The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners are moving. After 25 years of hanging out in the loft of the Train Station at Qualicum Beach we are leaving. The town of Qualicum Beach has decided that we don't fit with their vision for the old Via Train Station. They intend to renovate the loft area and rent it out to a commercial enterprise.
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Having a permanent space allowed the guild members to build and share a set of resources including an extensive library, an inventory of common yarns and of course equipment. It was a tiny area with low ceilings and windows that didn't quite close but we made the most of it.
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Members now had access to floor looms that were too large for most homes.
A used Fanny loom was donated to the guild and became the workhorse for many guild projects. We will be retiring the Fanny loom when we leave the loft but she has many years of service and we hope she will find a good home. If you are interested contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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Projects became a means of integrating new members into the group and a way of sharing knowledge between experienced members and novices.
Over time as the guild grew the space became too small for regular meetings so we held our monthly meetings in the old church that shared the grounds known as Heritage Square. Study groups continued to meet at the loft.
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In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the train station with a "simulated" sheep to shawl. We even put on costumes for the event. This event brought us closer to our neighbour The Qualicum Beach Museum and eventually lead to the guild joining in other museum programs.
In spite of grumbling over the narrow stair case, bumped heads in the cupboards or the cold breeze from the windows the train station has been a great home. We will remember the times there fondly.
Where to now??? The town is anxious to start renovations in the train station so we will be moving out the last week in August. The town has found us space in the old elementary school now referred to as Qualicum Commons. The space is excellent but it will mean a significant change to how the guild operates. The town is helping us with rent for the first year but after that the guild will have to earn sufficient income to continue in that space. It will be a challenge that will stimulate new ideas.
More to follow on our new location.