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Gabriola Island Spinners and Weavers Guild CHECK IT OUT!   Spinners and weavers will be selling their wonderful creations at the ONCE UPON A TIME , art extravanza, Saturday, July 9th , from 10am. to 4pm.   Located  at 539 Wildwood Cres. , Gabriola Island . B.C.

A magical art garden tour featuring fabulous artists.  Visit the teahouse, enjoy the mucsicians.  Loads of fun for the family!

 

Our spinners' and Weavers" Guild first met in the fall of 1981.  We soon consisted of eighteen members with an average of fifteen women meeting twice a month in our homes.  Some members belonged to the Mid-Island Spinners' and Weavers' Guild and they shared their knowledge with any beginners.

In the Spring of 1984, we planned a wall hanging for the opening of the new Community Hall.  We dyed local fleece in a rainbow of colors, spun at a marathon pace and then broke into groups to weave the four panels that would make up the hanging.  After assembling the weaving with scaffolding and lots of help, we felt proud and excited at the unveiling during the opening ceremony of the hall.  With this one project, we had melded our inspirations and strengths.

By January of 1986, we still met bi-weekly but we alternated between our homes and the community hall.    By now we had elected officers and we had decided to form a guild.  In May, 1987, our group became a registered guild.

Since then we have spun the wool from Jacqui Sears sheep and wove a tapestry of the museum logo for the opening of the museum, it is currently hanging in the museum.

We erected a 11 foot tapestry loom in the Medical Centre and wove a community tapestry of the folk life village. Thanks to Verna Gregson who made room for us to do the weaving in her waiting room.  This tapestry was designed and woven for the opening of our library where it currently hangs.

Besides Spinning and weaving, our members explore new horizons with all fibers including working with felting, silk fusion, surface design and dying all fibers to name just a few.  Our intent is to encourage, educate, and learn as much as possible.

We also belong to the Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds. Every two years we have created large group projects and set them up with the Guild booths at their conference and have won awards for our efforts.  Last year, we won First Prize for the most creative design.  Members created a seascape of woven and felted panels that delighted onlookers of all ages.  See photo Gallery.

This year we are working on another booth that promises to enthrall all visitors to our booth. We hope to display our work during the summer and fall fairs.  We can entice you by saying the Dragon Lady will be there so come prepared to see an extravaganza extraordinaire!  We will announce the dates and locations on this website as soon as we confirm our booth allotment.

Anyone who is interested in joining our group or just coming to our meeting to see what we’re up to can contact our President Luanne McCollum  at 250-247-8873.  Or you are welcome to come to the Hall meeting and check us out.  Our May meeting is on the 9th due to the elections being held in our usual space.

We meet the first Monday of each month at 9:30 am downstairs at the Community Hall.

  




Spinners & Weavers
Spinners & Weavers