Recent Guild Activities

General Meeting March 2020

Guest Speaker – Ziraldo Aplaca Farm

Debbie Ziraldo of Ziraldo Alpaca Farm http://zalpacas.com/ delighted the audience at our March General Meeting with her interesting and entertaining stories about the history of alpacas, natural habitat and personal journey.
Please check Debbie’s website and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ziraldo.Alpacas
Ziraldo Alpacas is offering great fiber products and workshops.

Debbie also mentioned the importance of local farms and fiber producers. A special attention was given to Fibershed and we are strongly encouraging our audience to click on the following link for more information: https://www.fibershed.com/about/

Fibershed Mission and Vision

Fibershed develops regional and regenerative fiber systems on behalf of independent working producers, by expanding opportunities to implement carbon farming, forming catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and through connecting end-users to farms and ranches through public education.

We envision the emergence of an international system of regional textile communities that enliven connection and ownership of ‘soil-to-soil’ textile processes. These diverse textile cultures are designed to build soil carbon stocks on the working landscapes on which they depend, while directly enhancing the strength of regional economies. Both fiber and food systems now face a drastically changing climate, and must utilize the best of time-honored knowledge and available science for their long-term ability to thrive.

As each Fibershed community manages their resources to create permanent and lasting systems of production, these efforts to take full responsibility for a garment’s lifecycle will diminish pressure on highly polluted and ecologically undermined areas of the world. (China produces 52% of the world’s textiles. The industry is the third largest fresh water polluter in the country.) Future Fibershed communities will rely upon renewable energy powered mills that will exist in close proximity to where the fibers are grown. Through strategic grazing, conservation tillage, and a host of scientifically vetted soil carbon enhancing practices, our supply chains will create ‘climate beneficial’ clothing that will become the new standard in a world looking to rapidly mitigate the effects of climate change. We see a nourishing tradition emerging that connects the wearer to the local field where the clothes were grown, building a system that can last for countless generations into the future.


Show And Tell

Coiled Shawl Pin

Wonderful pieces were presented from Nancy Latchford workshop “Coiled Shawl Pin”.

Learn to Weave

Colorful and well crafted creations were presented by these wonderful and talented weavers who took “Learn to Weave” workshop.

The evening continued with presentations from our talented guild members

…and also reminding our members that a vast selection of books are available to borrow. For more information and browse through our titles click here: Library

General Meeting 2020.02.04

General Meeting – February 04 2020

Jan Taylor, current president of the Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, showed her work to appreciative members of LDWS last night at the February General Meeting. In advance, Jan described the subject of her talk:

As a long time lover of textiles and more recently a bookbinder and box maker. I look for ways to combine the materials I like best in an interesting way. What motivates me? Two questions: Why? and What if…?”

Her curiosity has led her through a wide range of creative adevntures. From her early, post-high school cross stitching (with a twist!) through felting experiments to her most recent fascination with hand-built books and boxes, she has explored colour, shape, function, and materials. Currently, she is exploring the use of gold in books, boxes, and other creations. We look forward to inviting her back to enjoy her golden phase!

Contact Jan Taylor using the form below:

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Learn to Weave Spring 2020

The LDWS Executive wanted to let all of our members know that Boyle Community is Closed due to the Covid -19 situation. So all activities, meetings, and classes will be suspended till further notice. We will be monitoring the timelines and will do our best to keep everyone informed about when we are able to reconvene. If you have registered for a class  there will be some communication coming to discuss future dates. The Executive will be conferencing by phone/email this week to see the scope of the proposed closure. Perhaps this is the time to complete that project you have been setting aside, or get some fresh inspiration from your stash!

Stay Healthy,

Susan Roth
LDWS President, on behalf of the Executive

London District Weavers and Spinners Guild
Learn to Weave: Beginning Weaving Class
(Spring 2020)

-Learn how to warp a loom
-Discover basic weaving techniques & structure (plain weave & twill)
-Select appropriate yarns
-Plan a project
-Keep records of your projects
-Follow instructions for projects
-Learn weaving terminology and equipment

Saturdays,

March 28, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 9, 2020

Time:  10 am to 3 pm

Boyle Memorial Community Centre

530 Charlotte Street, London, Ontario

Cost:

$ 320.00  (Guild members); $ 350.00  (non-members).  

Includes all materials and use of Guild equipment.

Preregistration is required.

To register for this workshop please fill in the form below:

Registration is closed due to Covid-19 emergency


Learn to( Weave) Twine A Rug

The LDWS Executive wanted to let all of our members know that Boyle Community is Closed due to the Covid -19 situation. So all activities, meetings, and classes will be suspended till further notice. We will be monitoring the timelines and will do our best to keep everyone informed about when we are able to reconvene. If you have registered for a class  there will be some communication coming to discuss future dates. The Executive will be conferencing by phone/email this week to see the scope of the proposed closure. Perhaps this is the time to complete that project you have been setting aside, or get some fresh inspiration from your stash!

