Fun in the Fall

by | Oct 29, 2019 | Uncategorized

fall colours

We’ve had a busy October starting with Active Aging Week.

During this week various recreational and creative groups invite seniors to drop in on their activities.  It is an opportunity for individuals to explore groups they might like to join.  The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners opened up our studio.  We set up some simple crafts that visitors could try.  Members brought items they were working on and spent the day visiting with new and old friends.

spinning lesson

In mid October,  Sharon Eliason inspired us to think of clothing made from hand woven fabrics.  Sharon started our journey with a one day workshop on sewing handwoven fabric.  She provided the participants with a binder of handwoven fabric samples and then led us through various tips and techniques.

seam finishes

It was difficult to imagine how she forced herself to cut all those lovely fabrics into 4 inch pieces but it was appreciated.  It gave us the confidence that these techniques were possible on our own hand woven cloth.

simple vest

dressy top

Our sewing adventure was followed by a fashion show where we got to see the results of those sewing techniques.  The items ranged from simple tops and vests to fitted jackets and coats.  The clothes were fashioned from a variety of fabrics made with mixed warps, rags, thick wool and fine yarns. 
Over the next two days we got to explore weaving fashion fabrics on our own looms.  Maybe we will see the results of those experiments at a future show & tell event.

coloured squares

the inside scoop

As we head into November guild members are busy getting ready for our annual winter show and sale.  The sale committee is busy organizing the event while the rest of us are busy knitting, weaving, felting, spinning and sewing.  There are tea towels to hem, fringes to twist, yarns to wash and weigh, knitted hats to finish and so on.

Look for our posters and save the dates November 22 and 23rd.  We will be holding the sale at the Commons (744 Primrose).  There will be a silent auction, loads of high quality items to purchase, demonstrations and our studio will be open.


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