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Southwest Regional Conference

Southwest Regional Conference

Southwest Regional Conference – London District Weavers And Spinners Guild

Happy Endings New Beginnings

April 25th 2020


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

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 follow the link below for more details and registration:


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
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:
(Opens January 13, 2020)


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

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

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

For more information, contact Kathy Morgan:

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

If you are not a member of London District Weavers and Spinners Guild and you would like to become one and take advantage of great discounts, workshops, coupons to various stores and be part of our great community, please Click Here to Register (this page will not close and you can come back to it after completing the registration process)

Payable to: London District weavers And Spinners
Mail your completed cheque to:

c/o Donna Martin
14 Amanda Ave.
Mount Elgin, ON
N0J 1N0

* Cancellation policy: A participant who cancels a registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop or class will receive a full refund. Refunds for cancellations within 1 month of workshops will be provided only if the participant or the Guild finds a replacement. “No-shows” will not be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded if the Guild or Instructor cancels for any reason.


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


LDWS at the Home County Music and Art Festival July 19-20, 2019

Great fun was had at the Home County Music and Art Festival this past weekend. True to form, the weather ranged from terrible to fabulous.

This year, we borrowed a canopy from the Old South Community Organization and set it up (in pouring rain) on Friday, July 19. OSCO also lent us tables and chairs to help with our event, since Home County no longer can supply equipment or the very welcome honorarium we used to receive. Home County sponsorships have been dwindling in the past few years, and they have redesigned the craft demonstration activities to accommodate the decline in financial support.

So Home County invited us to create an interactive area at the Festival. We were given space at the north end of Victoria Park, where we set up a “yarn sculpture” event. We made a wooden structure using 5 foot sticks, consisting of three large tripods connected for stability. We spread out a variety of yarns and some delightful crocheted woolly worms for kids to use to decorate our structure.

Saturday was hot, hot, hot, and we had only a few participants. But after the thunderstorm Saturday night (during which the canopy blew down) Sunday dawned bright and cool, and the pace picked up. Lots of kids came to help decorate our structure, and stayed to learn corking, finger knitting, arm knitting, and various other fun with fibres. Participants shared their knowledge with us and a good time was had by all.

The yarn structure has been taken off to Circle R Ranch, where summer camp participants will set it back up and will help decorate it even more. It’s wonderful what a bit of yarn, some imagination, and some caring adults can do to enrich a music festival!

Spinning yarn on drop spindles and on the spinning wheel


Holiday Gathering December 4, 2018

Our annual tradition continues……

Once again this year, members of the LDWS gathered to eat, drink and be merry. So many members attended this month that extra tables and chairs were needed.  The meeting began with the wonderful news of our upcoming move to the new East Community Center sometime in late 2019.

Delicious cakes supplied by Stephanie were devoured with a cup of cider, coffee or tea before Rosemary lead the group in this year’s craft.  Rosemary, with the help of her assistants, lead the group in making a braided wreath.  Happy Holidays to all.

submitted by Keran MacLachlan
photos courtesy of Laurie Corriveau


Fanshawe Village – August 11, 2018

This year, we were at Fanshawe Pioneer Village in August, instead of our usual June date.  We had a great display table in the brewery (still no beer…….), and there were three spinners and two weavers present to greet the public and represent LDWS.

Meg Cheesman, Deb Eppel, Lynda King, Dan Lajoie, Edith McGregor and Diny Warren had a lovely day spent in rustic surroundings.  There was a wedding ongoing and a bluegrass-style band, along with the usual horse-drawn wagon rides and antique tractors.  Two food trucks were on site as well for us to patronize.

As usual, lots to see and do.  I always look forward to this outing, even though the crowds are somewhat lacking.  It’s a great day to enjoy a few historical moments and meet the public.

I think Dan tried to channel his inner Thomas Alder, as he worked quite hard on the barn loom in the weaving shed.  It was a hot day, and Dan was happy to find a way to open windows in there to get a breeze through.

article and photos submitted by Lynda King


Holiday Gathering – December 5, 2017

Each year the members of the LDWS partake in Holiday Festivities with cookies and a holiday craft.  This year Rosemary D led the group in making cane reindeer.  A supply list was sent out before the meeting and the guild provided the cane used for the project.  While Lynda K went through the business portion to start the meeting the cane was soaked to make it pliable for use.  With cookies and cider to aid them the members went on to make their own reindeer and in the spirit of the guild, members were helping and encouraging other members in the process.  At the end of the meeting the staff of Boyle were recognized by the guild for all of their hard work and for making us feel so welcome in our temporary location. Enjoy your holiday season and see you in the the New Year.

article and photos submitted by Keran Mc