Memo to Members

August 2018

1. HWSDA Membership

Last Sunday (July 29th) a brainstorming session was hosted by Judy Sysak, and organised and guided by Lynne Cowe Falls.   We spent a number of hours putting information and ideas together to help the executive and the membership move the guild forward in a more sustainable and growth-oriented direction. 

It was a fascinating process and Lynne’s expertise was invaluable. Thank you to all members who attended and to those who sent in their insights and recommendations via email. It was most appreciated!

2 Check this out...

If you are in the vicinity of Millarville AB on August 18, do stop by at the Millarville Fair to cheer on the Fleece to Shawl teams.  We have 5 teams registered! Flower Power (Crocus Guild), Baa’d to the Bone (Olds College Master Spinner/Weaver Program) and The Weft Overs (Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary) plus two Sheep Creek Weavers teams who will choose their names in the next week.

Judy Sysak of Tin Roof Studio’s will be providing 5 dyed wool fleeces.  The fleeces will be dyed by Judy in variegated colours in the themes of Alberta Landscapes.   We will draw numbers out of a hat to see which team gets which fleece.

3. Mary Garnham Andrews

It is with great sadness that I need to tell you all that our old and very dear friend, teacher and mentor, Mary Andrews, passed away last Sunday night (July 29, 2018) in Banff at the age of 102.  Mary was a lifelong member of this guild, giving us her time, knowledge, and encouragement over many decades.  Mary was passionate about the quest to perfect our skills, to be proud of our work, and to keep on learning.  She taught for many years at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was responsible for training a whole generation of weaving teachers.


July 1, 2018


Happy Canada Day to all!


1. Fall Retreat

Save the date, and get ready to book! September 28-30 at the wonderful Terratima Lodge! It is east of Red Deer, so easily accessible for many of us.  Do check their website, it looks gorgeous!

We will have our HWSDA retreat weekend, with a variety of mini activities for your fibre enjoyment.

Bring your favourite pastimes, and enjoy the opportunity to learn new ones. At this point we have Ruth Blazenko teaching bow weaving, rumours of backstrap/tablet weaving, and there may be a leaf plant pot simmering.  Margaret Hall has volunteered to do some resist felting, depending on her overseas schedule. If any of you have something you would like to share with the group, please let your light shine!

Rooms are double occupancy with one double bed and a day bed, washrooms down the hall, with the Bath House providing showers, and two saunas, and an outdoor hot tub. Food is amazing, and plentiful, with much consideration for dietary needs. Rates are being worked out, but 20 people is the maximum.

Contact Kathy Sosnowski  if you would like to teach, and remember, if you are sharing, you get a space at the retreat, kind of like Disney front of the line passes. Enjoy your summer!

2. From the Executive

A reminder…anyone interested is welcome to come to the brainstorming session on July 29th here at my place - and to RSVP to . from Judy Sysak

Many thanks to Robin, Susan, Marge, Katherine, Ruth, Lorel, Judy and Norma, the volunteers who helped promote HWSDA at Olds Fibre Week Merchant Mall!  We had lots of visitors dropping in at the booth and  had some excellent conversations with folks in the fibre community.. from Norma Westcott

3. From your Running Threads Team

Deadline for article submission is July 15. Please have your reports and articles in to the editor no later than July 15 (earlier is always welcome), and then watch for the summer issue coming soon after.

June 1, 2018

1. The Conference

There were 41 attendees to the conference which was acclaimed as a glorious success on all fronts: the preconference workshops excited and inspired participants, the conference workshops also were much appreciated, and the 60 people at the banquet listened to an intriguing and entertaining talk by Dr. Jennifer Salahub and had a fabulous time watching the fashion show and laughing …. Most people found it relaxing with no vendors there, they had more time to visit and chat. The Sunday morning speaker, Dr.Lynne Cowe Falls, was a wonderful finale to a great weekend.

These links are related to Jennifer’s fascinating talk:

Samples photographed by Janine Jones, at Diane Totten’s preconference workshop, a “brain bursting” 2 days which caused a great deal of excitement!

