Harvest Festival

The Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society invited the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild to participate in their September 1 Harvest Festival which celebrated the last days of summer.  The Guild welcomed this opportunity to share their traditional skills of weaving, spinning and dyeing with natural materials.

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One of our members built and warped a loom between two trees.

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Garden and Guild members brought a wonderful diversity of plant materials to use for weaving.

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All day visitors and Guild members added their contributions to the weaving.

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The final masterpiece.

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The Guild’s spinners were well represented with everything from traditional drop spindles to the latest model of battery/electricity driven spinning wheels.

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There was great interest among some children and maybe some future spinners!

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There’s a growing interest in dyeing with natural materials as an environmentally safe alternative to chemical dyes.  The Guild had a display of plant materials for dyeing and naturally dyed fibres and fabrics.

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There was also the opportunity for visitors to try out colouring fabric with plant materials by pounding flowers and leaves into the fabric.  It was a great hit particularly with the younger visitors.

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It was a wonderful day of sharing traditional skills that are environmentally sustainable and can enrich our lives.

Heather Apple    http://rubyslipperscreations.typepad.com/ruby-slippers/
Photos by Heather Apple and Deanna Pilling

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