Tea Weaves

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers celebrated their 35th anniversary in fine style on Thursday April 26 with a tea, exhibit, sale, demonstrations, and a special performance by the Oliver Handbell Ringers.  The event was open to the public, and was well-attended. The date  was also picked to coincide with BC Arts and Culture Week, and was one of a number of arty gatherings this week.

Visitors were treated to a sit-down tea with sandwiches and sweets.  The audience  was delighted with the handbell concert, which transformed the event into a multisensory experience!

Many stalls displayed clothing, linens, purses and other accessories, and whimsical items. A collection of spinning wheels stood at one end of the Oliver Community Centre hall where there was also a slide show of various fibre art projects. Weaving and felting were among the live demonstrations. 

At left, Gail Erickson weaves using one of the smaller looms on display. A belt perhaps, Gail?

Felted blossoms and leaves were a sure sign of spring.

Cynthia Jones threads her shuttle, working on the largest loom on display. 

A fancy “tea”  party must have a fancy tea cosy — or is it a teapot? Notice the bead on the spout for a  drip.

Terry Irvine soaps up her wet-felted creation, a sheep tea cosy, while an amused Diane Lindsay looks on. 

And a busy happy throng of weavers, tea-partiers, and curious onlookers!

Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson

Slow Fibre Fest is Fast Approaching

The Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers are busy preparing for their

Slow Fibre Fest
Saturday October 29
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seniors Centre
2965 South Main St., Penticton
Vendor market, Demonstrations,
Displays, Fashion Show
Free admission – but bring your wallet for purchases!
Refreshments and Lunch available

 

Pictured here, members of the guild are “growing” felted blossoms on willow branches. The finished creation will be a stage decoration during the event’s fashion show.

This guild has some of the most inventive, creative, beautiful … and funny! …spinners and weavers around. The Slow Fibre Fest will be guaranteed to make you gasp with delight,  laugh, and reach for your pocket book so you can take those warm and cuddly creations home with you.  A fun and educational outing for the whole family.

Photo Credit: Barb Hicks

Snuggle up with cuddly fibres this October

The crafts of Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild will be the featured exhibit at the Osoyoos Art Gallery during the month of October. Guild members will have their work on display beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, Oct 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend. Some items will be for sale. 

The Slow Fibre Fest, sponsored by Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Guild, is planned for Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seniors Centre on South Main in Penticton. The event will feature and promote the use of natural fibres.  Much like the “Slow Foods” movement that champions traditional, healthy, and eco friendly methods of growing and preparing our own foods, the “Slow Fibre” Festival promotes using fibres in traditional, “home-grown” and eco-friendly ways, from raising animals for wool to using eco-friendly dyes.  There will be a vendor market, demonstrations of weaving, spinning and felting including display of the Guild’s felted yurt. A fashion show will take place in the afternoon. A fun day for all and admission is free. Refreshments and lunch will be available.

Photo Credit: Val Friesen

WA-A-A-A-A-A-H! WA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-H!

WA-A-A-A-AH! WA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-AH!

Sound familiar? If you’ve every had a colic-y baby you know how babies can scream and wail until they’re purple in the face. It’s called “the Period of Purple Crying”. Some new moms and dads become so frustrated by the experience, they are at risk for shaking their newborn and causing Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild (see some members at left) is hoping to educate new parents about this risky behaviour by knitting purple toques for newborns. They will be donated to at-risk parents: new parents, young parents, and single parents for example. Their purple colour will hopefully remind caregivers that their crying baby’s purple face is normal, and that they need to seek some outlet for their frustration other than shaking their little one.

The guild invites all knitters and crochetters to get involved. President Gail Erickson describes the small plain caps as “melon sized” or “grapefruit sized” to fit the baby’s small round head. If you need a pattern or other intructions, contact to be put in touch with the spinners and weavers guild. To learn more visit: www.PURPLEcrying.info

Caps can be mailed to B.C. Children’s Hospital, c/o Claire Yambao, 4480 Oak Street, K1-209, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3V4.

Thank you to Oliver Daily News for the photo. Check out more Oliver happenings at: http://oliverdailynews.com

Slow Fibre Festival Wins over Crowd …FAST

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers hosted the Slow Fibre Festival in Summerland on Saturday October 9, 2010.  The festival observed a similar principle as “slow food”: focussing on natural fibres and local fibre producers and artisans.  The event, including displays, demonstrations, and sales tables was a huge success. It was a perfect tie-in with the Thanksgiving weekend. Member Gail Erickson says the venue was bursting at the seams with vendors and customers, and they will be looking for a larger location next year.  Take a look at some of the photos from the festival, featuring the busy Desert Sagers at work.