Please visit the website later this month for more pictures, particularly of the prize winners.

Retired/retiring executive members were thanked by the guild at the banquet:  Lyn and Norma, and a special acknowledgement to Maria Lougheed and Keely Sullivan for holding things together over a difficult time.

2. New Executive

We are thrilled to announced that we now have a full executive!! (They will all be introduced to you over the next couple of months.)

Our new President is Judy Sysak, Fibre Artists/Owner of Tin Roof Fibre Studio, Priddis, AB.

“10 years ago my love of knitting drew me to the community of the Sheep Creek Weavers Guild where I quickly fell down the rabbit hole into spinning, dyeing and weaving! I created Tin Roof Fibre Studio on my acreage in Priddis, so that I could share my love of all things fibre with the community with a focus on creativity and collaborative learning.

I am so excited for this new chapter as President of HWSDA and I want to encourage all members to please send me any thoughts/ideas on how we can grow and strengthen our vibrant fibre arts community! "

Our treasurer is Norma Westcott of Calgary, AB

“Hi, I have been weaving since 1979 and have enjoyed the support of weaving communities in Calgary and HWSDA. I have been involved with HWSDA as Librarian, served on the Weaving Certificate Committee before it became Olds College Master Weaver and have helped run conferences. Last year I co-presided with Lyn Pflueger and acted as Treasurer for the guild. I enjoy connecting with really wonderful people and look forward an exciting year with such a dynamic Executive.”

Our recording secretary is Katherine Rankin of Medicine Hat AB

Katherine has been fooling with fibres since a very young age. She has been weaving for about 14 years and has completed the second level of the Master Weaver Program. In her home studio, she works (and plays) at weaving, dyeing and spinning. She has taught weaving in Edmonton and Medicine Hat.


From the Executive: Next executive meeting will begin with a brainstorming session, with an executive meeting to follow. 10:30 am Sunday, July 29 at Judy Sysak’s place. All members are invited to attend, (as you are invited to any/all of the exec meetings) or to email Judy with your thoughts...

2. Running Threads

Don't forget the deadline for submissions for the Summer 2018 issue of Running Threads is July 15, right in the middle of your summer holidays!  Get a jump on the summer and send in your articles early if you want.

How do you celebrate summer with fibre?  Do you use different materials?  Work outdoors?  Hide in your cool basement working on your creations?  Send us a note on what you do - it may inspire others.  Don't worry about your writing skills, just write like you're telling a story to a friend - because you are.  Share pictures if you have some…

3. Help Needed

HWSDA Table at Fibre Week: Thanks to all who have offered to cover a shift at our promotional Table June 15 - 17 at Olds. There are still open shifts. If you plan to visit the vendors this year put aside a couple of hours to talk about HWSDA, hand out brochures and take memberships. 

We really need people Sunday June 17, or any part of these days you can manage.

Contact Norma: or just show up, bring a spinning wheel and visit.

4. Who's Coming to Town

a) The workshop teams of SCW and Heritage Weavers got together over coffee at the conference and agreed to collaborate more on bringing in instructors…. Any guilds are welcome to join in this enterprise, as it is my hope to have us all join together in facilitating workshops.  So keep tuned for a name or names next month, the plan would be to suggest a teacher right from first contact, so that you could all get in touch with her/him to enable cost sharing on transportation etc, and make a more efficient visit for the instructor.

b) As I mentioned last month, the Dutch wool experts Janneke Plomp and Andrina Bravenboer would like to come to Alberta next year. They teach knowledge, or, in a hands-on way, how to choose fleeces or fibres for certain purposes, and in doing so, review the properties of a couple of dozen sheep breeds; they teach how certain fibres can be spun, and how to spin with complex fibres (eg mixtures of plant- and animal fibres), using a variety of spinning tools; how certain fleeces can be felted into home decor, clothing or accessories.  Please contact Lyn for more information.

