Christmas Shopping

by | Dec 5, 2015 | Uncategorized

shoppers looking for the perfect gift
This Christmas some lucky people will receive a hand crafted present that was made by one of the Qualicum weavers and spinners.  Our annual guild sale was held the last weekend in November and as a result many lovely items went off to new homes with all our love.  We hope where ever they go they will give as much pleasure to the recipient as we had in making them.  
shopper with an armful of treasures
Good weather, a hard working sale committee, a host of volunteers and many creative hands helped to make this year’s event a success.  We also owe thanks to the organizers of the WinterFest Craft Fair for helping to publicize our event.  And we should never forget the husbands and partners who pack props into trucks, climb ladders, do the heavy lifting and bring tools to repair the unexpected.  
a selection of scarves for everyone
Our guild members have been very active this year so that we had a large variety of items and plenty of choice.  As usual the set up crew had to be very imaginative to show off all the items.
knit and woven scarves
tea towels on rack
Scarves and tea towels are always popular as gifts.  There are so many different ways to interpret a scarf or towel that they are never boring to make.  Shoppers had many different styles and colours to chose from.  Our new tea towel holder makes good use of vertical space and allows for easy viewing.  When a sale is as large as ours getting the most out of the space is important.  
simple tops
a warm ruana with hand worked trim
button front shawl
One of a kind tops are always popular and we love to experiment with hand woven cloth.  Styles ranged from these simple but elegant tops to sporty warm ruanas.  There were lacy knitted shawls in luxurious hand spun yarns.
If you preferred to knit yourself, we also had an abundance of  unique hand spun yarns.
  
triangular shawl in hand spun yarn
Household items included hand towels as displayed around the old basin, table runners and place mats, coasters, and felted tea cozies.  There were rugs, pillows blankets and even felted slippers to keep you warm in the coming winter. 
hand towels
selection of table runners

Pillows with inlaid details
felted slippers

 A lot of our visitors took the time to chat or watch the demonstrations.  As always we were happy to oblige.  We hope they left with an appreciation of what is involved in making these items and why we are so passionate about our yarn and fibres.

The sale is a major source of income for the guild.  In addition to supporting our studio/resource centre it offsets the costs of educational activities.  As a fund raising effort, we included a silent auction at the sale.  It generated a lot of interest, and brought out some competitive spirit.  The keen bidders returned at the close of the sale on Sunday for one last chance to make the winning bid.

silent auction table 

A merry Christmas tea towel

We are sorry if you missed the sale but remember there is always next year.  Check this site for more information in the fall.  In the meantime I wonder whose kitchen will be home to this very merry Christmas tea towel?

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