Needle felting and rug hooking techniques will be featured at the upcoming Whonnock Weavers and Spinners 42nd annual Juried Exhibit and Sale.
About 1,200 juried pieces will be part of the exhibit this year spotlighting the work done by guild members just on time for the holiday shopping season for unique handmade gifts.
There will be: handwoven clothing like scarves and shawls; in addition to handwoven household items, like blankets, tea towels, and placemats; handspun and handknitted items like hats, mittens, and fingerless gloves; hand felted items; handspun skeins of yarn; basketry; and rug hooking.
Members will also be contributing non-fibre items to the sale like handmade cards, journals, jewelry, buttons, and even 3D printed drop spindles for spinning yarn.
Spinning and weaving demonstrations will also be taking place.
“I personally enjoy the opportunity to welcome the community and showcase the unique, high quality work of our members,” said guild member Gloria Stanley.
“Our guild is growing and we have many new, enthusiastic members who will be taking part with fresh ideas in this year’s event,” she added.
The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild was formed in 1974 and continues to this day in their long running tradition of encouraging interest in the “age old crafts” of weaving and spinning – in addition to welcoming all fibre artists to join their guild like: felters; knitters; basket makers; dyers; and anyone interested in the fibre arts.
“All items in the exhibit are juried for quality by members with expertise in the particular disciplines,” noted Stanley.
The work of seven guest artists who will be submitting up to 22 pieces each will also be part of the exhibit and sale. These artists will include: one iron work artist; two pottery artists; three woodworkers; and one scrimshaw artist.
There will be three door prize baskets filled with items made by the guild members.
Home baked cookies, coffee, and tea will also be served.
“Fibre arts enthusiasts can expect to find one-of-a-kind unique pieces in a welcoming atmosphere,” said Stanley.
The 42 Annual Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Juried Exhibit and Sale takes place from 10-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Whonnock Lake Centre, 27871 113 Avenue, Maple Ridge, in Whonnock Lake Park.
The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners, who originated in Whonnock, now meet from September to June at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
For more information about the guild go to: wwsg.ca.