Keeping busy in stressful times

We all know how much life has changed in the last 6 months. The opportunity to find solace in working with our hands and hearts has not been wasted by many of our members. It soothes the soul to be able to create something beautiful in times of stress.

Lovely hand spun and hand knit hats and mitts, it won’t always be summer!
Leslie is working on the Cajun towels. They are currently being hemmed.
Mary promises to share this wonderful pattern. Tencel and wool woven scarf.
Another colorful tea towel by Mary.
Helens rug, another project from just before we all had to stay home.
Jenny finished this amazing vest. The colour are reminiscences of a deep lagoon, simply stunning.
Cat tracks and Snail trails in progress.
Mary answered the June challenge of incorporating the colors of the flags of her ancestry into this cheerful tea towel.
The inspiration for Mary’s towel.
Blankets finished just before we all had to stay home!

Catching up on Show and Tell!

After each of our business meetings we have an “show and tell” session. These don’t have to necessarily have to be spin or weave related – fibres arts are so  very flexible! Since October, between our Christmas craft market and holiday break and the cancellation of the January meeting I have been remiss in  updating the  photos, so here they are! It’s such a wonderful collection of the  talents of our amazing members. Enjoy! In no particular order….


Marlene’s new crocheted scarf – absolutely lovely!


Jenny has been weaving some lovely chenille, and the warping board seemed the best thing to display them on – so luscious!


Sumiko wove this wonderful soft shawl for her mother. Such a lovely colour palate.


Mary has been having fun using up her hand-spun scraps- too cute!


Bev’s lovely blanket!


Betty and one of her lovely blankets – I never tire of seeing the wonderful array of blankets from a single warp.


Twice woven carpet by Nancy for the Guild sale in November. Stunning!


Marlene, I do believe this is one of your creations – love the colour shift.


Jordan loves to spin and crochet and this one one of her creations – such subtle colours !


Another wonderful toy ensemble from Mary!

I am embarrassed to say I can’t remember who  knit the top two hats, so ladies let eme know and I’ll adjust the  comments.


Jenny does it again with vibrant colours and designs, no wonder her towels of so very popular at our sale! Well done.

Helen and the most recent blanket to come off the loom…love it!

Louise H and another wonderful blanket.

Monkey Fists

On the First Thursday in October we got together to learn how to make Monkey Fists. These little balls can be used for a variety of closures. I have seen them on some sites as  survival skills, with a rock inside they can be used as bolos or  as a weighted end for throwing a light line into a tree for hoisting up gear to keep it safe. I have used monkey fists as a closure on inkle-woven bags.


There was a lot of laughter and a good time was had by all!

Babe Harverson Memorial Legacy Fund

In November of 2018 our Guild bade farewell to one of our dearest members. Babe Harverson was a  wonderful weaver and  friend. Her memorial service in January of 2019 brought to light so much  of this talented ladies life. For those who had know Babe for may years it only reminded them of the wondrous personality of this remarkable lady. For those of us who had know  her for the last 10 years or so it was an affirmation of just how all encompassing her zest for life was. Her generous spirit brought joy to all those around her.

In September of 2019, Babe’s daughter Sheila visited our Guild to propose a memorial legacy fund to further weaving and fibre arts study in our Guild. A memorial shadow box had been  put together for Babe’s family and it was presented back to the Guild for display in our room. The fund has been set up and we are  actively researching a teacher for this year to  fulfill the  legacy.


Guild president Leslie accepting the memorial box and donation from Sheila on behalf of the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Turned Taqueté Fun- February 2020

One of our latest adventures is weaving circles and checks as  presented in the May/June 2019 issue of Handwoven written by Susan Poague.   The idea of making circles on the loom was intriguing and we decided to step out of our comfort zone and have some fun. The warp was prepared over the Christmas break and the loom was dressed in January. After a preliminary  run to test the threading Mary has started her towel. The test sample was woven in the turquoise of the warp, Mary is using the green and it is amazing. We’ll get more photos up as they are worked.

