Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Plans and Resolutions

sampler quilt

The cold dark days of January are a good time to consider what you would like to do with your craft this year.  If you are a planner you probably already have a tentative to do list.  Lists are great for helping you focus your efforts and it is true that items on the list are more likely to be accomplished.  The downside of course is that you might miss an opportunity to do something remarkable unless there is enough wiggle room in your plan to allow for the unexpected.

unsuccessful project
Likely you've made some resolution to use up that horrid pink yarn or finish that project that has lingered too long in the unfinished bin. Or better yet you've decided it is best to just dispose of the yarn or project.  It is ok to admit defeat now and then.  Your time and talent are probably better spent elsewhere.

hand spun disaster 

This year your focus might be to learn something new from an on-line source, a book or a class.  If you live in the Pacific North West you might want to check out the conference of the Association of North West Weaving Guilds.  There is a link to their site on the side bar.  The conference takes place at the end of June.  Registration opens January 17th.

 Our guild is busy working on items for our guild booth at the conference.  We have been spinning, weaving, felting and constructing.

felted sea creature for booth

Perhaps you would like to work on your skills or your approach to projects to improve the outcome. Would sampling before you begin a project improve the eventual outcome?  Take a look at the quilt photo.  What an imaginative way to use samples!  You can learn a lot from exhibits of related or even completely unrelated artistic pieces.

 The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners will reconvene on Monday January 23rd.  The meeting will be held at the Baptist Church on Beach Street in the town of Qualicum Beach at 10:30.  You are welcome to join us.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016

Miscanthus sinensis "little kitten"
We were blessed with a rare snowfall to set the holiday season.  Snow is ephemeral here on the west coast.  It creates havoc with our daily routine but is also an excuse for long walks, dinners by candle light and communal grumbling about the weather.
The snow turns ordinary landscapes into works of art.  A clump of grass becomes a pattern of lines and curves.
 Moments captured by the camera now can be the inspiration for a project later.  So forget shovelling the stuff and photograph it instead.

toque in hand spun wool

By now those Christmas presents and commissions should be finished and ready for wrapping.  And for those that did not make the deadline there is always that birthday or anniversary date that can be substituted for the Christmas deadline.  We artisans learn to be flexible.  You just can't rush creativity.
The Christmas craft fairs and studio tours have wound down.  Soon it will be time to take stock and think about products for the next season.  Meanwhile baking, eating and celebrating with friends and family is at the top of the to do list.
Linda's shawl
lace knitting
  Maybe you found a treasure at one of the local art events.  A lot of treasure's went off to new homes from our show, Elegant Threads.      

Simple top
woven bracelet
When you open your Christmas presents this year you might be lucky enough to find a hand crafted item.  There is a story in every hand crafted piece.   Consider the item carefully. Remember that the artisan made choices about the design, colour and materials with the purpose of expressing an idea.
rag rugs

We are taking a short break but regular meetings will start again January 23rd.

Have a great holiday season!