The Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild invites anyone with an interest in spinning, weaving 

or related fiber arts to join us 

at one of our monthly meetings.


 

Monthly meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month

at the Guild Hall

at 530 Carrville Road, Richmond Hill


Each meeting consists of a business meeting, a special program or demonstration, show and tell and a social break.
Casual Wednesday Drop In evenings are on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month. See below.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our general monthly meetings or our Wednesday night gatherings.

Please 

BurrHouseW@gmail.com

 in advance of your expected arrival date and name so someone can be there to greet you at the Guild Hall. 

The general monthly meetings are open to the public. Guest speaker evening are for Burr House Spinners & Weavers members only. 



2017-2018

Guild Meetings Schedule


September 20, 2017

• Show and Tell - After the general business meeting we hold a show and tell sharing skills & techniques, projects, materials used, as well as detailing both successes and challenges.


October 18, 2017

• Dani Ortman, guest speaker will talk speak about her path as a weaver - which has largely been about about pushing to make a place for 'handwoven' in a North-American market that is saturated with cheaper (mass-produced) scarf and accessory options.

daniortman.com


In 2007 I first sat down to a loom.  I fell head over heals.  I was also young and stubborn and determined to make hand-weaving my full-time career.  The decision has not provided a lavish lifestyle, but it has allowed most of my waking hours to be dedicated to weaving and dyeing.  I will share my approach 'making-it' as a handweaver in the 21st century, with a show and tell session - material sourcing guide - and much more!


November 15, 2017

• Mandala Felt Brooch - The word Mandala means "circle". Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. You will be creating our own mandala using colours and symbolic patterns. 

Demonstrate, instruction sheet and felt material (black, orcher and dark red) and few other supplies provided.

Material to bring: 1 button (3/4” - 1” size), embroidery and regular threads, sewing needles and scissors any colour of your choice. (You may bring additional felt if you choose due to our limited colour selection).

Download PDF - Mandala Instruction Sheet below 


December 6, 2017

• Auction and Pot Luck

Bring your favourite dish, plate and utensils.


January 17, 2018

• Kate Atherley, guest speaker will talk on her experience knitting.

Expert Tips: In Which We Learn from Kate’s Mistakes

Kate shaped her style in the dark days of the 1980s and 90s -- when knitting was out of favour, and long before the internet was a reliable resource. There were a lot of lessons learned the hard way, through trial and error. In this talk, she shares her most important discoveries and her silliest mistakes. From her favourite all-purpose increase, to easy ways to keep your cast on and off tidy and relaxed, and cheats to make blocking easier, it’s all about practical solutions to make knitting easier and more fun.

kateatherley.com


February 21, 2018

• Kumihimo Cord - Learn the basics of Kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding. It's so simple and incredibly addictive. Demonstration and try your hand at Kumihimo braiding. So bust out your Kumihimo disc and let's get after it!


March 21, 2018

Owner of Gn'R Alpaca farm Gail Franklin, guest speaker will talk about her about alpacas, interest in fibre and the processes of fleece from the start to finish.

Gn'R products for sale this evening: raw fleece, carded fleece, hand pulled roving, hand spun yarns, right through to completed items like hats, mitts, scarves.

Gn'R Alpaca Farm Story

gnralpacafarm.ca


April 18, 2018

• Felted Soap - Join us and learn how to make handmade felted soap. A perfect gift for a someone special and is fun to use in the bath or shower! 

Material fee $5 includes soap bar and roving wool.


May 16, 2018

• Katie Argyle, guest speaker will talk about being a printmaker, painter and potter based in Richmond Hill. Colour, humour, and narrative describe her approach to visual art across all media. Process-oriented, she delights in introducing new mediums and methods of working to others.


In-House class on Sunday May 27 on Block Printing on Fabric


June 20, 2018

• Pot Luck / AGM @ Elfi Berndls home

Bring your favourite dish, plate and utensils.


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