Our annual sale is on this weekend – handcrafted items by our members will be for sale and on display. There will be handspun, knitted, crocheted and woven items as well as many other one-of-a-kind articles!
Hello fibre friends,
We had a fun time at the Harvest Fair in September, there was a lot of interest in our sample items and our spinning demonstrations.
We will be holding a similar demonstration and display at the CRD Library on October 27th, 10-2pm, come along and check it out, details on our calender.
On the 26th of September we held our AGM. Barb was elected as president, Dot as vice-president, and Linda and Lesley remain as secretary and treasurer respectively. To our out-going president Vonny, we appreciate all the hard work and effort you have put into our group over the last few years, thank you!
Our annual Christmas sale is coming up soon, Saturday 3rd November at the Arts Centre. Linda and Vonny are busy finishing two large blankets which will be included in the sale. We have been working on these as a group project for a while, on the 100″ loom that requires two weavers.
In between all of that, the looms in the guild room have been busy, lots of blankets, rag rugs and tea towels have been produced. Members have been busy crafting at home too, with many scarves woven and socks, shawls and sweaters knitted. The next group project is to address the large stash of wool in the guild room, which we plan to knit up into toques and scarves for the giving tree later in the year.
See all the rest of our news in the September and October newsletters.
Calling all Weavers!
To create an article of clothing
from handwoven material
that requires sewing to complete it.
This garment is to be completed
by the May 2020
and will be shared with all during the Show and Tell of said Spin In.
Rise to the challenge!
There will be no prizes involved; just the challenge of completing a piece of clothing from scratch.
You are not allowed to simply rustle through your closet and extract something you made years ago. Such pieces would be welcome, however, as inspiration to the rest of us.
Our yearly garage sale was a wonderful success, lots of happy customers (and bellies full of bannock), thank you to everyone who helped out.
We have set a guild challenge (which we extend to anyone else who wishes to do it!) to expand our weaving horizons and encourage people to weave for clothing. Our challenge is to create an article of clothing from our handwoven material – it must require sewing, hand or machine. The piece is to be completed for Show and Tell at the 2020 Spin In. There will be no prizes involved; just the challenge of completing a piece of clothing from scratch.
The guild room has been busy, with lots of knitting and spinning and progress on the 100″ guild blanket. Rhonda and Alice have just finished up 6 or so tartan wool blankets on the 60″ loom, which Emily is now warping up for a wool/mohair blanket. Vonny has continued to wow us with her beautiful rigid heddle scarves, and a few of us are busy washing, carding, hand combing and spinning Icelandic fleeces.
We had a wind-up gathering of a brown-bag picnic in the park, complete with spinning wheels of course, and some of us will be spinning at the Garden Tour held this weekend.
Some recent work:
If you haven’t yet read the June newsletter it is available here.
Our two recent events were a great success. The intro to knitting and crochet was well attended and everyone went home with wool, needles (or crochet hook), a partially finished item, and lots of enthusiasm to keep at it. There were a lot of requests for a follow up class, so watch this space!
The Spin In was a wonderful day, thank you to all who attended and made the event so special. You can read up on it in our May newsletter, handwritten by Linda.
Come and learn the basic beginnings of knitting or crocheting.
Each participant will go away with yarn and needles or crochet hook to complete their first project.
Free entry, but a donation is encouraged.
Date: Saturday April 14th, 2018
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Our guild room, Cariboo Arts Centre, 90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2C6.
That wonderful time of year is once again on the horizon, time for our annual spin in.
Date: Saturday May 5 2018
Location: Mackinnon Hall under the United Church in Williams Lake
Time: Door open 9am, festivities beginning at 10am
Please register by April 27, 2018
As with every year, there will be door prizes, a raffle basket, show and tell, an in-session contest and lunch, as well as vendors.
This years People’s Choice Challenge is a skein of thick and thin yarn reminiscent of your first spinnings, with a knitted or crocheted swatch.
We will also be gratefully accepting donations of machine washable blankets, hats, scarves, mitts and socks to be donated to local charities.
Come and enjoy a whole day with kindred spirits. Visit with old friends and meet new ones.
If you have any questions, contact us.
$30 per person, $35 per commercial table.
Mail your registration (name, mailing address, phone number and email) together with payment, to:
Williams Lake Spinners and Weavers
90 Fourth Ave. N.
Williams Lake, BC