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.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Celebrate with Fibre

The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners  

Celebrate with Fibre

     Now showing at the Sidney Museum 2423 Beacon Ave. Sidney, BC
                                       From October 2 - 30th  - Open Daily 10am - 4pm

From the moment you enter and see the Giant Walking Wheel, you will know you are in our world of Fibre creations.   

Display set up by Lynda Cavens

Main Gallery Displays

The Blanket Box

Display set up by Sandra Jaycox / Trudy Exton

Impressions of Canada

Display set up by Elizabeth Dillon 

 Rags to Rugs

Display set up by Jan Ball

Instead of Plastic
Display set up by Johanne Byskov
 Sidney by the Sea - 50 years

Display set up by Elaine Drader

Giant Fibre Cake (around the corner from the Main Gallery)

Cake & Display set up by JoAnne Lemieux

Carry on through the museum to the Gem Theatre to view short videos - 
                          Blue Alchemy - stories of Indigo
                          Lost Colour - story of natural dyes

We hope you take the time to come  'Celebrate with Fibre' and visit the rest of the Museum full of history and interesting artifacts.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Summers Over ... Back to Guild

The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild is back to regular meetings, Tuesday mornings at the Shoal Centre.   We enjoyed a long hot summer on the Saanich Peninsula and now its Fall.  Its time to finalize our plans for our show 'Celebrate with Fibre' at the Sidney Museum in October.  This coming Tuesday (19th) we are making felted flowers to adorn the 'Fibre Cake' to be on display at the Museum.

Here are some photos from last Tuesday's meeting .... the first 'Show & Tell' of the year.

Dave & Avis
Spectacular Rug - Dave

Avis - socks for Dave?
Tea Towel Time for JoAnne

Gossamer Fabric - Elaine

Judy - Behind a Fall Fair Ribbon Winner

JoAnne's Sweater

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Summer Spinning at Tulista

Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners are on summer break.  Our regular meetings begin again on Tuesday, September 12th at the Shoal Centre.  A reminder that annual membership ($65) is due at that time.  Anyone interested in our Guild can drop by a meeting free of charge to meet the group and check things out prior to joining.

Some of our members have started a tradition of 'Spinning / Meeting' outside the ArtSea Gallery at Tulista Park, in Sidney on Tuesday mornings from 10-noon.

We welcome you to drop by and say hello.

During the Saanich Fair,  September 2, 3, & 4th see the Needlework display and visit the group demonstrating our crafts outside under the big tent at the back of the building.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

ANWG 2017

A big thank you to the organizers of the ANWG 2017 conference in Victoria BC.  The planning and hard work certainly was evident as a first class conference was put on for over 500 delegates.
Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild took on the task of organizing the tea-towel exchange.  It was a great job to have as we not only got to see and touch all the entries, but most importantly meet some of the talented delegates.

Participation was great, we exchanged about 140 tea towels.  All as different as the people who created them.   
We also had time to attend great workshops, visit the colourful Market Hall to shop from an array of vendors and admire the Guild booths.  Saturday evening we attended the most amazing 'Fashion Show', enjoying the creations of the many talented delegates.  Sunday evening was a time for socializing at the banquet and attending the key-note address by Charlotte Kwan of the Maiwa Foundation.
We are definitely looking forward to the ANWG 2019 conference being held in Prince George BC.    Hope to see some of you there ...... Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Getting Ready for ANWG & Summer Break

The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild held their last business meeting for the calendar year on Tuesday, June 6th.   Regular meetings will resume on Tuesday,  September 12th at the Shoal Centre.

Our President Judy Moores, thanked members and executive for their support over the past year and she is looking forward to another year as President.  Judy noted the Guild has completed its 47th year since being founded by the Deep Cove Weavers Group.  A great accomplishment and we thank those original and past members who continue to support the Guild.

DCWS Executive for 2017 -2018
President - Judy Moores
Vice President - Vacant
Past President - Elaine Drader
Treasurer - Alix Day
Secretary - Patty Wilson
Programs - Rosalie Williams
Membership - JoAnne Lemieux
Library - Cathy Schuetze
Website/Communications - Jan Ball

We are looking forward to another year of friendship, learning, and enjoying our chosen craft.
Over the summer we hold a 'social circle' (spinning, knitting,visiting) outside at the Community Art Gallery in Tulista Park in Sidney.   Tuesday mornings, starting June 20th 10 - noon - please join us.

Many of our Guild members are involved in the ANWG Conference being held at UVIC  on June 30 - July 2nd.  Public are welcome to drop by and visit the vendors and view the Guild booths.  Details can be found on the ANWG website:

Photos from June 'Show & Tell'

Judy's Tea Towels

Jan K - 'What if" study in stripes

Anita's Baby Wrap

Rosalie's wool rug

Elaine's Blue Baby Blankie

Eileen's Tea Towels

Triple Ply  - JoAnne

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Protecting Your Stash

Jane Hutchings came to our Guild meeting last Tuesday to talk about 'Protecting Your Stash' from insect infestations.

Great information .... so I've taken some notes for those of you who were unable to attend the Guild meeting.

Notes from Jane Hutchings presentation to DCWS Guild May 30, 2017

Protecting your Stash

Jane’s talk was about protecting your stash from insect infestations.
Three types of pests common to our coastal climate.

1.    Carpet Beatles
Small dark beatles with hard shells.  Stages; eggs, larvae, pupae, adults.
        Adults will search for light … check your windowsills in February or March
Live under carpets, attracted to wool/jute underlays.  Attracted to wool.
Check for grit in odd spaces, poppy seed like eggs or excretment.
        Larvae are carrot shaped with clumps of fibre like debris on tails.
Check under carpets, wall hangings, anywhere there is wool.