5. Events

Sheep to Shawl, Millarville    The Sheep Creek Weavers invite all guilds to please join us for our 2018 Fleece to Shawl Competition, at the 111th Priddis/Millarville Fair on August 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the Millarville Racetrack (just south of Calgary)… simplified rules and great prizes!

To register please contact: Janine Jones 403-931-2170 or

Plant Printing in Red Deer: An “Eco Dyeing” workshop with Lyn Pflueger will be hosted by the Parkland Handweavers and Fibre Arts guild on August 25 & 26, 2018, in the Mountview Community Hall, from 10 – 4 . Cost $100, Registration opens June 15, contact Cammy Desjardins or ph 403 342 7559.  See attachment for details and registration form.

6. Worth a Look

Esker Gallery, Calgary
Anna Torma: Book of Abandoned Details   extremely skilled and exquisitely detailed large-scale hand embroidered wall hangings and collages. She immigrated to Canada in 1988, and has lived and worked in Baie Verte, New Brunswick since 2002. This exhibition will feature new and major works produced over the past five years.  May 26–September 2, 2018


Jolie Bird: 1597; Harmonious Frequencies   May 7 – July 29, 2018  ‘1597; Harmonious Frequencies’ is a performance-based installation to be implemented in the Project Space over the course of twelve weeks. Working within a clean and minimal space, the artist will create an 8-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence, which references the golden ratio found throughout nature.

PS from Lyn:  I am no longer on the executive, but am happy to continue with the Memo as long as it is thought to be valuable in some way.   Please let me know about workshops, vendors, events etc in your area.

May 1, 2018

1. Conference

We are delighted to tell you that Dr. Lynne Cowe Falls from the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary will be our guest speaker.  Her topic will be “Everything I learned about weaving, I learned from Dr. Seuss”. (Lyn has been associated with the U of C’s Solar Car Team, and I highly recommend this video !

Vendors: Unfortunately our ”usual suspects” will all be at a big event at the Crossroads Market this year… but there will be plenty of time on Sunday, after conference ends, for you to get down there and shop till you drop!

AGM: The AGM will be chaired by Norma and Lyn, and will follow the usual format.  The most important item will be the election of the Executive, PLEASE think about volunteering, it is a challenging and worthwhile experience…and a great way to meet and work with a terrific bunch of people!

Please let us know if you would like to see a particular item on the agenda.  Also, there will be time allocated for comments from the floor.

2. HWSDA Membership Matters

a) Did you know that HWSDA has a Grants to Guilds policy which can be very helpful with the costs involved with a workship. Please look at the website for information, and for the application form.

I would like to request that guilds let any executive of HWSDA know that you are planning to bring in an instructor. Other guilds may want to also invite the teacher and share transportation costs and host duties. Plans can be announced on the website, in Running Threads, and/or the Monthly Memo.

b) Margaret informs me that she now has 45 members paid up for next year!  It makes her job, and budgeting, SO MUCH EASIER if we pay our membership at the beginning of our year, ie now, rather than just before the next conference …hmmmm…

c) And a reminder from the Running Threads team that the deadline for article submissions for the Summer 2018 issue of Running Threads is July 15.

d) Call for volunteers: to audit the books; to represent the guild at our table during Fibre Week (at Olds College); to track down the authors of the Master Spinners and Master Weavers  (duplicate) theses currently residing in Norma’s garage.

3. Who is Coming to Town?

Here are two great opportunities to bring a fabulous teacher to your guild and share the costs of transportation...or to participate in a class with another gujild.

a) The Edmonton Weavers’ Guild is hosting Melissa Arnold for a 4 day felting/dyeing workshop, this September, titled “FABULOUS FELTED SHIBORI WRAP”., see Melissa’s website for her work, she has great skills as a dyer, felter, and teacher.

“In this exciting 4 day class we will learn the Art of Arashi Shibori on silk fabric and then felt thru it to create a fabulous wrap with a button closure. The Arashi design element is wonderful when felted, and gives your wrap a design that resembles an animal skin. Techniques will begin with dyeing, pole wrapping, discharging (removing color) and over dyeing our silk pieces…then exploring design and layout options for creating an innovative and exciting wrap from our shibori silk using Merino wool with assorted fibers for embellishment… ending with exploring finishing details”.   

