Elegant Threads 2013

by | Nov 23, 2013 | Uncategorized



This past weekend the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners guild held their annual show and sale at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach.  We had plenty to show and tell and sell as you can see in the photos. 

Early in the morning guild members arrived with their boxes of goods.  It was like opening Christmas presents and finding surprises but without the messy wrapping paper.  But as kitchen counters, chairs and appliances became covered in scarves, tea towels and shawls we began to panic.  How are we going to display all this?? 

It happens ever year and some how the set up elves find a place for everything.  While we are busy in the kitchen opening checking and sorting things the display group are busy with tables and lights and props.  In the photo below they have cleared the hall and put up the tables.  The props are sitting waiting to be put in place and dressed.

This can be heavy work and we are always grateful for friends and spouses who show up every year to lend a hand.  It helps to have tall people and strong backs at this point.  Thanks to Mark and Paul and others

I’ve included the photo of Linda putting on the lights in spite of it being a bit fuzzy because I liked the effect.

 Eventually all the lights were in place.  We learned where the circuit breaker was hidden.  Nothing really caught fire and we started dressing the show. 

Dressing the show is a reiterative process.  The first items may be moved several times as more things emerge from those piles in the kitchen and we realize we really need two stands for tea towels or we have a plethora of shawls this year but not so many scarves.  This year we could see the influence of our guild project on mixed warps.  Several weavers were inspired to make yardage and sew it into “Hapi wraps”.

John waiting to take shopper’s money

As always the first shoppers were at the door before we had finished setting the items out but one never turns away some one who appreciates fiber arts and is in the mood to shop.  John remained calm through the chaos and was ready help those early shoppers.

The pictures that follow show a small portion of the items on display.  I’ll put more pictures up when the sale is over.

hand towels

A trio of shawls with Linda’s Bags
keep feet & hands warm


colourful sweater
a small selection of hand spun yarn
funky bag from the silent auction table

We had a good selection of hand spun yarns.  The picture above shows a small selection of what was available.  A lot of local knitters took home some unique yarns for their hand knit items. 

More to follow so check back soon!!!

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