2.     Moths
Once you spot moths in your house you already have a problem.  
One moth can eat up to 65 sweaters in 1 season.
Attracted to wool (especially soiled with food or brand new wool), leather, feathers
fur and silk.
Check you stash and woollen clothes / sweaters in closets for eggs 
(check in seams of wool suits)

3.     Silverfish
Attracted to paper & cellulose fibres (cotton, bamboo) & starches.

Prevention is the best route to follow as once you get an infestation it is difficult to completely get rid of.

  1. Check your stash systematically once a year.  Routinely rotate fibres (bring yarns at the back area to front)  Examine all stash for signs of insects.
  2. Vacuum shelves and storage containers.  Empty the vacuum canister immediately after.
  3. Practice ‘safe stash’ acquisition.   i.e.  avoid bargains at thrift stores; carefully check gifts from garage or estate sales.
  4. Before adding new yarn to stash, check carefully, if in doubt use the freezer method to kill any critters.
  5. Bag your stash.  Use a pillowcase; then double bag thus preventing the plastic to be next to the yarn and avoid moisture build up.  (This applies to fleece as well).
  6. Vacuum new skeins, ‘snap’ over a white sheet of paper.  Isolate and bag new purchases.

To rid yarn of insects …. bag yarn…  remove air to prevent moisture build up, bring to room temperature then place in freezer for 3 - 4 days depending on size of stash.  Small packages will freeze more rapidly.  Remove from freezer, warm up 3- 4 days and return to the freezer for an additional 3-4 days.  The second freezer treatment will kill any eggs that may have survived the initial ‘shock’ treatment.  Initial freezing treatment will kill up to 90% of eggs (thus a 2nd treatment is recommended).

To get rid of adult moths you can purchase yellow sticky traps from Lee Valley or Home Hardware.  Add a dusting of bone meal and place near windows or entry points of your home.  The moths are already in your home and trying to get out … going towards a light source.  You still have to find where their eggs are and use the freezer method for fibre.  Dry cleaning wool clothes & sweaters will also kill the eggs. Check out Woolite dry cleaning dyer sheets for a ‘do-it-yourself’ treatment.

Cedar chests or chips really don't work.  The chests just contain the stash, they don't protect it from insects already in the yarn.  Similarly scented lavender or other herbs aren’t really reliable deterrents.
Don’t use Moth Balls!!


Isolate new acquisitions
Monitor your stash
Rotate your stash regularly and thoroughly  vacuum storage areas

Bag all yarns

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Alpaca Love

DCWS members had an outing today to visit Balliwick Farms and meet  Tracy Brennan's Alpacas. Tracy rescues Alpaca and the herd had grown to 15.  She sells fleece and yarn through her business Inca Dinca Do.

After a briefing on behaviours of the animals and some shared experiences we were off to have a close up look at the Alpaca. 


Tracy introduced us to Jelly Bean, the new Ilama she has acquired to protect the herd.  Jelly Bean is 8 months old and slightly larger than the Alpaca; he will grow to be much larger and weight around 400lbs.

Jelly Bean and Kokopeli were led out to walk about the farm with our group.
Sandra bonding with Kokopeli

JellyBean stuck close to Tracy
While we wandered through the Kiwi and Walnut trees Tracy shared her experiences with raising  Alpacas.  One could tell she has an understanding and deep connection with these amazing animals.

Tullulah the Irish Wolfhound
After our walkabout the rest of the herd was set free to join us.  Johanne found sitting quietly away from our group the Alpacas became curious and ventured closer.  We can all appreciate the fleece and yarn a bit more after our up close and personal visit with the Alpacas.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Welcome Spring

May is here and we are enjoying somewhat sporadic days of sunshine and beautiful Spring gardens on the Saanich Peninsula.  Everyone is patiently waiting for the warmer weather.  In the meantime some of the Fibre addicts have been busy creating as noted at the Guild's show & tell today.  Note: Our next meeting at the Shoal Centre is May 23rd.  View the 'Events Page' for update on our next two weeks.

Enjoy the Spring Show & Tell
Heidi's Towels and Spring Green knit top

Elaine's rep weave runner... Lovely Spring Colours
Johanne's mats made with fresh willow branches
Sandra's Cotton Huck Lace Scarf
Helen's cocky little roster

JoAnne is addicted to knitting shawls   ......  3 new lovelies to add to the collection

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Rare Sheep Breeds Presentation

 The DCWS were pleased to have Mary Paddon and Cheryl Huseby give a presentation on Rare Sheep Breeds to our Guild members.  Mary brought along her 'well marinated' stash and was able to show us examples of fleece, rovings and spun yarns from various breeds of rare short-tailed sheep.
We had a mini history lesson on the origins of several rare breeds including:  North Ronaldsay; Manx Loaghten; Heberdian; Icelandic; Gotlands; and Shetland.

Cheryl touched on some on the English long wool breeds, which produce a stronger, and sometimes courser fleece.  These include Blue-Faced Leicester; Cortswold; Romney; Wensleydale and Lincoln long wool.

Both Mary and Cheryl support the conservation of Rare Breeds of sheep.  We are fortunate to have local breeders producing fleece from some of these rare breeds. They encouraged the spinners in our group to purchase fleeces to keep this endeavour viable for local breeders.

During the presentation books were passed around showing pictures of the various sheep. We were delighted to be able to see and feel the actual fleece from some of these rare breeds.  Such a variety of natural colours.

North Ronaldsay
Gotlands (spun shows lustre)

Heberdian (Black Fleece Only)
Manx Loaghten (Mousey Brown)

Icelandic (Good variety of colours)
Here comes the Shetland

Pure white after washing 

Long Wools
JoAnne has a love affair with BlueFaced Leicester


Romney for sale