Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cowichan Valley Arts Council "Meeting of the Master" Workshop with Japanese Master Tetsuo Koyama

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce a once in a lifetime opportunity for fabric artists in the Pacific Northwest.  Tetsuo Koyama, master of the ancient art of Japanese fabric dying and woodblock printing will instruct a five-day workshop, “Meeting the Master” - an interactive workshop and visual arts show of the woodblock and yuzen fabric dye art of Japanese master, Tetsuo Koyama, November 22nd to 26thin Duncan, BC, Canada.  Local, acclaimed fabric artist, Gloria Daly will host the workshop at Studio G Art, located at 7298 Somenos Rd, Duncan BC V9L 5Z9 250-748-8731.

Master Koyama, an important art educator in Japan, studied the specialized art from notable experts including his father.  This centuries-old form involves special dyes, wood block printing and rice glue resist.  The method was traditionally used to decorate the kimonos.  This will be the first time the 81 year-old artist-educator has visited North America. 

As part of the workshop, participants will design and decorate a piece of cloth using authentic woodblock and traditional dye techniques.   Mr. Koyama will be assisted by Ms. Yuko Yamamoto, an internationally known fabric artist in her own right and former student of the Master, who now lives in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. 

In addition to the “Meeting the Master” workshop, there will be a show of three of Master Koyama's kimono at PORTALS – the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2687 James Street, Duncan BC , November 19th to 26th  - 10:00 – 5:00 Monday thru Saturday.   

“This is a wonderful opportunity, particularly for the community’s fabric artists,” said Judy Brayden, Cowichan Arts Council Board member in charge of the show and workshop.  “One of our most important missions at CVAC is to encourage and foster art education and development in the community at large.  Master Koyama's visit is a rare opportunity to learn about an art form that is such an integral part of a country's culture and history.  We are incredibly fortunate that Master Koyama has agreed to make this long trip to share his knowledge and expertise, and we owe this to the tireless efforts of new community member, Yuko Yamamoto”, she noted.

Organizers anticipate that the 18 spaces for the workshop will fill quickly.  Early bird registration takes place January 15th to March 1, 2014.  For more information please contact Judy Brayden at or (250) 746-1633 or visit

Thank you,
Morgan Saddington
Office Manager
Cowichan Valley Arts Council

Thompson Treadlers 2nd Annual Bash the Stash Spin-In March 1st

Come and join us! Break out of the winter blahs! You are invited to the Thompson Treadlers 2nd Annual It’s Almost Spring – Bash the Stash - Spin-in, Kamloops, BC.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10 am - 3 pm
Fee: $25 includes lunch, coffee, tea and snacks.
Note:  Due to space constraints, we are limited to 40 spinners

Bring your spinning wheel and something from your stash that you no longer want for the Stash Bash. Join spinny friends for a few hours and share a Show and Tell. There will also be vendors with fibre and yarn for your shopping pleasure.

Stash Bash Info - If you provide a stash item, do not wrap it - everyone will want to see what you brought. Label it if necessary (i.e. fibre blend). You will receive a ticket in exchange. When it is time to Bash the Stash, tickets will be called randomly. You then go to the Stash Table and choose something to replace what you brought. There is a limit of 3 items/person.  Smaller, less valuable items will be combined at our discretion.

Indicate your interest in attending by e-mailing:, and send your registration cheque payable to Sheila Grant with the attached registration form to: Sheila Grant, 252 Monmouth Dr., Kamloops, BC, V2E 1M1.  If you wish to pay by e-transfer, please email Sheila Grant at: to arrange.

The spin-in will be held at the Southwest Community Church, 700 Hugh Allen Drive, Kamloops. Link with map: Take the Merritt exit off Highway #1 near Aberdeen Mall. Head up the hill to the second set of lights. Turn right, and turn right again - the driveway entrance is quite close to the highway. Drive right around to the back of the church to the entrance - lots of parking.

Come and enjoy your day with friends.  Please share this invitation with friends who may not receive our e-mail invitation.

Loom For Sale

Here is a photo of the loom I hope to sell.  It measures 63" in height, 56" across the front and 62" deep from front to back.  
As we discussed, $250 would be a fair price, I think.  

