Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

The goal of our Guild is to promote Fibre Arts through sharing knowledge with each other and encouraging interest in our crafts throughout the community.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Happy Holidays from DCWS

Making  Finnish "Himmeli" Straw Ornaments

December is here and the 'Holiday' celebrations are just beginning... the Guild is getting in the spirit.

Hand Knit "Advent" Tree & Ornaments

Its a special time of year for those of us who choose to give made with love items to our friends and family.  Our November and December Guild 'Show & Tell' days gave us an opportunity show off creations and be inspired by the work of our members.  We wish you the 'Best of the Season.'
Regular Guild meetings resume January 10th, 2017.

A re-found creation from Christmas Past
Holiday Table Runner
Festive Wrist Warmers by Isabel
Handknit Woolies

Warm Winter Hat
Beautiful Pillows

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Simply Mad About Socks

 It seems the DCWS members are pre-occupied with knitting socks.  You can see the regulars quietly knitting away during most of our meetings.  Last Tuesday Helen Thomas hosted a program about hand knitted socks.  She gave a very interesting account of her introduction to sock making.  As a school girl, she was part of the war time sock making effort.  Apparently the sock making 'bug' stuck as she is still knitting away on socks.  Other members spoke of their experiences with sock knitting and  shared their favourite patterns and some interesting  techniques.  

Helen and her Sock tale
Socks can be Colourful

Socks can be Complicated
Socks can be Playful

Made with Love and worn with Pride

Today at the DCWS Guild the hand knit socks were Beautiful!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Bountiful, Blustery, October

The DCWS Guild embraced the beginning of the Fall season with 'gusto'.  We welcomed several new members to our Guild, shared a vibrant show & tell and learned from three excellent presentations.
Our Exhibition 'Fun with Fibre' at the Sidney Museum has been a great success.  Visitors enjoyed a trip into the past with the "Quarter Century Club" display; saw exquisite handspun knitted items; a variety of weaving and delightful felted characters.   'Fun with Fibre' is running until October 31st.... you still have a few days left to drop in and see the exhibition before we take it down.

The first meeting of October included visitors from the Salt Spring Island Guild; a vibrant show & tell and a trip to the Museum to view our exhibition, followed by a group luncheon.

October 11th, Anita Salmon shared what she learned from an Eco Print dyeing course at Maiwa in Vancouver.

October 18th, Jean Betts gave a presentation on her recent trip to Japan and brought along her hand sewn "Hanten" (a Japanese workers jacket).  You can follow Jean on her blog at:

October 25th, we were delighted to have Catherine Mick, the "Rag Lady" join us with a trunk show of her many creations.

Its been a busy month at the Guild and our imaginations are awash with ideas from these amazing people.  We've hardly had time to notice the "blustery" weather outside.

Some photos of our "colourful, active" month of October:

October 4th - Show & Tell..

Anita's Towels
Detailed View

"Turkey Platter" Towels by Jan K
Elaine's Handspun/Handwoven Skirt

Eileen's Wool Rug

Anita Salmon's presentation on Eco Print Dyeing:

Fresh out of the Dye Pot

Jean Betts ....a visit to Japan

Catherine Mick the "Rag Lady"

Catherine's coat reconstructed from 'Kilt' fabric

Detailed view of Catherine's coat

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Fun with Fibre at the Sidney Museum

A real Handwoven Hammock!
The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild is pleased to announce our exhibition at the Gallery in the Sidney Museum is now up and looking spectacular.  We invite you to drop by the Museum during the month of October - hours 10 - 4:00 to view our collection of works.  The theme of the exhibition is to show how we celebrate and have fun with our fibre creations.


Interesting Characters
Fun Creations
Beautiful Cloth

Special Occasions

Quarter Century Club ... creations from members who have been with the Guild for 25 years or more

This is just a sampling of what is now on display at the Sidney Museum.   

Friday, 16 September 2016

DCWS ... Summers Over

Welcome back to DCWS Guild members attending our regular Tuesday morning meetings at the Shoal Centre in Sidney.  Dues are being collected at the meetings throughout the month of Sept. and the 2016-17 membership list will be created early October.  We had a good turnout for our first back to business meeting last Tuesday.
Highlights of the meeting were creations from the summer challenge "Celebrating with Fibre" and our 'Show & Tell' which featured may prize winning items from the Saanich Fall Fair.  Some of these items will be featured in our upcoming Exhibition "Fun with Fibre", which will be on display at the Sidney Museum the entire month of October.

Summer Challenge
Hand Spun Handknit Sweater

Antique Pattern Gloves by Helen & Johanne

Knitted Eggs from the Fall Fair Display

Jan K using up the sock yarn stash

Apron and Heirloom Shawl

Show & Tell is always inspiring:

Sandra and her summer scarf project

JoAnne's beautiful sweater

Jo Anne's Felted Slippers

Jan B's Handwoven Ruffled Scarf

Beautiful Skeins of Handspun Yarn

Judy's Shawl

Judy's Rag Rug

Anita's Baby Blanket