This is a class for Intermediate Felters. Some dye experience is helpful but not necessary.

Public registration starts on May 10th.  I believe there is still time if other guilds want to contact her. She will be in Edmonton September 8-20th teaching 3 workshops.  If other guilds wish to contact her, her email is:   Melissa  

Contact EWG if you are interested in taking the class with them:

b) Janneke Plomp and Andrina Bravenboer   would like to come to Alberta next year.  They offer unique knowledge and skills, in a new way, to open up new ideas.

These Dutch ladies are well known in the European fibre world for their extensive knowledge of all possible sheep breeds and other fibre animals. Through their own work, from sheering to spinning, knitting, and felting, to their close contact with fibre breeders and shepherds, they acquired diverse and professional fibre skills and a strong regard for healthy breeding practices and sustainable hand work.

Janneke and Andrina organize various workshops for groups of 8-12 people, catering to whatever the interest of the group is. They teach how to choose fibre and how to check its quality for different fibre techniques. They talk about old and new practices for skirting, washing and carding. While Janneke is specialized in mixing and spinning complex fibres, Andrina is a master in felting full fleeces into home decor (such as pillows, wall hangings and rugs) or garments to size. The offer hands on workshops where you create your own beautiful product, in ways you never thought you could go. More than anything, this dynamic duo opens up a world of wool you never knew about.

(Please contact Lyn for more information… I think this will be a super opportunity for us all!)

4. Local Producers

Please let me know your favourite local wool producers and what breeds they have.   There is a growing interest in using local resources, and also in using a variety of fleece in our spinning and felting for their specific qualities.

5. You might be interested

Alberta Culture Days is an annual three-day celebration that takes place the last weekend of September. Culture Days provides opportunities for communities and community organizations across Alberta to discover, experience and celebrate the cultural life of their communities. Funding assistance is designed to support Alberta Culture Days activities, events, and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement.

6. A Reminder

The Sheep Creek Weavers invite all guilds to please join us for our 2018 Fleece to Shawl Competition,

at the 111th Priddis/Millarville Fair on August 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the Millarville Racetrack (just south of Calgary)… simplified rules and great prizes!

To register please contact: Janine Jones 403-931-2170 or



April 1, 2018

Memo to Members April 1, 2018      and      Best Wishes for a Happy Easter

1. The Conference

Our guest speaker at the banquet on Saturday night, Dr. Jennifer Salahub will give a talk titled “Unwinding Clews – what textiles have to say”.   

Jennifer Salahub is a professor of Craft and Art History with a PhD in Design History from London’s Royal College of Art.  She is passionate about domestic textiles and has taught and lectured in England, the US, and Canada.  As an audience of makers, we might take heart in knowing that she has, at times, embroidered, dyed, woven, stitched, quilted, crocheted and even felted (once).  But when one listens to her, it is evident that she is a story teller, one who enjoys mysteries, and unravelling textile tales.

   Members not attending the conference may accompany a conference attendee for the price of a banquet ticket ($40)... we are working on the possibility of a more straightforward way, please watch in the next Memo....

2. The Executive

In order to continue our guild, we have these positions to fill at the AGM: President, Vice-President, Past-President…and Norma is happy to be treasurer but, if she becomes president, a Treasurer will be needed. Margaret would be very happy to relinquish her position as Recording Secretary.  Many thanks to Lorel Dederer for stepping up to be Membership Secretary. The Past President position can be filled by anyone who has been President at any time in the past.

Job Descriptions:    the following are the highlights, please see attached the full job descriptions, and the Bylaws.  If you have any questions, please contact Norma.

The executive holds four meetings per year, one of which is at the Annual Conference. In an emergency, attendance by electronic communication is legally sufficient to make a quorum.   The core executive members –President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary/Secretaries, and Past-President – are expected to attend all executive meetings if possible—a quorum of the executive is considered to be 3 of the core executive members.           

