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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ANWG Guild Booth

some of the project participants
The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners will be decorating a guild booth at the ANWG conference in Victoria next month.  This project has been embraced enthusiastically by a large number of guild members.  The theme for the booth is West Coast Wild.

Members have been planning, crafting, constructing or scrounging items for the booth for several months now.  


tree in progress
our theme



A group of volunteers  have been weaving boas and tea towels that will incorporated into the booth while others have been busy needle felting creatures and rocks

can't see the forest for the trees
The project has brought together members with many different interests and will truly be a composite of many different fibre art techniques.  It has also spawned several mini projects that are easy enough for beginners to complete.  It has been a great opportunity for introducing some of our newer members to the group.


rocks
some sea creatures
You may have guessed from the photos that there is a seaside aspect to the theme but how will the birds in a basket fit into the scene?  You will just have to check our booth at ANWG to find out.



birds in a bush

The project has resulted in some seashore inspired weaving including the twill tea towel in natural colours that is waiting to be cut off the loom.  It is reminiscent of ripples in the sand.  The piece in the photo to the right is based on the colours of the water and the tide line with shells and sea weed.


seashore inspired piece

more pieces for the booth











We hope you will come and see our booth at the ANWG conference in Victoria.