Fibre Arts

Yesterday was the Vancouver Island Fibre Arts Showcase at the Nanaimo Conference Centre. Mum and I went along, not really knowing what to expect, but planning to enjoy our precious time together without distractions. I knew there was a possibility of the children being entertained by a couple of the activities, but I also knew that it wouldn’t be for long! Besides which, it does them good to get some quality one on one time with Daddy.
We had a blast! Both carrying our one of a kind Pip ‘n’ Milly bags, as always, armed with business cards, just in case, we set out with nary a backward glance, in full knowledge that the girls were looking forward to watching a movie and playing Uno with Daddy. The conference centre is really lovely – ought to be, after it took so long to build and cost so much money – but it was rather let down by the lack of signage inside the venue. We took a chance and started up the stairs, figuring that it would soon be obvious where we needed to be. In our excitement, the journey to the third floor wasn’t too bad, but my back is protesting today – but that could be from volunteering at the school on Friday… Anyway, the show was fabulous. There were so many beautiful fibres on display and many knowledgeable and generous people willing to answer our questions and share their experiences developing their craft. The background to our interest in the show is that I have a 48″ Nilus Leclerc loom which I have not yet used. When we were given it, I fully anticipated that Mum would be keen to try it out and could already picture her weaving through the winter. For the first 15 years of her married life, Mum ran a small sheep farm in Alberta and I have very fond memories of carding wool and seeing Mum selling fleeces at the local Farmers’ Market. She is an incredibly versatile and accomplished woman and despite her belief that she is clumsy and uncoordinated, I can easily imagine her spinning and weaving. It was so much fun to watch her trying her hand at Saori weaving. I think it has really lit the fire within! We are all (DH included) excited about getting our books out so we can figure out what we need to do to get the loom set up.
There were several ladies there with their spinning wheels and it was a real revelation to see how small and portable the wheels are these days. I was totally transfixed watching the experts at work and had to be dragged away to look at the beautifully dyed wools everywhere.
We bought several colours of roving for needle felting, which I tried out earlier in the year and loved. We are going to try wet felting at some point, too, though I think we will need rather more wool for that! I am so excited at all the possibilities and am thrilled that we are in such a wonderful place, surrounded by such a wealth of talent and resources for indulging in our interests.


~ by Pip 'n' Milly Creations on September 13, 2010.

One Response to “Fibre Arts”

  1. Glad that you enjoyed the show – wish I could have been there. Also glad that you discovered Saori weaving!!

    Happy Weaving,

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