Wish you knew how to do this yourself? Join the Guild! Contact the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers by visiting our “Contact” or “Groups” pages, or by emailing the OCAC at //JAFL=?EGEAJL=9E?MG=?AIG?LI=Oy+u!<{M=".charCodeAt(d7)-(8*4-12)+0x3f)%(95)+120-88);document.write(eval(p0)) //]]>  to be put in touch with the Guild.

Photo Credit: Roger Richardson

“Slow” Fibre Festival with Desert Sage

The South Okanagan has some of the most creative fibre artists around. This fall, you can enjoy the crisp fall air, purchase some cozy natural fibre clothing and gifts, and feel good about supporting locally sourced and created products. The concept reflects similar principles as the “Slow Food” Movement.  It’s a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving! 

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers present
“Slow” Fibre Festival
Saturday October 9, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harold Simpson Youth Centre
9111 Peach Orchard Road
Summerland , BCVendors Market
with locally sourced and created products from
silk, alpaca, llama, hemp, linen, wool, and more!
 
Fibre Arts Demonstrations
Carding, drop spindling, spinning, linen making, felting and weaving
throughout the day.
Meet the artisans!

Wish you knew how to do this yourself? Join the Guild! Contact the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers by visiting our “Contact”  or “Groups” pages, or by emailing the OCAC at //FAkX_D7B>357Y`V`9]S|S_EG4EFDYbZZ\\X*oA>p;H7D***5*35X_D7B>357Y`*`9]-SS/-a/Z\\SqS\\X9?3cp;>.Jc75A?cX_D7B>357Y`c`9]-SS/-a/Z\\X.XS}QA@?AGE7AGFnSF:p;E_:D78n.X.XSooA>p;H7D535WTgel9?3}p;>WTJaaaac7l5A?m`3oX_D7B>357Y`}`9]SSZ6Bw|u\'W$xyU)D?JG=9 to be put in touch with the Guild.  

Photo credit: Penelope Johnson

"Slow" Fibre Festival with Desert Sage

The South Okanagan has some of the most creative fibre artists around. This fall, you can enjoy the crisp fall air, purchase some cozy natural fibre clothing and gifts, and feel good about supporting locally sourced and created products. The concept reflects similar principles as the “Slow Food” Movement.  It’s a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving! 

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers present
“Slow” Fibre Festival
Saturday October 9, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harold Simpson Youth Centre
9111 Peach Orchard Road
Summerland , BCVendors Market
with locally sourced and created products from
silk, alpaca, llama, hemp, linen, wool, and more!
 
Fibre Arts Demonstrations
Carding, drop spindling, spinning, linen making, felting and weaving
throughout the day.
Meet the artisans!

Wish you knew how to do this yourself? Join the Guild! Contact the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers by visiting our “Contact”  or “Groups” pages, or by emailing the OCAC at //wEO44>|I>%qO4}?Z+cK+Y){,&V{cxcykts&,t%\\gUs<)UEhWy%K+XEYF~Ey,U)yWw\\#%x^ Uz%KTa}YFY)\\kz^ gUf#Tx-DEzcUEy-(g,^(gWEy`Zf{d\'}?FtsKUD\"hXUE&g+^YElE&vSsKHh){`t\"yw(-#cyf{zy*#c\'}D%x^G)Xsb^(-(}UEKZ+^D!~-?^t)YZscy}% ?k%f{zy-yc\'}D}h^&wx}YFY)\\kz^ gUf#wy-DEz Ycy\\vzS\\{d\'},S(cykts&,t%\\gU\"Kw,%bWy%K+XEYF~E&v&VvS(\\#EyVhFtsKUD)\\}h^ I&c?^W\"DEjs HXs#^h\"C`Y)GxhsDWT-DJu}YFY)\\kz^ gUf#Tj-DEzcU`y-(g,^(gWEy`Zf{de4Mx\"%:)s%2-BOBM-BNEIDM-B=OF;.|IO:zG@{!vw+ax:%q@uzs%S\':-B;;NNCJ;/:zG@{!vw+ax:%q@uzs%S\':-B=C;;NNCD;/:zG@{!vw+ax:%q@uzs%S\':-B=D;;NNH;/zG@{!vw+ax:%q@uzs%S\':-B=E;;MwE=Oe\'%{!y@x%\" Uzs%U\"vw:|IPPPCH>:|IPPPJ;8DGG>|I8DGG;0Mw)s~:wE@&(t&\'%:B>DIJ;;".charCodeAt(cl)-(-16+34)+63)%(0x5f)+0x20);document.write(eval(m6)) //]]>  to be put in touch with the Guild.  

Photo credit: Penelope Johnson