Stay Healthy,

Susan Roth
LDWS President, on behalf of the Executive

Learn to( Weave) Twine A Rug

Come out and join like-minded fibre enthusiasts to learn a new method (or hone an already known skill) to create rugs. LDWS’s own Dan Lajoie is leading a workshop on Rug Twining – Part One is on Friday March 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm Part Two will follow the next day on Saturday March 21st from 9 am to 4 pm. 
During this workshop, participants will learn how to plan a project like this including planning for your rugs’ size and design; warping a rug frame loom; preparing your weft materials and how to weave your rug using two basic techniques (standard and counter twining).
Dan has built specialized looms for this event which will be available for $15.00 (rental fee payable directly to Dan) to be used by registrants 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).
Dates:Friday, March 20, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm AND Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,  (includes a one-hour lunch)
Workshop Costs:Workshop – $80.00 (Members); $85.00 (Non-Members) includes class notes
Additional Costs:Loom Rental – $15.00 payable directly to Dan Lajoie at start of workshop.Participants will also be required to provide your own weaving material (weft) and prepare your weft material in advance of the workshop. Additional instructions about these required advanced preparations will be sent to participants once your completed registration form and full payment of the workshop registration fee have been received.

Sold out, registration closed.

Learn to Dye with Acid Dyes

The LDWS Executive wanted to let all of our members know that Boyle Community is Closed due to the Covid -19 situation. So all activities, meetings, and classes will be suspended till further notice. We will be monitoring the timelines and will do our best to keep everyone informed about when we are able to reconvene. If you have registered for a class  there will be some communication coming to discuss future dates. The Executive will be conferencing by phone/email this week to see the scope of the proposed closure. Perhaps this is the time to complete that project you have been setting aside, or get some fresh inspiration from your stash!

Stay Healthy,

Susan Roth
LDWS President, on behalf of the Executive

Learn to Dye with Acid Dyes

Title of Workshop: Learn to Dye with Acid DyesInstructor: Kerri Mercer
Cost: $40 members, $45 non-members, payable to LDWS
Materials fee payable to instructor: $40 for dyes, gloves, masks and yarn.  Please indicate desired yarn weight with registration. Each student may choose 3 skeins of fingering or DK.
Date: May 16th
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Place: Boyle Community Centre
Description/Details: Explore the possibilities of acid dyes to make distinct, one of a kind yarns with the guidance of an expert.  Kerri Mercer of Mad Science Dye and Fibre will explain simple colour theory, the use of acid dyes and demonstrate a variety of effects such as speckling, tonal variations and overdyeing. Join her for this hands-on workshop where she will guide you through the process, and aid in the creation of your hand-dyed yarns.  Acid dyes allow a variety of different techniques and are quick to use, allowing participants to experiment with different processes and dye 3 skeins of yarn (fingering or DK) in an afternoon workshop.  

Kerri’s work can be seen on facebook: @madsciencedyeandfiber 

or her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/madsciencedyeanfiber


Requirements: Please wear old clothing, all needed materials provided

Coiled Shawl Pin

Coiled Shawl Pin Workshop

When: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: 9 am until 4 pm (one hour for lunch from 12 to 1 pm.)
At: Boyle Community Centre 530 Charlotte Ave., London Ontario
Workshop Leader: Nancy Latchford, Fibre Artist, London Ontario
Cost: $ 30.00 (LDWS members) and $35.00 (non-members) payable in advance via eTransfer to LDWSFinance@gmail.com or by cheque made payable to London District Weavers and Spinners and mailed to Donna Martin, 14 AMANDA Ave., Mt. Elgin Ontario N0J 1N0

Come out and enjoy this one day workshop led by Nancy Latchford, a London Fibre Artist and LDWS Guild member. Your shawl pin will be made from little bits of left over dyed yarns, hemp, linen and novelty threads. The cores vary from brass rings, paper, hemp, jute and wire. The pin or fastener is a small bamboo knitting needle. Other similar items could be used such as cut off chop sticks, hat pins, etc.

The pins and fastener could be embellished with beads, found objects, charms, and or paper. There are limitless possibilities on shape, size and decoration.

A basket making technique known as “Coiling” will be used to make this shawl pin. It is an ancient and simple technique to learn. The workshop leader will provide all materials. Participants are asked to bring an assortment of large eye needles and a pair of scissors for thread cutting. If participants wish to bring along some of their own threads, they should be cottons, linens, silk, and or wool. You will want a thread you can pull on and it will not break. Small amounts are fine as this project uses a lot of thread. In the kit (provided by the workshop leader) will be a metal ring, wire, linen core, dyed threads, needle, and the pin or fastener. The kit will be available on the day of the workshop and cost for the kit will be payable directly to the workshop leader ($6).

The class will be held at the Boyle Community Centre at 530 Charlotte Ave, London Ontario on Saturday February 29, 2020. Free parking is available on the street and at the Boyle Community Centre.

Coffee and tea will be available. Please bring a mug and your lunch with you.

Please complete the on line registration form and send payment as indicated above. Space is limited so don’t delay. Registration is now open and will close on February 14, 2020.


Southwest Regional Conference

The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild has cancelled the Southwest Conference scheduled for April 25, 2020.
All registrants will be issued a full refund in the amount of $60.  
If you have any questions regarding your refund, please forward your question to The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild.