The strip you see on the bottom is how we are keeping track of the pattern as we weave. The numbers in the right column indicate which of the 8 shafts on our Woolhouse 8-shaft table-top loom are to be worked. The large paperclip is placed on the row currently being worked. As the pattern is 36 rows, pinning or taping a  list to the loom seemed a bit awkward. We are fortunate to have a  stand that fits the loom and the paper strip sits nicely on the shelf of the table – good for lefties and righties!

Pillowslip transformations!

Fibre arts are not always about spinning and weaving. Anything fabric related is open season. Marlene took the time to put together a session to teach us how to make shopping bags from King size pillowslips. It was a fun afternoon and I believe we may have bought our all the spare pillow cases in the area thrift stores!7CD9E456-574D-4D63-82AD-350C470D86A92F7DDA78-8CE9-47E4-A162-1563CC69B450

We had so much fun making them I don’t think we took any photos, but here are some that I was inspired to make. The top one is from quilting fabric that was living in my cupboard and the bottom one was from the session with Marlene. The one below is from some wonderful Mary Englebreit fabric I have been hoarding!


Spin in 2019

And it begins……

On a slightly foggy Fraser Valley Saturday we are looking forward to a wonderful day!

What is a great day out with your friends without a good lunch? Out wonderful volunteers have assembled an amazing luncheon, as always!

Nice view of our Silent Auction tables. After lunch it’s time to visit our vendors and the Silent Auction table.

This is the second year we have held a raffle and below are the winners from fist to fourth.

Last year we issued a Crayon Challenge to our attendees. These wonderful Ladies ( yes, Ladies with a capitol “L”!) rose to and exceeded the challenge. Feast your eyes on the marvelous things they created. I hope I have not omitted anyone’s project. So many wonderful things!

The Silent Auction is always a great attraction at the Spin-in. Our team did a great job presenting the items.

And where would we be without afternoon nibbles?

And door prizes – we had distributed half of the prizes before I managed to snap the photo!

I wish to extend deepest thanks to all the volunteers who make this annual event possible. Anyone who has undertaken such an event knows the work involved. Congratulations Ladies, it was a great day. Thank you also to our dedicated attendees, we look forward to seeing you each year and catching up with one another.

Chilliwack Fair 2019

First I would like to pass along my thanks to the members who volunteered for this years Chilliwack Fair. Well done everyone! This year saw a wonderful assortment of items entered. So great when the booth has this kind of response.

Our own Hannelore was chosen as the Fairs volunteer of the year. The Chilliwack Progress published an article about her and her long standing volunteerism with the Chilliwack Fair.We were proud to display the article along with the shawl she was weaving in the photo of the article. Congratulations Hannelore!

Congratulations to Carolyn for her award winning blanket!

There were some lovely items entered by the members of the Chilliwack Bobbin Lace

Club. The scarf was a unique item!

Marlene ‘s lovely jacket. This wonderful creation won in three categories at this years ANWG conference in Prince George.
Our members spun and wove this scarf on Sunday – job well done. See everyone next year!

Art Challenge

Two years ago we  challenged our members to create something inspired by art. At our June luncheon this year  some of these projects were revealed. The photos of these will slowly be added to-  the light level at the restaurant was not great for the photos.


Carolyn T. wove this lovely scarf. The Passiflora flower is lovely and Carolyn chose to weave the scarf in cotton and  a mohair boucle.




Leslie A was inspired by Starry Nights by Vincent van Gogh and wove a tablet band.  The pattern was  originally from  “A tablet weqfer’s Pattern Book” and  the colours were adapted to suit the artwork. The work is 6 yards long, enough for garment trip or to piece to make a small bag.






Many Hands, Many Blankets

For several years after the move to our current location, our 60″ loom sat dormant. But once one blanket came off that loom, it’s been warped over and over. Several ladies pool their stash, select colours that work together and the loom is warped with length enough for several pieces. Even though the warp is the same, every blanket that comes off the loom is unique—just like the ladies who weave them!