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, 24 January 2019

Victoria Flax to Linen

Deep Cove Weavers & Spinners were pleased to have members of the Victoria Flax to Linen group give us a presentation on the history and process of using Flax to create cloth.
Brenda Nicholson and Raven Ranson brought tools of the trade and led us through the process of extracting the fibres from the flax plant and preparing them for spinning.  Once spun the fibre is referred to as linen and weaves into a light weight, cool fabric, that is very durable.  Linen is one of the oldest fabrics to be found in historical archives.
The Victoria Flax to Linen society was formed with a mind to share and preserve the traditional knowledge of growing flax, extracting the fibres and preparing them for spinning.

Tool to remove the seeds & corse bits from the plant
Tool to break up the flax into usable fibre

Hackler - tow linen left behind

Flax seeds and tow linen

Brenda and Raven
tow linen is made from bits left behind during the process
 the fine linen fibres for are called stricks

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Happy New Year - January 2019

The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild held their first meeting of 2019 today.  The room was full of chatter as members got caught up after the holiday break.  Stories were shared and show and tell was a lively affair.  A great meeting and a good start to 2019.

Handmade spindels 

Elizabeth showed off her favourite Christmas gift - spindles made from a special cherry tree.

Johanne's blanket made from re-purposed handspun fibres.  What once were jaunty mens boxer shorts (created for a show) is now a warm blanket.

Isabel demonstrating how to wear her creative knitting project

Elaine - Pretty in Pink Shawl - & tea towels 

Judy's turned taquete towels

Judy's Handspun

JoAnne's special bag & tea towels
Helen's shaker weave samplers

What will become of this lovely dog hair roving?