The weather was terrible that morning but in spite of it, there were people knocking on the door before we had finished the display. Over the years our show has developed a good reputation that brings people back year after year. We create a relaxed atmosphere and encourage visitors to interact with our members. The demonstrations of spinning and weaving always draw a crowd. One visitor remarked that she liked to hear the story behind the piece she was buying. Others like to meet the maker of the items they have purchased. It helps to distinguish the items we make from mass produced items.
This year we had a multitude of scarves in different yarns and styles. There were bold patterned wool scarves designed for cold weather. Others were long and colourful with a youthful look in easy care cotton. Still others were sophisticated designs that would complement a plain top. Many were based on a painted warp, no doubt inspired by our painted warp workshops.
There was a similar variety of shawls and blankets to choose from.
Our silent auction table was popular. The items for the silent auction were either donated or created as part of a workshop or demonstration. Members were very generous donating items or their time to make items. The money raised from the auction goes towards guild activities and resources.
There were a number of tops for visitors to choose from. Garments with simple lines can be created on relatively narrow looms with a bit of ingenuity. It is amazing what you can create out of a rectangle. These are one of a kind items so you will never see your "twin" wearing the same outfit. Here are 3 different interpretations of a hand woven top.
These booties have been knitted and then felted. They are quite thick and will keep those feet warm on a cold winter day. If you needed more insulation we also had felted insoles, hats, bags and tea cozies.