March 2021 Spring Meeting Virtual Style

Featured

Guild members have been participating in monthly virtual meetings and our March meeting featured our resident silk expert Coleen. She has used opportunities and experiences to enrich her learning over the years including Olds College, conferences and teaching engagements. Coleen joined the guild when she moved to the Cowichan Valley and we are so happy she found us.

Coleen shared her experiences and photos of her travels to Laos where she learned about silk production. She was able to stay and work at the Mulberries Organic Silk Farm learning about silk production from the baby silk worms to the spinning of silk yarn. The photos of baby silk worms being fed multiple times a day reminded us of when we had newborns. Coleen told us that she was responsible for the daytime feeds of delicate mulberry leaves picked fresh from the fields.

Silk worm feasting on fresh Mulberry leaves

Silk being reeled from boiled cocoons

        

                               Coleen hard at work reeling silk threads       

Coleen now raises her own silk worms here on Vancouver Island, taking special care of them like precious creatures they are. She spins silk from their cocoons for amazing knitwear and tapestry miniatures.

                Coleen’s shawl knit with her own hand raised and spun silk yarn.

 Coleen shares that the more we learn the more we realize there is to learn. We agree and believe that fibre creates a community and everyone’s participation enriches all our learning and deepens our appreciation and love for all things fibre.

Dying Silk yarn at the Mulberries Organic Silk Farm in Laos
Gorgeous Silk yarn ready for weaving.

What we’ve been up to the past year

Aside

We have been a busy group of fibre lovers this past year; knitting, weaving, spinning and all kinds of fibre arts. Our friends and families have kept warm and cosy all winter due to our efforts. While in person meetings have been few and far between we have connected through our social media pages, virtual meetings (thanks to Catherine and Karen for hosting us) and of course the all important phone calls and socially distanced, mask wearing visits with our personal bubble folks.

Two of our long time members have been honoured as Life Time members. Congratulations to Gudrun and Daphne! We are thankful for them for sharing their time, expertise and friendship with all guild members. I managed to find a photo of Gudrun but Daphne seems to be a bit camera shy.

Gudrun is on the left at a 2012 workshop.

Please enjoy these photos from years past, I hope to have new photos of our work once we are able to meet once again.

Take care and stay safe

TSWG