November 1, 2017
We all had such a great time, our heartfelt thanks to Joyce, Val, and Dorothy for organising the weekend, and ensuring that everything went smoothly and that there was always coffee...
While many of the group printed leaves with Lyn, using the beautiful gas stove in the kitchen (what a mess we made!), others spun, knit, chatted and generally relaxed. The weather was wonderful, so after a fascinating slide presentation by Norma about the “how” of being inspired by nature, ways of using pictures for both structure and colour, we all set off on a picture-taking walk. Later we had a second session to look at our inspirations...
Unveiling the leaf prints was really exciting, lots of ooohs and aaahs, and some thrilling results.
On Sunday morning we had a big discussion about ways to keep the guild moving forward. There were lots of great ideas about how to make the executive positions easier to take on, how to attract new members, ways of disseminating more information to more Alberta fibre artisans, publicising the guild, finding more learning opportunities within and outside our local areas. This Memo will report on a few of these ideas each month, and WE WOULD LOVE YOUR INPUT! The consensus, as we had found in our survey, was that our focus is t be on learning and community.
We had such a good time at Terratima, we have booked it for Sept 28,28,30 next year. We are looking for someone to take on the registration and details... the choosing and booking are done, the place is a real draw (fabulous food, did I mention), and we have some ideas to pass on for fibre activities. Of course if someone would prefer to organise a retreat in a different area instead, that too would be very welcome.
2. Continuing Search:
We still desperately need leadership at the helm of HWSDA. Would anyone consider working with a partner as co-VP to move on to co-President? This idea arose at the Retreat, and we feel that this may also make other positions easier to fill...eg Treasurer
We do hope to streamline the exec positions, and one really terrific result of the weekend discussion is that Lois has persuaded Virginia Rogers, from Camrose, who was a member previously, to take on the AFA grant application!!! We are enormously grateful, that is a difficult and onerous task for a non-accountant (this has previously been done by the President).
3. Learning Opportunities:
I have been able to contact some of the Workshop organisers of our member guilds, and would love to be able to have a complete list... so please let me know the contact for your guild, or for any other organisation who runs workshops. ( I have Focus on Fibre and Custom Woolen Mills) My goal is to know about any visiting instructors far enough ahead that other guilds can take advantage of + share travel costs for them.
4.Conference and AGM:
We are required by the Societies Act to have an annual AGM if we wish to keep the benefits of a non-profit organisation . So we discussed ways to get a quorum (25% of the membership), one of which was a pop-up sale. What do you think?
The conference organisation is going very smoothly, and there will be exciting announcements in the next Memo.
5. Running Threads: Deadline for entries for the next edition will be December 15… please send information and articles to Velma Hudson
6. Edmonton Weavers Guild: Annual Sale and Show, Saturday November 4, 10-3, Old Strathcona Community League , 10139-87 Ave, parking at the back, enter via 86 Ave. Admission $3.
7. Show and Sell Opportunity:The Royal Alberta Museum is looking for Alberta-based artisans and designers who are interested in having their products showcased at the Royal Alberta Museum’s gift shop in their new home in downtown Edmonton. The Royal Alberta Museum is accepting Alberta-based artist submissions on their website at http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/new/giftShopSubmit.cfm
October 1, 2017
September 1, 2017
1. We are sorry to relate that both our Treasurer and our President have resigned since the last Memo… both for compelling personal reasons—and we are grateful for the years of service they have given to our guild. Norma Westcott, Vice President, and Lyn Pflueger, Past President, with the help of Margaret Hall, will perform the duties of treasurer and administration until these positions are filled. Norma and Lyn have signing authority on the bank accounts so that the business of the guild can continue.
There will be an executive meeting on September 9th, in Red Deer. All members are entitled to attend any exec meeting, so please let me know if you would like to come, and/or if you have any suggestions or are willing to volunteer to help set the future direction of the guild.
We are sure that you all appreciate that this is a challenging time for HWSDA. At the end of this Memo you will find a questionnaire, PLEASE FILL IT OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we have direction from the membership before the 9th September. (Just hit the “Reply button” on the email sent to you and put an X next to your choice)
2. The Retreat
We still need 5 people (or three rooms) for the event to take place. It will be lots of fun, and learning and sharing…. In a beautiful location… and will be a chance to share ideas with other members about the direction we wish for HWSDA to go.
3. Our thanks to Maria for getting the library off to Olds College. Maria has been wearing 2 hats for the last 3 years, both Librarian and President, and we are grateful to her for this eminently suitable solution to the challenge of where to locate the library.
4. Prairie Fibre Fest will take place at Lacombe memorial centre on 24th September 10.00am to 5.00pm $5.00 at the door. There will be a vendor marketplace with about 20-30 vendors and 3-4 free mini classes! There is a spinning/ knitting / chatting area where you can have a coffee or tea! Also get in touch with the guilds in central Alberta …find out more on Facebook.
5. Members’ Survey
1. How important is HWSDA to you (and your guild)?
⃝ very ⃝ a little O neutral O not much O not
2. What is the primary importance to you ?
O social O communication & community ⃝O workshops O scholarships & grants
3. Where is the most important area for improvement?
O more local events ⃝O mentoring network ⃝O HWSDA-run expert workshops
Are you willing to coordinate/set up any of these activities? O Yes ⃝ No
4. How willing are you to volunteer to serve on the executive?
O Sign me up! ⃝ For a year or two ⃝O In the future O Not possible
(This survey is unofficial, edited by Norma and Margaret but my responsibility! Lyn)
August 1. 2017
1. I received this recently...
"...at our guild's June meeting I was delegated to write to the HWSDA executive to applaud the new direction and to offer our support. We were particularly happy to see a return to a traditional style conference with classes and hopefully a juried show....I inadvertently let my membership lapse, but as a show of support for the new directions, I will be renewing..."
