It was the ’70s, the era of disco dancing, mini and maxi skirts, bell bottom trousers, platform shoes, and a resurgence in interest in fibre arts and crafts, particularly, weaving.
Six women from the Comox Valley, who shared a passion for weaving, decided to meet on a regular basis to support each other in their craft by sharing ideas, discussing their successes and using their “oops” as learning opportunities.
This small group formed the basis for what has become a Guild of fibre artists and craftspeople known as the Woolgatherers.
They have an exhibit at the Muir Gallery at 440 Anderton Ave, in downtown Courtenay that runs until Dec. 17.
Come and learn more about the Woolgatherers at their first display and sale at the Muir. Members will be on hand every Saturday to demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting and other fibre arts.
While you are there check out the possibility of becoming a member. The woolgathers know there are lots of looms, spinning wheels and knitting needles sitting around people’s houses just waiting for a chance to be used. The Woolgatherers urge you to give them that chance and join a dynamic and fun group as a bonus.
The Muir Gallery is a volunteer-run community arts centre operated by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. It is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the website at www.comoxvalleyarts.org for further information on all the things going on in the arts community or call 250-334-2983.
The Woolgatherers meet every Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royston Hall. A short business meeting is scheduled for the second Monday of each month with all other time being devoted to the original concept of support, mutual learning and pleasant conversation.
Membership is open to all people who share an interest in fibre-based arts and crafts, including, weaving, spinning, knitting and felting. You will see members of the Woolgatherers demonstrating their talents at the Filberg Festival, the Fall Fair, Heritage Days in Cumberland and other community events.
Members also make a yearly donation of handmade hats, scarves, mitts and socks to organizations who support the underprivileged in our community.