Friday, November 13, 2015

You are invited to.....

You are invited to Elegant Threads, our annual show and sale.  

The members of the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners guild will be holding their annual show and sale from Friday November 27th to Sunday November 29th.  Members have been working all year to produce one of a kind items including hand spun yarns, household linens, clothing and accessories.

felted animals
You may also find some whimsical items that are just for fun.  There will be loads of potential Christmas presents just waiting to be found.  

We will be having demonstrations of weaving and spinning so if you have ever wondered about "slow" yarn, "slow" cloth or "slow" cloth made from "slow" yarn come and see how it is done.
double weave on a painted warp

 Be aware that we love to talk about our craft and are more than willing to explain the how and even the why of the items that we made.  Often it is the story behind a piece that gives it a certain value you can't find in mass manufacturing.  We work to create a relaxed atmosphere that encourages people to stop and chat.  We hope you will stop by, have a cup of cider and enjoy the show.  

Where is all the fun happening?

Our sale takes place at Rotary House in down town Qualicum Beach. 

Rotary House is located at 211 Fern Road west at the corner of Beach and Fern.  It is about half way between The Old School House Art Gallery  and the Civic Centre.

There will be a Winter Art Walk with locations throughout Qualicum Beach so wear your walking shoes and plan to spend the day.  Check the Old School House Art Galley for details.

The hours for the sale are as follows

Friday, November 27, 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday, November 28, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 29, 10 am to 3 pm.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Colours

There is something about the fall that seems to stimulate the creative soul.  I think it is the changing colours in the landscape.  The blaze of colour is short lived and just begs to be captured through some creative effort.  Inspiring colour schemes are everywhere and they change daily.  Brilliant yellows soften and reds turn to orange then rich browns.  Purples creep into green shrubs and here on Vancouver Island the moss creates bright green patches throughout the "lawn".

Some of the items that guild members brought to our monthly meeting reflect the fall colours.
Linda's pile rug

Myrtle's ruanna
Orange pumpkins are everywhere in anticipation of Halloween which may have been the inspiration for this pile rug.
The ruanna of mixed fibres brings to mind chestnuts and deep orange/brown hues.  It has tucks at the shoulders

Several of the scarves used purple and darker blue yarns or a mix of both.  The lace-like scarf was knitted from a luxurious yarn and is light as a feather.  The scarf with a blend of colours has a subtle curving pattern that runs lengthwise while striped scarf is made of different textured threads.

detail Sheila's scarf

Lynnette's advancing twill scarf

Sylvia's scarf of hand dyed yarns

In our area lichens are very common and as leaves drop they become visible in the trees.  This puffy scarf reminds me of an old maple tree with pale green and grey lichens.
differential shrinkage scarf
Everyone's pallet is not dominated by fall and that is a good thing.
pin loom shawl
This shawl was pieced together from squares woven on a pin loom.  Two different yarns were used to create a central motif.

Two of the items demonstrate surface effects that we can generate with a little ingenuity and dye (whether natural or synthetic).  The silk square was printed with leaves using indigo while the curved flower motif was created by dyeing the handwoven yardage after a resist had been applied.
resist dyed shawl
printing with natural items

Our guild has some expert spinners as illustrated by the skein of hand spun natural linen.  

Maggie's hand spun linen

At our monthly guild meeting we were treated to a lecture on Mexican textiles.  While the cloth is still hand woven on back strap looms the use of synthetic threads and automated sewing machines has changed the look of the traditional clothing.  In spite of that, the colour mixes are characteristically bold and the colours themselves bright compared to our more subdued work.