Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Sale this past weekend. We were also celebrating 40 years as a Guild! Here are a few pictures of items taken throughout the day. Many items go very fast!
Mark your calendars for our sale this month! 2 days of shopping for one of a kind gifts.
Learn how prairie history and Saskatchewan fibre artists are entwined
The exhibition Prairie Woven features weaving by Saskatchewan artists – both traditional works and contemporary pieces. These artworks are inspired by the weaving drafts of Oscar Bériau’s book, Home Weaving, which was used by the students of the Searle Grain Weaving program. The Searle Grain Company Weaving program taught weaving to nearly 800 prairie women starting in the 1940s.
Oscar Bériau was a significant force in weaving in Canada during the 1930s and 1940s. The Searle Grain Company, directed by Augustus Searle, wanted to improve the life of their farmers during the Depression and war years. With Bériau’s help, the Searle Grain Company program of weaving instruction revived weaving throughout the prairies. The program provided education, resources, community, and a measure of independence for isolated prairie women. Looms were provided and left in the communities at no cost to participants after the program was completed.
The craft of weaving is thousands of years old — every civilization and culture has fabric and textiles unique to them. Learn more about this province’s weaving tradition and how it carries on today in functional and fine craft pieces. Prairie Woven: From Utilitarian Roots to Contemporary Art celebrates our history through archival displays and the creations of present-day Saskatchewan’s textile artists.
Join us at a public Reception on Friday, September 22, from 7 to 9 pm. There will be a public Lecture by spinner, weaver, and historian Mary Underwood on Saturday, September 23, at 2 pm. All are welcome!
Every Saturday in October, between 1 and 4 pm, there will be free, public demonstrations of spinning and weaving (on a loom installed in the SCC gallery).
The Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild, on behalf of the Saskatchewan Weavers and Spinners, warmly invites you to join in a prairie fibre celebration. Register to join fibre artists of all skill levels from across the prairies. Take part in an exciting fibre fellowship that will freshly inspire you to chase your passion for weaving, spinning, felting and the many connected methods. Learn new techniques from qualified instructors from here and across Canada.
Terri Bibby of Saltspring Soari will inspire us with her Saori weaving.
Carol James of Sashweaver will enlighten us with the ancient technique of Sprang.
Plus several exciting local instructors with great topics.
Our Theme – “Renewal” is bubbling up of new life. Across our great province, we are experiencing a resurgence of interest in the practices of spinning and weaving. We want to illuminate this renewal as we gather together and highlight this new energy being injected into our traditional crafts. Our goal is to celebrate our love for this art and to propel them forward for years to come, giving them another well-deserved time to shine. Think new growth, a cultivation and care for these crafts, just as a seed flourishes with sun, shower and healthy soil.
We hope you find kinship and solidarity amongst so many talented passionate people.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Regina Weavers & Spinners Guild Annual sale this past weekend. We have lots of new members this year and the selection of handmade items was astounding. Hopefully you were able to cross off a few items on your list for the upcoming gift giving season. See you next year!
Members of the guild held a Needle Felting workshop at the Glen Elm library this past weekend. Marjorie lead the class in the basics of felting with a needle and provided a lot of inspiration including books and examples (many made by Wendy and Nicole). Participants were quite creative with their use of fibre. Overall it was a great experience for both parties to get together and play with fibre and new skills and have fun just being artistic. Thank you to the Regina Public Library and Marjorie for providing the supplies needed for the afternoon.
Participants Finished Objects:
Thank you to all who came out to our mini retreat on April 30th. It was a great success with full classes in spinning and weaving. Special big thanks to Sharon of Golden Willow who brought beautiful fibres to tempt us (and it worked!) Kathleen had some weaving supplies for sale for those who needed to stock up on their stash to continue their new skills they learned.
Thank you also to the Sherwood Village Library who provided us with all the supplies participants used and also a great space to hold our day of fibre! We hope to host more days like this in the future :)
Last but not least, thank you to our instructors and helpers. We are lucky to have so much experience in our guild and members who are willing to share their passion for fibre.
There is lots going on with the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild this spring which we will share with you very soon. We will be posting the dates for the Provincial Retreat in 2017 and will have more information on upcoming workshops for you very, very soon! You can always follow us on Facebook for updates.
Show and Tell
Marjorie did a great presentation talking about "Plarn". You will have to check back for more details...
Happy New Year from the Regina Weavers and Spinners! We have a lot of ideas planned for this year which you don't want to miss! Please check our Events & Workshops page to keep informed as well as Facebook and Ravelry. Our next three Open Fibre Nights have been updated as well, so we hope to see out at a couple of them!
Thanks to everyone who came by and talked with us at Maker Space last month. It was great to connect with other makers in many different mediums from across the city and learn about their niche. We had a lot of interest in fibre and even had a young weaver work away for over half an hour! It was also a great opportunity to talk more with programs happening with the Regina Public Library - more to come on that soon.
January Show and Tell
Our meetings have ajourned for the next couple month, but we are still quite active over the summer! Check out our Events Page for happenings over the next little while. Come see us at Bazaart and you are always welcome to our Fibre Nights. See you in September!