Yesterday I attended the Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild Annual Show and Sale. This event stands out for several reasons. First, the venue is spectacular! The Whonnock Lake Centre is located in Whonnock Lake Park, and the room has lovely big windows that look out over the lake and let in the sunshine to brighten up the room with natural light. Although not a super huge room, the items for display and sale are laid out on tables of varying height, with enough room to walk around in between, and get a good look at everything. In addition to the weavers and spinners, the guild invites other craft artists in woodworking, pottery, jewellery and glass making, so there really is something for everybody. As the goods are snapped up the guild volunteers rearrange the items on the tables so the second walk around I see things I missed the first time. The guild also offers tea and cookies and a place to sit and chat with friends. I came away with a beautiful pottery serving bowl and a skein of luxurious handspun silk. How could I want for a better way to spend a sunny Sunday, than a drive in the country, a chat with friends, and a purchase of handmade gifts? Beats mall shopping any day.
The silk scarves you peeked at last post are now completed, washed and ironed and ready for sale. The warp is composed of a variety of weights of silk yarns, including silk boucle. The yarn was dip dyed in reds and blues. The weft yarns were dyed at the same time. The weft for the blue scarf is a fine, 2 ply bombyx silk, and the weft for the pink scarf is a fine 2 ply tussah.