                President:  is responsible for the smooth operation of the executive, notifying members of the agenda for each meeting, and requests executive, area, and committee reports for each meeting. The president, with financial records supplied by the Treasurer, submits the Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant proposal annually, and the Society’s Annual Return (we currently have a qualified volunteer who has done this).

                Vice-President: Evaluates scholarships, learns the bylaws and policies, assists the Presidentas needed and chairs meetings when the president is unavailable.

                Recording Secretary: records the minutes and circulates them to the executive body. Maintains signed copies of minutes and motions on file. Prepares copies of agenda for meetings, if needed. Prepares other handouts as required.

3. Guild Reminders

Scholarships for Members are available for “members in good standing” for at least 2 years. Information about the Scholarship Program, and an Application form, are available on the website, and also in the Registration Package.

And remember that there are also Grants to Guilds to help with instructor costs.

Membership fees are now due for 2018/2019. 36 members have already renewed thank you. The draw for a free membership is open until April 30th 2018.

4. Events in Alberta and Nearby

A reminder that Marjolein Dallinga will be teaching at Red Deer College from July 30 to August 3, 2018... so any guilds who would like to have this most excellent felter/teacher should contact her at

5. Who's Coming to Town


Moy Mackay, an amazing Scottish felter and teacher, is coming to the Feutre Symposium in Nova Scotia this Fall (September 30 to October 6).  I understand that she would like to teach more classes while she is on this side of the pond, so here is another wonderful opportunity!... Please contact her directly if you would like to have her come to Alberta, and PLEASE CONTACT ME, TOO, and I will try to help facilitate her travel etc  Note that there will be many wonderful instructors at the Symposium!

6. Running Threads

Running Threads Spring issue deadline is fast approaching.  Please submit all articles by April 15.

7. Worth a Look

Jane Kidd This looks like an amazing show, for anyone travelling to Toronto.   But the website, and indeed her own website  are wonderful sources of images of her work, and her discussions about it.                                       


Curiosities - Pairing #3 Woven Tapestry 2013  66 x 56 cm The image is from her website.

This tapestry is from the series “Curiosities”, referencing “pairings, suggesting relationships and/or contradictions between art and science, imagination and knowledge, decoration and display.  The tapestries are presented like specimens mounted and displayed on shelves, suggesting relationships and/or contradictions between art and science, imagination and knowledge, decoration and display. The method of installation emphasizes the presence of the tapestry as an object and probes links between the physical display of the work and potential meanings of the imagery.”


Wonderland, Woven Tapestry, 2016, 182 x 114 cm (detail)

This is from the “Wonderland” series, which “refers to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and explores my interest in genetically modified organisms and the use of technology and science as a means to manipulate and engineer the environment.”   


8. Suppliers: Stores and Producers

For sale raw unprocessed bison underdown contact Gavina Leslie 403-701-8342 or $60/lb 3lbs or more $50/lb and for 10lbs or more $40/lb.


Important PS

If you are unable to make it to conference, you are still encouraged to come to the AGM Friday night.  Please feel free to also join your fellow members for the welcome diner that night.  The dinner is at 5:30 pm on May 11th and being held at the restaurant in the Best Western, Village Park Inn, Calgary.  The cost will be $30 per person (HWSDA Members only please). The AGM attendance numbers are important so please consider coming if you are a member.

Everyone is welcome to the banquet itself on Saturday night which starts at 5:30 and has a lot of fun events in and around it.  So please consider joining us. It is also being held at the Best Western, Village Park Inn, Calgary.  Patti Hawryluk is putting on the fashion show, so it's sure to be something you don't want to miss!  The Banquet is $40 per person.

Please contact Nora Manz, HWSDA Conference Registrar (  if you would like to join us for either or both events. 

The deadline for registration is April 20th.

March 1 2018

1. Conference

The HWSDA Conference Committee is pleased to report that registration for the 2018 Conference, “Make Mine Takeaway” is underway and classes are filling up.

