London District Weavers and Spinners Guild at Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Great fun was had at the Home County Music and Art Festival this past weekend. True to form, the weather ranged from terrible to fabulous.
This year, we borrowed a canopy from the Old South Community Organization and set it up (in pouring rain) on Friday, July 19. OSCO also lent us tables and chairs to help with our event, since Home County no longer can supply equipment or the very welcome honorarium we used to receive. Home County sponsorships have been dwindling in the past few years, and they have redesigned the craft demonstration activities to accommodate the decline in financial support.
So Home County invited us to create an interactive area at the Festival. We were given space at the north end of Victoria Park, where we set up a “yarn sculpture” event. We made a wooden structure using 5 foot sticks, consisting of three large tripods connected for stability. We spread out a variety of yarns and some delightful crocheted woolly worms for kids to use to decorate our structure.
Saturday was hot, hot, hot, and we had only a few participants. But after the thunderstorm Saturday night (during which the canopy blew down) Sunday dawned bright and cool, and the pace picked up. Lots of kids came to help decorate our structure, and stayed to learn corking, finger knitting, arm knitting, and various other fun with fibres. Participants shared their knowledge with us and a good time was had by all.
The yarn structure has been taken off to Circle R Ranch, where summer camp participants will set it back up and will help decorate it even more. It’s wonderful what a bit of yarn, some imagination, and some caring adults can do to enrich a music festival!
Our annual tradition continues……
Once again this year, members of the LDWS gathered to eat, drink and be merry. So many members attended this month that extra tables and chairs were needed. The meeting began with the wonderful news of our upcoming move to the new East Community Center sometime in late 2019.
Delicious cakes supplied by Stephanie were devoured with a cup of cider, coffee or tea before Rosemary lead the group in this year’s craft. Rosemary, with the help of her assistants, lead the group in making a braided wreath. Happy Holidays to all.
submitted by Keran MacLachlan
photos courtesy of Laurie Corriveau
This year, we were at Fanshawe Pioneer Village in August, instead of our usual June date. We had a great display table in the brewery (still no beer…….), and there were three spinners and two weavers present to greet the public and represent LDWS.
Meg Cheesman, Deb Eppel, Lynda King, Dan Lajoie, Edith McGregor and Diny Warren had a lovely day spent in rustic surroundings. There was a wedding ongoing and a bluegrass-style band, along with the usual horse-drawn wagon rides and antique tractors. Two food trucks were on site as well for us to patronize.
As usual, lots to see and do. I always look forward to this outing, even though the crowds are somewhat lacking. It’s a great day to enjoy a few historical moments and meet the public.
I think Dan tried to channel his inner Thomas Alder, as he worked quite hard on the barn loom in the weaving shed. It was a hot day, and Dan was happy to find a way to open windows in there to get a breeze through.
article and photos submitted by Lynda King
Each year the members of the LDWS partake in Holiday Festivities with cookies and a holiday craft. This year Rosemary D led the group in making cane reindeer. A supply list was sent out before the meeting and the guild provided the cane used for the project. While Lynda K went through the business portion to start the meeting the cane was soaked to make it pliable for use. With cookies and cider to aid them the members went on to make their own reindeer and in the spirit of the guild, members were helping and encouraging other members in the process. At the end of the meeting the staff of Boyle were recognized by the guild for all of their hard work and for making us feel so welcome in our temporary location. Enjoy your holiday season and see you in the the New Year.
article and photos submitted by Keran Mc