Thank you for all the time and trouble you and Alfred took to help me with setting it up and getting started.  Unfortunately, I simply cannot find the time to use it and floor space is at a premium right now.  I hope it finds a good home and is enjoyed by someone who can make use of it.  

My phone number is 250-835-0145.  

Thank you very much.  Gwen Krivoshein


Sorry Ladies - the bobbins have all been spoken for - thanks so much Mary Lynne!

I found these bobbins in a trunk and would like to pass them on to anyone interested.  I am not sure if anyone in the guild would be interested but if someone is, let me know and I will bring them to a meeting.


Mary Lynne

PS(Nikki Webber has already expressed interest in some of the bobbins and so Mary Lynne has kindly said that she will try and make it to the February meeting and bring them with her :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

For Sale!

Mary Lynne Smith has a Leclerc Tension Box, a Swedish Wooden Swift and A Quarterly 
Home Study Manual and Workbook on Handweaving by Robet and Roberta, volume 1- # 1-4 and volume 2-# 1-3.

December Potluck Meeting Notes

Greetings and Merry Christmas to all,
A brief summary of the short business meeting at our December Potluck follows.  A wonderful evening of conversation and laughter with amazing show and tell to keep us inspired, not to mention the amazing variety of food.  
We now have 54 members.  Welcome to each of you and please e-mail me for information or answers to questions you may have. 
January spin-ins and knit-ins are listed in the minutes as well.
There is no meeting in January and the February Meeting begins at 10 a.m. with Fibres Unlimited to follow in the afternoon.  
Goodies for the February meeting are provided by Gudie and Bea.
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season with wonderful surprises to help us keep our sense of awe.
Best wishes,
(No computer so this iPad version will have to do)

Dec 2, 2031
Shuswap Spinners and Weavers
called to order at 7:46 with 21 members present.
Minutes adopted as read.  Moved by Glenda, seconded by Gabriele, carried
Cheques will be mailed to members before Christmas.

Old business:
Tent: $75 to be paid to Lisa.  The tent will be available for rental and guild use
Waulking Nikki and Ann organizing. 12 members have signed up
ANWG scholarships are offered for promotional workshop or educational 
Tea towels going on to the guild loom.
Fibre exchange: June meeting is the showing of the project made from the fibre/yarn.  Take a picture of the original and then being what you end up with.

Racks from Gwen. $56. Dollar store was selling all of its props.  2X6 racks that can be free standing uprights.  Price was $30 each but usually $90.  Glenda moves we buy the two stands, seconded by Nikki. Carried. These racks are currently stored at Gwen's.

Spin-ins and get togethers. Lis on Jan 13, Glenda on Jan 20.  The usual times of 10 to 2 bringing your bag lunch and project to work on.  
Feb and March are daytime meetings at 10  a.m. Gabriele will chair them.
Julia showed pictures of the fibre festival in Quebec that she and Gudie attended.

Show and tell

Christmas Sale & Show & Tell!

Christmas Sale Gals

Set-up of the Show (above and below)

The first shift of the Cashier Crew

A happy purchaser of Lis' pullover

Show and Tell

Nikki and her handmade Dolly

Julia's no-pattern toque

Elvi with her hand knit bias scarf that took her how long to make ... ?

Thank you to Julia and Gudie for the pictures and captions :)

Couture from Louise

Western vest was hand woven, felted and then cut and sewn.  Lined and with faux leather pocket trim and 1 inside bound edge chest pocket.   Not for sale but orders for fabric can be done.

Washable cotton Pink baby blanket and also 2 blue baby blankets hand woven in a fancy 8 shaft twill weave structure.   The advantage of cotton is that it does not melt in a fire like synthetics can.  $89.00 each

Orange green yellow Mohair and wool hand woven Plaid L shaped shawl, can be worn many ways, with or without a belt.  Good for 3 seasons.  Bring a bit of colour into your wardrobe.

Green Sequin Tencel shawl- elegant 6 Shaft weave structure with sequins placed by tweezers in small pockets as weaving progresses.  Diagonal stripes created with sequins in a Fibonacci sequence.

Pink handspun superwash wool, hand knit shetland lace shawl over 5 feet square.  This took months to complete and would be a heirloom piece at over $1500.00.  Only 8 oz, but still warm for a summer evening but not too warm for inside wear.