The good news, for those of you who have not yet registered, is that none of the classes are full (at this moment!), although some are very close to capacity.  If you were planning to register and have procrastinated, now is the time to fill out the form. Don’t forget that this year you can register online and pay electronically or you can register in the usual manner by mail with fees paid by cheque. Registration closes March 15th.

Just a reminder that now is also the time to be planning and preparing your items for the juried show and the fashion show, both of which are always highlights of Conference.

Meet two of our instructors: Lisa Schwartz and Laurie Bullock.

Lisa will be teaching Nuno Felted Stained Glass Scarf, and she says "I am very excited about teaching the Stained Glass Nuno Felting Workshop offered this year at the HWSDA conference. Working with fibre and silk is magic, a world of endless possibiities!"


Laurie will be teaching Two Colour Brioche Knitting, and is an expert in this field, a teacher with limitless patience!





2. HWSDA Notes

Memberships:  A reminder that the AGM, held at the conference, is for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 … this is also the year in which conference registration occurs… so in order register and to attend both conference and the AGM you need to be a member for that year.  But we would really like to encourage you to join now for “next” year, so will have a  DRAWFOR A FREE MEMBERSHIP at the conference, for all those who have paid a membership for 2018/19 prior to the conference ie before the end of April.

Very important: There was a typo in the membership form sent with the registration package (Marg’s address) which should read Hand Weavers, Spinners & Dyers of Alberta  c/o Margaret Hall  48 Good Crescent, Red Deer, AB T4P 3N6

Guild Memberships: At the last Executive Meeting a motion passed to allow guilds free membership if they have fewer than 12 members.  The minutes of this meeting will be available to members on our website.

Running Threads: In an effort to avoid the Christmas rush, we’re changing the submission deadlines for Running Threads to:  January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.  Please mark your calendars. 

And if you were planning to submit an article for the Spring issue of Running Threads, the good news is you’ve got a little more time to complete it. The new deadline for the spring 2018 issue of running threads is April 15.

Don’t forget there is grant and scholarship money available to member guilds and individual members in good standing. For information on these benefits please check out the website, Contact Norma Westcott,

Are you wanting to join forces with other guilds in the province to plan workshops? The Lethbridge guild is looking for like-minded groups to share information and resources. Contact Penny Peterson,

Executive Search Committee: As you will know, HWSDA is at a crossroads. We are faced with the challenge of finding our place in this digital and busy world, but are determined not to abandon the strength of the personal and community connections which have made our guild so successful for over 40 years.

The conference in May will be a very important event, and at the AGM we need to finally have, once more, a full slate of board members elected.  At the moment we lack officers for three of the key positions.  We are able to be quite creative in filling these positions eg two people could share one position.  And we have found ways to make the positions less onerous, particularly with regard to travelling to meetings.

Therefore we need volunteers to serve on an "Executive Search" committee, and would really appreciate your members considering serving on that committee, or in fact volunteering to be an Executive member.  

We have compiled a list of duties for each position, and would be delighted to send it to any interested parties.  Job descriptions of executive positions will also be published in the next issue of Running Threads.

3. Events

a) Sheep to Shawl The Sheep Creek Weavers invite all guilds to please join us for our 2018 Fleece to Shawl Competition, at the 111th Priddis/Millarville Fair (just south of Calgary) on  August 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the  Millarville Racetrack

Teams of 5 competitors (no designated position) and 1 alternate will weave 22” x 80” finished shawl on a prewarped loom, from worsted yarn spun on manual spinning wheels, using hand carders and/or manual drum carder, and a manual bobbin winder. There will be two $100.00 prizes—one for the team who completes their shawl first (including wet finishing) and one for the team whose shawl receives the highest bid on their silent auction bid sheet.  Dyed wool fleeces will be donated by Tin Roof Fibre Studio.   Entry Fee $25.

To register please contact: Janine Jones 403-931-2170 or     

b) Fibre Potpourri at Red Deer College on June 1-2, 2018. Three workshops: South American Embtroidery, Big Needle Felted Creatures, Sensation Silk Painting. Go to

4) Who's Coming to Town

Marjolein Dallinga will be at Series at Red Deer College from July 30 to August 3, 2018.

