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Tuesday, March 10 ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Possible program from the HGA. NEW!

Saturday, March 14th ~ Program at Prairieland Herbs by Maggie Howe on Traditional Hot Pot Natural Dyeing, . CANCELLED: Insufficient sighnup

Tuesday, March 24th ~ Fiber day, bring your knitting, spinning wheel, rigid heddle
looms or whatever you are working on and work away with fiber minded people. Demonstration to be determined!

Tuesday, April 14th 9:30-2 PM~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Garage Sale and finalize plans for Fiber Arts Celebration

Friday, April 24th:  5:00 - 8:00 Fiber Arts Celebration Preview - will need volunteers for various posts for this

Saturday, April 25th:  9:00 - 4:00  Fiber Arts Celebration - need volunteers fo various positions for this 

Tuesday, May 12th ~ Evening Meeting 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Meeting, Show and tell the
challenge end project ~ Program by Rebecca Howe on Shave Em, Save Em Rare

Tuesday, June 9th ~ Potluck at Noon

That's all for this season. Please check back in August for our new programs starting in September. And/Or email info@desmoinesweaversguild.org to learn of events that come up during the summer.

Join us, too, at events listed in the right-hand box.

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Previous Programs


Sunday, February 23, 1-5, Fiber Day:Twining. Program by Shari Janssen

Tuesday, February 11th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Cherie Maxson, Library
Study (going thru our samples and what our library has to offer)

Tuesday, January 28, 9:30 - 3:00, Fiber Day: Missy Gilje will be talking about warping a multicolor yarn for planned pooling to mimic Ikat fox shape

Tuesday, January 14th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Cherie Maxson on
Spinning Bast Fibers


Sunday, December 15, 1-5, Fiber Day: Pam Poppe will be talking about warping random stripes at 2:00.

Tuesday, December 10th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Sue Crawford on
Monks Belt

Sunday, November 24, 1-4, Fiber Day
Jane Swanson will show her magical coaster threading and weaving.

Saturday, November 16th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell ~ Program by Melissa from Oak
Creek Farm on Wool Judging. Bring your lunch and whatever you are working on for a
Fiber afternoon until ?

Tuesday, October 22nd ~ Fiber day, bring your knitting, spinning wheel, rigid heddle
looms or whatever you are working on and work away with fiber minded people.

Saturday, October 19th ~ Meeting, Show & Tell, potluck. Program by Barbara Bouley,
Basket Weaving, price $20. 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 10th ~ Welcome Back ~ Introduction of new board members,
Show & Tell of Summer Fiber Works, Discuss the years challenge ~ Program by Maggie
Howe, planning your own Dye Garden

June 11 Spring picnic
Pam Poppe at 3950 Colfax Ave., Des Moines [TBD]
Bring a dish to share. Hostess will have drinks, dishes and cutlery. Bring program ideas for next year.

May 14 Regular Meeting at the Church. Bring lunch, wheels, knitting, weaving, conversation
Program Cancelled! Shari Janssen and Concrete Orbs
will be rescheduled.

April 9 Guild Garage Sale & Program TBD
Bring items from you stash or books and equipment you never use. Mark prices on your items. Bring cash to buy and make change.

March 26 Fiber (SPIN) Day
Get together for another day of spinning, knitting or weaving at the church
Bring a sack lunch and beverage.

March 12 Results of Sept Challenge: Bring your sample and notes of what you did and what you used. Log cabin draft + imagination!
Kathy Martin and the Wool Study Group will present results of their year long study.

Feb. 12 NOTICE: Meeting Cancelled!!

Jan. 8 Peru & Shetland Trips Report
& Samples by Cindy Griese.

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All at our Franklin Location

Contact cwmaxson@msn.com, Cherie Maxson, to sign up
check our Facebook Events .

Classes of DMWSG February -- May 2020

BASKET WEAVING - Saturday, FEBRUARY 22 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $35

For basket weaving please bring a few supplies such as:
*Old Towel
*Bucket for soaking reeds
*Clothespins or twist ties
*Needle Nose Pliers
*Spray Bottle
*Apron if you want to protect your clothes.

BASKET WEAVING - Saturday, MARCH 7 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $35

Basket for 3/7/2020See above for details. To sign up

PAPER MARBLING - Sunday, MARCH 15 - 2:00 - 4:00 -- $60 before March 9th. Maximum of 12 students. Must pay for class ahead, due to the technique used to get the paper ready and mixing the paint.

