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.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

One of a Kind

The holiday season is upon us and as we finish up our projects we all should pause and reflect on the happiness we bring to others.   Gifts made by hand are always one of a kind and show the true spirit of giving and appreciating our friends and family.  These gifts large or small express our individual creativity and contain a bit of us through our human touch.  What better way to show you care, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.  Happy, weaving, spinning, knitting, felting, hooking whatever your chosen fibre art may be .... here's to a creative new year!
Rosalie Christmas Balls / Eileen's Blankie

Elaine's Creation

Heidi's Scarves
Suz's Creations

Elaine's Scarves 
Judy's Handspun & Scarves

A favourite from Christmas Past
Anita's Tree

Friday, 17 November 2017

Happy Hooking at the Guild

Rug hooked in traditional method by Dianne
Rosalie Williams and Dianne Cross led the DCWS in a session on Locker Hooking.  The ladies showed us examples of traditional rug hooking, latch hooking and locker hooking.  Explained the  different techniques and utensils used in hooking and gave us an opportunity to get hands on with a project in locker hooking.  The title of their presentation was 'Happy Hooking' and it was apparent this activity does indeed promote happiness!
Rosalie explaining latch hooking
Dianne with locker hooked pillow she designed for her grandson
Rosalie explaining her locker hooking sample

Materials provided for our locker hooking projects were rovings or strips of fabric, which we hooked onto small squares of mesh.

Choosing materials
Tools for locker hooking- hooked rug by Avis

Locker Hooking technique

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

November 2017 Show & Tell

The DCWS display at the Sidney Museum was a great success and its hard to believe its been up for a month already.  The display came down October 31st and the Guild is already in planning mode for next years Exhibition.

We had a good turn out for the November 7th meeting.  After a general business meeting we held our monthly Show & Tell.  Our Programs Coordinator thanked everyone for adding information and explanations of techniques, materials used etc, making the Show & Tell informative as well as beautiful.
Jan K Towels & Inspiration
Johanne's Rag Rugs from hand spun cotton
& beautiful woven silk scarf
Anita's Towels

Trudy's tea towels - organic cotton
Lynda's beautiful yardage
Elaine's new woven coat and matching scarves
Jan Ball's Towels

Rosalie - felted balls, handspun yarn & bright tie pillow
Carol D was into the Indigo Dye Pot

Judy's sweater knit from her HandSpun yarn

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