5) A Snippet for the Memo from Margaret

Recently I visited the Peter Lougheed park visitor center to warm up. Joy of joys whilst warming up I learned how to rug hook. The park interpreter being from Nova Scotia learned rug hooking as a child. He thought it would be a good idea to set up a communal project at the center. So he bought old wool blazers washed them and cut them into strips, bought hooks and set up a beautiful canvas depicting an owl, for visitors to learn and contribute to. The rug is hopefully to be hung over the fireplace once complete.

He is also a needle felter and showed me some beautiful felted birds.

What an enterprising man! I did tell him about the HWSDA.

February 1, 2018

1. Conference

Our thanks to the Heritage Weavers for the exciting Conference Package, I’m sure that we have all been poring over it.  And remember that today is the day!!! Register now to ensure your spot at the conference and for the workshops of your choice.

Had this note from Ruth Blazenko, the chair of the committee: No guild program for our Saturday January meeting… well, conference table center pieces took care of that!  We had so much fun as a guild on a cold winter day. Everybody loves a fortune cookie-- the needle felters and wet felters were awesome in their colour choices as well at the woven fabric that was donated.  The Chinese take away boxes filled with goodies, there will be weaving boxes, dying boxes, felting boxes, spinning boxes with wild batts and a cd drop spindle!   

Meet one of our instructors, Liv Pedersen from Calgary. Liv will teach Small Tapestries on a Dutch Plank Loom.











Left: Pedersen, Liv. Signe Going Down the Slide. 1981. Tapestry. 56 x 36 cm. Right: Pedersen, Liv. Fall BBQ. 1996. 56 x 56 cm.

2. Clarifying Membershjp Rules

The AGM, held at the conference, is for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. This is also the year in which conference registration occurs… so in order register and to attend both conference and the AGM you need to be a member for that year.  And be assured that we will encourage you to renew your membership at the conference for the following fiscal year (which by then will be the current year, Apr 1 2018-March 31 2019) … and don’t laugh when I say “clarifying”.

All member guilds can send 2 members to the conference as part of the guild membership in HWSDA - contact Lyn Pflueger (email: for more information and access to the registration package. 

·       Conference theme is “Make Mine Takeout”
·       only members can enter the juried show - prizes are monetary
·       non-members can register for any of the pre-conference workshops

3. Who's Coming to Town

Marjolein Dallinga will be teaching a feltmaking class at Red Deer College for Series, this summer. She has taught in Alberta and her workshops are truly wonderful.  If your guild would like to know about her workshops, her website is

4. HWSDA Library

The HWSDA library is now housed in the Olds College library, is still accessible through inter-library loans.

5. Running Threads

Deadline for Running Threads submissions March 15, 2018:  if you enjoy reading the interesting articles in Running Threads, please consider contributing to the newsletter yourself.  It does not need to be long, only about something you are enthusiastic about!  And a few pictures make it all the better.  Velma and her team work hard to provide members with this valuable resource of  news, information, and enjoyable articles.

6. Executive Meeting

The next Executive meeting will be held Februrary 11th in Red Deer: All members are welcome to attend; please contact Lyn for directions and agenda

7. From “the Travels of Margaret”

In the northern lakes of Cumbria England, there is a hidden gem for textile and fibre artists, Caldbeck. This pretty village not only boasts of the ‘Woolclip’ a co op of fibre artists selling their work and fibre supplies. The organizers of the yearly ‘Woolfest’ in Cockermouth.

It has hidden historical treasures. An old weaving shed and dye house, all now converted into dwellings in the village.

Then a short walk up the ‘Howk’ to an old bobbin mill, which operated between 1857 and 1924. In its hey day a major producer of the bobbins for the mills in Lancashire and Scotland. It is situated in a picturesque gorge so it could be powered by a water mill.

The Lake District of England is now a national park but once was dotted with the small mills of an active textile industry.

January 1, 2018 and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

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