Marbled PaperPaper marbling is an ancient Turkish art technique. In this class you will learn to create a design on water and transfer it to paper. Each piece is unique! No prior experience required, all materials provided.
To sign up

CARD/TABLET WEAVING - Saturday, MARCH 28 - 1:00 - 5:00 -- $50

Card Weaving Have you seen beautiful straps for purses, totes, cameras, or guitars, and wondered where to find those? Do you make your own quilted bags, but wish you had sturdier handles for them? Or have you seen jackets, ponchos, and sweaters with beautiful band trimming? This is the class for you! With a few simple tools, make custom bands for any application. Card weaving (also known as tablet weaving) is an ancient technique to produced patterned bands for clothing, bags, leashes, belts, etc. In this class you'll learn how to thread the cards and weave a pattern, and how to draw up your own pattern for custom bands to match any application.
Thread and cards will be provided.
* You will need an inkle, rigid heddle, or card weaving loom. A simple loom can be put together with dowel rods and c-clamps if you don't have the other types of loom.
To sign up

Tapestry Weaving with Melissa Gilje - Sunday, MARCH 29th    1:00 - 5:00  Cost $50

Tapestry WeavingsA Taste of Tapestry: An Introduction to Basic Tapestry Technique

Have you ever wanted to try tapestry weaving, but didn't know where to begin? Or, perhaps you've tried it on your own and are ready for some help. Experience the entire process of preparing a tapestry loom for weaving, including learning basic weaving terminology. Participants will be guided through the process of warping a loom and weaving a sampler that practices a mix of skills. Once your loom is warped, you’ll then explore weaving basic shapes and angles. Your tapestry sampler will be a reference for the future. This class will focus on warping your tapestry loom, and then provide a brief overview of some basic skills. These will include: keeping your edges straight, bubbling in the yarn, dealing with slits, stopping and starting colors, and avoiding common mistakes. Beginner and intermediate levels are welcome, but no previous weaving experience is necessary. Materials list will be provided to registered students.
To sign up

INKLE LOOM WEAVING with Missy Gilje, Saturday, MAY 2nd, 9:00 - 12:00  Cost: $50

Inkle Weave BandsInkle weaving is a way to make decorative and functional woven bands by manually raising or lowering warp threads on an inkle loom. This method does not use cards, instead relying on how color is arranged in the warp to create the patterns. This is a fun, easy way to get into weaving, requiring a small loom called an inkle loom that is transported readily, and is held on the lap or on a table. If you don't have a loom, you can rent one from the guild.
To sign up



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Other Events & Demonstrations


Saturday, March 21,Winterset Fiberpalooza Winterset, IA
Winterset Elementary School
404 South 2nd Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273
We will be demonstrating spinning and weaving: email cwmaxson@msn.com if you'd like to volunteer

April 3-4, Iowa Basket Weavers Guild
The Salem Connection located at
222 W. Salem Avenue
Indianola, Iowa.

April 14-18, PLY Away 5 Spinning Retreat
Kansas City, MO, USA at the Westin at Crown Cente

April 4, Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Spring Meeting
Eldridge Community Center — 400 South 16th Ave., Eldridge, IA
Hosted by Valley Weavers & Spinners and Gateway Fiber Artists

April 24-25 Celebrate 75 Years as Des Moines Weavers & Spinners Guild
Save the date on your Calendar!
Fiber Festival: Vendors, classes,,..

Sunday, 28 June Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival
Ames, IA

July23-30 2020 25th Convergence
Knoxville, TN

Saturday, August 1
Bison Days at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Learning Center
9 am - 2 pm

Sunday, August 16
Iowa State Fair

Spin & Knit Demonstrations in the Sheep Barn
10 am - 3 pm

Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Science Center of Iowa.

October 22-25 Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners Fall Meeting
and Workshop , with Kathrin Webber
Des Moines Spinners and Weavers Guild
Franklin Jr High, Des Moines, IA


[Contact us to schedule a demonstration at your event]

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Online Learning Resources

Handweavers Guild of America
     Programs include
.Certificate of Excellence
.Video, Kit and Slide rentals.

.Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
     This web site is affiliated with the UK Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.  It has discussions, a virtual library and on line programs for members from a world wide community. 

American Tapestry Alliance
     A tapestry instruction program for intermediate tapestry weavers, and also a program called Helping Hands for beginning tapestry weavers. 

Weaving in Beauty

     An online resource for Navajo weaving.

Weaving Today

Spinning Daily


Other Online Resources

All Fiber Arts
[info on lots of fiber arts; some nice weaving drafts]


Ralph Griswald's Weavers Journal
On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

from the University of Arizona

A community for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers

Tim's Treadle Reducer


Yarn, Fiber, & Equipment Suppliers

A Tangle of Yarn
1903 E.P. True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cotton Clouds 800-322-7888

Esther & Co.
122 N. 2nd Ave. W.
Newton, Iowa

Fiber Art Shoppe
Albia, IA

Halcyon Yarns 800-442-7909

Knitting next door 515-963-0396
704 SW 3rd St.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Pollywogs Yarn & Fiber
[good source for bulk yarn]

R&M Yarns
[good source of mill ends]

The Weavers Friend
[manuals for older looms]

Treenway Silks 888-383-7455

Webs 800-367-09327

Yarn Barn of Kansas 800-458-0035

Yarn Junction Company
West Des Moines, IA 50265