lajoie is a long time weaver and a proficient user of the software, WeaveDesign*. Dan has offered to work with a small group of guild members to demonstrate this software and show you some of the finer points of working with WeaveDesign and get you creating your own weaving patterns.

In this study group, you will be shown how to:

– Create, read and save weaving patterns in this software (eg. loom patterns with straight tie ups for weaving on a rigid heddle or four harness loom patterns with straight or multiple tie ups)

– Review and edit your design using the program’s copy, cut, repeat functions and colour palette

– Store and retrieve your patterns both online and offline

At the end of this study group, you will have the knowledge you need so that, after a bit of practice on your own, you will be ready to create your own weaving patterns using WeaveDesign.  For those of you who have dreamed of being proficient with Fibreworks, this will bring you closer to realizing that dream.

Registration for this Study Group is Required.

 The study group is limited to eight (8) participants.  You need to register to participate by emailing  ldwsguild@gmail.com .  You will be notified when your registration has been confirmed (or be invited to go on a waiting list for a possible future study group).

Registration Fee: FREE
Please register at 
ldwsguild@gmail.com
 
Study Group Session Dates:  There will be 3 scheduled study group sessions for this group – each session will be one (1) hour in length via Zoom.
 
Wednesdays March 17th, 24th and 31st at 10 a.m.


* WeaveDesign is a copyright © 2002-2004 software program for creating weaving drafts and drawdowns created by Bengt Nelsom and is available as a free download off the internet.

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Wild Fibers – Zoom Lecture #2 by Linda Cortright

For those who enjoyed Linda’s presentation yesterday (members of LDWS guild can watch the recording by clicking here) you can now purchase tickets for:

Wild Fibers, Wild Places Zoom Lecture #2

In 2004, I began my quest to see a musk ox in the wild. I might have had greater success looking for a four-leaf clover in the desert. Over the next fifteen years I traveled to a tiny island in the Bering Sea, a larger island above the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest, a small cemetery in Nome (it’s one of the few places in town where the musk ox can find grass), and eventually to the Russian Arctic. Few things have demanded more time or resources to achieve. 
This Zoom lecture will include an assortment of snowy images, tales both funny and frustrating, along with an important understanding of how qiviuk is harvested and processed. 
The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 3:00 pm (EST). If you cannot make the lecture, you will automatically receive a link to the recording the following day.  
We had such fun on our last Zoom to Antarctica, I look forward to seeing you again. 


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Weaving a Hero Cowl using a Rigid Heddle – A Study Group Opportunity

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REAL POLAR FLEECE: Searching for Natural Fibres from Antarctica to the Arctic

JOIN US FEBRUARY 2nd, 2021 FOR AN EXCITING ADVENTURE!!!!

Since many of us are not traveling during these unprecedented times, come and join us for a virtual journey guided by Linda Cortright.  Linda’s guided virtual tour will take us to :

REAL POLAR FLEECE:  Searching for Natural Fibers from Antarctica to the Arctic

Linda Cortright, Editor and Publisher of Wild Fibers Magazine, is a well-known guide to many exotic areas in the world.  Linda will take us on an interesting and inspiring tour without having to leave the comfort of our homes.

We look forward to seeing you on our Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m., February 2nd, 2021.
Please follow the link: Real Polar Fleece – Zoom presentation
If you are not a member of London District Weavers and Spinners Guild but would like to join the meeting, please Contac Us

Follow Linda Cortright on:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildfibers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildfibersmag?lang=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/WildFibersMagazine/posts/


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ONLINE RUG TWINING WORKSHOP – FEBRUARY 2021

Our first online rug twining workshop was very successful.  As a result, Dan Lajoie and the Guild are offering a second online twining workshop in February 2021.  Registration fee is $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members.

During the workshop, participants will learn how to plan a project (a rug or table runner) including planning for your projects’ size and design; warping a frame loom; preparing your weft materials and how to weave your project using two basic techniques (counter twining and same pitch twining).   By the end of four classes, participants will have a finished piece.

Dan has built specialized looms for this workshop.  The looms will be available for a $15.00 rental fee payable directly to Dan.   Registrants will use the looms for the duration of the workshop.  The looms will be available to purchase at the end of the event by anyone interested for $50.00 (minus the $15.00 rental fee already paid).  Warp will be provided with the loom. 

Participants will also be required to provide their own weaving material (weft) and prepare their weft material in advance of the workshop.  Additional instructions about these required advanced preparations will be sent to participants once a completed registration form and full payment of the workshop registration fee has been received by the Guild.

WORKSHOP DATES:
Monday, February 1st 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Monday, February 9th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Monday, February 15th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Monday, February 22nd 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Workshop will be limited to 8 participants so register early.
Payment for workshop – e transfer only.
Payment for loom rental and purchase – cash only.

Registration: Closed