Something is happening at the Slocan Valley Threads Guild. More than 100 people joined or renewed membership in the Guild for 2015-16. The renovated former one-room schoolhouse, located at 7112 Perry’s Back Road (just off Highway 6, north of Winlaw), is humming with fibre arts activities this winter.
One returning member expressed how much she missed sitting around the table at the monthly meetings, feeling that she was part of something “so much greater and older than ourselves.” The second half of the meetings is always stimulating, as each member has an option to show and share their work.
The programming coordinator, volunteer Linda Out, has been scheduling workshops and members days to enable members to share their skills in felting, rug hooking, basketry, quilting, dyeing (natural, procion, and acid),knitting (socks, faire isle technique) and spinning, for example.
Winter is also the time to collect and prepare items that will be sold at the annual Yard and Yardage event, to which the public is invited. It will be held this year on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guild. If you are de-cluttering, the Guild is accepting donations of fabric, yarns and craft supplies. Call Sharon at 250-226-7703 or Jasmine at 250-352-7152 to arrange drop-off or pickup.
To learn about the group, programs, meetings, rentals, the library and equipment availability, visit slocanvalleythreadsguild.wordpress.com or become a member. Members have been getting tantalizing weekly emails containing a full menu of upcoming classes, members’ days and gab ‘n’ jab sessions.