Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market 2018. November 16, 17, 18

Well, the year has gone by quickly and we find ourselves busy putting the final touches on items to submit to the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market. This event is a chance to showcase the talents of our members. Many long hours have gone into the wonderful projects on offer to the public. We have been very fortunate to participate in this annual event for many years.

This year we will be stepping into the 21st century and offering payment by Square, for the convenience of our patrons. We look forward to another great event. We will be demonstrating spinning during the 3 days of the show, and will be working on a sheep to scarf on Sunday.

Chilliwack Fair 2018

The Chilliwack Fair was held on the weekend of August 10-12 2018. Although it is not a Guild event, as such, many of our members volunteer their time to organize, and demonstrate at the Spinning and Weaving booth. The Wednesday and Thursday preceding the Fair were incredibly hot and many thanks tot he volunteers who  were at the  booth to received and arrange the  items for judging. Thankfully the weather did  cool a wee bit for the Fair.  Our members demonstrated spinning  during the course of the event and on Sunday  a mini-Sheep to Scarf was undertaken. IMG_1109

This is the scarf as it came off the loom. It has been  properly finished now and I’ll include a photo shortly.

Spring Scarves!

The little Spring Elves have been busy! The  varied and colourful  towels have been taken down from our walls and the most amazing  display of  scarves and has taken it’s place! Louise O and her  minions have been tireless in their efforts to  show off our favorite scarves. Well done Ladies – yes that is a Capital “L”!!

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“Learn to do by doing” award – 4H

For the last several years the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild Society have sponsored an award  for the Chilliwack District 4H. Last night, at Rosedale Traditional School, I had the honour of awarding a young man the “Learn to do by doing award” at the Chilliwack District Awards. Carlos Kortekaas and his parents have graciously  given us permission to list his name as the winner of the award this year.

Over the years I have seen many 4H members at the various Chilliwack Fairs and other  events around our valley. I have not  had a much closer connection than that, though I have always been impressed by their  hard work and enthusiasm. Having attended the dinner and awards I now have a much broader understanding of this amazing organization and am more impressed than ever. Carlos and his siblings  are just one family of many in our Valley who  have achieved  many  goals through this program. It was very encouraging to see  so many young people embracing the  ethos of  Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Many thanks to the Chilliwack District 4H Council for  inviting us to participate in supporting these wonderful  teens. I look forward to next year and another chance to celebrate them!



Demonstration at the Children’s Festival

Sending out a big “Thank You!” to Betty, Nancy and Marlene for volunteering at the Children’s Festival this past Saturday,September 23. The Festival was organized by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and was held at the Tzeachten Community Hall. Thanks also to  Patti Lawn at the CCAC for inviting us!

Marlene demonstrated her Saori loom and the children were entranced- especially when they were invited to weave for a while.  It never gets old, watching the  wonder of discovery in their faces when they see the product of their handiwork. In keeping with the  theme of recycling, the weft for the  weaving was thrums – bits and pieces of  yarn all tied end-to-end.  Nancy, Betty and I had fun spinning and we  handed out and demonstrated seven strand braid kits to the kids.  Really, it was a day for the children but we had a great time watching them dance to the music and  react to the Princesses and Pirates that visited. Any day is good when you can share children’s laughter and  be reminded that some days it’s good just to have fun. Thanks again Ladies, and here’s looking forward to next years Festival!


Spin-in 2017

I want to say thank you for the many participants at our Spin-in last weekend at Rosedale Traditional School. This event does not just happen over night – many long hours of planning  go into creating a great day.  Our volunteers are the unsung heroes of the day, from planning, set-up and running the event and on to clean up they are the best.

It is also a great time to welcome our wonderful fibre friends for the day. Without your support this event would be for naught. We had some great vendors this year – always a wonderful addition to the  day. We should be posting the information for next years event shortly.

Here are some photos of the great show-and-tell items shared by our friends.