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, 16 September 2018

It's All About Colour

Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners are pleased to present another creative exhibition at the Sidney Museum.  Sept. 17 - Oct 14.  2423 Beacon Ave., Sidney, BC  This is an annual event and community outreach program for our Guild and has been ongoing since the 1990s.

This year's  theme:     'It's All About Colour'  

The front entrance holds an informative display about dyeing fibres.


The main gallery has a showcase set up as a 'Weaver's Studio'




Also in the main gallery are cases displaying the colours of the Four Seasons





In addition to our displays the Weaving Wagon from ArtSea will be in the front reception area.  Try your hand at some 'inspirational' simple weaving.  

We invite you to come by and see 'It's All About Colour'.




Monday, 10 September 2018

DCWS Meetings resume



Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild resume regular meetings at the Shoal Centre in Sidney
on Tuesday, September 11th.    
There will be a Show & Tell of summer projects and items from the Fall Fair.     
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A great turn out for our first meeting back from summer.
Good to see friends old and new at the Guild
JoAnne's with ribbons for spinning
Saanich Fair Bounty

Jo Anne's collection

Jan Ball's award winners

Judy with her Fall Fair entries

Summer Projects


Helen handspun/knit mitts from a summer challenge
Judy wove lots of tea towels this summer
Cathy with handspun/knit shawl


Suz with her Saori inspired scarf



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Summer Spinning at ArtSea Gallery

Summer Spining.... you can find a group of the DCWS ladies enjoying the sunshine and spinning outside of ARTSEA Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney BC.   Drive on down or take the beautiful seaside walk from Sidney to Tulista Park.  Stop by and say hello to the spinners, then take a look at whats on display in the Gallery.   We will be there every Tuesday morning from 10 - noon until our regular Guild meetings start up again in September.





Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Elections and Year End Show & Tell

The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild held elections at our final meeting of the year.  The following members were elected to form the Executive for 2018-19

President: Anita Salmon
Past President:  Judy Moores
Vice President:  VACANT
Treasurer:  Alix Lines
Secretary:  Elizabeth Dillon
Programs:  Cathy Schuetze
Librarian:  Lynda Cavens
Membership:  JoAnne Lemieux and Suz Labreche
Website / Communications: Jan Ball

Thank you to all our outgoing Executive -  Elaine Drader, Rosalie Williams, Patty Wilson

The year end show & tell was its usual delight of colourful articles and interesting tales.
Judy's Bambo scarves & Anita's towel

Judy's colourful assortment for Show & Tell



Anita getting a head start on Christmas towels
Helen's rag weaving





Jan & Anita's scarfs from the 'B&W with touch of Red' challenge



Lynda experimenting with Asymetrical design & setts








Wednesday, 2 May 2018

May Meeting & the Weaving Wagon



The DCWS Guild had their May executive/general business meeting followed by a great 'Show & Tell'.    We are holding elections for Executive positions for 2018/19 at our June 5th meeting.   There are still a couple of positions open if you would like to become a member of the team and help shape the coming year.

Diane Thorpe was in attendance to talk about the 'Weaving Wagon' a new initiative from the Community Arts Council.  The 'WW' will be housed at the ARTSEA Gallery at Tulista Park.  Its purpose is to engage the public in a hands on experience, while attending the gallery.  What better experience than the therapeutic craft of weaving!  
The Weaving Wagon
May 1st  Guild Show & Tell




Having a look at the bounty
Linen Cram & Dent - Jan B
Cathy's been spinning Alpaca




Judy's Scarves


Helen's -  Paper Spun with Cotton
Anita used dye from the mushroom dyeing workshop for this project.
Anita's Towels


JoAnne with a purse from her travels





Front View Jan B's Shawl
Drama at the back

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Mushroom Dyeing with Anne Harmer

DCWS Guild members were treated to a presentation by Anne Harmer, an experienced 'mushroom dyer'.  We learned that shortly after moving to the Sunshine Coast  (about 10 years ago), Anne became interested in what she could do with local mushrooms.  She has attended several symposiums with the International Fungi & Fibre Association.   In 2016 Anne and her Guild friends hosted the symposium in the West Coast rainforest, bringing an international flair to their home town.   Anne has certainly earned her local nickname 'Mushroom Annie'.
She shared stories of foraging for mushrooms in various countries and opened up a whole new world to those of us listening to her presentation.
Several lucky guild members and guests spent the afternoon at a hands on 'shroom' dyeing workshop with Anne.  For more information on Anne and her quest for perfect dyeing mushrooms visit her at her blog;  shroomworks.com.
Anne passionate about the purple colour
Anne's creation for the symposium















Fish Skins dyed with mushrooms


Mushroom paper shoes


At the 'shroom dyeing' workshop








Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Middle East Textiles - April Show & Tell

Angela Pilski brought a collection of textiles from the Middle East to our Guild.  We were delighted to hear stories of her experiences while working in this part of the world.  Angela explained various customs and dress codes for women.  It was great to be able to feel the textures and examine the weave structures of her colourful collection.

 A sampling of the colourful Middle East Textiles



April Show & Tell at the Guild
Judy's Blue Bamboo Scarves
Anita's Bunnies & Tea Towels

Alix's Wraps
Alix working magic with her handspun