Of Note!


This is a new section that I’m going to try out and see  how it pans out.  I’d like to add different blogs and websites that you find helpful in your fiber pursuit.  If it gets too large, we may have to vote and thin them down but we’ll see how it goes!  I have learned about so many from other people that I never have found by myself.

Starting with:

These are all weaving sites sent by Kathy Dailey (Thank you!):

thewarpandweftblog.blogspot.com.         Laura Thomas of Britain


evasweaving.wordpress.com.           Eva Stossel


Check these out!  If you have  sites you love, send them to me!  I will update these every couple of weeks, separating them by fiber discipline.


Textile Arts and Veterans

flag-on-the-loom  TEXTILE ARTS & VETS Drop-in Fiber Arts Activities for Veterans

Every Wednesday from 1-4 pm Introductory Weaving and other fiber arts activities will be offered to veterans at no cost. Weaving looms and yarn have been donated by local fiber artists, veterans supporters and members of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, Pikes Peak Weavers Guild and Front Range Fiber Artisans, committed to sharing our love of fiber arts with veterans. We offer a friendly and supportive environment where you can get your creative juices flowing and create your own masterpiece! Join us at Imagination Celebration located at 750 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Coordinator: Mary Madison                Email contact: TextileArtsandVets@gmail.com

Library Corner


Spotlighting in our library this month is the wonderful but alas, no longer published magazine, ‘Sew Beautiful’.

From re-purposing family heirlooms to fashioning wedding finery, these pages are filled with truly beautiful sewing. Whether you’re looking for a quick-and-easy gift idea or planning to spend hours shaping a round lace yoke, these issues have you covered.

We have several years  including some of the special editions of the magazine.


If you see a book you are interested in, let me know and I will bring it to a meeting for you to check out for 30 days (or longer if it hasn’t been requested).  If I’m coming to town, I’m sure we can arrange a meeting to drop it off!    Every month I will be bringing several books that relate to the topic of the program.  You are welcome to look through the books and check one out if you are interested.

If you have fiber related books/and, or magazines that need a new home, we are always accepting donations!  Same with equipment:  looms,  needles and so on…  Remember we are a non-profit organization and it can be used as a tax deduction.

Intermountain Weavers Conference




                         And Why I Love Attending

         Pamela Bliss

The Intermountain Weavers’ Conference, held every other year in Durango, Colorado, is a nationally known fiber arts conference that attracts attendees from across the country.  Held on the beautiful Fort Lewis Campus in southern Colorado, the four-day gathering celebrates all the fiber arts, including knitting, spinning, weaving, felting, embellishing, dyeing and more.  I look forward to every conference.

The next one will be July 27-30, 2017.  It is a four-day event and many of the workshops are three days in duration.  I have always liked the depth of study that a three-day experience provides.  One-day workshops are also offered.  This format allows a flexible mix-and-match approach as attendees can chose to attend one, two, or three different workshops.  Visit www.intermountainweavers.org for a full list.

I always stay in a dorm on campus.  The rate is very reasonable and some units have kitchens so I can make my own breakfast or organize a mini potluck dinner with friends.  And while the cafeteria does not provide fine dining, the chef always supplies fresh salads and a variety of reasonably good entrees for us.  You can, of course, stay in a local hotel and eat off-campus.

Inside or outside the classroom, inspiration for the fiber artist is everywhere.  Besides the workshops, there is an opening convocation with a featured speaker, this time silk expert Karen Selk.  There is a fashion show of members’ creations and a raffle of gift baskets.  The vendor hall is a great way to see (and purchase!) a variety of fiber art specialty items that are conveniently all in one place. For creative inspiration I visit the non-juried exhibit featuring members’ work, another featuring teachers’ submissions, and a tapestry exhibit.  There is also time built into the schedule for visiting other workshops – a feature I very much appreciate, as I am perpetually curious about other fiber arts.

Personally, I love being with other fiber artists for four days – people who understand my passion and support it!  I love the deer that live on campus and the occasional refreshing rains that visit the mesa.  I appreciate the size of the conference – not overwhelmingly huge, but big enough to attract major teaching talent.

And the IWC is a home-grown product – a non-profit organization made up of representatives from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  I urge you to give it a try and hope you love it too!

 Registration begins February 1, 2017.  Many classes fill early, so be sure to register as soon as possible. See you in Durango!






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PROGRAMS for 2017/2018

Date Program Plan and Presenters Hands on Activity
July 15, 2017 Zentangle Class  Paid class – see notice

August 5, 2017



Potluck and spinning day at Ellen Alderson’s in Black Forest – NOTE: this is on a Saturday and the location is Black Forest. We will NOT be meeting on that first Thursday.



Learn to spindle spin on Ellen’s wire hanger spindles or bring your own spindle or spinning wheel




Date Program and Presenter Hands on Activity

September 7, 2017


Cass Mullane – a creative artist will provide the supplies and show us how to make a piano hinge book.

Contact info: Cass@propercreatively.com




Piano hinge book



October 5, 2017


Terza Ekholm – creative artist with silk. Will provide a demonstration regarding her art with silk

Contact: terza@theterzafactor.com



(Possible silk class later this month if there is enough interest)



November 2, 2017



Elizabeth  Crow – bead artist will discuss her art and provide supplies for everyone to make their own bracelet. Elizabeth has Bead Soup Saturdays that you may participate in for a cost.





Beaded bracelet



December 7, 2017


Linda Logan – paper artist. Will provide all supplies and walk us through a holiday card making program

Contact: lilosartandsoul@gmail.com




Holiday card



January 4, 2018



Kimberlie Griffis – art therapy. Learn how art provides less stress



Art Therapy


February 1, 2018



Elizabeth Hanson – papermaking artist. Elizabeth will walk us through step by step on making our own sheets of paper.

Contact: plantedinpaper@gmail.com







March 1, 2018



Textiles West – Cecelia will present a demonstration regarding their new Epson SureColor printer, which can print on paper, canvas and paper-backed fabrics. Up to 24×44”

Contact: printer@textileswest.org



Demo of large color printer


April 5, 2018


New Hue – Tess Murdoch and Susan Haldeman will present a hands on program for chemical dying. Please wear clothing you do not mind getting dye on.  Bring something small you want to dye or use their supplies.

Contact: tess@newhuetextilestudio.com




Small dye project






Weaving by Jane Nearing

Weaving by Jane Nearing

New weavers found they had many questions about very basic procedures for setting up their loom, for determining sett, reading a draft, creating their next woven piece; how to enlarge or telescope a pattern, where to go for solutions to problems, which fiber to use for a particular project, etc., so they came together and formed this study group.

The main purpose of this study group is to help answer questions, concerns, problems, how-to’s, solutions, etc., we focus on this. However, as we’ve evolved, we realized we needed to have a point of focus besides just Q&A discussions. To that end, we vote on and set ourselves goals to be reached each year and work together towards achieving those goals.

WHEN: Second Monday of the month from 5:15p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ewe and Me, 1045 West Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO.

QUESTIONS: Contact us – Weldon, our intrepid new leader!, at Ewe and Me.