The Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild is an organization of almost 60 members dedicated to supporting those involved in the fibre arts community locally and promoting these creative skills in the larger community. All members of the larger fibre arts community are welcome- spinners, weavers, knitters, those who crochet, felters and fibre producers. It is a very eclectic group with a history of service in the Shuswap region.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Enderby Arts Festival - July 23
Picture curtosy of Eiko Uehara
Table Top Loom
This year we had great weather for the Enderby Arts Festival and a great turn out!
On July 8th, 15 ladies from the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers guild, ladies from Merritt, Kamloops and Kelowna spent the day at Sharon Wickstrom's studio in Armstrong learning about painting warps. They learned a bit of basic colour and dye procedures. Then they were given a silk warp (protein fibre) and Lanaset/Telana dyes in the morning and a bamboo warp (cellulose fibre) and Procion dyes in the afternoon. They started with 3 basic colours and could mix them to create other colours.
Sharon from Home Spun Haven - Instructor
It was very interesting to see how 15 people had chosen to colour their warps. After steaming the silk warps over lunch time they rinsed and hung the warps out to dry.
Louise Smith is our Workshop Co-ordinator
The bamboo warps were rolled up in saran wrap and had to age overnight and would be a surprise the next morning when they opened them at home.
There was great interest and well attended!
Everyone had a great time, some were wild painters and others very studious. I'm sure all the scarves will turn out wonderful when woven and every one will be different!