Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild’s Annual Fibres Plus Sale, November 2014

Set-up before our two day Annual Fibres Plus Sale is a busy time as we prepare to sell our exquisite juried creations, demonstrate our skills to the public and share with our Sechelt First Nations friends.  Here, early Friday morning, Barbie and Jan collaborate on how to hang a fuzzy toque on the new hat stands.

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There is a flurry of activity as guild members arrange and rearrange beautiful woven and hand-spun treasures.  Roberta and Heather are creating a corner of locally dyed clothing, paper, fleece and many other goodies.

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Seaside Centre in Sechelt is our home for Friday and Saturday as we all scurry to get ready for the public.  It takes five hours before we are ready for the doors to open to the community at 4:00 PM,

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Muriel fills the gift bags with gorgeous handmade surprises.  These will be door prizes drawn at 15 minute intervals throughout the sale for lucky donors at the door.

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Displays are finally ready!  Here we have the “Dyers Garden” treasures with items dyed from local plants and mushrooms.

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The Fibreshed display promotes local breeders, local dyes and local fibre artists and artisans.  Our long term goal is to be wearing locally produced clothing – a sustainable lifestyle.

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The creations are soft, luxurious and colourful.

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They demonstrate a very high level of skill and creativity.

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So many textures and stunning combinations of colour!

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Demonstrations occur throughout the venue.  Shirley shows us how to spin on her portable Majacraft wheel.

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Doreen is weaving a scarf on her tiny loom.

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Lucy is attracting interest with her traditional Salish weaving.

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Erin and Kayla are giving lessons in finger weaving.

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Yvonne of FibreWorks Studio and Gallery in Madeira Park has a captivating audience while she spins her gorgeous hand dyed alpaca and models her exquisite hand spun, hand dyed shawl.

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Debbie is discussing drum carding and hand carding with curious visitors.

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We also have some charming models wearing some wonderful, fashionable and delightful pieces – hand made, hand spun, hand woven, many hand dyed and many items from local sheep and alpaca.  We are being gentle on our fragile environment.

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Darla, one of our guest artists, beautifully complements the textiles with her exquisite jewellery. She models Pam’s handspun wrap.

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Albert is our woodworker guest artist with a wonderful array of products all beautifully crafted from his home in West Sechelt.

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It was a warm, fulfilling couple of days.  All of us at the Spinners and Weavers Guild wish to extend heartfelt gratitude for your support and generosity.

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Merrily Corder

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