Monday, July 3, 2017

We Went to ANWG

Congratulations to the Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Treadle Lightly, the ANWG 2017 North West Weavers' Conference was a great success.
About half of our guild members made their way to Victoria to take part in the workshops, lectures, and shopping opportunities.  We met old friends and made new friends.
The fashion show was not restricted to the runway. We got to show off our creative efforts and admire those of others and we came home with inspiration and a renewed creative energy.

A convoy of our members managed to transport all of the elements of our booth to the display location.  The assembly went as planned (more or less) and the constructed elements held together. Thanks to the group that transported and assembled the booth.  They had to come early to set it up and stay after the conference to take it down.

Grinsheep booth
Weaver's Atelier Booth

Shopping is a big part of every conference and judging from the bulging bags this conference was typical.  Three of our members came as vendors.  Some of our members came home with new looms (or at least looms on order), most added something new or unique to their stash.  There was a nice mix of spinning and weaving supplies and some lovely finished goods as well.
Spirit Song Fiber Works
Our guild wove prize ribbons for the various shows so we got to see our "weaving" on display even if we hadn't entered anything into the shows.  But one of our members came home with several ribbons for her efforts.
Mary's "Spring Fever" tailored jacket

 Mary's jacket was a multi-layered project starting with a dyed roving of mixed wool and silk fibres.  Her handspun yarn turned out to be unsuitable for the knitted project she had in mind so she improvised and wove yardage with it.  She also had to modify a jacket pattern to fit with the yardage.  Unfortunately the picture shows the lovely prize ribbons but it covers up the hand worked button detail.

The long anticipated 2017 conference may be over but the planning has already started for the 2019 event.  It is being hosted by the Prince George Fibre Arts Guild.  It will take place June 11 to 16 in the city of Prince George, British Columbia.  If you have any questions contact the conference committee at

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Planning for the Summer

Spring is rapidly moving towards summer.  The sun is no longer playing hide and seek in the rain clouds (most of the time).  It is reminding us that the windows really do need to be washed and the garden really needs to be weeded and we haven't been to the beach in ages.  Time in the studio is less appealing than time spent soaking up inspiration (and sunshine).

Family Day, weaving demonstration
Some of our members moved the looms and wheels outdoors for the Qualicum Beach Family Day event.  Our demonstrations are quite popular and we are never short of volunteers to help with the booth.  The sunny weather certainly helped with the attendance and our demonstration looms were busy.

The weavers in the group were very busy over the past month so that we had a lot to show and tell about at our May meeting.

Linda's towels

Lynnette's scarf
 Small towels are fun.  They are great for experimenting with new designs and weave structures.  With a single warp you can try a dozen new ideas and still end up with a useful product.

The red scarf in tencil is a simple weave structure, a point twill, but the threading has been set up to create a double border that is repeated in the treadling.  This extra design detail creates something truly special.

detail of twill scarf

Ngaire's scarf
The second scarf also makes use of small diamond motifs in different sizes and groupings.  The dark weft against a painted warp adds complexity and drama.

The lovely shawl in natural shades of wool was woven on a rigid heddle loom proving that you don't need a lot of technology to make something beautiful.

The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners suspends meetings from June until September as many members are busy or away over the summer.  But, we are still very active especially this year with the ANWG conference.  If you plan on attending the ANWG conference in Victoria at the end of June look for our booth.

We will be at the Art in Action event in Qualicum Beach on July 22nd and if you visit the Qualicum Beach Museum this summer look for our spinning and weaving demonstration.  We will also be at Children's Day at the museum on August 19th and at the Lighthouse Fall Fair in Bowser.  More public events are planned for September.  Maybe we'll see you at one of these events.