HWSDA Conference 2010

Fibre Olympics

June 4, 5 & 6, 2010 – Kings College, Edmonton

9125 50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

The Edmonton Weavers Guild hosted the HWSDA 2010 Conference. It truly was an event ot Olympic proportions. The following pre-conference and conference workshops were offered.

Pre-Conference ~ June 1-3, 2010

(Workshop times are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)

June 1-3 – 3 days 

Navajo Weaving with Terry Lynn Carefoot


June 2-3 – 2 days

Russian Lace Spindle Spinning with Caroline Sommerfeld

Bobbin Lace with Sharon Wickstrom


June 3 – 1 day

Viking Knitted Bracelet with Christine Muir

Conference ~ June 5, 2010

1 Day or Full day
Workshop times: Saturday, June 5th 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Dyeing in a Jar – Terry Lynn Carefoot
Painting With Wool – Tracey Kuffner – FULL
Transparency Weaving – Sharon Wickstrom
Half Day
AM workshop times: 8:30 AM 11:30 AM
PM workshop times: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Out of Control – Michelle Boyd
Putting on the Glitz – Michelle Boyd
Wire Earrings – Christine Muir
Shawl Pin – Christine Muir – FULL
Inkle Weaving – Joan Ruane
Spinning on a Charka – Joan Ruane
Design for Success – Jette Vandermeiden
Noble Napkin – Jette Vandermeiden

FASHION SHOW: Resulted in many delightful, well woven items which were modeled with panache!
FIBRE OLYMPIC CHALLENGE: The gold, silver and bronze winnters were fantastic! If you took pictures, please send them to the webmaster.
POST CARD EXCHANGE:  were duly collected and exchanged.

DOOR PRIZES DONATIONS: There was such a quantity of door prizes that names started being drawn a second time!
VENDORS: Here are the wonderful vendors who delighted our participants who had more time in the schedule to be tempted!  
Celeigh Wool
Laura Fry Studio
Studio Celeste
Orappa Creek
Aubusson House
Alpaca Plus Inc.
Twisted Sisters & Company
Pirkko Karvonen
Canadian Guild of Weavers
Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds ( ANWG)
Pam’s Woolly Shoppe
Custom Woolen Mills
Raija’s Yarns
Casa Corazon
Sargasso Enterprises
Wild Geese Fibres
Homespun Haven


King’s College has a contract with a chef who provided wonderful, mouth-watering menus.  Chef Michel went  the extra kilometer! To read more information on Chef Michel, and how King’s College has gone green, check out this website: www.kingsu.org/alumni-friends/pdf/Kings_Connection(May2009)  There is also an article in the Edmonton Journal, February 2009 on Chef Michel.


King’s College has had some major renovations and additions since the Edmonton Weavers last hosted a HWSDA Conference. As well as the tower accommodations, there is now an apartment complex. There is also RV parking available without plug-ins or hook-ups.



The location for the Vendors was in the huge gym, Along side the vendors was the location for the FIBRE OLYMPIC CHALLENGES held on Friday afternoon. .


  Fibre Fair

The Fibre Fair was eliminated this year.


 Fashion Show The Fashion Show folowing the banquet was a kaleidoscope of color and fashion. It featured wearable apparel created from weaving, spinning, dyeing, or felting: tops, hats, dresses, vests, scarves, sandals, socks, shawls, capes, robes, mittens, gloves, trousers, jewellry, etc.


 Exchanges – Fibre Art Postcards Exchange Fibre postcards were dropped off in a basket and exchanged


 Door Draws


Door prizes were plentiful…more door prizes than parrticipants so some attendees got two!


Fibre Olympic Challenges: Light the Torch! Let the Games begin!!!

The three teams introduced (standup comedians, anyone?) and modeled their outrageous fashions made from the materials they were given when the competition started. Watch for pictures later!


Keynote Speaker Joan Ruane 

She bubbled! She was funny! She shared a wealth of knowledge about cotton. She informed and entertained us Sunday morning.