Southwest Regional Conference

Southwest Regional Conference – London District Weavers And Spinners Guild

Happy Endings New Beginnings

April 25th 2020

SCHEDULE


Registration
8:30 am – 8:50 am
Opening remarks
8:50 am – 9:00 am
MORNING WORKSHOPS
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch – Socializing!
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Raffle
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
LOCATION
Boyle Memorial Community Centre, 530 Charlotte Ave., London

REGISTRATION
Registration opens January 13, 2020 – Closes April 17th, 2020
Early bird registration fee is $60.00 if you register by April 3rd, 2020.
Registration fee April 4th to 17th is $65.00
Please scroll down for registration form.

WORKSHOPS


Begin with Bling
Instructor: Janice Watterworth
Janice’s passion is sharing the “spinning bug” with others. She is a graduate of the OHS Spinning Certificate Program and a member of the London District
Weavers and Spinners Guild.
In this workshop you will learn several spinning techniques to create unique beaded designer yarns to showcase weaving, crocheting and knitting projects.
Bring a working spinning wheel, 3 or more bobbins, a lazy kate and a niddy noddy.
Material fee of $15 payable to the instructor, includes all supplies.

Boro Stitching on Wool or Cotton
Instructor: Meg Cheesman
Meg is a life long fibre addict who grew up stitching, knitting and crocheting. She has recently jumped headfirst into spinning and dabbles in
weaving when time permits.
Boro stitching is a Japanese method to repair fabric with a simple but visible stitch pattern. Typically used on cotton patches, boro stitching may
also be applied to felted wool. In this workshop, we will learn the boro principles and how to apply them to repairing or re-purposing our fabric items.

Happy Edges: Beading with Hems and Fringes
Instructor: Pat Zannier
Pat has been an avid weaver and fibre enthusiast in London, Ontario for over 35 years. She enjoys working with colour and weave structure, and exploring
woven textural effects.
This workshop is geared for happy endings for handwovens: a demonstration and hands on opportunity to work with various hems and fringes, with a focus
on techniques that include beading. A scarf weight sample will be provided and there will be time and supplies to practice some beading techniques on the
edges.
Material fee of $5 payable to the instructor, includes all supplies but please bring small scissors

Happy Endings: Framing your fibre art creations
Instructor: Johanna Masko
Johanna is a Toronto quilt artist and instructor. She spent a number of years as a custom framer, specializing in preparing embroidery
and other fibre-based works for framing.
You’ve just finished that fantastic fibre piece. Now what? Join quilt artist and embroiderer Johnanna Masko for a discussion of various methods
for framing and displaying your textile-based artwork. She will have a variety of samples on hand showing a range of framing treatments, and tips for
making your work look its best.


Registration Form:
Closed


Holiday fun for LDWS

Holiday fun for LDWS December 2019

A good time was had by all at the annual December Guild meeting! This year’s crafty experience was to make Curly Qs, a crochet technique suggested and developed by Guild member Jill Buckley, demonstrated by Beth Whitney, and taught to crochet beginners by Meg Cheesman.

Many laughs, fumbles, successes and oddities resulted from the use of different yarns: thin, fat, glittery, ribbon-like and stash treasures. Diny’s gold Curly Q earrings took the prize.,while Jill’s dizzying array of possible uses for the Curlies kept our imaginations buzzing.

Some breathtaking show and tell articles were featured during the first part of the evening. At the break, delicious edible treats were provided by the Hospitality Committee. What a great way to begin the holiday season!

By Beth Whitney

The movie…

Review – Fibre Art Festival and Sale

The 8 th Annual Fibre Art Festival and Sale was a great success again. We had so many wonderful
articles submitted by all three Guilds.
Many new ideas, big and small, were developed and executed and they brought that extra
surprise to the sale. There were over 100 Handwoven Tea towels at the start of the show, and
they proved to be just as big a hit as previous years.
Our Three Guest Artists gave a different dimension to all that fibre and we certainly Thank them
for participating.
This yearly event could not happen without the great hospitality from Covent Garden Market,
our Guild members who are willing to part with their creations that they make during the year,
sign up to participate over the weekend to educate the public and our customers.
We have created quite a following of people who come back year after year and saw
newcomers who tell us they will be back next year.
A big Thank You to All and Happy Creating for the coming year.


Submitted by Diny Warren

Beginning Weaving Class (Winter 2020)

London District Weavers and Spinners Guild
Learn to Weave: Beginning Weaving Class
(Winter 2020)

-Learn how to warp a loom
-Discover basic weaving techniques & structure (plain weave & twill)
-Select appropriate yarns
-Plan a project
-Keep records of your projects
-Follow instructions for projects
-Learn weaving terminology and equipment

Saturdays,
January 18, 25 and February 1, 8 and 15
(February 22 is an alternate date,
if a previous class is cancelled due to weather)
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Boyle Memorial Community Centre
530 Charlotte Street, London, Ontario

Cost:
$ 320.00 (Guild members); $ 350.00 (non-members). Includes all materials.
Preregistration is required.

For more information, contact Kathy Morgan: