Over the summer we attended a number of local events. The first of these was the Art in Action display in Qualicum Beach. This is an annual event organized by The Old School House Gallery. It showcases the wide variety of local painters and artisans that practice in our area.
Next we set up our tents at the 100th Anniversary Celebration for the Train Station that we call home. There is a photo of the train station beside this post. Our guild occupies the second floor of the train station. It houses our studio and resource centre. We also use the space for small meetings and working groups. The first floor is an electronic arts media centre.
As usual we attracted a group of very young weavers who tried their hand at working our demonstration loom. The little two harness Leclerc loom is great for demonstrations as it is very simple to operate and easily demonstrates the principles of weaving. It seems to be a magnet for little boys. The little weavers were so enthusiastic they finished off the warp.
There are a small number of fall fairs in our area that still have judged exhibits including weaving and spinning categories. Some of our members have earned ribbons this year and hopefully more will be encouraged to enter these competitions and keep the weaving/spinning categories alive. Congratulations to Mabel and David. (The pumpkin was not entered in the weaving category It was just a lovely picture that might inspire a weaving.)
Our exhibit included demonstrations and a range of item including felted puppets, baskets, tapestry, hand spun yarn and finished woven goods.
We had an impressive display of scarves. It is interesting to see all the different interpretations of a simple item like a scarf. The photo shows a small selection of the scarves that were on display. Some are made of silk, others are cotton or wool, a rayon yarn or synthetic. Some are long and narrow and meant to be wrapped around the neck while others are wide and flat, meant to be tucked inside a coat. Some are as decorative as any jewel while others are practical protection from the cold.
Once again our little demonstration loom was in action. A number of potential new weavers "made cloth". Lucky for us the loom is simple to warp.
This time we have a brother and sister team trying their hand at being weavers.
Audrie demonstrated tapestry techniques using her copper pipe tapestry loom and managed to concentrate at the same time.