This is very cheering, and we are all engaged with optimism and determnation!
2. Fall Retreat
I am thrilled to be able to report that we hve half-filled already! This, from Joyce: we have 11 registered already which leaves 10 spots we can filll...
Just in case you are not aware of the Retreat, it will be held at Terratima Lodge on the October 20-22 weekend. It is west of Red Deer, easily accessible, and all informaiton is available on our website.
3. 2018 Conference
The next HWSDA Conference is May 11-13, 2018 at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary. Heritagae Weavers are organizing the conference and Sheep Creek Weavers are assisting by finding the instructors. Some requests for proposals have been sent out, but there is still time to let them have your suggestions (please email Lyn).
4. Items for the Memo
I would really appreciate any contributions for the September Memo...and suggestions and criticisms...I have heard that many of you enjoy the monthly information, and would like to make it all as effective as possible.
July 15, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we have a date and a venue booked.
When:October 20 – October 22, 2017
Where: Terratima Lodge, Clearwater County. If coming from the south: (west of Caroline to highway 22, then north to Prairie Creek Road. If coming from the north Take highway 11 to highway 22 and head south to Prairie Creek Road. Here you will head west then take a couple of back roads to the south west. We will send a detailed map at a later date. Check their website: terratima.com for details about the lodge.
Registration starts: July 15, 2017
Registration Ends: September 15, 2017
Accommodation: (based on double or triple occupancy
in the lodge) $109.00
Meals: (Fri: Dinner, Saturday: 3 meals + 2 snacks, .
And Sunday breakfast and lunch $138.00
Total cost for weekend: $247.00
If you do not want to share a room, the cost for the room will be 218.00 for the weekend and meals will remain at 138.00 for a total cost for the weekend of $356.00
Minimum and maximum registration is 20 (based on double occupancy) so get your name in quickly to ensure a spot. You must be a member of HWSDA to attend this event or be sponsored by an HWSDA member guild. We may be able to accommodate up to 24 if there are people who are willing to share 3 to a room. This means 2 people in the double bed and one on the daybed. The daybed is quite hard. Triple occupancy will only be available after all 10 rooms are full.
Deadline for registration is September 15, 2017
There will be no refunds after September 15, 2017. If you must cancel after September 15 you must find someone to replace you.
Bring your creativity, enthusiasm and unfinished (or new) projects to work on.
What’s Happening: We are thrilled to announce that Lyn Pflueger will lead us through her “leaf print thingy” (contact prints of leaves onto cloth) and Norma Westcott has agreed to show her nature inspiration (for both structure and colour) slides. And do you have a spinning wheel in your closet that you have been meaning to dig out and try? Dorothy Robinson and Joyce Hurl will help you get started. Not a formal class. Just hands on help getting you and your wheel going.
Venue: We booked all of Wolf Willow Lodge which is a lovely 2 story building with 10 bedrooms (5 on each floor). Each bedroom has a double bed and a daybed.
It has a small dining area, kitchen and large meeting room on the main floor and lovely theatre room on the top floor.
Meals are in a log building a short walk through the trees away.
Bathrooms are shared and down the hall. There is 1 small bathroom on top floor and 2 small bathrooms on the main floor. Each has a toilet and sink. There are no showers in the lodge.
Showers and extra flush toilets are in a log bath house across the street from Wolf Willow Lodge.
July 1, 2017
1. FALL RETREAT Exciting news: Joyce Hurl, Val Phaneuf, and Dorothy Robinson have been working hard on putting this retreat together…. All the information is not in, yet, so expect a “special edition” of the Memo to Members, hopefully in a couple of weeks, with registration information.
But I can tell you this: Terratima lodge is booked for the October 20-22 weekend. It is west of Red Deer, near Caroline, so easily accessible for many of us. Do check their website, it looks gorgeous! http://www.terratima.com/
* I think Dorothy and Joyce have agreed to help anyone who has a wheel sitting in a closet who wants to try spinning. No formal class. Just hands on help getting going.
* Norma Westcott will expand on her wonderful design slide lecture, and “edit a little differently to reflect the season”.
* Lyn Pflueger will have the equipment and supplies for people to try leaf printing on cloth.
2. The next HWSDA Conference is May 11 - 13, 2018 at the Best Western Village Park Inn.
The committee members are planning a walk through of the Best Western on July 18 to sort of plan out the rooms. Watch for the August Memo to Members for LOTS more information about this.
3. Running Threads Editor: Many thanks to Velma Hudson for volunteering to be the new Editor of Running Threads. Velma is currently working on the Master Weaver program, so we thank her for taking on this task! And many thanks also to Ingrid Servold, who was our hard-working editor for the last year... also working on the Master Weaver Program!
4. News from Sheep Creek Weavers: The Fleece to Shawl competition at the Millarville Fair will have 5 teams competing, and a new format for colours… stay tuned for some amazing pictures of the event.
SCW had their 40th (or so) annual dyein and produced some wonderful pieces, which will be assembled into a fund-raising quilt. The idea of sample-with-a-purpose worked out very well--- participants were adventurous and willing to try ambitious pieces.
5. Sheep Showcase: We have informed Sheep Showcase that there was not enough notice of their requirements, and we will not be participating in the Stampede.
June 1, 2017