The Holiday Season officially kicked off with the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild annual Christmas luncheon. This year we enjoyed the company of some of our past members. It was great to catch up on what everyone has been doing and renew old friendships. The joy of the occasion embodied the spirit of giving and I'm sure the warmth will carry on as we entertain our friends and family over the next couple of weeks.
The tradition of gift giving is especially exciting for those of us who lovingly handcraft items for special people on our list. The anticipation of their reactions and the feeling of gratification when our hard work is acknowledged warms our hearts and inspires us to carry on. The spirit of giving carries on to those less fortunate and what better way to show we care than with a warm article of clothing created with our hands. The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners proudly support the "Out of the Rain" project in Victoria and send our good wishes to the recipients of our labours.
As December comes to an end we reflect on the events of the past year and look forward to a creative New Year.
We wish you good health, the warmth of companionship and a Happy New Year!
Enjoy some of our favourite show and tell items from our Guild members.
Terri Bibby, a SAORI weaving instructor from Salt Spring Island was the guest speaker at the Deep Cove Weavers & Spinners Guild meeting last Tuesday. The tables were filled with books, equipment and a colourful array of clothing.
Terri explained that SAORI is a contemporary hand weaving program founded by a Japanese lady, Misao Jo about 40 years ago. SAORI weaving was originally developed to be accessible to anyone, but especially those with disabilities. Now weavers of all kinds use the methods and tools to enhance their own weaving experience.
In SAORI the weavers try to follow 4 slogans, because to free oneself from the conventional way of weaving is sometimes very challenging.
1) Consider the difference between a machine and a human being. 2) Be bold and adventurous. 3) Let's look out through eyes that shine. 4) Inspire one another, and everyone in the group.
The DCWS had a great time modelling the various creations from Terri's collection and were appreciative of the beautiful cloth. Terri showed us how the garments were constructed and had us making paper patterns to demonstrate the simplicity of the designs. Those who wished had a turn at the weaving loom and learned a few simple weaving techniques. To learn more about SAORI weaving and Terri Bibby visit her website at: www.saorisaltspring.com
Here are a few pictures from our "SAORI Day" at the Guild.
October was a month full of events featuring art and handcrafted displays throughout the Saanich Peninsula. It was nice to see the Deep Cove Weavers and spinners showing off their talents at several of the venues.
Our Guild was priviledged to host Richard Ashford, from Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand. Richard gave a presentation to our members and guests from the Victoria Guild; Tzouhalem Weavers and Salt Spring Island. The audience was fully engaged as he demonstrated his techniques with the latest equipment. For more information on Ashford visit their website at: www.ashford.co.nz
We are well into Fall and our thoughts turn to handcrafted gifts for family and friends. A favourite amongst the Weavers is the tea towel. There are so many design and colour combinations that the possibilities are limitless.
Let your imagination go and enjoy the simple pleasures of your craft. What better way to embrace the beauty of this season.
Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners & Friends have kicked started the
“Art Scene” for the month with their display at the Sidney
exciting, amazing! From the moment you walk in the door and are
greeted with a 2’ tall felted blue heron; you know you’re in for
something different. Enter the exhibition room and you are
transported out of the Museum and into a colourful art gallery where
Licence : Cross Pollination
show comes to life. Try to figure out who inspired whom in this
interesting collaboration between artists. From starfish to
armadillos it is a must see show on the circuit for October.
our “Events & News” page to see what else is happening on the
Saanich Peninsula this month.
started off with a full day at the Saanich Fall Fair. The Deep Cove
Weavers and Spinners were engaged with the crowd through weaving
demonstrations, needle felting, wet felting and a very popular off
loom weaving project. Both adults and children enjoyed creating
their handcrafted Fish.
first meeting back at the Guild included a business meeting followed
by a vibrant show and tell.
were proudly showing off their prize-winning projects from the Fair
and a great array of articles completed over the summer.
wheels are still spinning outside the CACSP Art Gallery in Tulista
Park on Tuesday mornings; gathering attention from lots of tourists
and locals passing by. The DCWS Guild will be wrapping up the
“spinning in the park” on September 3rd.
DCWS have been busy in the community this summer. We were seen at
the Thursday Night Market in Sidney at a booth with our CACSP friends
and pets. It seems ‘Spike” was also interested in the wheel.
were pleased to be part of the scene at the North Saanich Farm Market
on August 3rd
and again as a “Flavour Trail” participant August 24th.
A very enjoyable morning was spent listening to the music in the
background as we demonstrated spinning, weaving and needle felting
techniques. This was a good warm up for the upcoming Saanich Fall
Fair, where we will be doing more of the same on Sunday September
of our members attended the activities at ‘Fibrations’. Weavers
use all sorts of fibres and produce interesting shapes.
out the “Events & News” page on this website to see what’s
happening in our Community and at the Guild. September 10th
is our first Fall Guild meeting where we are looking forward to a big
“Show & Tell” of Fall Fair entries and Summer Challenge
projects. This is also membership renewal day and a good opportunity
for those interested in the Guild to come and see what we are all
The DCWS Guild members
have been busy out and about in the Community this summer.
invited to the Deep Cove School’s 100thAnniversary the last week in June. It was fun to see the faces of
the children as they participated in demonstrations of Carding, Drop
Spindle, Spinning Wheel, Inkle Loom, Table Looms, Needle Felting and
making Rope. We were a tired group after repeating the demos to
several classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
Saturday July 20th
a few of our members could be seen at the Heritage Fair in Pioneer
Park. A nice sunny day brought lots of people out to see
demonstrations of the carder, drop spindle and spinning wheels.
Spinning with dog hair
is always a good conversation starter.
A ‘Spin Off ‘
group of the DCWS meets regularly outside the CACSP Art Gallery at
Tulista Park on Tuesdays (10-12). There are always people stopping
to see the wheels spinning and chat with our colourful group. Drop
by and see what we are up to. Don’t Spin? Bring your knitting and
join us for the morning.