Memo to Members

June 1, 2017

1. Let's Talk ... I hope that this memo can be interactive, that you will comment on the items and add your thoughts...  and please write to Lyn (the memo compiler)  rather than Margaret (the memo sender )

                                                                                    please note that I have summarised some of the following items, so please go to the website for the full versions  

2. THE CONFERENCE AND ITS OUTCOMES:  What a great weekend we had! I think that the "retreat" form was such a great way for us all to enjoy our HWSDA friends.   And from that came not only a concern for the guild, and its problems and difficulties, but also an appreciation for its strengths and importance of the community to us all!   So a number of exciting things are coming up, and many people have stepped forward to volunteer to great things, both large and small:

        * Fall Retreat--  from Val Pheneuf and Joyce Hurl came the idea of a simple, casual Fall Retreat in central Alberta.  Val and Joyce are looking for an inexpensive venue for the event "very casual, just friends getting together to do their own thing. We can share ideas on a casual basis.  All sharing would be welcome... Would you like to be part of a central Alberta based retreat?   If so please let us know so we can gauge if there is enough interest. We are currently searching out venues and dates available for next fall.   Contact either Valerie Phaneuf or Joyce Hurl or reply to this Monthly Memo if you think it's a good idea and would be interested" 

Notes from Valerie and Joyce: "We had a great time reconnecting with old friends and getting to know new ones. Since we had lots of relaxing time to visit there was lots of conversation about revitalizing the HWSDA. A few friends remembered how much fun the gathering was and decided a fall retreat would be really fun. Very casual, just friends getting together to do their own thing. We can share ideas on a casual basis.  All sharing would be welcome. We are trying to make it as easy as possible. We do not want to be organizing 2 conferences per year. Enthusiasm spread at the idea and soon other groups were discussing HWSDA retreats in their areas. Retreats would be self funded. We will try to find inexpensive venues to keep costs down. Now it's your turn to get excited. Would you like to be part of a central Alberta based retreat. If so please let us know so we can gage if there is enough interest. We are currently searching out venues and dates available for next fall." Contact either Valerie Phaneuf or Joyce Hurl or reply to this Monthly Memo if you think it's a good idea and would be interested.

        * Conference 2018:   The Heritage Weavers Guild has volunteered to chair the 2018 HWSDA Conference, for which we all send our thanks.  The committee met this morning and are pleased to announce the following:
"Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary will be hosting the 2018 HWSDA Conference on May 11,12 & 13 weekend to be held in Calgary.  Further details about the conference will be announced in future e-newsletters.   Also Sheep Creek Weavers have agreed to look after the teachers for the Conference."

        * Stampede-- Laurie Bullock (a consummate knitter and a member of Sheep Creek Weavers and HWSDA) feels strongly that the general public LOVES to see fine craft, and that as a guild we can encourage our members to show their work more widely, and put HWSDA's name in the public eye.

"As Fibre Artists, why we should support venues like the Arts and Crafts show at the Calgary Stampede: First and foremost, there are not a lot of opportunities for all of us to share what we do with a greater audience....The Western Showcase Arts and Crafts is an open venue where all are welcome, but it will disappear if we do not support it.  This is not a juried show but rather an opportunity to share something you have made and are proud of, for whatever reason. I have stood near the fibre arts displays and listened to the comments people make and so many of them contain a note of wonder and discovery. So, we are sharing our craft and our love of it in such a way that others can appreciate and learn...here is the link to the web site for the Western Showcase Creative Arts and Crafts. Dropping pieces off is easy and efficient and your registration will include a parking pass.     http://westernshowcase.com/creativeartsandcrafts.html "

Laurie Bullock and Lyn Pflueger will be happy to take your work down to the Stampede for you (and pick it up again) and send your complimentary day passes to you.  So please contact one of us.  All entry forms must be received by the Calgary Stampede by 11:59pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

        * Monthly Challenge-- those of use who took Norma's "design walk" in the Sunday morning were fortunate to have learned from Norma a number of exciting "tools" for design-- including not only colour, but structure as well.  So a couple of us decided to issue a challenge to members to come up with a piece which used those ideas, of looking for weaving structure (or structure in any medium) and searching for colour ideas in the minute details of our inspirational image.  Please send me pictures for the July memo, and a sentence or two (or more) of description.

3. THE LIBRARY    

It apears that the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) is in the same boat as far as how to best disperse their carefully collected materials - and whie they don't have the advantage of beng able to find placement for a large number of books while stll allowing for a wider circulation (like we will have with Olds College), they have found a solution to their situation...to offer the books to member guilds, and they have decided that this is their best option. So please do contact any guilds or organizations who might also have good ideas.

4. Pictures of non-Juried Show.. Lois is asking for pictures for the website

5. Memberships:      

        * Message from the secretary Margaret Hall:  "This memo will only be sent to members who have resubscribed to HWSDA for 2017-2018. Please send any membership dues before the end of June as I will be away July and August. A copy of this years membership list will be sent with this memo. Thank you."

6. Announcements

        * Central Alberta's Rural Spinners will be spinning at Millet Agriplex on Sat June 10th 2017. A one day indoor market style venue for crafters, homesteading poultry and rabbit vendors, for info https://www.facebook.com/groups/1036761966337125.
        * Dawn Lawson is searching for the contact information of the lady who described her families purchase of a spinning wheel from the western producers catalogue. If anyone knows this lady or  are the lady please contact dawn at dmlawson@ualberta.ca

         * Fleece to Shawl Millarville: 

         * go to chinookguild.ca (Calgary) and the Alberta Craft Council Gallery (Edmonton) for information about a  Show called "Women's Hands Building a Nation"... it looks WONDERFUL!

         * Parkland hand weavers and Fibre Arts guild is holding their summer social at 10.00am on the 10th June at the Red Deer museum to look at some of the collection of textiles and weaving equipment the museum has. All welcome contact Karen Martinoski  kklem@telus.net if you would like to join us.

Lyn Pflueger


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