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Qualicum Weavers and Spinners

It all started with eight students, an instructor and a desire to learn to weave.  The year was 1989, the instructor was Elaine Duncan, resident artist at The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) and the students were fibre enthusiasts from the Parks/Qualicum Beach area.  Alice Ross was a mentor to this fledgling group. 

The group met informally in people’s homes for the next few years until the number of members and looms became unwieldy.  Looking for a permanent location the group, incorporated as a non-profit society in 1991 – Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild – applied to the Town of Qualicum Beach that same year for space in the train station.  As space in the station wasn’t imminent, over the next seven years the Guild met in Woodwinds School, TOSH and Valhalla. 

In 1998 with assistance of community volunteers, renovations were started in two rooms upstairs in the train station (called “the Loft”).  Following the lease signing with the town, guilds funds and members’ elbow grease completed renovations to the rooms upstairs.  Finally the Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild moved into their permanent location at the train station on February 1st, 1999.  Monthly meetings are held every  4th Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m.  The business meetings run one month with the next month interactive meetings with speakers or guides to help us through the mini projects.

Over the years, the Guild has participated in sheep to shawl demonstrations, workshops, sheep fairs, Art in Action at TOSH, old age pensions fairs in Parksville, demonstrations at Trillium Lodge, Beta Sigma Phi, Rathtrevor Park, The Stroke Recovery Group, School District 69, the Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay and The Qualicum Historical Society. In 2000 the Guild hosted the Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast Weavers and Spinners Retreat at Tigh-Na-Mara and we also hosted the 2012 Retreat at the Bayside in Parksville.  The Guild has mounted many fibre exhibitions at TOSH.

Once a year, in the late fall, the Guild holds a sale of hand woven, handspun, felted and knitted items at Rotary House (formerly Fraternal Hall) at the corner of Beach and Fern Streets.

ANWG Rep: Jude Perkins e-mail

Guild Blog: http://www.qualicumweaversandspinners.blogspot.com/

Updated February 2015